Here's What Happened When One City Gave Homeless People Shelter Instead of Throwing Them in Jail | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Here's What Happened When One City Gave Homeless People Shelter Instead of Throwing Them in Jail

Salt Lake City crunched the numbers. And the prescription was clear. The city was spending $20,000 per homeless resident per year – funding for policing, arrests, jail time, shelter, and emergency services. Homelessness was not going down. Instead, for $7,800 a year through a new program called Housing First, the city could provide a person with an apartment and case management services.

In 2005, the city was spending $40 million to address chronic homelessness. Several years after starting the Housing First program, in 2013, spending was down to $9.6 million.

And more importantly, chronic homelessness has dropped 72 percent.

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