Treating Homelessness

You might think all you have to do is give homeless and poor people more money. The problem is, this does nothing to create more housing. Without more housing all you get is the homeless and poor competing for the same substandard housing with more money. The landlords just raise the rent. To reduce homelessness, you must literally create more affordable housing. Private builders refuse to do that. Without subsidies, they can’t make money that way. It will not happen without government action.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)