This article from the Economist, highlights what all who work on the issue of homelessness already know. The best and most cost-effective way to end homelessness, is to put people into homes, and do so as quickly as possible. This undergirds rapid rehousing, and informs how permanent supportive housing should work. The research on this is so robust, that the federal government has basically said, that in order to continue to receive funding from Uncle Sam, communities must follow this Housing First approach.
To the academic press this is old news, as the research continues to pile up in
favor of this approach. It is great to see the popular press catching up,
especially a publication like the Economist, which is not a fringe liberal rag,
to say the least:
(Hat tip to our former chair, George Ellis, for passing this along.)