We need every weapon available to us to combat this problem. I would not want to have to look at a homeless veteran in the eye and say, "Research told us that we didn't need transitional housing, so I'm sorry, I don't have a bed for you." That goes against everything I've learned in 23 years of serving homeless veterans.
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Recently, Thanksgiving brought the predictable LA Times coverage of the glowing altruism delivered to the notoriously vulnerable and underserved homeless residents of Skid Row. Once the turkey was put away, Kim Kardashian got back in her Bentley, and the rock band stopped serenading, I doubt the residents of Skid Row were left with much hope for the future.
Homelessness is a very human problem that we've historically dealt with in a pretty inhumane way in this country. While there are a lot of individuals doing amazing one-on-one work, our overarching policies have historically relied on carrot-stick-type incentivizing that treats homeless people as a problem that needs to be solved, not as a group of people who need our help.