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The problems we don’t prevent grow in the shadows

December 18, 2022 / By Daniel Flaming

Human dignity and public costs are protected by helping vulnerable workers before the onset of chronic homelessness. The longer people are homeless, the worse their problems become, making it more difficult and expensive to stably house them.

Predictive analytic screening tools can identify high -risk workers who are likely to become persistently homeless before preventable personal harm and public costs accumulate, and before the crisis of being homeless has diminished their capacity to work and their identity as a member of society.

This will reduce the flow of people into long-term homelessness. When we do that, we can expect to see the day when our streets are not lined with tents, makeshift shelters, and homeless vehicles.