UNITY’s successes in N.O. praised by New York Times

Dasani photoCities are moving away from long-term shelter and focusing, instead, on developing better ways to identify and prioritize vulnerable individuals and families, prevent crises, and rapidly re-house people, using short- or long-term assistance as needed.

As The New York Times noted in a recent piece, keeping people in long-term shelters is not as effective as rapidly re-housing homeless adults and children (like 6th grader Dasani, pictured, who was featured in The Times’  recent “Invisible Child” series, rather than keep them in long-term shelters. Said writer David Bornstein: “The evidence is mounting that this works. Cities like Jacksonville, Fla., Nashville and New Orleans have made big strides providing permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals.”

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