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Homelessness—Not Just About Housing
What to Know: Austin Mayor Steve Adler says the answer to homelessness is simple; give everyone a home.
The TPPF Take: Homelessness is far more complex than that; Adler’s one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t address the real causes of long-term homelessness: addiction and mental illness.
“Because up to 75 percent of unsheltered people struggle with substance abuse disorders, a ‘housing first’ policy often ends up harming the very people it purports to help—recovering addicts and domestic violence survivors—by placing them in close proximity to addicts and abusers,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “This incentivizes program models that don’t work.”