- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - State government would help fund resource programs for the homeless if state Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian, had her way, especially as Ada County looks for solutions to homelessness.

The Idaho Statesman reports (https://bit.ly/1AVOiwb ) that Boise Director of Community Partnerships Diana Lachiondo says the city is working with local hospitals and Ada County on a collaboration that would bring a housing first model to the Treasure Valley.

At a homelessness summit May 21, Den Hartog encouraged the state government to educate and advocate for more and better homelessness programs.

Lanchiondo estimates the total yearly savings from housing a single chronically homeless person is $12,800 to $48,200. But the city is reluctant to build a bunch of free housing on its own dime because it would cost millions.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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