Tag Archives: housing first

If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

Living on the streets, for years at a time, can rapidly increase one’s age—turning any young adult into someone appearing middle-aged or elderly.

Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Perhaps, if we give away tents to everyone on the streets, we could hide them. We would just see their shadows. It is hard to put a face on a shadow. Shadows are easier to stereotype. They are easier to forget after we drive by them. Shadows sleeping in a pup tent are easier to label as lazy, drunks, or criminals.

Convert Bus Benches into Homeless Shelters?

I think that we sometimes spend too much time and creative energy on “helping” people who are homeless, rather than simply “housing” people who are homeless. The real solution is to provide real homes for people within our homeless population.

We Need to House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

Today, I wonder why America—a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy, and compassionate—doesn’t pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing and with the community of humanity.

Shelter For All…

Imagine if you were left-handed and homeless. When you tell the social worker you are a southpaw, she explains that bathrooms in the shelter are only for right-handed people. The response of these homeless shelters that bar transgender people is just as absurd as if they were banning people who were left-handed.

A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing

A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal (For People Who Are Homeless)

What would be the perfect Thanksgiving meal for a person who is living on our streets?

Keeping an Eye on Homelessness

How do we transform a cold gaze into eyes that reflect hope?

Part 2: Homeless Agencies Can End Homelessness

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.

Homeless Agencies Can Transform the Quest to End Homelessness

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.