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Housing First’s Imperial Overreach

The policy shouldn’t be as dominant as it is.

Housing First is the dominant approach to homelessness policy in America. Housing First proponents believe that permanent housing, subsidized by the government, is the only legitimate solution to homelessness, and that housing programs should not impose preconditions such as sobriety, work, or participation in social services. The United States spends billions of dollars annually on homeless services, but the federal government tends to support only those programs that operate under Housing First principles.

December 16, 2022


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