Homeless Veterans: A Rational Perspective
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 19, 2016
Let’s get some perspective.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s January 2012 annual point-in-time count found that 633,782 people across the United States were homeless, 57,849 of which were veterans.
However, other homelessness counts vary widely, with some estimates as high as 3.5 million.
Amnesty International USA’s 2011 study found that there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the United States, outnumbering homeless people five times.
The United States Census Bureau found that the average sales price of the average house sold in the United States in December 2013 was $311,400.
(See also St. Louis Federal Reserve Data on price of the average house sold.)
The Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II so-called “do everything” jet is the most expensive weapons program ever in the history of the Department of Defense, remains fraught with cost overruns, design, software & manufacturing failures, is yet to be proven, and has thus far cost taxpayers a total of $1.5 trillion.
If an average house which sold for $311,400 were purchased for each of the 633,782 homeless people in our United States, the total cost to taxpayers would have been $197,359,714,800.
There would be $1,302,640,285,200 remaining.
If the same $311,400 average house were bought for a high estimate of 3.5 million homeless, it would cost $1,089,900,000,000 – and there still would be a savings of $410,100,000,000 remaining.
What if Congress were to pass a law giving one-time tax deductions/tax breaks of $311,400 each to lenders currently holding mortgages on the 18.5 million now-unoccupied houses for every house they gave to a homeless veteran, family, or individual?
We ~CAN!~ solve our nation’s wretched homelessness problem!
All it takes is creative thinking!
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