As anyone who’s read my columns over the past few months can tell, I often write about how badly Housing First policies have failed Los Angeles’ homeless and housed communities. There are two reasons. First, Housing First uses so much funding, there is very little left for treatment, intervention, and alternative shelter models. Second, we cannot expect our political leaders to advocate for change until a majority of the public demands it, and the public won’t demand it until people understand just how unsuccessful Housing First is, and how many billions of dollars have been wasted on a failed model.
Tim Campbell September 25 2023