Friday, February 13, 2009

Saving lives and tax dollars

Even if caring for the poor, the homeless comes down to a numbers game, check out the numbers here:

"So how does the cost of housing and services compare to the cost of endlessly churning 50 people through jails, courtrooms and emergency rooms? ...

... however you calculate it, one thing is clear: For roughly the same investment of county tax dollars, the bulk of the 50 are in recovery rather than a permanent state of decline here in the homeless capital of the United States. And there could well be long-term savings."

~ Steve Lopez "Smart-spending skid row program saves lives"

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