Why not house the poor in this fashion and make them responsible?It is often commonly believed that the poor who live in the worst of conditions in the slums do not have any morals. They are often belived to be totally unreliable people.
More often than not, they are not miserable people at all. They are quite nice people who have not had the good fortune of a good education and a job. They are poor because of circumstances. While walking along the pavement near the bus-station of the prestgious locality called Velachery, there are at least thirty families who have a few cardboard boxes kept there. They get some water from somewhere and can be seen cooking and eating and washing their clothes in the very same places. Enquiries reveal that they sleep in whatever little spaces are left near the big doors of the shops for the night. They also seem to be using the public toilets nearby.
The idea is this: why not the gated community residents build a small outhouse in the open space of their gated community and get the men to guard the gated communities? The outhouses may have just one room of around one hundred square foot and a small kitchen apart from a bathroom and a toilet. The expenditure can be shared by all residents. Since these are high-earning members of the society, they can easily bear it. With the help of the police and the local owners association, every small family can be rehabilitated and also given a job to do the night patrolling. At least a few families from among the pavement members can benefit. Though this example pertains to Chennai, it can be tried out in other localities of Chennai and all other big cities as well.