The city of Denver is spending more on the homeless population than on k-12 students and law enforcement.
From The Daily Caller:
The city spent between $41,679 and $104,201 per person on its homeless population, compared to $19,202 per student in K-12 public schools in 2020, according to the report. In total it spent $481 million on healthcare, housing and other services for homeless people, over $100 million more than the Department of Public Safety’s budget.
Homeless spending was also roughly double the $20,000 average annual rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Denver, according to the report. (RELATED: All-Out Brawl Breaks Out In Venice Beach Boardwalk, Includes Man With Large Pole)
Denver’s homeless population increased by 25% between January 2017-2020, according to the report. The report did not measure the homeless population for the 2020-2021 period, but did note that emergency shelter “guests” increased by 46%.
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Of the 6,104 homeless, 30% have experienced a form of substance abuse and 10% are veterans, according to the report.
America’s biggest cities are spending tax dollars by the bucketful in order to combat the homelessness crisis in their cities although they are making little to no progress.