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Published November 26, 2010, 11:47 AM

Fargo Facility for Homeless Deemed Success

The director of the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority says a new facility aimed at the chronically homeless has been a success since opening in May.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The director of the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority says a new facility aimed at the chronically homeless has been a success since opening in May.

Lynn Fundingsland says the Cooper House has "exceeded expectations."

Fundingsland's group recently released a report outlining the economic impact of the facility. The analysis was based on before-and-after comparisons of services used by 29 people in the year before they entered Cooper House.

The study shows a 33 percent drop in health care and medicine costs and a 51 percent decrease in legal and law enforcement costs.

Laurie Baker with the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons tells The Forum she's concerned about the eviction rate at Cooper House.

Fundingsland says five or six people have been kicked out of the complex because of behavioral issues.

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