In Seattle, there's an apartment complex at 1811 Eastlake Ave. where homeless alcoholics can stay for free. They are not prohibited from drinking alcohol. They stay there at no charge. This program costs the King County taxpayers $4 million a year. Are you outraged?
What if I told you that these same 95 homeless folks cost the city $8.2 million dollars a year before enrolling in the program? That's a savings of $4 million a year!
A study describing this finding was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association yesterday, and was described in a brief article in the (now online-only) Seattle Post-Intelligencer.