The recent debate surrounding Housing First has predominantly been focused on the physical and budgetary metrics of housing retention and cost reductions.
But these surface-level concerns obscure a deeper question:
What happens to the human beings in these programs?
The results, according to the vast majority of studies, point to a grim conclusion:
Housing First does not meaningfully improve human lives.
Media, including Comedy Central's "Daily Show," hailed "Housing First" in Utah. But stats were fudged.
Los Angeles's "Housing First" produces homes, but fails to address the problems of the once-homeless.