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City's solution for homeless alcoholics

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (CNN) - San Francisco is considering a controversial method to get homeless alcoholics off the streets.

The plan would use taxpayer dollars to put them in housing and allow them to continue drinking.

Dozens of homeless alcoholics who live on the streets are a drain to the city's emergency medical systems and jails.

A three-year study by San Francisco's Health Department found 225 of the worst offenders accounted for more than 1,900 EMS pickups and spent more than 2,000 days at San Francisco General Hospital.

Their treatment costs taxpayers $13,500,000 a year.

City officials believe that "wet housing" is the best alternative.

Based on a project in Seattle, it gives homeless alcoholics a place to live and allows them to continue drinking.

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