New York City Has a Solution to Homelessness
He checked in the early evening. It began snowing right before he arrived. The place was packed and he was lucky to get a space. After walking past a pavilion stacked with garbage bags full of possessions and street-ravaged luggage, He made his way up the wheelchair ramp to the front doors. A string of men in hooded coats and smoking cigarettes lined the path, looking him up and down as he made his way in.
Tonight, 61,277 people will sleep in homeless shelters in New York city. Kids, single women, single men, and families are a part of this number. In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although things may look bad, The Coalition for Homeless is looking to turn things around for those living in the tough realities of homelessness. They believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society.
Since they started in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are met. This New York Organization may have found the solution that all communities with severe homelessness should follow. Since homelessness began more than thirty years ago, they’ve found that, research and experience have strongly shown that investments in permanent housing are very effective in reducing homelessness — as well as being cost-effective.
Starting in New York City in the 1990s, the “housing first” approach was introduced. The “housing first” approach involves moving long-term street homeless individuals directly into housing and then linking them to support services, either on-site or in the community. Research studies have shown that the majority of homeless people moved into “housing first” apartments remain stable and experience improvements in their health problems. Although the city finances the “housing first” approach, it is far less costly than emergency and institutional care, such as shelters, hospitals and correctional facilities.
The fundamental cause of homelessness is the gap in the affordability of housing. The prices of renting have gone up and government has cut back on housing assistance. Federal, state, city governments, and private investors must increase investments in affordable housing. They must target a majority of their efforts towards homeless and individuals with low incomes. If we are to end the problem of homelessness, all communities should incarnate what the Coalition for Homeless is doing for the people of New York City
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