Housing The Homeless Saves Money—Here’s The Research That Proves It (via fastcompany)
The city of Los Angeles recently released a list of “initiatives” for “cleaning up” Skid Row. In LA, roughly a quarter of a million people experience homelessness every year. The $3.7 million proposal would alleviate this by - wait for it - adding 10 trash cans to the area, cleaning the streets 12 times a year instead of 4-6 times a year, and “valet cart storage” where homeless people can “check” their grocery carts and belongings.
It’s a fucking insult, is what it is. Los Angeles has enough space to house everyone. And now we have (more) data that prove it’s cheaper to just do that than all of these shitty band-aid solutions. Homeless people need homes, not a cart check.