The epidemic of homelessness is still a problem for some cities and countries all over the globe. Last month cities in states like Utah, Arizona, and Louisiana made headlines for completely eradicated their homeless population. The cure for the homeless epidemic is Housing First. The founders behind Housing First take homeless people off of the street and house them before they focus on curing their drug addictions or mental disorders.
The town of Medicine Hat, Toronto is among the most recent community to completely eradicate their homeless population. One of the executive members of the Medicine Hat Housing First program originally disliked the idea of housing first. He even went so far as to mock the program and what it would provide for homeless people. Amen Clinic even reports after seeing the benefits of Housing First, the positivity of this program could not be denied. Medicine Hat adopted the Housing First program and was free of homeless citizens within a matter of nine months. On average cities will pay $100,000 a year for emergency room visits, jail time, and social work for people who were living on the streets. The Housing First project cost just $20,000 a year per person.
The $80,000 difference is money that could be spent improving on the community instead of the problem of homelessness. People who were against the program in the beginning or now vocal advocates for the program. Cities and states in various countries are sure to adopt the program in the next few years. With the success rate of Housing First, homelessness can be a problem of the past.