Homelessness is a symptom that makes everything else much worse for everyone involved, not least the tax payer. The good thing is that we already know how to solve it. But as usual, there's no money in the cure, and riches to be made in the treatment. https://theconversation.com/if-we-realised-the-true-cost-of-homelessness-wed-fix-it-overnight-143998
If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we'd fix it overnight
When the moratorium on evictions ends, even more Australians will face housing insecurity and homelessness. Beyond the moral and health cases, there's a powerful financial reason to end homelessness.https://theconversation.com/if-we-realised-the-true-cost-of-homelessness-wed-fix-it-overnight-143998
Build a couple of these and house the worst cases no questions asked. Simple food, simple lodging, simple clothing. Simple gardening and building work in return, staffed by ex-homeless and lay-brothers and sisters from monastic orders. Sex segregated. https://twitter.com/wrathofgnon/status/1016520935275286529?s=20
You can fit an almshouse and its gardens on the parking lot of a typical supermarket. Make the rules as strict or as lenient as needed. Keep building them until everyone is housed, if there is ever a surplus, charge rent or start housing single elderly. https://twitter.com/wrathofgnon/status/1052466453692043265?s=20
Build ONLY with natural materials, let the building cost a lot, if needed, as long as the money goes to labor, for honest people to feed their families. Nothing mass produced, no quick fixes. "Slow homes", not "fast housing". Its cheaper in the long run. https://twitter.com/wrathofgnon/status/1276394230995247104?s=20
Addiction and mental illness drives homelessness, but once you are on the street those problems become exponentially worse or even chronic. By providing homes based on what has worked before, we can stop things from spiraling out of control for the vast majority of cases.