Utah reduced chronic homelessness by 91 percent with a simple idea

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Faced with a growing homeless population, Utah changed the way it provides shelter to those on the streets. Under Lloyd Pendleton's leadership, the state has reduced its chronic homeless population by 91 percent.

Through a program called Housing First, homeless men and women can apply for housing and receive it without being clean or sober.

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This Feb. 29, 2016, photo, shows a person stopped by the police near the homeless shelter, in Salt Lake City. Advocates say the neighborhood around Salt Lake City's main homeless shelter has gotten more dangerous as the facility is stretched thin and access to health care is scarce. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Feb. 29, 2016, photo, shows a person sleeping on street near the homeless shelter, in Salt Lake City. Advocates say the neighborhood around Salt Lake City's main homeless shelter has gotten more dangerous as the facility is stretched thin and access to health care is scarce. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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