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Republican State Gives Free Houses to Moochers, Cuts Homelessness By 74 Percent

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A San Francisco study found that placing homeless people in permanent supportive housing reduced their emergency room visits by more than half.


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Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:43 am
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Speaking of our coming congressional debates about food stamps and waste, I've been looking for a reason to share Kerry Drake's column about Utah's Housing First initiative. Eight years ago, under Gov. Jon Huntsman, Utah started an experiment in which chronically homeless people—first 17, then 2,000—were given apartments and full-time caseworkers. The goal: Instead of shrugging and cursing when the homeless showed up half-dead at emergency rooms, they'd try to get them into shelter and, hopefully, independent living. If that didn't work, they'd still keep the apartments.

Data from other cities made the bureaucrats' argument for them. From the 10-year Housing First plan:

A San Francisco study found that placing homeless people in permanent supportive housing reduced their emergency room visits by more than half. In 2006, the Denver Housing First Collaborative published a study of chronically homeless individuals, comparing the costs of services for two years before and after placement in permanent supportive housing. The group found a 34 percent reduction in ER costs and inpatient nights declined 80 percent.

Anyone who lives in or visits San Francisco might chortle at that, because it's easy to find the chronically homeless wandering around busy parts of the city. That's not the point. Utah gave their Housing First subjects housing, which cost money, in the hopes that they'd save money later. A kind of insurance plan. Utah's own calculations suggested that the state would pocket $5,000 a year by putting the homeless in apartments, instead of hoping they didn't end up in hospitals.

It's a nice story, and all true. Something to remember when our conversation, in Washington, returns to the best ways to stop paying moochers so they'll learn to become dynamic capitalists.

Anyway, we could always just give them bitcoins.


Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:47 am

Article by David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.

Sarcasm aside, this is an excellent program to give people a second chance to begin a new life. Capitalism is a word that is way over used. Give the homeless a chance, let them have a safe place to live, medical assistance with health and addiction problems, food and clothes and they can do what is needed. Find a paying job and begin to live as independent human beings.

pam w (139)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:49 am
There will ALWAYS be a small percentage of people who really ARE ''moochers." Not much to be done about that.

BUT...treating everyone else with dignity and respect has GOT to pay off! Los Angeles is trying a similar system and finds it changes people enormously to have a private, safe, personal space--ESPECIALLY HOMELESS WOMEN because they're not in constant fear of rape and other assaults.


Brad H (21)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 9:05 am

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 1:05 pm
Other research finds significant criminal justice cost savings as a part of the cost-effectiveness. Wyoming is now phasing in the same system based on UT's results (another conservative state). Preventative approaches in general are more cost-effective than waiting until the needs and costs are greater whether it is health issues or poverty issues when researched and evaluated.

Nancy M (147)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 2:34 pm
Well, Jon Huntsman, now there's a Republican.

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 4:03 pm
I think this is a terrific idea and I think it can be carried out in most or all states. It is much better than having homes, abandoned, or foreclosed on, and just setting there rotting in place, losing value and a blight on the neighborhoods. Homeless people deserve a roof over their heads. After all, this is still America.


. (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 5:09 pm
Only in Utah you say?

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 5:47 pm
It has certainly taken long enough for politics to look at the long-term impact of, in effect, doing random acts of kindness!
A good posting, and I hope the concept catches on, thanks.

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 6:21 pm
I heard about this fairly recently and was surprised -- hadn't heard of the program even though i'm from Utah. It certainly makes sense that providing for human needs is actually cheaper than paying for the increased ER visits and other problems people encounter when they're desperate. All the claims of fostering "personal responsibility" and "efficiency" used to defend a dog-eat-dog world centered on private profit are a bunch of horses**t.

Imagine the savings if no one in the US had to rely on the ER for "healthcare" along with all the other savings of bypassing the insurance monopoly. Then there's job creation and raising the minimum wage. But that much sanity at once might hurl the country off the edge of the Earth lol.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 7:02 pm
You would think people would learn from this - but I doubt it --

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 7:58 pm
Housing, food, clean wter, clothing, healthcare, and jobs that pay a living wage are human rights. Thank you for sharing such wonderful news.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:01 pm
Human dignity is a right and should be established world wide, and one cannot have dignity without the most basic necessities. His dig at the attitude of the right was duly noted.

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 11:51 pm
Good Article Thank You Kit Noted

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 1:41 am
GOOD, Dear Kit!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 4:34 am

Robert B (60)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 6:47 am
This even makes good old capitalistic sound business sense. People who have their basic needs met wind up contributing to society and the economy, while saving taxpayer money. This also proves that there are reasonable, moderate Republicans who can actually do their job. That's why is seems so absurd that the tea party right is fighting the idea of a decent minimum wage.

Sarah Baker (61)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 8:07 am
Noted, and hopefully this idea catches on!

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 3:08 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. I've also heard about this recently, and think it's a great program. In fact, I understand that Phoenix is going to implement something along these lines. Hopefully, more cities will follow as it proves to be successful.
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