• Bill Pitkin

    A recent op-ed in the LA Times by Jon Morgenstern, Vice President of and Director of Treatment Research at CASA and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, highlights initial findings from their study of 500 persons in housing first units in NYC.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-morgenstern-homeless-20100815,0,6569787.story

    He concludes that “evidence to date supports housing first for active substance abusers as a helpful solution to chronic homelessness and a possible cost-saver.”

  • Ann Barnum

    I am looking forward to the results of the Housing First study in Canada. We at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati have recently funded a housing first project for chronically homeless, public inebriates. Our grant is partnered with a SAMHSA grant which provides supportive services for these individuals both in a 25-unit permanent housing facility and in 35 scattered site apartments. It will be interesting to see how our results compare to those in Canada even though our project is much smaller.

  • Yves Ades, Ph.D.

    As a developer and operator of Supportive Housing for people with
    > mental illness and co-morbid substance abuse disorders, a study of this scope that addresses the “one size fits all” assumptions of “Housing First” is, both, long overdue and very timely. The “Housing First” model is very appealing to many because it is a relatively inexpensive (compared to its institutional alternatives) solution to homelessness. This appeal has been so powerful as to steer public policy in a wholesale adoption of the model without any real inquiry into its efficacy for people whose active symptoms, behaviors and lifestyles may require a different housing model to promote successful community reintegration.
    >I look forward to the results of this study which is certain to add
    > significantly to our knowledge regarding what works and what doesn’t in the world of recovery based housing and supports for people with mental illness.

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    >Yves Ades, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President
    >Services for the Underserved, Inc.