Providing Homes for the Homeless: Two Successful Programs

Two recent articles highlight government programs that are successfully caring for the chronically homeless — and saving money — starting with the provision of subsidized housing.

“Home Free,” in the September 22, 2014 issue of The New Yorker, describes Utah’s Housing First program, which is showing that stability is  key to rehabilitation. The program  has reduced Utah’s chronically homeless by 74 percent.

“Many Veterans Adapt to a Strange World, One With Walls,” in the September 20, 2014 New York Times, focuses on a similar Veterans Administration program that provides homes for veterans before tackling underlying drug or mental health problems. The proram has so far placed 51,000 veterans in housing.