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The Housing First approach to homelessness

Experience from a 10 year pilot program in Salt Lake City, Utah where the most chronically and troubled homeless people were given housing with no conditions for their other behaviors

Authors: Lloyd Pendelton
Source: TED
Published: November 2016
Tags: TEDMED, homelessness, harm reduction, housing first, social justice
Rating: 5/5

Homeless people can be divided up in roughly 3 categories: temporary (75%), episodic (10%), and chronic (15%) (meaning they have been homeless for more than 1 year or total of 365 days in the last few years). They decided to tackle the hardest problem first, the chronic homeless. These were people with mental health and/or drug issues. Gave them housing and a counsellor who visited...[more]