Ending homelessness with Christmas decorations?

According to the most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development annual report, properly addressing the nation’s homeless population in this economic climate would require increasing that section of the agency’s budget 10 times.

That would mean a massive expansion of the budget from just under $2 billion to about $20 billion each year.

But for a bit of perspective, ThinkProgress shows that, as one possibility, the money spent each year on Christmas decorations could match the cost of homelessness. Of course, the economic-minded would remind us that cutting out Christmas decorations would also have consequences for our economy, but there just might be a multipronged solution here.  


Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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