The results of a study that asked how 100 homeless people would spend $750 per month over a year with no strings were so promising that they were published after only six months. The answer is on basic needs like food, housing, transportation, clothing and healthcare. Those who got the stipend also were less likely to be unsheltered after six months. The Los Angeles study grew from a smaller pilot run by Miracle Messages, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that matches homeless people with volunteer phone buddies for weekly calls. Among those receiving funds, some found permanent housing, even in such an expensive area. “It seems like it’s opening up possibilities in different ways,” the researchers said. In other cases, the money created opportunities, even for people who remained unsheltered.

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