Usviewer: Millions of Americans experience homelessness every year, and yet they’re outnumbered by vacant homes and government-owned buildings. A growing number of activists are calling for these empty spaces to be filled with the humans living on America’s streets.
Take a look at this chart to see the amount of homeless people compared to vacant houses in some major US cities
As you can see above New York has around 6,000 vacant properties (2,489 lots and 3,551 buildings). If we were to fill up the empty buildings with homeless people we could provide shelter for 71,707 people according to the Village Voice estimations. That would more than cover the estimated 58k homeless people in NYC.
If instead we charged the banks for leaving the buildings vacant than NYC would have an extra $405 million to help provide for the homeless.
According to ewao, In LA we could end homelessness by housing the 44,359 homeless by charging the banks who own the 14,400 empty lots $80.6 million per month and using that money to take care of them.
As you can see it becomes much more worth the bank’s time and money to work with people on making payments instead of creating more homeless because then they will have to help house them in the future.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, almost 600,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States as of January 2014. About 15 percent of those people are the “chronically homeless,” while the rest may lose their homes temporarily but find some form of recovery that keeps them off the streets on a long-term basis.