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Monday, January 26, 2004  

The Poor House

This article claims to have found the answer for homeless people in cities. It involves subsidized housing with some rules.

". . . Studying shelters in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1990s, Culhane found that although the long-term homeless made up only 10 percent of the homeless population over three years, they were using half of all shelter beds on any given night. And when Culhane compared the costs of supporting those with and without permanent housing, he discovered that it cost a city just $1,000 more annually per person to offer supportive housing - with services for mental health, addictions, employment, and other needs - than to care for the chronically homeless."

Basically, what they've "invented" is a new form of The Poor House or Poor Farm which counties used to have where the indigent went to live (including children with their parents). People had to do some work in return for their room and board.

It will be interesting to see if this program increases free-riders, maintains the depraved, or helps people get back on their feet and re-order their lives.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:46 PM |