Housing first: end homelessness (no requirements to be off street drugs, nor on psych drugs)

The Canadian city featured in the video below has housed all their citizens. I worked for a harm reduction program in San Francisco in which no one was required to be off illegal drugs nor were they required to be on psych drugs (the drugs of the state which were often held over the heads of those who don't want to take them as reason to not give housing) ... The program brought down emergency hospitalizations by huge numbers by giving people one of their very most basic needs...a roof over their heads...I'm a believer in non-coercive loving care. Give people what they really need and they'll figure out the rest.

Rethink homelessness

It can happen to anyone and we're all brothers and sisters. Rethink Homelessness asked our homeless friends to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn't know just by walking past them. Their answers may surprise you. … [click on title to read and view more]

Give the homeless an apartment first, ask questions later.

Yes, that is sanity! This is a harm reduction method...it assumes people truly have basic needs that must be met before other issues can be face. I've worked for such programs...they are far less coercive and therefore more effective than most other sorts of social services. I worked for harm reduction programs in San Francisco which were really quite good and I've seen that they work. In fact I worked in a housing program for formerly homeless folk that neither required people be clean and sober nor that they take psych meds regardless of diagnosis... The programs weren't perfect because the employees were still often trained in the ways of coercion (a system wide issue still) -- but they were far better than most programs out there.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

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