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Program cuts health costs by housing the homeless

Sixteen months after a coalition of San Diego nonprofit groups took the county’s most costly homeless people – highest consumers of ambulance rides, emergency room and police resources – and put them into permanent housing, the cost savings are adding up. Early calculations suggest that costs are down by nearly $1 million. But it’s more than money saved. “Project 25 saved my life,” says Paige, 46. “I’d be dead if they hadn’t got me off the streets.”