While you are correct in saying there are worse places to be, I believe that depending upon which state you're in, the insufficient safety net available is ridiculous considering the wealth of our nation. The "South" is ridiculous. I know someone who is a divorced Veteran in Florida with 3 children. She is essentially homeless-staying with people she knows and has moved 7 times in a year with her kids (after losing her job and being evicted). There isn't any help available, there is no government housing and Section 8's waiting list has been closed to new additions for over 3 years.
That we allow this is ridiculous, in other states and in Canada, she'd get assistance securing suitable, affordable housing.