• Tricia Baker

    As we’ve seen, the successful model for ending homelessness is selective. There are some cities who have ended veteran homelessness by giving them a safe and secure place to live. This works, but there is no political will to include everyone who is homeless. The belief that some will take advantage of taxpayer largess prohibits commitment to ending this aspect of poverty. You are of course correct that the expansive causes of homelessness require a multi-faceted strategy rather than a bandage, but only time will tell if the US will ever be willing to tackle such an intricate issue.

    • Lydia D York

      As a formerly homeless veteran myself, I can assure you that not one, single city has “ended veteran homelessness…”, despite what they claim. And, that’s another thing which is holding us back from ending homelessness – the negative, incorrect, divisive propaganda surrounding affordable housing, and the type of people who need it; They claim they’re focusing on ending veteran homelessness, make a bunch of noise about it – but – that enthusiasm and commitment doesn’t trickle down to the local levels. I should know – my son and I were homeless during the worst winter in east coast history back in 2014. Should a veteran have been homeless for a year – considering all of the money and effort purportedly going into ending veteran homelessness? No. Did it happen? Yes. And, I wasn’t the only veteran I met in my travels.

  • James Sleighter

    We have been operating since 2008, and can tell you that there are no experts on homelessness. The faces change and so do the attitudes and behavior. When founding the Mission, my belief was that the homeless could help themselves when given the proper resources. And they have proven me right time after time..In one of the worst counties in Florida for jobs, our residents have made me very proud. As of Friday, 75% of our residents have jobs, or received their disability. The rest are children or new. You must constantly adapt and change to make it all work..We are getting ready to hand the fifth set of keys over to a Veteran family to a mobile home in a park. Like the others, it was donated by another Veteran.We have placed many into homes since we started..We started out as a tent city with over 120 homeless people without hope..Now HUD decides to create a nightmare for us..So now, we must push and beg for funding after proving that it works..Congress and those who work on the front lines must work together, and stop creating a money making machine for some, while hurting others.. Tiny houses, tents, sheds..Will not be the answer. Sorry..Venting a little today

  • Lydia D York

    While I appreciate this article, the work, time and effort it took to write it – there is no cookie-cutter solution to homelessness. We first need to stop assuming that money is the solution, since it’s obviously not. I’ve been an active housing advocate for the last 10 years, and run two groups online (OCCUPY HUD, and HUD Veteran housing – VASH); Which is how I know that housing has become like the runaway train without any brakes. Congress allocates funding in response to pie-in-the-sky promises from HUD, who then take the money and issue blank checks to everybody in the world, starting with their friends and family. Everyone else can pretty much go to hell. By the time the trickle-down effect comes into play, there’s little to nothing left for the truly housing insecure. I was taken aback once this past year – when a homeless woman wrote me an irate letter, chastising me for advocating for housing. She said she and her husband were homeless, and living in their car by choice, and I should stop trying to change things for them, forcing them to live in a way which they don’t want to. So, maybe that’s it: We as a society should stop trying to advocate for a particular way of living, and just allow people to live the way they want; Whether that’s in their cars, igloos, tents, treehouses, trailer homes or tiny houses – whatever floats their boat.

  • Lydia D York

    NPQ does it’s readers a disservice by not including relevant, educated, thoughtful and constructive criticism surrounding this subject. Earlier, I tried to post two comments which were educational and enlightening, yet your mod rejected both. There was no good reason, since my comments were on-point. It is precisely this silencing of appropriate input which has us where we’re currently at on housing. Anyone who dares to speak the truth, and expose the rampant fraud, waste, corruption and mismanagement of housing funds gets shunned. This is the caliber of “journalism” today. So, I’ll say that I’m disappointed but not surprised by NPQs failure to include my opinion, though it’s your loss.