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.


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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