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What's a 'Wet House'?

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Both Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Mayor Gavin support it. And Seattle says it saved them $4M last year. A 'wet house' is a home for chronic alcoholics where they can drink in peace and are provided with medical supervision. The idea came up because San Francisco can "account for about $13 million of the $17 million that is spent annually by the city on alcohol-related crime, care, and recovery services," and they think having a wet house might lower that figure. [SFist]