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Can giving people experiencing homelessness money make a real difference to rebuild lives?

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A homeless encampment contrasts with a “now leasing” sign on a new apartment complex in Denver, Sept. 21, 2022.

How does a city address its housing crisis as more and more people struggle to make ends meet? How about giving money directly to people experiencing homelessness? That's the idea behind the Denver Basic Income Project. Next month it begins the next round of research into whether this concept could make a real difference. And the city of Denver recently endorsed the idea, using COVID relief money.

Mark Donovan is the founder of the Denver Basic Income Project. Britta Fisher is Chief Housing Officer and Executive Director of the Denver Department of Housing Stability, and Daniel Brisson is a researcher at the University of Denver.