Many large cities struggle to take care of their mentally ill population that is homeless. These individuals are living a high-risk life with frequent interactions with emergency services and law enforcement. Rather than ignore the problem, blame the people, or just try to medicate it away, Denver, Colorado is trying a novel approach. They are running a pilot program that gives a group of qualifying people a free place to live.
The safety and security that comes from having a home are healing on a basic level, but it also means that people have an address. With an address, they can receive more assistance from various agencies and organizations than they could get if they were living on the streets. Read this article to see how Denver is reducing municipal costs and transforming lives. Two years into a five year program, statistics look good and the program appears to be helping people turn their lives around.
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