The Sacramento Bee reported that some Sacramento leaders are touring tent cities in Seattle. One is a skeptic.
[H]e said there aren’t enough data to determine whether tent cities are effective at connecting homeless individuals with services and permanent housing, or whether they are merely “as some people say, a form of baby-sitting or corralling.”
“There’s just no evidence yet that these are solutions, that they produce any outcomes,” Hansen said. “It sounds good on the surface, but it may not be effective and could make things worse for the very people we’re trying to help.
Should emegency housing funds be used only for “Housing First” supportive, permanent housing developments, like Salt Lake City, which claims to have effectively ended “chronic homelessness”?
Or is Housing First just another name for real estate developer welfare that diverts emergency resources needed to keep camps of unhoused people safe?