Comment by homelessphilosopher following Deseret News story copied below:
It should be much more cost-effective than FAILED multi-million dollar Housing First projects aimed at chronically homeless alcoholics, which permit residents to continue drinking in their small apartments and see a lot of deaths from alcohol-related causes.
Of course it will be subsidized, but to a lesser degree than Housing First. Plus, you can (and must) require better behavior from residents.
Another alternative is the Tiny House Community model, in which residents are involved in everything from initial construction to ongoing maintenance of common areas, along with paying a modest monthly fee and abiding by a reasonable code of conduct.
I’ve observed the FAILED homeless shelter / services industry in Boulder, CO since coming to live in Colorado in 2008, and there are more homeless people on the streets here now than ever. This is true despite various 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness. I don’t believe that’s the plan at all: More Homeless People = More Money, and the “nonprofits” no more wish to put themselves out of business than do government agencies.
Wasn’t the Hotel Boulderado a flophouse just a few decades ago? Reading between the lines of the article linked to here, it seems like it. And, Boulder, CO also tries to hide its historical Red Light District, now vanished forever but once located between the current Municipal Building and the Boulder Public Library in Central Park.
Certainly, a flophouse with working plumbing is preferable to transients peeing and pooping in Boulder Creek. There’s always a demand for sex workers, too. Maybe Boulder city planners, who are committed to micromanaging every aspect of citizens’ lives, could design and promote a Dirty Shame Campus catering to all of the vices known to man, and to woman.
Seems like a progressive idea to me . . .