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.

Homelessness in Savannah, Stories for Learning

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 —…

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