NPR’s Morning Edition is running a series on chronic homelessness. Today’s segment talked about the importance of supportive housing and addressing “root causes of homelessness” like mental illness and addiction. This was a controversial assertion in Ann Arbor 10 years ago, it is less controversial now. A representative from the Rockefeller Foundation talked about what a mistake it is to provide housing without also addressing these root causes.
Tomorrow’s segment is on the housing program in Seattle that I posted about recently. It provides permanent housing for chronic alcoholics, apparently without any expectations that they try to recover.