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Daily Bread for 6.26.22: ‘How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own’

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 76. Sunrise is 5:18 AM and sunset 8:37 PM for 15h 19m 09s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 5.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1948, the first supply flights are made in response to the Berlin Blockade.


Michael Kimmelman reports ‘How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own’:

Michael Kimmelman, the architecture critic of The New York Times, traveled to Houston to observe an approach to chronic homelessness that has won widespread praise.

Houston, the nation’s fourth-most populous city, has moved more than 25,000 homeless people directly into apartments and houses in the past decade, an overwhelming majority of whom remain housed after two years.

This has been achieved through a “housing first” practice: moving the most vulnerable from the streets directly into apartments, instead of shelters, without individuals being required to do a 12-step program, or to find a job.

Delving into the finer details of the process, Kimmelman considers the different logic “housing first” involves. After all, “when you’re drowning, it doesn’t help if your rescuer insists you learn to swim before returning you to shore,” he writes. “You can address your issues once you’re on land. Or not. Either way, you join the wider population of people battling demons behind closed doors.”


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[…] So, why would a blogger in Whitewater, Wisconsin link to a story about Houston‘s solutions to homelessness? (See FREE WHITEWATER on 6.26.22 ‘How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own.’) […]