Four homeless residents cost Fort Collins' oldest hospital more than $300,000 in uncompensated medical costs and tied up city police and court officials for 257 hours in the seven months before they were able to work their way off the streets.

A first of its kind case study recently released by the nascent Outreach Fort Collins group quantifies the societal costs of homelessness in Fort Collins and outlines the steps taken to get the four residents the help they needed.

Members of the nonprofit outreach team working to quell concerns related to homelessness in the city's core say the study is an important step in proving the value of their work to a public that often associates homelessness with the transient populations often blamed for Old Town's troubles.

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