Friday News Roundup: a farewell, vets, and the cost-effectiveness of Housing First

written by naehblog
June 4, 2010

This is my last Friday news roundup at the Alliance. I’ve been really inspired by all the fantastic workthat’s happening, both locally and at the federal level, and I’m so glad I got to help spread the word. Hearing stories from community across the country has made me believe that ending homelessness really is possible.

Catherine’s back at the helm of the About Homelessness blog and soon she’ll be joined by a NEW new media intern. Thanks for reading!

Memorial Day brought some attention to veterans experiencing homelessness. An in-depth piece from the Arizona Star takes a look at the divide between the VA’s plan to end homelessness within 5 years and the attitudes of some vets who are chronically homeless.’s Poverty in America blog features Swords and Plowshares, a facility that combines housing and services to get former soldiers back on their feet.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Deborah DeSantis shares a recent report that shows there are three times more mentally ill people in jail than in hospitals. The solution is not only humane, but cost-effective: Permanent Supportive Housing.

Speaking of cost-effectiveness, the Providence Journal discussed the benefits of the Housing First model by telling the story of Bill Victoria, who was homeless for 30 years before finally finding stable housing: “I thought I’d be homeless forever,” he says.

Not so.

About the Housing First approach, Eric Hirsch, a sociology professor at Providence College, says:

It’s definitely cost-effective, especially for people who have been homeless for a long time. This is how you end homelessness.