The cost to cure homelessness

"According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it would cost $20 billion to end homelessness in the United States. That is a big number, yes, but let’s put it into perspective:

  • Americans spend $19 billion a year on unplugged appliances.

  • Americans spend more than $35 billion a year on gym memberships.

  • The U.S. government spent around $718 billion on its military in 2019 alone.

Ending homelessness is not only an achievable goal (and a moral obligation for many), but it’s also one that would likely save money in the long run. The government spends an average of $35,578 per year for every person who must endure chronic homelessness. Much of this money goes toward publicly funded crisis services, including jails, hospitalizations, and emergency departments.

Popular alternative solutions to end homelessness, such as permanent supportive housing, focus on helping people access permanent housing and coordinated services like mental health treatment and financial assistance. Permanent supportive housing costs $12,800 per person per year on average. But more on the solutions to end homelessness later."

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Just another thought, there are approximtely 156 million US citizens currently employed. That being said if 156 million people gave approximately 130.00 we could erradicate

homelessness. A small number and small sacrifice from individuals who have so much more than those living day in and day out on the streets.

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