Solving Urban Homelessness
With a Place to Call Home
An October 20, 2014 article in The Guardian, “Housing First: The ‘Counter Intuitive’ Method for Solving Urban Homelessness,” focuses on the crisis of homelessness in Detroit and other cities across both the U.S. and E.U.
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.
Detroit has seen a slight decrease in homelessness despite its economic woes. And Housing First that is central to the United States Interagency Council’s federal Opening Doors plan is most likely playing a part in this decrease.
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