Housing: A right or good financial sense?

A new study out of Los Angeles today has found that housing a homeless person is cheaper than leaving them to fend for themselves on the streets. It’s an argument has been reinforced for years by cost-benefit analysis after cost-benefit analysis in cities across the country.

The emphasis on these types studies is incredibly frustrating. Why do cost studies trump historically significant declarations that proclaim housing to be a basic human right, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the National Housing Goal in the 1949 Housing Act?

You would think that having both good intentions and the ledgers on the same side would make the issue a forgone conclusion.

Forget Cost-Benefit Studies, Housing is a Human Right!

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