Congratulations to you Utah!!….not only good financially, but giving someone a chance to improve their life, brings people together to create stronger, happier community, it’s about using each others strength to help with others weaknesses, we all face some kind of battle and we can make it easier by being there for one another….so inspiring!!
It saves money. Its saves lives. Let’s do it. EVERYWHERE.
Everyone, meet 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 giving homeless people homes. It’s a delightfully obvious choice, right?
“Instead of asking people to change their lives before we gave them housing, we chose to give them housing along with the supportive services and then allow them to change their lives if the wanted to.”
— Gordon Walker
Director, Housing and Community Development in Salt Lake City
BUT. But. But. If it’s so obvious, why isn’t everyone doing it????
I really don’t know.
Because, consider this math.
The housing-first model WORKS. BIG TIME.
Keeping homeless people on the street costs the government $20,000 per person. It costs the government $7,800 per person to give them a house and some support, such as case management services.
That’s $12,200 saved per person with the housing-first model.
And the end result?