Homeless Alcoholics Receive a Permanent Place to Live, and Drink

Take the time to read this. (NY Times registration is free. If you don’t want to register, go to www.bugmenot.com.) It’s a very sad story.

It talks about the application of the “housing first” approach with chronic alcoholics. Reasonable people can disagree on the merits of using the approach with this population, but whatever one’s ideology, this is a difficult thing to imagine celebrating. The article made no reference to any efforts to facilitate recovery among the people in the apartments. I hope that there are some efforts and that the reporter failed to include those efforts in the story. Again, reasonable people can disagree about the merits of a “housing first” approach with these people, but it would be unconscionable to give up on trying to help them recover.

One thought on “Homeless Alcoholics Receive a Permanent Place to Live, and Drink

  1. I don’t think that “sacntioned suicide” by allowing homeless persons to drink and live unfettered by expectations is really the way to go. I hope the theory here isn’t just out of sight -out of mind.

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