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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Give Apartments to Homeless People, Save Money

Dave Weigel takes a quick look at Utah's (largely successful) attempt to end chronic homelessness.  Rather than try to get the homeless off of drugs and alcohol, Utah gave 2000 homeless people an apartment and a caseworker to help them live independently.  Even if they failed to become self-sufficient, Utah let them keep the apartment.

Recent data on the program is very encouraging.  Utah reduced chronic homelessness by 75%.  Moreover, the program has actually saved the state money.  "In 2005, Utah did a study that found the average annual cost for emergency services and jail time for each chronically homeless person was $16,670. The cost to house them and provide case management services was only $11,000 per person."

In 2005, Utah did a study that found the average annual cost for emergency services and jail time for each chronically homeless person was $16,670. The cost to house them and provide case management services was only $11,000 per person. - See more at: http://wyofile.com/kerrydrake/wyoming-homelessness-place-live-save-money/#sthash.STfVEqb8.dpuf
In 2005, Utah did a study that found the average annual cost for emergency services and jail time for each chronically homeless person was $16,670. The cost to house them and provide case management services was only $11,000 per person. - See more at: http://wyofile.com/kerrydrake/wyoming-homelessness-place-live-save-money/#sthash.STfVEqb8.dpuf
In 2005, Utah did a study that found the average annual cost for emergency services and jail time for each chronically homeless person was $16,670. The cost to house them and provide case management services was only $11,000 per person. - See more at: http://wyofile.com/kerrydrake/wyoming-homelessness-place-live-save-money/#sthash.STfVEqb8.dpuf

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