In Europe, Housing First had developed into “’Housing Led’ in which housing is considered a human right and all efforts are focused on getting homeless people settled in homes.” And while both initiatives may be expensive in the short term, in the long term they save both money and lives.
In Detroit, last winter, “Clayton will sleep rough under a viaduct beside the Cobo Centre – a huge convention arena – a few blocks away from the soup kitchen. Run by volunteers from a homeless charity called the Noah Project, Clayton visits twice a week. As we chat over coffee he says he hopes to survive another brutal Michigan winter and eventually get a place of his own.”
Clayton is a double amputee and a recovering drug addict. Certainly, he would be better able to attend to his medical needs and support his recovery if he had a roof over his head.