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A program in Salt Lake City decided that it would be smarter — and more humane – to spend $11K/year each to house 17 chronically homeless people and provide them with social workers than it would be to waste the average of $16,670/year per person to imprison them and treat them at emergency rooms. As Nation of Change points out, this commonsense, humane and economically sound way of dealing with homelessness works, unlike the savage approaches taken by other cities (like the Waikiki rep Tom Bowker who smashed homeless peoples’ carts with a sledgehammer, or cities like Tampa, which banned feeding homeless people).
in america the empty homes outnumber the homeless it would be better for the goverment to take over empty motels/ hotels factorys and make them livable for the down and outs who could work at some social programme to do up empty or abandoned homes .
but that is way to sensible for our leaders to do
"good stewards of their personal and shared housing areas and maintain good relations with other tenants, case managers, and property managers."
reply to post by Sly1one
I think that a bit harsh. A lot of people do not choose to be homeless. Have all the homeless veterans choosen to be homeless... No there are reasons for it.
Regardless of what is given to people for free it will not remove my own personal self responsibility. I think most people if given the chance what to be self responsibility.
reply to post by dreamingawake
People absolutely would choose to quit jobs to get the housing.
You honestly think someone who is working two minimum wage jobs and working 10+ hours wouldn't choose to just quit to get the free apartment?
This solution is not going to last long. Like I said, it's a great idea but it is not feasible in the long term for a variety of reasons.
I just wish more cities had tent cities that people could go to without having to go through massive government bureaucracies.