Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Waste: US Government Spends $4 Million to House 12 Homeless

In yet another display of government inefficiency, government officials in Bethesda, Maryland, located just outside of Washington, D.C., have decided to spend $4 million to house 12 homeless people for a single year. That averages out to approximately $330,000 per person, a figure that grows even more absurd when one observes that the average price of a single family home in the United States is just over $170,000.

The story was first reported by the Washington Examiner:

Owned and operated by Montgomery County's Housing Opportunities Commission, the "permanent supportive housing" facility will be at 4913 Hampden Lane — between Woodmont Avenue and Arlington Road in downtown Bethesda — and will house six studio and six one-bedroom apartments.

The project received $1 million in federal stimulus money, as well as $944,829 from the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs and $2.1 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the state.

The home contains a community room, fitness center, computer center, laundry facility, outdoor enclosed courtyard, and storage space for each of the new tenants. A counselor will be available during the weekdays to work with the residents, and seminars and workshops will be hosted to help them find and maintain jobs. more