This. This is not only not born out by these studies or the Utah program, but is the same kind of "the poor are too lazy and looking for a free ride" nonsense that the GOP has been spreading since the days of Reagan.
The Utah program is perfect because it is based on pure economics. It is cheaper for the state of Utah to give them an apartment than it is to leave them on the street. Saving taxpayers money is the result. What possible problem could any taxpayer have if a program is saving $$? Or do people just hate the idea of anyone getting some help even if that help is cheaper in the long run?
The mistaken idea, that people will stop working and trying if they get any help at all or anything for free, is a LIE. There are millions of people who recover and go on to leave healthy and productive lives with some help. There are millions of people who also struggle at low paying jobs and menial jobs and never just give up to get a free ride, even though in some instances the low wages are equal to the free ride. To suggest this, is to continue to spread the falsehood, that the "poor feel entitled to your money", and that is false. That idea was part of a political campaign long ago and the idea found a home in the GOP.
Are some people lazy? yes. You can see them everyday in jobs, collecting a paycheck, and pointing a finger at the homeless. Laziness has nothing to do with poverty and joblessness. Laziness has nothing to do with getting some help. Laziness has nothing to do with getting some medical care. Laziness itself isn't even a pejorative unless you make it one. Ever think, "maybe what you call laziness, is hopelessness to another." And that when you give someone some help, you go a long way to restoring their hope, and that is the basis for the success of these programs. Restoring HOPE.
In any event, in Utah, restoring that hope saves taxpayers money and reduces the crimes and public health issues because people are not homeless. And that is the job of government.
I am so sick and tired of hearing the meme, "just watch and see what the poor do if they get some free stuff". Even if there were a problem, it cannot be reduced to "They are too lazy and think they are entitled to free stuff" the way some political parties would have us believe.
What it is though, is a planned attack against the poor to vilify them. It is a planned attack to marginalize them. It is outright prejudice and discrimination, and should have no place in our discourse. The poor are not sub-human. They are not less than we are. They are not morally bankrupt and they are not parasites. They are our reflections.