Running a small business can bring up a complicated web of emotional and ethical questions. On one hand, it takes a lot more work and savvy to stay afloat if you don't have the cush of a corporation with huge investments. On the other hand, running a small business means you can call the shots and create a space that is more personal and community oriented.
While a lot of corporate shops are swift to kick out homeless people even if they're genuinely looking around to find a space to hang out, small businesses often serve as a haven where neighbors can actually get to know each other and move past the judgments of classism. Particularly, during a time when income inequality is soaring and homelessness is on the rise everywhere. Statistically, most Americans are more likely to become homeless than rich.
While the concept of treating our homeless neighbors like any other neighbor shouldn't be that complicated in action, there is still a lot of fear and stigma around homelessness.