Mark, thank you for this piece. Here is stupid question number 1 and 2.
#1 How many homes would the money used to build a single B2 bomber buy?
$2,000,000,000 is a lot of homes. #2 I read what you wrote, and I
presume that since you wrote this, you support the idea, but you never
did actually say what your opinion is, at least that I noticed.
There is a program around here where the government agency forms up
groups of 10 to 15 couples that want to own their own homes. The group
is required to meet together and to take courses in home ownership and
other life skills. During the process they pick out a floor plan from
among a dozen or so, and the group learns to build that floor plan.
Each person learns some specialty and then they start building houses.
No one can move in until all the homes are completed. Their sweat
equity reduces the mortgage size to an amount they can handle, and the
program offers them low interest rates. There are a bunch of fair and
obvious rules, but essentially any couple that has a job and wants to
own a home can own one. Finished home costs (mortgages) generally are
in the $35 to $50 k range. Is the program expensive for taxpayers?
Compared to the alternatives? No idea.
Mark Allen wrote:
The following is strictly my personal opinion based on what I've readand
*Housing First Methodology*
*"Housing first" *is an alternative to the current system of emergency
shelter/transitional housing, which tends to prolong the length of time
people remain homeless. The methodology is premised on the belief thatinterventions
vulnerable and at-risk homeless people are more responsive to
and social services support *after they are in their own housing*,rather
than while living in temporary/transitional facilities or housingand
permanent housing, these people can begin to regain the self-confidence
control over their lives they lost when they became homeless.is
For over 10 years, the housing first methodology has proven to be a
practical means to ending and preventing homelessness. The methodology
currently being adapted by organizations throughout the United StatesTechnical
through Beyond Shelter's *Institute for Research, Training and
the National Alliance to End Homelessness'http://www.endhomelessness.org/networks/housingfirst/intro.htm>
*Housing First Network*<
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