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He Asks The Question 10 Times Because He Just Can't Believe How This City Solved Homelessness

He can't understand how such a simple solution actually works.

He Asks The Question 10 Times Because He Just Can't Believe How This City Solved Homelessness

Chronic homelessness is a problem no one knows how to solve, right?

Guess again!


Since 2005, Salt Lake City has been trying a new experiment in ending homelessness.

Reporter Hasan Minhaj went for a visit to find out what was going on.

Not finding any homeless people to talk to, Minhaj spoke with Lloyd Pendleton, director of the city's Homeless Task Force. Pendleton didn't waste words:

That's right, Pendleton explained, housing a homeless person costs the city:

But shelters, emergency-room visits, ambulances, police, and other care are expensive too. This is how much a person on the street cost the city:

Minhaj had to see it to believe it.

But the numbers say it better:

Salt Lake City's success has other cities reconsidering draconian city ordinances that ban people from sitting on sidewalks or sleeping in public and instead offering supportive, safe spaces to help people get back on their feet. Read more here about Housing First and other cities trying out this very humane approach to giving people in need a helping hand.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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