Some Thoughts on Housing First

From personal experience, I can tell you that being homeless (sheltered or un sheltered) is hard when you are trying to hold down a job. Even a part time cleaning job. Taking a shower to get clean for work is just one of the daily hassles. Interviewing for a job without an address is another. The list goes on and on.

Housing first. Getting the homeless indoors. A place to stay where you can cook your food and get cleaned up for work and relax when you come home. Nothing fancy… not a room at the Ritz.

If someone wants to work, but is struggling to hold on to a job because they are not sleeping enough &/or don’t have access to a place to get clean/keep their clothes clean &/or are paying a large part of their paycheck for rent in a temporary place at the Y, can’t there be some priority for these people to get low income housing to get them off the streets?

Just asking.

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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