Margot Adler is joined by homeless advocate Ralph Nunez and professor Dennis Culhane to debate a new approach to ending homelessness, Housing First, which moves people more quickly from shelters to permanent homes.
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Ralph Nunez is the president and CEO of Homes for the Homeless, a “transitional welfare” program that serves roughly 1,000 homeless families with 2,500 children in New York City each year. He is also the president of the Institute for Children and Poverty, an independent research and policy think tank, and he is a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He worked on homelessness issues for New York City mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani and is the author of Beyond the Shelter Wall: Homeless Families Speak Out.
Dennis Culhane is a professor of social welfare policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Culhane studies homelessness and housing policy. His research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness, including expansions in supportive housing for people who are chronically homeless, and housing stabilization programs for people at risk of homelessness.