Build housing, not shelters for homeless

Providing shelter for those experiencing homelessness is an important component of any civilized society. When reading the article, "Dignified model to address homelessness," (Sept. 22), about the recently renovated shelter in New London, I was very thankful that those in need were not being ignored.

But couldn't this shelter's $800,000 annual budget be better spent building affordable housing?

After spending $1.2 million on renovations, the people served are still homeless. Recent innovations in affordable housing construction have set the cost as low as $15,000 per unit. In one year this shelter spent $2 million that could have been used to build approximately 133 housing units.

A shelter is vital, especially with the colder months approaching, but it is not a solution.

The goal should be to house the homeless not shelter them.

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