Christian Science Monitor Highlights Supportive Housing How to Curb Chronic Homelessness? 1st a Home!
A January 25, 2012 article in The Christian Science Monitor, “How to Curb Chronic Homelessness? 1st a Home!” highlights the fact that the number of permanent supportive housing apartments in the United States has surpassed the number of emergency shelter beds. And this makes good sense because supportive housing helps formerly homeless individuals and families restore their lives and it saves money. Examples of supportive housing from around the country are mentioned including the success story of a formerly homeless veteran who now has a safe, affordable permanent home.
The article states:
“There has been a complete paradigm shift in this country away from using emergency, big congregate shelters just to get people off of the street,” says Brian Sullivan, spokesman for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “This system is merely a band-aid with a big revolving door, and modeling our entire system of care on this wasn’t having any meaningful impact in reducing homelessness, especially among the chronically homeless.”