Utah On Track To End Homelessness By 2015
Joyce Park stashed this in Economics
Could it really be a matter of simple arithmetic?
I love that the concept of paying for peoples' housing is spreading through conservative states:
How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached.
In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment.
Other states are eager to emulate Utah’s results. Wyoming has seen its homeless population more than double in the past three years, and it only provides shelter for 26 percent of them, the lowest rate in the country. City officials in Casper, Wyoming, now plan to launch a pilot program using the methods of Utah’s Housing First program. There’s no telling how far the idea might go.
That's because the power of money goes both ways. It does good as well as bad things. The realization that effective solutions can actually be cheaper than the status quo is extremely compelling.
Since this is appealing to both sides of the political spectrum this idea could spread.
I wonder if the same attitude could be applied toward getting nonviolent drug offenders out of prison.
I'm sure they cost society a lot more in prison than outside prison.
Prison reform is also largely coming from the Right:
Excellent. It's a good time for that!
After jail visits, the next economic anomaly to reform is trips to the E.R.:
Aha Adam, now I see how your post on the other homeless article stash makes sense. Agreed!
PS Maybe link back your comment from that post to this one...