Idea of the Day: Put Homeless in Homes

From time to time, we’ll throw out an “Idea of the Day” culled from sources here in Arizona and elsewhere.  The following idea was highlighted in a May 23, 2008 Arizona Republic article, “Phoenix may use Seattle program to battle homelessness,” by reporter Casey Newton.  Here’s what it’s all about.

Phoenix could overhaul its approach to reducing homelessness this year using an approach credited with dramatically improving conditions in Seattle.  Phoenix is considering adopting a model of treating homelessness known as Housing First, in which homeless families are given housing even if one or more members of the household is abusing substances.  Traditional homelessness programs require residents to be sober before they can move into housing.  But social workers have found it difficult to get their clients off drugs or alcohol if the clients do not have safe, stable housing.  Phoenix does not itself maintain any beds for homeless services.  But it does fund organizations that do.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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