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Million-Dollar Murray

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 In 2006 Malcolm Gladwell's article Million-Dollar Murray in The New Yorker brought to light a fact poverty and homeless service providers had been telling governments and the public for years: It is cheaper to house people that leave them homeless.

Gladwell's article follows Murray Barr, an ex-Marine, now homeless on the streets of Reno, Nevada. Through his trips to emergency wards, time spent in jail, stays in shelters, policing costs, treatment programs and other services, the author estimates it cost the state of Nevada more than $1 million over 10 years to keep Murray homeless.
By comparison, enrolling him in a treatment program, a work training program and housing him would have cost Nevada taxpayers a fraction of that.