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Not only is it morally wrong to let people live desperately on the streets, but it doesn’t make much economical sense either.
A new study has found that it’s significantly cheaper to house the homeless than leave them on the streets.
University of North Carolina Charlotte researchers released a study on Monday that tracked chronically homeless adults housed in the Moore Place facility run by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center (UMC) in partnership with local government. Housing these people led to dramatic cost savings that more than paid for the cost of putting them in decent housing, including $1.8 million in health care savings from 447 fewer ER visits (78% reduction) and 372 fewer hospital days (79% reduction). Tenants also spent 84 fewer days in jail, with a 72% drop in arrests.
Moore Place cost $6 million in land and construction costs, and tenants are required to contribute 30% of their income (mainly benefits) towards rent. The remainder of the $14,000 per tenant annually is covered by donations and local and federal funding. According to the UNCC study, that $14,000 pales in comparison to the costs a chronically homeless person racks up every year to society — a stunning $39,458 in combined medical, judicial and other costs.
What’s more, Moore Place is enabling the formerly homeless to find their own sources of income. Without housing, just 50% were able to generate any income. One year after move-in, they’re up to 82%. And after an average length of 7 years of homelessness, 94% of the original tenants retained their housing after 18 months, with a 99% rent collection rate.
The general population is biased: The original proposal for Moore Place was “controversial, if not ridiculed,” according to the Charlotte Observer. Locals mocked the idea that giving the homeless subsidized housing would do any good. A 2011 report commissioned by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that people have condescending attitudes towards the homeless, with the public perceiving higher levels of substance abuse problems (91%) and mental health issues (85%) than reported by the homeless themselves (41% and 24% respectively). It concluded that if “personal failings as the main cause of homelessness, it is unlikely that they will vote for increased public assistance or volunteer to help the homeless themselves.”
But “you can’t argue with the statistics," said UMC housing director Caroline Chambre. “This approach was controversial at one time because of the stereotype of who the homeless are, and we had to change that stereotype.”
In 2012, total welfare spending for the poor was just 0.47% of the federal budget. It turns out that maybe if we spent a little more to help the chronically destitute solve their problems, we could save a lot of money.
Of course, what’s more important than saving money is being able to punish people and enjoy the warm glow of moral superiority while you do it.
"well, it seems we are at an impasse."
"so we are. carry on, cat"
"same to you, bird."
Battling my weight has always been somewhat of a common occurrence for me. I’ll go through periods when I don’t care what I look like or what others think about me and other times I’ll hesitate to leave the house. Our society puts so much emphasis on the way people should look, how we should eat, how we should be. Even the people closest to you seem to always have an opinion about your body.
For me, sometimes I feel like my head is drowning. All of these phrases and labels are thrown around and are essentially pushed down our throats. How am I supposed to form any sort of opinion about myself? How am I supposed to love who I am when all I know of myself is what I hear through other people’s mouths?
My second Insecurity piece for my Love Thy Self series. I’m so proud of this one and it’s all true. These are direct quotes I’ve heard from people I know, magazines, tv, etc. It just seems to be never-ending and it can be hard to keep my head above water sometimes but at the end of the day, deep down, I do love who I am. NOT based on the way I look but I know that I am a good person and that’s all that matters. If you don’t like me because of the way I look then I don’t need you in my life.
Sometimes when I’m laying just the right way, I can see my ass out of the corner of my eye, and I can’t help but think to myself, “Damn.”
I’m gonna roll a couple of cigarettes and get back to painting.
The thunderstorm is over and all I wanted was some nice pitter patter to play along with my music.
The sunshine is nice too though.
Let’s go to the park.
Ode to Apollo 11 and the joy of discovery
STOP WHAT YOURE DOING. THERES A KITTY SWIMMING ON YOUR DASH