March was the month for Affordable Housing. I already shared Greg Shinn's very interesting presentation on the Tulsa model of “Scatter Housing,” which I liked. This was followed by another “Community Leadership Dialogue” hosted by Salvation Army, Dr. Brain and the New College Students. The Next day, also, there was another large meeting of the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBHN) hosted by the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. I found hope in all three for developing openness to my specialty, filling in the missing pieces and integrating with so many good and caring ideas that need to be activated.
I would like to address the conversation that went on March 11, at the Community Leadership Dialogue adding some hopeful notes, revealed the next day, on what agencies throughout Central Florida are doing now, and proposing for the future. Then, in my next post, I would like to share the Bay to Bay Services view of “Humane Housing,” that I believe fills in the missing pieces and integrates all those given from the sources named above.
All three meetings opened up with statistics of how communities are realizing, nationwide, that the public financial costs of serving the street homeless, especially in emergency health services and incarceration is well beyond the cost of housing the same population. This has become the new “ justification/inspiration” for communities, nationwide, to start...