Why is homelessness not a choice?
Homelessness is a cocktail of personal challenges, public failures, family disintegration, addiction and mental-health issues, coupled with a lack of affordable housing and underemployment. It is not a choice to live houseless — it is actually a lack of choices.
Is it cheaper to end homelessness?
Ending homelessness is not only an achievable goal (and a moral obligation for many), but its also one that would likely save money in the long run. The government spends an average of $35,578 per year for every person who must endure chronic homelessness.
Is homelessness a life choice?
Homelessness is a conscious and affirmative choice to live without shelter. As one research participant put it: “It can be a choice. People can decide to make themselves homeless and to seek a more free approach to life.”