A sad fact is that if homelessness were to magically end tomorrow, a lot of MSWs would be magically out of work. “Kicking the can down the road” is a most apt phrase in this instance.
With that said, as a founding member of my county’s coalition for the homeless, this article resonates as truth born of experience, especially this item:
" 2) Adopt the Housing First Model; Change the focus from fixing people to finding them housing." Homelessness is a symptom of a failed system, NOT of a failed person.
We also looked into creating community land trusts, which could buy up residential properties and house people without depending on the kindness of slumlords, motel chains or Section 8 vouchers. Unfortunately, the county government was then, and is still, largely in the hands of bourgeois, racist old white males steeped in the “Welfare Queen” mythology. Between them and the IRS’s reluctance to issue 501c3 tax exemptions, a great idea was stillborn.