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" In BC, research estimates the cost of homelessness to government health care, social and justice systems at $30,000 to $40,000 per person per year. (Housing matters B C – Ministry responsible for housing)
This project’s goal is to build a sustainable environment consisting of a 3to 5 hectares of land with 30 shelters i.e. cabins, campers or mobile homes to house as many homeless people as would be warm and comfortable in the available space.
The homeless people will grow organic food to sell either at farmer’s market or off site. Leaders in the homeless community will manage the whole program. Growing food needs discipline, care and love, is healing and builds self-esteem.
* Welfare rates are far, far below either of the poverty lines, LICO or the MBM.
* Across the four cities, welfare for single employable people was less than half the LICO poverty line and just over half the MBM poverty line. Incomes ranged from a low of 33 percent of the LICO in Alberta to a high of 45 percent in Ontario. Using the MBM, the range was a low of 42 percent in Alberta to a high of 56 percent of the poverty line in Quebec....
* Even people with full-time work were at terrible risk of poverty. In almost every case, a person with a full-time, full-year job at minimum wage could not live above the LICO poverty line....
The cost of rent for average apartments in all four cities was simply beyond the reach of everyone on welfare. For example, rent for an average one-bedroom apartment in Toronto was 146 percent of the welfare income of a single person categorized as employable. A single disabled person and a single parent with one child living in Toronto each needed 85 percent of their entire incomes from welfare for rent alone. ...
Originally posted by ET_MAN
however the problem now LIES in getting Humanity to Listen