Homeless Agencies Can Transform the Quest to End Homelessness

By | Aug 25, 2014

Helping_the_homelessThirty years ago, PATH was created because a group of local people noticed an increase in homelessness on the Westside of Los Angeles. They founded an agency that would temporarily provide food and shelter, believing that homelessness would be resolved within five years.

That didn’t happen.

Thirty years later, instead of homelessness-free streets, the opposite has occurred. Streets, parks, hills, beaches, sidewalks, alleys, and rivers are inundated with people who are homeless.

In recent years, experts have blamed traditional homeless service providers for only offering temporary solutions instead of permanent housing. Much of the criticism is warranted. Blaming these compassionate agencies for the rise in homelessness over the last few decades, however, is not.

Approaches to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the early days of setting up shelters. Strategies like Housing First, rapid re-housing, and homelessness prevention are the new solutions to this long-standing problem.

For homeless agencies that have traditionally centered their services around rehabilitation, transitional housing, shelters, and food, these newfangled solutions run contrary to the belief that people need to be rehabilitated before moving into permanent housing. Read More »

Your Voice Will Be Missed

By | Aug 18, 2014 | Comments Off

Goodbye, Robin Williams. Your advocate voice will be missed.

Legalize Pot, Increase Homelessness

By | Aug 4, 2014 | Comments Off

It seems to me that, if every state legalized cannabis, then the incentive to migrate to another state would end.

By | Jul 29, 2014
I walk my daily patrol like a fearsome warrior, dressed in my combat helmet and protective gear.
By | Jul 21, 2014
Fourteen years ago, when the goal to actually end homelessness was proposed by a national homeless group, the idea of zero homelessness seemed lofty.
By | Jul 14, 2014
Providing real homes, rather than shelter beds, for people who are homeless has been all the rage these past few years.
By | Jul 8, 2014
I was never very good at math when I was in school, but even I can tell that the homeless count numbers for Los Angeles are clearly laden with politics.
By | Jul 1, 2014
Back in the 1980s, when the original founders of PATH created a small program to help people who were homeless on the Westside of Los Angeles, they never imagined that they would still be in business 30 years later.
By | Jun 23, 2014
Photo: Andrew Horton/Twitter When I was studying architecture, the design projects we were assigned typically involved creating spaces or products that benefited people.
By | Jun 17, 2014
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