A Utah town’s solution to homelessness is so good, every country will be mad that they weren’t first.


Everyone, fulfilled the housing-first model, a delightfully simple solution to homelessness.

It’s exactly like it sounds. To find a solution to homelessness, the delightful folks of Salt Lake City … put housing first .


That means devoting homeless people homes . It’s a delightfully obvious selection, right?

“Instead of asking people to change “peoples lives” before we gave them housing, we chose to give them housing along with the supportive services and then allow them to change “peoples lives” if the wanted to.” Gordon Walker, Director of Housing and Community Development in Salt Lake City

BUT. But. But. If it’s so obvious, why isn’t everyone doing it ????

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I actually don’t know .

Because, consider this math.

The housing-first model WORKS. BIG TIME.

Keeping homeless people on the street expenses the government $20,000 per person .

It expenses the government $7,800 per person to give them a house and some subsistence, such as instance management services.

That’s $ 12,200 saved per person with the housing-first model.

And the final result?

72% decrease in homelessness.

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And those numbers are backed up by research. For specific numbers, this report from The National Alliance to End Homelessness does a great job it’s where the report for the Utah program got their numbers.

It merely induces so much delightful sense.

If you’re as into this smart idea as much as I am, I have an idea.

If you feel like sharing this, ALSO tag your hometown mayors, senators, and representatives when you do . It’s easy to determine who they are at OpenCongress, then merely tag away and BOOM it’s like tapping them on the shoulder to remind them to care!

But be careful if enough of us start caring and sharing this smart idea with our elected official … things might change! 😉

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