U.S. Could End Homelessness With Money Used To Buy Christmas Decorations [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 11, 2012 | Updated Dec 11, 2012

Imagine a world without homelessness -- or tinsel.

It would cost about $20 billion for the government to effectively eliminate homelessness in the United States, a Housing and Urban Development official told the New York Times on Monday.

That's just slightly less money than Americans spend on Christmas decorations, according to an analysis from ThinkProgress. Nearly 634,000 people were homeless last year, according to HUD. Check out ThinkProgress' infographic:

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