See Why ‘The Daily Show’ Couldn’t Find Any Homeless People in Utah
It’s cheaper for the government to just give homeless people a place to live.
Between emergency-room visits, policing costs, and the other little-considered dollars and cents we pay to keep homeless people barely subsisting but alive and without shelter, $12,000 is a small price for low-income housing, according to officials in Utah who made a radical decision to do just that. That’s the bottom-dollar cost-benefit ratio—not accounting for the quality-of-life improvements for the homeless and their communities.
The Daily Show went to Utah to see how the experiment is working out, and here’s what it found: