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If You Want to Hire Someone to Help the Homeless, Why Not the Formerly Homeless?

That's what Boston is doing, and it's working.

A program in Boston is taking formerly-homeless veterans and employing them, sending them onto the streets to help out the homeless veterans who have not yet been as fortunate. The strategy is helping to gain the trust of Boston’s homeless veterans, who are more receptive to advice given by people who have been there. As a result of this and other efforts in Boston to get homeless veterans off the streets, there has been a 15 percent drop in the number of homeless vets on any given night to 458. According to the AP, Boston is considering doubling the size of the program in the coming year.

Source: Associated Press

Juan Forrer writes for NationSwell.