Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Should We House Homeless Alcoholics or Make Them Get Sober First?
People will doubtless have strong — and differing — opinions about this, but I’ll offer this observation: the traditional approach of making homeless alcoholics and drug addicts get clean and sober before they qualify for housing has left a large percentage of them still on the street. The Housing First approach described in this article has some very favorable statistics in its favor.
Is it better, if someone is going to die of their addiction, for them to die cold and alone outdoors? Maybe if they don’t have the ‘moral courage’ to get clean, this is what they deserve. This Associated Press article considers some differing perspectives. What do you think? KS