Thursday marked one year since the state Division of Community and Housing issued a statement effectively saying chronic homelessness had been solved in Utah.
The “Housing First” initiative, a unique program through which qualifying homeless people are given an apartment before other needed services, had reduced the numbers by 91 percent over 10 years, and officials said they knew all the remaining needy people by name.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.