Here’s a link to a very informative Think Progress article on what it would take to end homelessness forever.
Excerpt: ‘By now, if there’s one thing that nearly everyone working to end homelessness agrees, it’s that we know how to do it. It’s just a matter of making it reality. The focus is singular, as Rachel Myers, executive director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance explains. “People are homeless for different reasons and have different kinds of needs,” she said. “But one thing that everyone who’s homeless needs is a home.”
It’s really critical to remember that we didn’t always have mass homelessness in this country.’
Study after study point to the cost effectiveness of Housing First. This article in the New Yorker does a good job of also making the case.
I’ve spent the last few days at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness. There were many highlights, including a keynote address from Michelle Obama on ending Veteran homelessness, launch of the new 100k homes initiative called “Zero: 2016”, and a visit with Congressman Sam Farr on Capital Hill.
Here are links to a few highlights:
The overriding theme of the conference – in the workshops, presentations, and casual lunch conversations was WE CAN END HOMELESSNESS! And that’s what 180/2020 is all about. I’m excited to get back home, to work with the community on ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
We had a big day yesterday. We celebrated the 180 goal at a community event and we announced our new initiative to end chronic homelessness by 2020. We’ve got a lot work to do to build the foundation of support, housing subsidy and funding, but we know it’s possible. We just surpassed a goal (currently we’ve housed 201 people) that many thought was out of reach.
When we come together as a community – working in partnership with multiple service provider organizations, government agencies and volunteers – the seemingly “impossible” fades away, replaced by “we can do it by working together!”.
We have some practical work to do as well, such as updating this website, which we’ll get to soon. For now, here’s Santa Cruz Sentinel press coverage of yesterday’s event and the Santa Cruz Patch story.
Check out our new logo with our new goal.
A new study sponsored by the 100,000 Homes campaign estimates annual taxpayer savings of $1.3 Billion. For Santa Cruz County and the 180/180 initiative, using this same rough, national estimate, having housed 200 people the annual savings estimate is $2.6 Million. This is one of many studies that prove housing people who are chronically homeless is a smarter, more cost effective approach than having people remain ‘on the street’ using expensive general relief emergency services such as hospitals, jails and emergency rooms
Here’s a link to the full story.