But how bad is it, really? Hard to see, when I live in a relatively wealthy college town.
Meanwhile, Indiana, like everywhere else, is experiencing extreme growth in opioid addiction.
So, and how much does this ongoing destruction also have to do with voracious corporations like Walmart crowding out Mom-and-Pop stores?
Melissa and Aaron Dykes, of truthstream media, start the following video with their search for a public bathroom in the city of San Francisco at night. That alone tells you something about what it’s like to be homeless in America in 2017.
Meanwhile, I am happy to announce that our fair city, Bloomington Indiana, has just opened it’s second new apartment complex for those without homes.
“A Place to Call Home: Opening of Crawford II,: with 36 new housing units, expands housing options for the chronically homeless. (Unfortunately, this long and very well written article is not available without a subscription to the Herald-Times.) So I cite one nugget from it here:
“The first complex [opened in 2013] increased residents’ income by 29%, reduced their visits to the emergency room by 65%, cut their incarceration rates by 88%.”
So, just to be practical —not even considering the ethics of the situation that has made the privileged few increasingly wealthy and trampled on the growing poor — in terms of public expense, which is greater, the one-time expense of building apartments, or ongoing payments for emergency visits and periodic incarceration. Do the math. Clearly, Housing First works.