Here's an idea: Let's encourage the US churches to solve the homeless problem. There are 18 million vacant homes, and a million homeless people. Many vacant houses can be purchased for a few thousand dollars and fixed up for a few thousand more. US churches collect $100 billion a year in tithes.
So, let's say they spend 20 thousand dollars buying and fixing up each home. These won't be palaces, but they could be safe and offer all the necessities.
If they bought a million homes and fixed them up, they would be spending 20 billion dollars.
There are 350,000 churches ... so that would be about three homes per church. Now, if they decided to tackle this project over three years, that would be one home per church per year. Church members and others could volunteer to help fix the homes up and businesses and suppliers could help and could donate time, labor, and equipment. They could also help to ensure that whoever is going to live in the house has a job and can pay to keep utilities on and food in the house.
Spread out over three years, the churches would be spending about $6 billion a year, or about 6% of their tithes each year.
But at the end of three years, there will be no homeless people in the US and the churches would have actually solved one of our problems.
I mean, really, the Church has billions of dollars to spend on itself, yet fails to feed the poor and give them shelter.
NOTE: This isn't my original idea, I saw this somewhere and felt like posting it to get your opinions.