April 5, 2014
Housing The Homeless Saves Money--Here's The Research That Proves It (Ben Schiller, 4/05/14, Co.Exist)
The best way to stop homelessness is mindbogglingly simple: Give them homes.Providing the homeless with a place to live may seem like a high cost for taxpayers. But the alternative, it turns out, is more costly, new research shows. Subsidized accommodation could actually be a bargain for the public, in purely economic terms.That's because living on the street exposes men and women to higher health risks, so they're more likely to use expensive hospital services. Moreover, the homeless tend to get arrested more often than the rest of the population, which generates additional expense in the criminal justice system.The research looked at Moore Place, an 85-apartment building that opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early 2012. The University of North Carolina Charlotte tracked a group of homeless a year before entering the facility, and then a year afterwards, and recorded a dramatic drop in health care use and jail time.
It's the centeal insight of the Third Way: bigger government (defining the contribution, instead of the benefit) is cheaper government.Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2014 7:26 AM