About Utah: Utah's attack on homelessness a model for the nation

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013 8:33 p.m. MST

MM: I don't believe we can achieve our potential as a community, as a society, as a nation, as humanity, if we're not reaching out to those among us who are in our most distressed position. Spiritually of course it's the right thing to do, it's how we can grow, but from a pragmatic standpoint, we're going to have addiction, we're going to have poverty, we're going to have shortages of housing, shortages of resources, we just are. So we can blame those on the short end of the stick and establish the rationale that they chose it so that's that, tough for them. Or we can do something about it that is really humane, and that benefits society in every way.

DN: What do you see for the future?

MM: I don't know what it's going to look like in the end, but I have a vision and I think quite a realistic vision that there will be more housing and more targeted services — so in the future we can have smaller shelters with a lot more housing that is much less expensive, and far more rewarding, than running a homeless industry across America.

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