This is a story I’ve been following for years, and I have to say I’m really happy and impressed with the outcome so far. Many years ago, the state of Utah decided to end homelessness by just giving everyone a home, no questions asked, no drug testing requirements, nada. Back when they started, they did the math and it looked like this was the more cost effective option when you tally all the costs of homelessness.
Well, it worked. Or I should say it’s working. And they were dead right about the money: the state has saved millions, but even more important, thousands of chronically homeless people were taken off the streets and given stability and dignity.