Housing alone does not solve homelessness as was promised under the one-size-fits-all rollout of Housing First in 2013.

  • Despite significant increases in the number of housing units dedicated to the homeless at the national level and in California, homelessness rose.
  • Despite a considerable rise in spending, homelessness rose.
  • A misunderstanding of the homeless population underlies the rise in homelessness. We must provide trauma-informed treatment to address the diseases with which the homeless struggle.
  • The provision of life-long, subsidized housing is inappropriate for the majority of people who enter the homelessness system. It ensures that nearly everyone who enters will not exit it and has, in turn, fueled the affordable housing backlog in many regions throughout the country
  • Life-long housing—without services and conditions—is not the panacea it was promised to be.