Two groups of nonprofit social service providers have been selected by the state to tackle chronic problems with homelessness and juvenile criminals under an innovative new program that will reward the agencies if they can prove their techniques work, and pay little or even no money at all if they fail. The program, called Social Innovation Financing, operates on a simple “pay for success” model, in which nonprofits must demonstrate that by keeping youth from being reincarcerated or homeless from living in costly shelters, they have saved the state money.
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