Housing the homeless

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(AP) – Los Angeles County authorities have announced a plan to take 1,000 chronically homeless people off the streets. The program announced Thursday will spend $105 million in government and donated funds to move the long-term homeless into permanent housing.

The money will pay for housing vouchers and treatment for those with physical and mental health and substance abuse problems. It’s aimed at people who’ve lived on the streets for at least a year. Advocates say giving them homes can help the chronically homeless begin to repair their lives and reduce county costs by keeping them out of shelters, emergency rooms and jails.

A pilot program launched several years ago to house 50 homeless saved the county more than $200,000.

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