See Why ‘The Daily Show’ Couldn’t Find Any Homeless People in Utah

The state's revolutionary new program is changing the course for Americans who are down on their luck.
Jan 8, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

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: