Not only is it morally wrong to let people live desperately on the streets, but it doesn’t make much economical sense either.
A new study has found that it’s significantly cheaper to house the homeless than leave them on the streets.
University of North Carolina Charlotte researchers released a study on Monday that tracked chronically homeless adults housed in the Moore Place facility run by Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center (UMC) in partnership with local government. Housing these people led to dramatic cost savings that more than paid for the cost of putting them in decent housing, including $1.8 million in health care savings from 447 fewer ER visits (78% reduction) and 372 fewer hospital days (79% reduction). Tenants also spent 84 fewer days in jail, with a 72% drop in arrests.
Moore Place cost $6 million in land and construction costs, and tenants are required to contribute 30% of their income (mainly benefits) towards rent. The remainder of the $14,000 per tenant annually is covered by donations and local and federal funding. According to the UNCC study, that $14,000 pales in comparison to the costs a chronically homeless person racks up every year to society — a stunning $39,458 in combined medical, judicial and other costs.
What’s more, Moore Place is enabling the formerly homeless to find their own sources of income. Without housing, just 50% were able to generate any income. One year after move-in, they’re up to 82%. And after an average length of 7 years of homelessness, 94% of the original tenants retained their housing after 18 months, with a 99% rent collection rate.
The general population is biased: The original proposal for Moore Place was “controversial, if not ridiculed,” according to the Charlotte Observer. Locals mocked the idea that giving the homeless subsidized housing would do any good. A 2011 report commissioned by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that people have condescending attitudes towards the homeless, with the public perceiving higher levels of substance abuse problems (91%) and mental health issues (85%) than reported by the homeless themselves (41% and 24% respectively). It concluded that if “personal failings as the main cause of homelessness, it is unlikely that they will vote for increased public assistance or volunteer to help the homeless themselves.”
But “you can’t argue with the statistics," said UMC housing director Caroline Chambre. “This approach was controversial at one time because of the stereotype of who the homeless are, and we had to change that stereotype.”
In 2012, total welfare spending for the poor was just 0.47% of the federal budget. It turns out that maybe if we spent a little more to help the chronically destitute solve their problems, we could save a lot of money.
8:13 pm • 15 August 2014 • 14,978 notes
Following the news this week made me really, really angry and I don’t think some people realize just how many Americans are affected by aggressive and militarized law enforcement. We need to call for immediate police reform for the sake of the kids coming up right now.
7:44 pm • 15 August 2014 • 4,289 notes
Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims
1. Criminalizing Blackness in America
2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares”
3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death
4. The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)
5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently
This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe
7:39 pm • 15 August 2014 • 66,437 notes
African Americans are being murdered in cold blood by the Ferguson regime. There is a media blackout to prevent evidence aginst the state for committing human rights violations #UnitedNations #OpFerguson #revolution #RBG #Revot #injustice #USA #AMERICA #NRA #WARCRIMES #TERRORISM
Here’s another link detailing this shooting: Howard Alum Was Shot In The Head In Ferguson, Conflicting Reports On What Took Place [Photo][Video]
7:37 pm • 15 August 2014 • 11,235 notes
SIGN THE PETITION TO THE FEDS: Stop militarizing our police–http://wefb.it/0AEAE3
Signed it - Your turn!
7:35 pm • 15 August 2014 • 237 notes
Strippers getting mad at pole dancers part 3748 of an unlimited series
Why hate tho? Strippers is athletes too.
We’re hating bc the dead stripper at the bachelor party is a joke used in more than a handful of tv shows and movies, cuz friends thought it would be funny to accuse the stripper of stealing, cuz Chris rock jokes about keeping his daughter off the pole and there are jokes about don’t name your daughter Bambi if you don’t want her to know her way around a pole.
We hate cuz these girls separate themselves from strippers by declaring us talentless, by reassuring themselves and potential audiences that they don’t have daddy issues like we do, they weren’t abused like we were, that they’re artists and we are dumb sluts who shuffle around a pole.
We hate because they do pole dancing for a hobby, sanitizing it through the above mechanisms, while we lose jobs, children, admittance to university, and family members for the way we pay rent.
We hate because police joke during raids that if you rape a sex worker, is it rape or theft?
We hate because if we’re assaulted, we can’t go to the cops and know we’ll be taken seriously, let alone get fair treatment.
But go on, talk about how it’s all equal and it’s all sporting.
7:35 pm • 15 August 2014 • 967 notes
The media is the 4th branch of the government. it is time to take the media and journalist to task for their wording.
7:32 pm • 15 August 2014 • 15,596 notes
Nostradamus, is that you filling out police reports?
Stay on it y’all!!! Stay on it!! Catch these lying ass m-fers in their lies!!! STAY ON IT!!!! ***trying so hard not to rage and scream…*
7:30 pm • 15 August 2014 • 66,648 notes
BREAKING: Ferguson Police Chief Admits Mike Brown Shooting Not Related To Robbery
The case around Mike Brown’s killing by a Ferguson police officer is only getting murkier.
After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.
Jackson told reporters that Brown and a friend were in fact stopped, “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”
He also admitted that Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, didn’t suspect Brown at the time that he stopped him.
When Chief Jackson was asked by reporters why his department chose to release the robbery tape if it was unrelated to the shooting, he replied that he had to because “the media asked for it.”
Who says social media doesn’t make a difference? Their police chief having to backtrack after everyone calls them out for bald-faced lies.
7:26 pm • 15 August 2014 • 18,062 notes
This is a summary of college only using two pictures; expensive as hell.
That’s my Sociology “book”. In fact what it is is a piece of paper with codes written on it to allow me to access an electronic version of a book. I was told by my professor that I could not buy any other paperback version, or use another code, so I was left with no option other than buying a piece of paper for over $200. Best part about all this is my professor wrote the books; there’s something hilariously sadistic about that. So I pretty much doled out $200 for a current edition of an online textbook that is no different than an older, paperback edition of the same book for $5; yeah, I checked. My mistake for listening to my professor.
This is why we download.
Spreading this shit like nutella because goddamn textbooks are so expensive.
not necessarily art related but as someone who couldn’t afford their textbooks this semester this is a godsend
REBLOGGING because after a little digging, I found my $200 textbook for free in PDF form.
friendly reminder that this exists since I know we’re all going back to college soon
Will reblog every time I see it.
7:24 pm • 15 August 2014 • 727,866 notes