What a view! Jennifer O’Dowd won this yourtown prize home.A $15 TICKET has turned into a multimillion-dollar prize home package for a Gold Coast resident.Jennifer O’Dowd was living in temporary accommodation when she received the life-changing call, that her single entry into yourtown’s Gold Coast hinterland prize home was the winning ticket. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.A million dollar Miami abode with sea views is yourtown’s latest prize home. The three-bedroom apartment on Kratzmann Ave has a 180 degree ocean vista stretching to Coolangatta and North Burleigh. Jennifer O’Dowd won this yourtown prize home at Tamborine Mountain.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoMs O’Dowd said the 1.1ha property, that features a media room, spa, fire pit, and sweeping views of the Gold Coast skyline and ocean, was her “dream space”.“Now I live mortgage-free in a beautiful sunny house and feel set up for retirement! Buying my ticket has changed my life but I’m glad to think I helped others in some way as well.”Money raised from yourtown prize homes helps tackle youth issues. The yourtown prize at Tamborine Mountain.The charity has provided youth training and employment, parent education, homelessness accommodation, and counselling through its national Kids Helpline service. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.The prize includes a $100,000 gold bullion, and $86,000 of furniture.yourtown CEO Tracy Adams said the odds of winning are some of the best in Australia.“Whether your ticket number comes up or not, you still win by giving young people a chance of a brighter future,” Ms Adams said.Tickets are $15. Entries close November 8. The prize will be drawn on November 10. yourtown’s latest prize home winner Jennifer O’Dowd pictured with customer experience manager Jo Kerr, head of marketing and fundraising Tracey Gillinder and prize property supervisor Geoff Coppin.The pattern designer had relocated to Queensland from Victoria four years ago, to help her arthritis.“I couldn’t believe it. I had only just gone on a rainforest walk at Tamborine the week before and thought, ‘it’s so peaceful and serene, I’ve come home’, but never thought I could afford a property here,” Ms O’Dowd said. The prize included a three-bedroom house at Tamborine Mountain, $118,000 worth of furniture and electrical appliances, and a $500,000 gold bullion. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.
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Providing permanent housing for the homeless in Los Angeles could save taxpayers thousands of dollars, according to a study conducted by a nonprofit organization with the assistance of USC researchers.The study, the first of its kind in Los Angeles, was conducted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and released last week. It took place between 2005 and 2009, following four homeless individuals in Los Angeles and noted their mental health, physical health, encounters with law enforcement, substance abuse and housing costs.According to the study, taxpayers are spending about $20,000 more in a two-year period per person living on the street than those in permanent housing, meaning they would save 43 percent of the cost if a homeless person were offered a place to live.“After being placed in permanent housing, there was a decrease in their visits to the hospital, substance abuse and jail time,” said Michael R. Cousineau, an associate professor of preventive medicine research at the Keck School of Medicine, and the principal investigator for the report.The study used self-reports and public records to calculate how much the city spent on each homeless individual based on the number of visits to the hospital, time in jail and psychiatric or substance abuse help, and compared it to the relative cost of living in permanent supportive housing.Suzanne Wenzel, a professor at USC’s School of Social Work and an expert in homelessness and substance abuse treatment, agreed that decreased visits meant less taxpayer money would be spent.“These findings for Los Angeles are consistent with other cost studies in other parts of the country,” Wenzel said. “Other studies have shown that nights in a psychiatric hospital or a night in jail are actually more costly than a night in permanent supportive housing.”Cousineau said he hopes city officials acknowledge the results of the study when deciding how to deal with the homeless population.“Hopefully they will see the supportive results and invest in housing instead of in shelters,” he said. “The cost for the government would go down with the reduction of services.”Wenzel also said officials should pay attention to the results of the study, as it offers a straightforward solution to the problem of chronic homelessness.“It’s further evidence to policymakers that providing permanent supportive housing is an appropriate approach to addressing homelessness,” she said. “Providing housing to homeless individuals is not only the humane or ethical approach, but also more cost effective.”Cousineau pointed out that other areas that have conducted studies like this one have used the results to improve the states of their homeless populations.“Many cities like San Francisco have done a lot like turning four crumbling hotels into permanent housing for homeless,” Cousineau said.He added that he hopes the study will raise awareness and help local organizations, such as Skid Row Housing Trust and A Community of Friends, address the problem.“Skid Row Housing Trust is just not enough given the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles,” Cousineau said.