Re: Housing homeless people far cheaper than hospitals & jails, banker

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 18:23:06 -0500


Tom Boland wrote:

> The article below cites statistics which indicate that "supportive housing"
> for long-term homeless people is much more cost-effective than
> alternatives, such as mental hospitalization and jail.

How about just housing, period - and leaving people to choose what supports _they_
feel they need (or none at all if this is their wish) on a basis which is totally
seperate from their housing arrangements?

This is rapidly becoming a contentious issue...  the bundling of mandatory
'services' - usually meaning compliance with a psychiatric treatment regimen - with
provision of housing. Failure to partake of said 'services'  often leads to
eviction nad homelessness. Where's the freedom of choice in such an arrangement?

Is this appropriate housing - or merely social control based on moral value
judgments about people?