Thursday, March 25, 2010

Apartment rents cheaper than stays in homeless shelters

Cities, states and the federal government pay more to provide the homeless with short-term shelter and services than what it would cost to rent permanent housing.

In Jacksonville, one of the cities included in HUD's study of 9,000 families and individuals, the average bill for a month in an emergency shelter was $799. A market-rate, one-bedroom apartment costs $643.

Many communities probably don't know that they are spending as much "to maintain a cot in a gymnasium with 100 other cots" as it would cost to rent an efficiency apartment, says Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies housing policies. "We are paying for a form of housing that is largely substandard, and we are paying as much, if not more, than standard conventional housing."

Read the report, "Costs Associated with First-Time Homelessness for Families and Individuals," here. And read the USA Today story here.

3 Comments:

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Amber said...

Wow! With that amount of money I can stay for a long period in a Buenos Aires apartment!
The government should review this situation because that is a lot of money to live in a shelter!

 
At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Patt said...

Nice Blog

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous muebles castellon said...

The writer is totally right, and there is no skepticism.

 

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