There is nothing so cruel in politics as a broken promise to the vulnerable.

In fixing things, politics can help people fix themselves. But a broken promise is further trauma, insult to injury for those too familiar with disappointment.

And when that broken promise was originally a false hope, then the public has every reason to lose faith in politicians and government.

Such is the case with our never-ending campaign on homelessness.

The promises about ending homelessness are nearly as harmful as the experiences of it, for they fake the capacity of public institutions to provide simple and short-term remedies to complex and long-term problems.