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> The US has 500,000 homeless people. Let's say it would cost about $1,500 per month to provide them with basic lodging and basic needs.

What happens if you do that and next year discover that now you have 1,000,000 homeless people?

You're responsible for all of the consequences of a program, even the unintended ones. The line between "supporting" and "enabling" is very fine and hard to navigate. It's difficult to help people on the bottom while avoiding incentivizing people to stay on the bottom.

Aka Welfare traps, a big issue with all the current means-tested programs.

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