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The part in red sort of qualifies BrandonFive's post in regards to people being given freedom of choice.....even homeless people, given personal responsibility along with state help, are finding a way to make it work.
I am in favor of treating people like free-borne adults, not wards of a nanny state. When the government (i.e. the rest of us) are picking up the tab, it opens the door for them to tell you how to live your life. With great freedom comes great responsibility. Without responsibility, you aren't really free.
Though a recent congressional report announced recession-driven rises in poverty rates in 46 states, Utah is coming close to achieving its 10-year goal of eliminating chronic homelessness. The solution of the state is simple: give homes to the homeless.
Deseret News reports a drastic 69 percent fall in chronic homelessness ("people who have experienced homelessness once within the past year or have had three episodes of homelessness in four years") in the past five years.
The plunge in numbers is credited to Utah's “Ten-Year Strategic Action Plan to End Chronic Homelessness--a proposal aiming to complete its goal of eliminating chronic poverty by 2014 through a series of "Housingworks" programs.
The model allows homeless citizens freedom in their use of the system. The homeless are given access to their own apartments, while the state provides job training and offer social services, including substance abuse programs, to help residents assimilate to a steady job and social life.
Though the housing isn't free (tenants use 30 percent of their state-facilitated income for rent), it is affordable and permanent.
Where many transitional housing programs offer state-subsidized residences for a fixed period of time, Utah's offer of lasting housing provides stability and safety for the chronically homeless. Nor is the housing contingent on a contract with the state to undergo rehabilitative programs or counseling--the state simply requires residents to be, "good stewards of their personal and shared housing areas and maintain good relations with other tenants, case managers, and property managers."
The rate has dropped so significantly that the Midvale winter homeless shelter may be able to close in coming years--allowing its almost $1 million budget to be allocated to other homelessness services, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
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I live in Utah atm, and let me tell you its ass backwards around here.....They say they are a red state but act more like a blue state, did you know they have a law now that if you build a restaurant or a bar you have to build a 4 foot wall or higher when you serve alcohol so that people don't have to watch you drink.....lol wow!
There are a few other things that just make you laugh, for a red state that preaches about government involvement in its life's, it sure likes it if it fits there agenda or ideology
Like most right wing states, its full of hypocrisy.
I'm glad though they have this program, its a move in the right direction!
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Last edited by Ilikehappyppl; 09-30-2011 at 01:26 PM..
Utah is the most conservative state in the country politically. Their conservatism is informed by the dominate religion in the area Mormonism. They have a church based social safety net where people are held accountable. They are interested in seeing people making the transition to being productive and able to make it on their own.
Note the statement in your post:
the state simply requires residents to be, "good stewards of their personal and shared housing areas and maintain good relations with other tenants, case managers, and property managers."
behaving in the way specified is inconsistent with drug abuse or domestic abuse, ie their is a level of accountability not present in the typical programs in lib mecca's.
I understand this is confusing to libs but conservatives are interested in not having people be permanent wards of the state, but in becoming productive citizens. Cheaper in the long run.
I was stationed at Hill AFB and went to the Univ Of Utah, very familiar with the culture there.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."