Monday, February 10, 2014

Housing First

I hope you all had a chance to watch the 60 Minutes segment on the 100,000 Homes Project last night.  If not, you can watch it here.  The coverage seemed to have overloaded the 100K website when I tried to check it last night.  That's probably a good thing.

What I most enjoyed about how the producers pulled this piece together was the acknowledgement that this is not a silver bullet.  It showed one man who went from drinking mouthwash on the street to drinking whiskey in a free apartment and disturbing his neighbors.  That happens.  But follow-up studies have shown that the overwhelming majority have successful outcomes and over 70% do not go back to the streets.

Programs like this, and others that follow the Housing First model, are proof that homelessness can be solved.  It just takes policy-makers who are brave enough to commit to those who cannot return the favor.

Short post today due to an early am work call, but please also check out HCEA President Paul Lemle's fundraising effort to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund by riding his bike from Key Highway to the Florida Keys this April.  Paul is a cancer survivor and it is worth a click over just to read his story.

That's all for today.  Have a great Monday doing what you love!