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Old 10-24-2019, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Adding this: the fully functional with jobs who can't afford housing could be relocated to less expensive areas to live. There are towns in the USA where you can buy a house for $20,000. Seattle is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live. People who can't afford to live in Seattle have a huge selection available of places with a much lower cost of living.
That's a good idea but it is still America (for at least a little while longer unless the Trumpian forces get reelected) and you can't forcibly relocate people against their will.
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Old 10-24-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Adding this: the fully functional with jobs who can't afford housing could be relocated to less expensive areas to live. There are towns in the USA where you can buy a house for $20,000. Seattle is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live. People who can't afford to live in Seattle have a huge selection available of places with a much lower cost of living.
If a house costs $20,000, there are virtually no jobs. We haven't had forced relocations since WWII.

I'm not opposed to King County making relocation assistance (bus/plane ticket + temporary assistance) available to those who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless, and have family/friends elsewhere willing to sponsor them.
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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If a house costs $20,000, there are virtually no jobs. We haven't had forced relocations since WWII.

I'm not opposed to King County making relocation assistance (bus/plane ticket + temporary assistance) available to those who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless, and have family/friends elsewhere willing to sponsor them.
Considering that the homeless population we generally are talking about isn't likely to be gainfully employed without a make-work situation, a place where disability/social security is enough to live could be ideal.

Of course, no one is a small town wants an influx of NW junkies, so there is that problem.
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Old 10-24-2019, 08:14 PM
 
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Seattle is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live.

And it drives me nuts that the city wants to build and maintain subsidized housing in the most expensive parts of town, rather than in the cheapest, where they could get more housing for their money!
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Considering that the homeless population we generally are talking about isn't likely to be gainfully employed without a make-work situation, a place where disability/social security is enough to live could be ideal.

Of course, no one is a small town wants an influx of NW junkies, so there is that problem.
The post I was replying to said: "the fully functional with jobs who can't afford housing could be relocated to less expensive areas to live. There are towns in the USA where you can buy a house for $20,000."

Relocation assistance was proposed by a conservative King County Council Member (Reagan Dunn). He wanted to restrict it to locales where the individual had family willing to provide them with a place to stay, so they wouldn't simply go from being homeless here to being homeless somewhere else.

I would also require that the relocation not be in lieu of substance abuse treatment, if that is indicated.
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