Government is Just a Word for Doing Things Together… February 5, 2016Posted by geoff in News.
Update: Looks like I screwed my very elementary division (per John Tyler’s helpful correction in the comments), and ended up accusing LA County of spending 10 times more per person than they really spent. Which says that they are actually pretty economical in their treatment of homeless people. Although it’s not clear that they included the budgets for the agencies that administer to those people – it looks like they just counted the actual services rendered. Regardless, you can safely discount the entire post below.
From Los Angeles:
Los Angeles County spends close to $1 billion a year caring for and managing homeless people, with a majority of the money going to their health needs, according to a new report.
Quite a bit of dough – how many people does that help?
The study, produced for the county chief executive office’s homeless initiative, examined costs for 150,000 single adults who experienced homelessness during a 12-month period in 2014-2015.
They didn’t bother to do the math, but that means it costs LA County $66,667 per year to deal with one homeless person. And at the end of that year, the number of homeless people hasn’t changed.
The poverty level for a single person is $11,770. The median income for a single person in 2012 was $27K. How can LA manage to dump that much money into the homeless situation and change nothing?
The answer, of course, lies in all the government mouths to feed along the way, and the inefficiency that always accompanies activities that aren’t driven by profit.