Ending homelessness is easier than you might think. And it is a simple thing to do. So, you may ask, why don’t we do it, why don’t we end homelessness? Well, the answer is just as simple. The reason we don’t end homelessness in the U.S.A. is due to a lack of political will.
People judge the homeless as not being worthy of help, plain and simple.
In Nashville Tennessee, they have a program where they can provide housing and all needed services to the homeless at a cost of 17,000 dollars a year per person. Given that the homeless population in the U.S.A. at any given time averages one million people, the cost of housing every single homeless person in this country for an entire year would cost only 17 Billion dollars. That’s less than what our government spends in Iraq in two months.
The beauty if this is, the average homeless experience lasts only 3 to 4 months. So, although one million people may be housed at any one time in this scenario, about 4 million people would be rescued from homelessness every year. 4 million homeless people put back into real jobs, paying real taxes, (plus the other jobs that would be created for it) would pay for most of such a program.
So, why don’t we do it?