Giving the homeless a home is often cheaper than leaving them on the streets

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  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    July 17, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    This will only work until the public catches on. Then everyone will become homeless to get a free home.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    July 17, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    First, I applaud any effort as seen here to address the immediate needs of the homeless. Second, I have long thought that the real solution is with the source of the problem and the responsibility of the extended family to step in to help and support each other. For example, I would suspect that within a community such as SLC (as the DN Subscriber has referenced), many of these homeless people have local connections. The city and state should first attempt to reconnect families who could then be the source of support and help. We keep trying to put a bandaid on this when we really need to address the source of the problem.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 17, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    What is the number of homeless people in Salt Lake City now, according to local sources, not a quote from a San Francisco paper?

    What is the condition of the dedicated buildings where the homeless have been given homes in Salt Lake City? Who maintains them? Who pays for utilities? Who actually lives in each unit in addition to (or possibly instead of) the person who initially qualified?

    Other than shifting taxpayer costs from one set of programs to another what have been the costs/benefits of the Salt Lake "give them a home" program?

    There seems to have been little information about this program in Salt Lake City until this story (or I may have missed the coverage) but it sounds like it is either a really good program, or one where the results have been selectively reported to advance the agenda of specific advocacy groups for their program.

    How about an independent and in depth examination of the Salt Lake program, not Canada or Timbukto.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    July 17, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    As a youngster, we lived for a couple years in "the projects" ... a group of low-income homes in NW Minneapolis heavily subsidized by the government. I went back a couple years ago to see the area -- they had all been torn down due to the dilapidated state of the neighborhood.

    A few years ago we had to leave our assignment in Northern Virginia and decided to rent our place. After one of the renters (also military) had to leave early, we got caught in the late year trap and ended-up renting to an 8A subsidized family. The county forced us to rent at a price roughly $600 below our mortgage cost (better than nothing, so we thought), of which they (county) subsidized half for the family. They trashed our place, and when we moved back 2 years later, it cost us over $50K to repair it.

    Bottom line, it's been my experience that what one doesn't have to earn on their own / pay for, they don't appreciate, and don't care for. I hope this experience in Canada turns out differently, and that it not be a short-term positive / long-term negative.