For Your Consideration | July 23, 2014
Welcome back to our summer series, taking a look at dignified and *considerate* ways that we can help alleviate homelessness. And don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page to reply to the series posts directly. Enjoy!
Today’s post takes us right back to the root of many of our nation’s homeless issues, that is: housing. “Housing First” is a model of quick housing intervention that has been around since the late 80’s, however few states have used it as successfully as Utah…
And here’s why:
In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. And the result? In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78%, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. Yup, that’s right, next year! It certainly seems that we could all learn a little something from the simplest of approaches. Ahhhhh, home sweet home, indeed.
Read the full article HERE.