Dallas’ homeless Czar is looking to increase the size of his kingdom with a $40 million expenditure. The Dallas Morning News is reporting on a plan that would construct up to 700 homes for the homeless.
The price tag includes the cost of constructing the new homes, running the taxpayers about $20 million, and an additional $16.8 million to outfit them with needed social services.
What’s the end-game for these houses? You would be wrong if you assumed they were a stop on the road to independence for Dallas’ indigent. No, the homes are designed to keep long-term homeless people stably dependent on your support.
While discussing the new permanent housing czar Mike Rawlings offered up this gem, “the biggest myth is that homeless people don’t want a home.”
Of course they want a home; he just doesn’t want them to pay for it. And that’s where Dallas’ taxpayer dollars come in handy.
With Texans struggling to pay ever-increasing property taxes, this program is even harder to swallow – as those same taxpayers will bear the brunt of not only the construction but long-term care and upkeep. A better effort would be to press for lower taxes that provide greater economic opportunity and lower barriers to entering the housing market.