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individuals had chronic patterns of homelessness
veterans experienced homelessness
The main reason people become homeless is because they cannot find housing they can afford. Other factors can include a chronic health condition or domestic violence.
Studies have shown that it costs a community far more to continue having folks living on the streets than it would to fund programs which could provide the means for their local homeless to achieve some measure of self-sustenance and, ultimately, housing of their own. U.S. cities using a housing first approach have saved local taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually – and in some cases, millions of dollars a year.
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