Good news, everyone! We can fix homelessness for everyone, forever, and it only costs $18.1 billion per year! If you think that sounds unlikely or improbable, then your name is not Mark Johnston and you are not the “acting assistant housing secretary for community planning and development.”
Annie Lowrey of the New York Times wrapped up a story on homelessness with this paragraph:
Mark Johnston, the acting assistant housing secretary for community planning and development, estimated that homelessness could be effectively eradicated in the United States at an annual cost of about $20 billion. The housing department’s budget for addressing homelessness is currently about $1.9 billion.
And if the Department of Housing and Urban development had a dime for every person who’s ever put a dollar amount on how much it would cost to end homelessness, poverty, et. al., they’d probably have that extra $18.1 billion.