I don't know if I was right in my assumption, but I did find an article that shed some light titled "Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes." The article starts out giving references to some atrocious decions governed down from cities trying to end homelessness. It's almost like the governments in placed view homelessness as a disease in their city and they need to attack it with force.
"City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates."
Well fortunately it seems like Utah has got it right.
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015."
In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached."
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it."