This is an easy one for me. Jacksonville, Florida is 806.4 square miles, an extremely large area. If you want to get around in this city, you better have a car. For the most part: if you want a job, you’d better have a car.
The reasoning is this: If you have a car, you can survive. You can stay at many Walmart’s for free and have security. The automobile provides shelter and additional transportation to work.
Consequently, your ‘home’ may be your automobile. In fact, I did it once with four of us in a van during the winter and it worked out pretty good.
Thus, one might argue that driving is a privilege, but I counter that it is a right as without the car your chances of surviving simply are not that good. Being homeless is bad enough, yet being homeless without a car is horrible.
This county is built around the automobile. Everything within our county is dependent on wheels. This is a fact and hard to work around. An auto ensures that if you are homeless, it should be short-lived as you have a pathway to work.
A walker is so much more exposed on the streets, almost inviting trouble. To put it simply: you are a target. The reason you are a target is that you have little avenues for escape.
Finally, aside from getting homeless people a job. There is the issue of clean clothes and a good night’s sleep. You more or less can juggle this problem in an automobile, but nearly impossible on the streets.