I would say the single mom. I think the homeless man would be more likely to cause more problems. Granted, I have met many a homeless man that was truly down on his luck and was drug/alcohol free. However, the single mom strikes a different cord to me.
wolfwings - 03:44 pm - Re: Wow
Statistically, giving the homeless guy an apartment for free actually ends up costing less for the same benefit than giving the mother welfare. Because getting the homeless guy off the street prevents millions of dollars in medical bills over the course of a year when they get plastered and pass out on the street and catch pneumonia and other illnesses over and over again. And this isn't theory, this is what actually happens in documented cases. Ask anyone in an emergency room that has a homeless population nearby.
Yes, it's a very nasty idea to many people, even myself. There is a very large amount of instutionalized learning that creating any kind of dependancy for a small group of people is bad. But the simple fact is that a lot of problems are caused by a couple of bad apples. And 'bottling up' those bad apples somewhere removes a much larger burden. And the most effective way to contain such a bad apple is to create an artificial, but healthy dependancy.
It's a prime example of the goods, and evils, of truely rational cost effectiveness over emotional morals.
wolfwings - 05:47 pm - Now, what about other issues...
...like the medical and police expenses the homeless man may acrue over his lifetime of homelessness? Someone that you would not give the free apartment to (as most would refuse to do) often times costs millions of dollars per chronically homeless person, compared to tens of thousands to simply house them indefinately. This can make housing them vastly cheaper, but that goes against almost everyone's 'moral' instinct. My own included. =^.^=
Logically, we should shoot the homeless man. And probably the single parent's kid(s), too. If you're only looking at the economics, it's stupid to provide any kind of welfare support for anyone who contributes less than their upkeep cost.
Of course, humans do have this inconvenient moral sense that might get upset if we started being that ruthless.