Homeless man by-miekaspop-MorguefileThe success of a 10-year initiative to end long-term homelessness could mean the closure of homeless shelters in Utah.

The state has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 69 percent since 2006, moving 2000 people off the street and into apartments.

Last winter, there were excess beds available each night in a Salt Lake City area emergency shelter, which officials attribute to the success of the rehousing program that places homeless families and individuals into permanent supportive housing.

Once they settle into housing, they can begin work on the issues that have contributed to their homelessness, according to the Deseret News.

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