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

Flower Child & Zephyr (nternet@c2i2.com)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 22:27:10 -0700


Great point, Graeme:  "Is this appropriate housing - or merely
social control based on moral value judgments about people?"

Maybe the problem about simply providing microhousing, microhouse
cohousing neighborhoods, or extended vehicular villages is that
the medical and moral establishments, social workers, doctors,
and so on, will not have enough clients?

Loving all of us,  Flower Child

-----Original Message-----
From: Graeme Bacque <gbacque@idirect.com>
To: HPN <hpn@aspin.asu.edu>
Date: Thursday, November 19, 1998 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: Housing homeless people far cheaper than hospitals &
jails,banker says


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?