The most successful strategy for ending homelessness is under attack

Posted on AllSides December 15th, 2022
From The Left
Housing and Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Mental Health
Steven Senne/AP

It has been a jarring few years for leaders working to end homelessness.

Advocates and researchers have never had stronger evidence about the best way to most effectively house people who need it: a model known as “housing first.” As the name suggests, its focus is getting people into permanent housing and offering them support services, rather than requiring them to address mental health conditions, substance abuse, or job training first.

The housing-first model has enjoyed strong bipartisan support, and growing evidence about its effectiveness, for nearly three decades. But now it’s facing challenges...

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