Never been homeless myself, but have dealt with many who are. Homeless families with young children are the saddest. Many are homeless due to drug or alcohol problems, and some, believe it or not, choose to be homeless. Here we have a problem with "stranding" in which people from rural areas have to come to Anchorage or Fairbanks for some reason, usually medical care, and then do not have the resources to return home. They are left in the city with no home and little support network to rely upon. There are non-profit that try to get them home, but many slip through the cracks and are left homeless. I don't know if the stranding problem exists in other states or not, as most places have roads and buses that go everywhere. Here we have to fly,and flying is expensive here.