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Housing for Health
Post-Work Won't Work
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Issue: #491

September 4, 2017  

The Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma, a program of the Community Service Council, provides access to data generated from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Census Bureau Test Runs Address Canvassing Operation

This week the U.S. Census Bureau began
the Address 
Canvassing operation for the  2018 End-to-End Census Test  across three test sites.

The operation will use mobile technology to verify and update the housing unit address list and will allow the Census Bureau to test procedures in building its 2020 Census address list across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures and residence types. An updated address list will help ensure an accurate and complete count for the nation in 2020.

The operation will take place in  Pierce County, Wash.Providence County, R.I.; and the  Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va., area. 

Following the conclusion of address canvassing in  the three sites in early October, the Census Bureau will continue conducting the  2018 End-to-End Census Test  in Providence County. Field operations there will begin in March 2018.

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Housing for Health

The Stanford Social Innovation Review published this story on Aug. 23, 2017 by Joshua D. Bamberger, MD, MPH illustrating how offering housing is often the most cost-effective health care treatment available

W hen I met Alvin in the mid-2000's, he looked much older than his 67 years. Exposure to trauma and an underlying mental illness led to drug addiction and other health issues, and kept him cycling in and out of jail, prison, hospitals, and shelters for many years. Housing him took a concerted effort by dedicated case managers and medical staff, but after he moved in to a senior-only, permanent, supportive housing unit, his drug use-and use of hospital services-diminished. The difference in health care costs between the year before he was housed and the year after was enough to pay for his housing for the next 15 years and very likely contributed to extending his life.

Po st-Work Won't Work
Proposals to institute a basic income are increasingly popular, esp ecial ly in Silicon Valley. Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborgh t ma ke their case for it in Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy . A basic income, defined here as an annual, unconditional cash grant to every adult regardless of need and without a work requirement to obtain it, would be non-taxable  and total about 25 percent of GDP. T he  amount of the grant could vary depending on the age of the recipient, but it would start at birth. It would supplement existing safety-net programs and replace only those whose benefits are less than the basic income amount; thus, the grant would establish a floor, but not a ceiling, on government income transfers. (Publicly financed health care would remain outside the system, for example.)

Until Next Week,

Melanie Poulter
Census Information Center

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