Corbyn Pledges to Immediately Buy Homes for the Homeless
Please consider Labour Would 'Immediately' Buy Homes to House Rough Sleepers.
Speaking at a campaign event in Milton Keynes, Corbyn called the level of homelessness in the UK a “disgrace and insult to our country”, and promised a Labour government would end austerity.
"On our first day in office, we will immediately buy all the properties necessary to house the rough sleepers," said Corbyn.
Politically Correct Term
Let's not call them homeless, let's call them "rough sleepers".
A Wikipedia article on Homelessness in England used the word rough 22 time and homeless 127 times.
The Big Issue asks How Many People are Homeless in the UK?
Rough sleepers are just the visible tip of the iceberg when it comes to registering and understanding the homelessness crisis. At the end of December last year 78,930 households were in temporary accommodation, which basically means people or families are put into shelters, hostels, B&Bs, refuges or other social housing but do not have a secure, permanent home.
An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK, according to research by Shelter – that is one in every 201 Brits and an increase of four per cent on last year’s number.
Sure Fire Non-Solution
The sure fire non-solution to the problem is to offer free homes and free food to the homeless.
Many of those on the edge, barely able to afford rent would be more than pleased to have a "free" home and food.
San Francisco Example
On November 18, 2018, I reported San Francisco Forces Large Corporations to Pay "Homeless Tax".
The overall homeless population in San Francisco has fallen from 8,640 in 2004 to 7,499 in 2017. Yes, but at enormous expense. Since 2004, San Francisco has doubled the money it spends on homelessness, to more than $300 million.
And the result feels worse. Why?
- Tents:The proliferation of tents all over the city, in places where before there were mostly just blankets and tarp lean-tos, has been perhaps the biggest driver. The Occupy protest movement that flared in 2011 and died out in 2012 infused hundreds of tents onto the streets, and kindhearted residents followed by raising donations to buy even more.
- Gentrification:As the city’s tech-driven economy exploded, traditional homeless hangouts in places like central SoMa or around the Transbay Terminal were revitalized. Unable to blend in so easily, the homeless migrated elsewhere, causing fresh alarm to those unused to seeing camps.
- Panhandlers: As many as 50 percent of them, by some estimates, are formerly homeless people who now live inside but are so dysfunctional they revert to the one moneymaking technique they’ve always known. They look homeless, but they’re not.
Seattle Reverses Idiotic Tax on Corporations to Support Homeless
On June 12, 2018 I noted Under Pressure, Seattle Reverses Idiotic Tax on Corporations to Support Homeless
Seattle spent $68 million on homelessness last year and plans to spend even more this year, not counting the tax that would have raised roughly $48 million annually.
But a one-night count in January found more than 12,000 homeless people in the Seattle and surrounding region, a 4 percent increase from the previous year.
If you want more of something, you subsidize it. A tax on corporations to shelter the homeless is guaranteed to do one thing, increase the number of homeless moving in to take advantage.
Nonetheless, on May 14, in an idiotic move, the Seattle city council put a head tax on corporations. Today, the city reversed course.
Seattle spent $68 million finding homes for 3,400 homeless people. A 2018 Count puts the number of homeless at 8,600 and rising.
Guarantee homes, and tens of thousands of people will move in.
The city reluctantly reconsidered when Amazon threatened to move, taking its tax payments with it.
Expect Problems to Rise
If you want more of something, subsidize it. Reported homelessness is down slightly, but tents are up, panhandlers are up, and problems are up.
Throw enough money at the problem and people will move in from all over the county.
San Francisco is begging for more problems, and it will get them.
Corbyn will do the same for the UK.
Crunching the Numbers
Seattle spent $68 million finding homes for 3,400 homeless people.
That's a cost of $20,000 per person.
Approximately 320,000 people are homeless in the UK.
320,000 * $20,000 = $6,400,000,000
Corbyn's proposal would initially cost about $6.4 billion. But it would not stop there.
Immediately buying all the properties needed to shelter 320,000 people would drive up the price of rent, forcing more people on the street.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock