Here’s a bizarre SAN DIEGO U-T story detailing how absurdly expensive the city’s homeless shelter is during this pandemic. It’s bizarre because the newspaper is actually acting like it’s a NEWSpaper!
If it weren’t for the pandemic, it would be cheaper to book our homeless on luxury cruises — where the low-end cost can vary from $100 to $200 per person per day. Probably bigger group discounts could be negotiated. BTW, that cruise ship comparison is MY observation — not the U-T’s.
Another thought: I suspect that a closer look at ALL city costs for this shelter would discover the total taxpayer outlay is significantly ABOVE the $210/person figure. For instance, I seriously doubt this accounting includes the city employees being used in the shelter — unneeded city employees who otherwise should have been furloughed.
One additional point: Remember that the homeless also qualify for other taxpayer benefits. Start with “food stamps.” And many will qualify for California’s “you didn’t have to had been working before” unemployment payments — which in turn qualifies the recipients for the more lucrative FEDERAL “unemployment” payouts.