Here’s some great info on Housing First in New Orleans (from a conference & article): Housing First model of addressing homelessness is discussed |

There’s a homelessness conference going on in New Orleans on homelessness while this post is being written & one of the topics is “Housing First“!

A local newspaper reporter wrote an article about how it works in New Orleans! Here’s a quote from her article:

A growing body of research shows that most homeless people, even grizzled street dwellers plagued with addictions and severe mental illness, are better able to stay housed if they move into an apartment first and are then offered an array of services.

There are several other points & quotes from the article that are important for us to point out:

Regarding savings:

In the United States, its use with longtime, chronically homeless people was first advocated by Bush administration officials, who touted the model’s fiscal savings, beyond its humanitarian appeal. A landmark study in the mid-1990s showed that the most ill — roughly 10 percent of the homeless — can rack up $35,000 to $150,000 in annual public tabs by cycling through shelters, courts, jails and hospitals.

Regarding support in a community:

Support comes from all corners. The store owner may blame the drunks who sleep on his sidewalk for their own situation, but he still supports Housing First. “It gets them off his doorstep,” said Barbara Poppe, head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the architect of the new federal plan to end homelessness, which also endorses Housing First.

Regarding band-aids (scope of the solution):

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, even mentioned the strategy a few weeks ago during an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” “It’s actually not only better for people but cheaper to solve homelessness than to put a band-aid on it,” Donovan said.

Government support & focus on solutions that they can adopt easily:

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a well-known data wonk, put his support behind Housing First in the city’s recently released 10-year plan to end homelessness. Other jurisdictions have followed suit. “Governments love Housing First,” said conference co-chair and longtime Seattle homeless-service provider Bill Hobson. “It’s become the policy coin of the realm.”

How it works:

The idea is simple. Housing ends people’s homelessness. Services keep them housed, at a high rate — about 85 percent.

Once people are in their apartments, Tsemberis and his teams make house calls and say, “OK, what next?” Answers vary: jobs, family visits, education, sore feet, “noises in my head,” he said.

Our local action to date:

  • We have been writing & posting on social networks a lot of content recently trying to get the community in Savannah to engage in a meaningful discussion on the topic
  • We are in the process of putting together a L3C (social enterprise) with the goal of creating more housing inventory that can be used in an initial effort to prove the concept of Housing First here in Savannah as the right way to end chronic homelessness
  • We are engaging the faith community in a dialog on “Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches” available on Amazon & the Kindle, as modeled in the Minnesota area by a group called Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (they are on Facebook)!

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about our efforts, want to explore partnerships or social good investing opportunities to launch this L3C effort please contact us via a comment here or through our “Contact Us” block on the right side of this page!

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2 Responses to Here’s some great info on Housing First in New Orleans (from a conference & article): Housing First model of addressing homelessness is discussed |

  1. Reblogged this on Housing First for Savannah's Chronic Homeless and commented:

    This was originally published on March 23, 2012 on our HIS Advocacy Blog. It’s an attempt to pull together points for consideration as you look at a Housing First Model for Savannah! We will pull together other resources here for you soon so that you can apply the model to Savannah’s situation. Given the lack of interest in the CoC & their partner organizations to support a Housing First model we will explore their rationale as we understand it & based on some points made briefly in an interchange recently. There is a need for others to undertake this model & that’s our calling! We will make the case for the Faith Community to play a more significant role in loving the unlovely, the lost & those who others have lost hope in their ability to get beyond their condition. After all, that’s what the faith community does on a daily basis, help others see where power can come from for one’s own healing! After all, we are responsible for our own healing, empowered by a higher power as thought by some circles & enabled by the love we are shown by people of faith who really get that they can play that ever increasingly imperative role we are called to perform.

  2. Pingback: Savannah needs to consider: Alternatives to Criminalization | Issue | United States Interagency Council on Homelessness USICH | Homelessness in Savannah, Stories for Learning

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