A Lie That’s Making Our Neighborhoods Less Safe

CAHOOTS in Eugene, Oregon, provides mental health, homelessness, and addiction assistance, diverts 17% of police call volume. It saves the city ~$8.5 million annually, while significantly reducing fatal encounters with law enforcement.
Denver’s Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative showed that unhoused people who were referred to supportive housing experienced a 34% reduction in police contacts and a 40% reduction in arrests — at dramatically lower public costs.
A Basic Annual Income experiment in Manitoba, Canada was found to have a strong negative effect on both violence and property crime compared to nearby towns with similar populations and demographics.

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