It’s no secret that there is a lot of money in homelessness. A study published on bizjournals.com in November of 2017 shows the price of homelessness in Seattle alone:
The Puget Sound area spends more than $1.06 billion per year addressing and responding to the homelessness crisis. To estimate the economic impact of homelessness, the Business Journal spent six months examining the budgets of dozens of nonprofits that work on the issue; city and county budgets; police and emergency calls to encampments and resource centers; hospital services; permanent and temporary housing; and drug treatment and outreach.
What they need is community support and supportive services that require them to be accountable and self-sufficient.
Progressive policies don’t just cost taxpayers extreme amounts of money, they often do not address the issue and even worse, do not work towards solving the problem creating a snowball effect becoming more and more expensive and less and less effective.
Using a recent referendum shot down last week by 83 percent of Denver voters which would legalize ‘vagrancy,’ National Review Online says “The more that progressive policies have failed to address the homelessness problem in urban areas, the more that progressives are doubling down on bad solutions.”
Last week Denver voted on Issue 300, a measure brought by “advocates for the homeless” who wanted to legalize “camping” in the streets, including in front of homes and local businesses. “This was too much for voters, even in a city that gave Donald Trump only 19 percent of the vote in 2016.” Even Denver’s “Liberal mayor Michael Hancock said the city had dodged making a bad situation worse. Noting that tent cities had already begun sprouting up n parks and alleyways, he maintained that ‘300 would have created an unsanitary problem for the homeless and for Denver residents.”
The NRO article quoted a piece from the Washington Examiner written by Peter Droege, former executive director of Step 13, a homeless shelter in Denver who said “What these activists do not understand is that people struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, or addiction do not want to be enabled in their behavior…Nor do they need greater access to drugs or alcohol. What they need is community support and supportive services that require them to be accountable and self-sufficient.”