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  • Well, mostly no. LOL. First off, this legislation has zero chance of passing in the Senate. Even if it somehow pushed through the Senate, it'd have zero chance of actually being funded. So, in that sense, no. Also, even if you somehow pushed it through and somehow funded it, it'd take years or even decades for the gov't to find a place to build these apartments and then actually build them. In that time span, most people homeless now will not still be alive unless they receive other assistance. But most of all, it treats the symptom and not the disease. In San Francisco, for instance, there are swaths of unoccupied places right next to the neighbourhoods full of homeless people. People just can't afford those places, and, even if they could, many homeless people don't just need a place to stay - they need someone to look after them. The entire reason why we have a homeless problem now is partly because funding for mental hospitals was cut off and the folks interned there were turned out on the streets in the 1980's and 1990's. Another contributor is that the rent is too high near where the good jobs are, so young people without savings cannot move to a place and get work there - they either move far away and have to commute or they take crumby jobs. And I highly doubt that the proposed bill will be able to build more low-income housing units near wherever the cool jobs are (or, if they do, the cool jobs are likely to move somewhere else, away from poor people). I think both Omar and AOC have missed the forest for the trees with this one.
    • Archie Bunker
      Kinda like folks in Pelosi's neighborhood fighting to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhood. I'm sure because of the fact that crime always follows and so does the decrease in property value. But, just looking at San Francisco, one of the contributing factors is the plethora of government agencies that have to study the issue and submit permits stops people from wanting to put up any kind of housing. Government is getting in the way.
    • bostjan64
      https://www.truthdig.com/articles/vacant-houses-outnumber-homeless-people-in-u-s/ 18.5 million vacant homes in the USA. You could give each homeless person two houses, each Puerto Rican three, and still have half left over! Sure that's not how that works, but, my point is that there isn't a lack of housing in the USA.
    • bostjan64
      "San Francisco ... have to study the issue and submit permits stops people from wanting to put up any kind of housing." Bingo. Also worth noting that almost all of the Reagan-era project housing in cities like Detroit are either destroyed or so far beyond repair that they need to be. We tried this approach, got more than enough data to prove that it doesn't work, and now they want to try it again. Insanity.
  • Monopoly homes? Haha. I say let her, AS LONG AS SHE DOESN'T USE TAXPAYER MONEY! (or illegal means) Let her figure out a way to do it.
    • Archie Bunker
      The only way she CAN do it is by raising taxes. And not just on the "rich" people.

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