A University of Washington-led research team studied a group of 95 chronically homeless alcoholics and found that in one year, they cost taxpayers more than $8 million in hospitalizations, detox center treatments and incarcerations.
When the same group spent one year in Seattle's Housing First program -- residences where they are allowed to drink -- the same group cost $4 million in taxpayer money, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/11/minneapolis.wethouse.alcoholics/index...
My personal opinion is that wet shelters are a good idea. Harm reduction models are as valid as abstinence based models. These wet houses focus on the most basic human needs.
Start at 10:20 in the video.