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Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 78 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment.


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He Asks The Question 10 Times Because He Just Can’t Believe How This City Solved Homelessness (video)

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from the daily show:

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2016 – utah goes from 2000 to 200 homeless in 10 yrs


article is from 2015

NationSwell (@nationswell) tweeted at 8:01 AM – 6 Mar 2017 :

Here’s how Utah is approaching almost 0% homelessness in the state @VisitUtah (


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well this is a downer (shared by a sheep no more.. hoping not legit) – sept 2017 – hundreds of homeless go missing in utah after police operation


Lloyd Pendleton article from 2015

His mind routinely calculates volumes and outputs; he thinks in returns on investments

Pendleton set an ambitious goal: To functionally eliminate chronic homelessness across Utah within 10 years. Nine years later, as Utah’s homelessness czar, he’s on track to reach that milestone by year’s end.

“We’re all connected,” he now says.

Described by one Salt Lake City social worker as a “voracious reader and researcher,” Pendleton started by signing up for conferences on the latest strategies.

Tsemberis explained how Pathways to Housing (the organization he founded in New York City in 1992) threw out drug tests and waiting lists — the old trappings of getting someone “housing ready.” Instead, the homeless were moved into apartments in Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., within two weeks. “You’re curing the housing problem first. You cure the person later,” Tsemberis explained.

During one tense early meeting, a contractor worried about his reputation almost backed out of building 100 units. As Pendleton listened, a thought came to him: why not test a small pilot program consisting of 25 of the toughest, most distressed people?

talk from 2016

TED Talks (@TEDTalks) tweeted at 5:02 AM – 25 Nov 2017 :

Why we should just give the homeless homes — with no strings attached: (

11 min – simply put.. this population (15% of homeless.. the chronically homeless).. costs a lot


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