A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing
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What would be the perfect Thanksgiving meal for a person who is living on our streets?
How do we transform a cold gaze into eyes that reflect hope?
If that homeless agency partners with housing developers—or becomes a housing developer—in order to promote a true “Housing First” approach, then perhaps communities will embrace the idea that permanent supportive housing is good for their neighborhood.
I do believe that homeless programs have a significant role to play in ending this country’s homelessness. As traditional homeless agencies shift their focus to Housing First strategies, they move away from becoming a forgotten Sony Walkman tape player and closer to being a modern Apple iPhone.
We need more creative ideas for how to provide housing for our neighbors who sleep on our streets.
How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?
A person’s homelessness will finally end when he or she belongs to a supportive community that embraces him or her as its own.
For the most visible homeless individuals, at least, the numbers seem to be trending down. More or less.
Those of us who have been operating emergency homeless programs for decades sometimes still struggle with the idea of letting people get a “free ride.” But, if our true mission truly is to house people no matter what, then softening the toughness in our love for people on the streets is simply the best approach.