- Jul 22, 2009
I was going to leave it but fuck it.At least others have provided evidence of their claims or support for ideas. You've had nothing but the same feels repeated in almost every post you've made, as if repeating it makes it true. It doesn't.
So...you know the primary reasons for homelessness (the opposite of what's been linked with evidence numerous times now), and the best order of operations and methods to care for homeless people and get them off the streets?
Remember that? That's the smell of irony.
Explain it to me like I'm 5, step by step how your first step in solving homeless and helping them is to lower the cost of housing.
Do you think these people have some untapped resources or are timing the market or something?
Numerous links? All... two of them...? Wow I'm blown away. One which has this gem:
Right because I see so many homeless families, mothers and children.In their book, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem, the University of Washington professor Gregg Colburn and the data scientist Clayton Page Aldern demonstrate that “the homelessness crisis in coastal cities cannot be explained by disproportionate levels of drug use, mental illness, or poverty.” Rather, the most relevant factors in the homelessness crisis are rent prices and vacancy rates.
Keep in mind my entire point is lowering cost of housing doesn't do anything for the current homeless population, nothing, nada. So that as a first step seems fairly disingenuous. I don't consider being in a shelter, hospital, or other institution as "housed" because that isn't what is talked about when affordable housing comes up. Affordable housing is apartments or multi-tenant units.
Some benefits were attributed to Housing First, including higher housing stability, fewer emergency room visits, and improved medication adherence (Tsemberis, Gulcur, and Nakae 2004; Padgett, Henwood, and Tsemberis 2015; Aubry et al. 2016; Buchanan et al. 2009).
Meanwhile, Housing First showed no effects in reducing drug use, alcohol consumption, psychiatric symptoms, or enhancing the quality of life (Rosenheck et al. 2003; Mares, Greenberg, and Rosenheck 2007; Stergiopoulos et al. 2010).
There are also differences in terminologies. In 2019, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released a report showing 25 percent of the unsheltered homeless had a severe mental illness and 14 percent had a substance use disorder. Using the same survey data, the Los Angeles Times showed a much higher prevalence level: about 51 percent with mental illness and 46 percent with substance use disorder. The critical difference lies in the definition of mental health and drug addiction. The government's estimates are lower because they only counted people with a permanent or long-term severe condition (LAHSA 2020).
Appendix Table A.1. contains estimates for the prevalence of mental illness and drug addiction among the homeless. The prevalence is particularly high among the chronically homeless, over 75 percent of whom have substance abuse or a severe mental illness (Kuhn and Culhane 1998; Poulin et al. 2010; Ellen Lockard Edens, Mares, and Rosenheck 2011). Powerful drugs such as P2P methamphetamine induce psychosis, the symptoms of which are sometimes confused with schizophrenia.
IMO this is the one of the major causes of what we are seeing today:
But maybe this guy who actually walked the walk is talking out of his ass - https://www.denverpost.com/2021/01/12/mike-coffman-homeless-aurora/In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law to provide federal funding for community-based mental health care, aiming at replacing institutional care with community care. At the same time, federal law generally prohibited states from using Medicaid funds to pay for non-elderly adults (i.e., age 21-64) in “institutions for mental disease” (IMDs).2 As state mental hospitals were considered IMDs and ineligible for Medicaid funds, states responded by closing down state mental hospitals (Geller 2000).
As a result of the nationwide deinstitutionalization, the number of mentally ill patients in public psychiatric hospitals plummeted from 558,239 in 1955 to 37,209 in 2016. As shown in Figure 6, the number of patients per 100,000 Americans decreased from 337 in 1955 to 11 in 2016 (Torrey et al. 2012; Treatment Advocacy Center 2016a; SAMHSA 2016).
The point of this is that they don’t even want to use current shelters now voluntarily, but somehow if rent is lower they’ll be good?The real reason why the encampment inhabitants refuse to access the shelters is simple — the shelters have rules. One rule, in particular, keeps the encampment inhabitants out of shelters and that rule is that drugs and drug use are prohibited.