One Woman Living Beneath A Georgetown Bridge Finds Her Way Home

Kaiser Health News staff writer Ankita Rao reports: "Proponents of the Housing First approach, which has been replicated in 40 cities nationwide, say that investing in high risk patients like Alicia can also save taxpayers millions. Funded by government grants and charitable donations, the programs can curb the high health care costs that the more than 630,000 homeless people in the U.S. incur through repeat ER visits, hospital stays and preventable, recurring illnesses. Without health care and shelter, a homeless person in the U.S. is twice as likely to land in the ER as someone with a stable living situation, and to stay there longer, according to a study by the Denver Health Medical Center" (Rao, 9/10). Read the story and sidebar, and watch the related video.

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