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Study says L.A. County homeless project paying off

Posted: June 8, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2012 2:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County program to provide permanent homes for the chronically homeless appears to have paid off.

A study presented Thursday says Project 50 saved the county nearly a quarter of a million dollars between 2008 to 2010 by keeping participants out of shelters, emergency rooms and jails.

The Los Angeles Times ( says the study compared social service and other costs for 50 participants with a similar group of non-participants.

The county has an estimated 51,000 homeless people on any given night.

Project 50 was controversial because it didn't require participants to be sober before they were housed. Advocates argued that chronically homeless people with a place to stay can begin to repair their lives.

More than 130 communities across the country have launched similar initiatives.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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