I spent 24 years in a refugee camp. I know how it feels to be homelessness.
homelessness is solvable.
We need a new approach that is data driven.
Numerous studies conducted recently, show that having permanent supportive housing is a proven solution to ending homelessness. It offers long-term housing stability, but also it improves our fellow Americans’ health and well-being.
It cost the taxpayers an average of $35, 578 per year. If we would place our fellow neighbors in supportive housing. The cost would be reduced significantly to an average of $12,800.
How? It reduces the use of publicly funded services for example; emergency department, hospitalizations and jail etc.
We need to push for Congress, county government and the Metropolitan council to invest in permanent housing to drive permanent solutions.
Housing is a human right.