Friday, May 8, 2015

How to Solve the Homeless Problem? Give Them a Home

There are dozens of blocks of homeless folks like this in downtown Los Angeles.

I've advocated for a guaranteed basic income to alleviate poverty for quite a while now. It suffers from lack of support because it's counter-intuitive, with many people believing that giving free money will mean the poor will spend it and still be poor. That's not true, but what are you going to do?

Possibly you could learn from this man, Tom Tsembaris, who simply figured out that giving free homes to the homeless -- without preconditions, like being clean from drugs -- was a simple and more cost-effective way of getting people off the street and into counseling, rehab, healthcare, and the like.

It's a good story. We should apply it to poverty, and don't be surprised if it would be cost-effective, as well.

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