Mental Illness In The Homeless

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mental illness in these women. As Angela a current resident of Valley House put it, “They [Valley House] gives you hope when you feel like there is no hope”.
Permanent housing is also the most economic solution. While it costs somewhere around $40,000 a year for a homeless person to be in the streets, permanent housing only costs $10,000 (Covert). Permanent housing is not only cost effective, it can end the vicious cycle of incarceration many people face in larger cities. As previously mentioned being homeless has basically become an illegal activity in many cities and permanent housing will end this cycle. Sharon also mentioned that with housing accountability is increased. For many homeless people they have never had anything. They have never had money to budget, a place to keep clean, a job to maintain, or anyone checking in on them. When they are placed in permanent housing, or simply transitional housing, this changes. They start to be held responsible for the things in their
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The solution was simply to give homeless people homes. The director of Utah’s homeless task force Lloyd Pendleton says that this totally changed the way the state deals with the homeless, they get them in a house, then the deal with everything else that caused them to become homeless. Pendleton told NBC, "I call them 'homeless citizens. ' They 're part of our citizenry. They 're not them and us. It 's 'we”. Its this sort of ideology that has completely changed the approach to homelessness in Utah and hopefully can spread to other parts of the country. The biggest issue with this plan however is the availability of low income housing. In Utah there was a surplus of housing, however in Boston there is a ten year waiting list to get into low income housing. Utah proves that it is one of the most effective and cheapest solutions

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