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(SFGate)   Well of course if you spend $165 million every year on the homeless in your city it's only going to encourage more homeless people to move there   ( divider line
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2014-03-12 06:38:50 PM  
I'm betting that they can find a solution at $24,000 per person. What's more they spend twice as much to keep someone in their county jail for a year.
2014-03-12 06:45:59 PM  
I've lived on the east coast and in the plains, and am currently in the mountains(CO).  The homeless go where they are welcomed.  That's it.  In KS, wichita would take the homeless and drive them to the douglas county line, drop them off and tell them, point blank, not to come back.  While I was there, Douglas county spent tens of million$ on shelters, job-seeking help, career advice centers and the like.  The homeless population kept rising, and none of the counselors could figure out why.  They clogged the downtown, sitting in coffee shops all day, driving away customers, and started killing the local businesses, but the local police couldn't do anything about it, as their hands were tied: the local park was the breeding ground, and due to several ordinances allowing tents(and a local church doing a tent-giveaway for the homeless), they started up their own community.  If you were homeless in Douglas county, you had 3-5 meals a day, as long as you didn't mind being preached at.  The problem with most of them was that they had no desire to better themselves.  They'd concoct the most outlandish tales to get money to feed their habits, but they never realized that if they spent half the effort they were spending on scoring the next hit, they'd have a job, a place to call their own, and a road to travel to self-sufficiency.  Most of them were fine with just existing, until they no longer exist.

Denver, much the same.  Adams county police will pick up the homeless, drive them to the denver county line and do the same as in KS.  Don't come back, we don't want you.  And the Denver homeless population is swelling.  I don't have much sympathy for them anymore: if they spent half the effort they use to get drugs, or to get drunk, on more constructive habits, they'd all be doing fine.  Instead, they're just existing.

/Get a job, damnit
//knows several employers who will take felons
///knows several felons, gainfully employed
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