Utah has brought the state’s costs on homelessness down by providing homes. Should the rest of the U.S. follow suit?
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The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions
The Washington Post – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/
“In 2005, Utah had nearly 1,932 chronically homeless. By 2014, that number had dropped 72 percent to 539. Today, explained Gordon Walker, the director of the state Housing and Community Development Division, the state is “approaching a functional zero.” Next week, he said, they’re set to announce what he called “exciting news” that would guarantee an “even bigger headline,” but declined to elaborate further.”
How to Cut the Poverty Rate in Half (It’s Easy)
The Atlantic – http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/10/how-to-cut-the-poverty-rate-in-half-its-easy/280971/
“Using the dataset from the latest Census poverty report, I determined that if we cut a $2,920 check to every single American-adults, children, and retirees-we could cut official poverty in half. Economists consider this sort of across-the-board payment a ‘universal basic income.’ You can think of it as Social Security for all, not just the elderly.”