The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions
Stephen Williams stashed this in Homeless
But that’s exactly what Utah did. “If you want to end homelessness, you put people in housing,” Walker said in an interview. “This is relatively simple.”
It’s now years later. And these days, Walker says the state saves $8,000 per homeless person in annual expenses. “We’ve saved millions on this,” Walker said, though the state hasn’t tallied the exact amount.
This is inspiring. Why don't more states do this?
They assume it would lead to rampant taking advantage of the system, laziness, and moral hazard. Or that they couldn't afford to pay for it since they haven't really accounted for all of their current costs. Or just out of principle: people should take care of themselves. Republicans frequently don't buy the argument that investing in infrastructure, education, and people in general will be worth it. I assume they have a hard time with this at first, until the hard facts are known. I suspect that it may succeed as a strategy simply because the costs are so direct and concentrated to a single locality. The interesting question is whether it will be seen as a metaphor for the bigger picture.
So maybe if it works on a small scale more cities will be inclined to adopt these practices?