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So that day, as officials spit-balled ideas, a social researcher named Sam Tsemberis stood to deliver what he framed as a surprisingly simple, cost-effective method of ending chronic homelessness.
Give homes to the homeless.
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: EternalSolace
I agree with what they did but that doesn't address underlying causes such as mental illness and addiction, and unaffordable cost of living and lack of high paying jobs.
So, to in part cut those costs — but also to “save lives,” Walker said — the state started setting up each chronically homeless person with his or her own house. Then it got them counseling to help with their demons. Such services, the thinking went, would afford them with safety and security that experts say is necessary to re-acclimate to modern life. Homelessness is stressful. It’s nearly impossible, most experts agree, to get off drugs or battle mental illness while undergoing such travails.
So in 2004, as part of trial run, the state housed 17 people throughout Salt Lake City. Then they checked back a year later. Fourteen were still in their homes. Three were dead. The success rate had topped 80 percent, which to Walker “sounded pretty good.”
originally posted by: Eilasvaleleyn
We also need to fix the way we view the homeless and the correct method of dealing with the problem. As far as I know, it's actually cheaper to just give them a place to stay for free than let them live on the streets, but not many people want that to happen because they'll feel cheated.
"I work for my rent, and this homeless drug addict bozo gets a free pass? Nah uh, not on my watch."
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
I agree with the premise of your thread it is just a shame that your view is so short sighted... Some 8 million people due of hunger related illnesses every year ....Homelessness and hunger are a world problem not just an American one....