Perhaps along with building permanent supportive housing, we should also create permanent supportive towns? Then, we would no longer have to clear out tent cities.
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homeless lies dying on a busy street in the City of Houston, and no one helps him for nearly a day?
Deterring poverty and homelessness is about changing societal systems that manage homelessness instead of working to end it, and helping those who are already homeless get housed.
They are broken and broke. They don’t have the resources to sustain housing, and have tattered lives with barriers that sometimes seem insurmountable. They may be dependent on substances, overcome by mental illness, or unable to stand on their own without assistance. They’ve fallen through the cracks of a society that has turned its back […]
One of the most difficult steps in the development process is acquiring land on which to build. At a glance, this makes it seem like dirt is the solution. But what if landowners were to donate the air above their dirt, so that it could be used for affordable housing?
Vulnerable. It’s a word we often use to describe the clients our programs target—individuals who have serious health, mental health, and substance abuse challenges; who are frequent utilizers of hospitals and emergency rooms; and who are at high risk of dying on the streets. Veterans, seniors, families, and youth also often fall into that category. But, when we’re talking about more than 650,000 homeless people in our country, what does “vulnerable” really mean?
It took six years to get to this opening, from the formation of a vision task force in 2007 to the moving in of some of the city’s most chronically homeless citizens.
It seems to me that ending homelessness is more than just building apartments, filling them with furniture, and then moving someone in. Ask anyone who is housed, but lonely—a senior with no family support, a recent divorcee sitting in an empty new apartment, or a recently housed formerly-homeless person—if their house feels like a real, loving home. Without care and support, a home just doesn’t feel as warm and comfortable to its inhabitants.
I was on the top floor of a downtown highrise talking with a corporate executive about the strategic impact of placing homeless persons in apartments that are supported with physical and mental health care, what many call today “Housing First.”
“No longer will our homeless neighbors languish on the streets,” I explained to him. “Or for that matter, will even have to hunker down in a homeless shelter.”
The LA Times featured a pieces about efforts in Los Angeles to house chronically homeless persons. A group of community members and non-profit organizations conducted a survey of over 400 people living on the streets, applying the vulnerability index method popularized by New York based Common Ground. Even though the group originally lacked funding to […]