Archive for February 13, 2009

I love it when I’ve put forth an idea or premise and then someone else eventually comes to the same conclusion.

Case in point…

Almost since I began authoring this blog, I’ve been expressing my opinion that homeless shelters are not the panacea for homelessness. My reasoning has been that the shelter systems in this nation operate primarily using "soup kitchen" methodologies – and therefore do not provide the types of assistance needed to escape homelessness. In addition, I’ve maintained that the only effective remedy for helping folks off the streets is to assist them with becoming housed members of the community. Moreover, I’ve made assertions that it is far more cost effective to help provide permanent housing for the homeless than it is to offer only "emergency" or "supportive" services.   (more…)