ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new study shows the homeless program Heading Home is saving taxpayer dollars.
The program, started by the City of Albuquerque, offers housing, job training, and other resources that help the homeless get back on their feet.
A recent study done by UNM’s Social Research Institute showed the program has decreased emergency room costs and jail costs, among other things.
The program has already housed more than 600 people and there’s still more work to do.
“It’s not just about housing people, it’s about how we’re impacting and providing opportunities for our folks to smile to get up each day and hopefully have a good day,” said Jodie Jepson, of Albuquerque Heading Home.
The study shows the program has saved taxpayer’s an estimated nearly $5 million.