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A laddie on Toronto has worked out how to solve homelessness for $1,000 per homeless person. Therefore – of course – the anti-homeless bureaucracy is closing him down.

In late 2020, as winter approached, Seivwright tried to help. He began building small portable structures, using donated supplies and funds. Each unit, which took eight hours to construct, came equipped with fibreglass insulation, a fire alarm, carbon monoxide detector and locks and cost nearly C$1,000 (US$786) to produce.

As news of his project spread, the carpenter was quickly inundated with donations, raising more than C$200,000.

For those using Seivwright’s shelters, they represented a warmer, safer option than braving the deep cold of winter.

“Compared to being on a park bench or a tent or anywhere else outside, it’s saved my life basically,” said one tiny house resident. “I think it’s one of the best things that could happen for this city right now … Without it, people would be dropping left, right and centre.”

City officials saw the small structures as a safety hazard. In November, officials wrote a letter to Seivwright demanding that he “cease the production, distribution, supply and installation” of the shelters, adding that he would be held responsible for any removal costs.

If voluntary and cheap action can solve a problem then what point a vast an expensive bureaucracy? Therefore, when a voluntary and cheap action starts to solve the problem the vast and expensive bureaucracy will close down that voluntary and cheap solution.

Because, obviously, solutions threaten the existence of the large and expensive bureaucracy. The last thing anyone wants to do is solve the problem they gain a cushy living from.

Come on people, it’s the most basic economic point – incentives matter.

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  1. The question being asked over there is “how come we are putting illegal immigrants into two, three and four star hotels but leaving our indigenous homeless (some ex-military among them) to fend for themselves huddling in cardboard boxes under the freeway in sub zero temperatures”. Just like the UK really.

  2. Sure, but the real problem here is that Seivwright’s shelters allowed the homeless to exist and survive on the streets without kowtowing to the little gods of the housing department, mostly because they had alcohol or drug dependency issues which the homeless shelters cannot or will not deal with.

    So, in order to prevent this “getting out of hand and reducing our budgets”, they simply used the iron fist of the state to shut him down and threaten him with sanctions to force him to stop. This is why I am a libertarian, because while some government is essential, too much is corrosive.

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