Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We Need to Talk…

Research has shown that the best way to end someone's homelessness is to house them. Now, if you were unfamiliar with the arena of homelessness, you could be forgiven for wondering why the last sentence even needs to even be written, or why this even needed to be researched. Isn't this self-evident? You certainly could be forgiven for not realizing that within the homelessness arena, throughout the 80s and 90s, and in some quarters still today, such a statement would be seen as ill-informed, wrong, and irresponsible!

Thankfully, as we have pointed out on this blog before, the jury is in, and so this idea that the homeless, just like you and me, fare best when they are housed (with adequate supports in place, where needed), is now the consensus of researchers in the field, the federal government, and most practitioners. The story of how this transformation came about, beginning with one small group of practitioners in New York City, to sweeping the nation and the globe, is vividly told by those very practitioners, in a book that is both extremely readable and full of all of the relevant research, Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives.
We are, therefore excited to announce the return of our series of Hard Conversations, with a book synopsis of this work, presented by Randy Mayeux, renowned scholar and longtime book reviewer at CitySquare's Urban Engagement Book Club.
This event, co-sponsored by MDHA, CitySquare, and the Dallas Public Library, will be held on September 19, 2016, 12-1.30pm, in the Auditorium (1st Floor) of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, Texas 75201. (Follow signs to underground parking on Wood St.) Coffee and water will be provided. Attendees may bring a brown-bag lunch.

RSVP to: David Gruber, MDHA, at 469-222-0047 or
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