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In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent,
and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple.
In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says 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.
Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail.
Since this model serves state as well as people and it is win/win model,
we urge all other countries in USA as well in EU to follow this model
so that homelessness become thing of the past in these developed countries.
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