Homelessness

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Listen to the First Episode of the Restorations Podcast with Billy Baldwin and Robert Marbut Discussing Addiction and Homelessness Policy

I'm joined on my very first episode by actor Billy Baldwin and Discovery Senior Fellow and homelessness expert Robert Marbut. We talk about their upcoming documentary (Americans With No Address), our experience doing outreach on the streets of Seattle, and why the right and left have every reason to find common ground on homelessness, addiction, and untreated mental illness. Read More ›
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Rows of church benches. Selective focus.
Rows of church benches. Selective focus.

How Christian Homeless Shelters Are Changing

Over the years I visited other Christian shelters in California and Colorado, Texas and Missouri, and Illinois and Pennsylvania, and saw some fairly low common denominators. Read More ›
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A homeless encampment sits on a street in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA.
A homeless encampment sits on a street in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA.

Jonathan Choe on Humanize Podcast: The Crisis of Our City Streets

In this episode of Humanize, Choe will describes the horrors—and heroism—he encounters daily as he covers the homelessness beat. Read More ›
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San Francisco's iconic bridge wrapped in fog as seen at night. Generative AI
San Francisco's iconic bridge wrapped in fog as seen at night. Generative AI

Doom Loop City

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A homeless encampment on the side of a road
A homeless encampment on the side of a road

‘Housing First’ Caused the Homelessness Catastrophe

How did the United States end up in such a filthy state? Blame ideologically driven public policies, most particularly, “Housing First,” a fine-sounding—but ultimately dysfunction-inducing—approach that thwarts ending our homelessness catastrophe. Read More ›
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Rome, Italy: The Roman Forum. Old Town of the city
Rome, Italy: The Roman Forum. Old Town of the city

Homelessness in Ancient Rome

Homelessness is nothing new. Two thousand years ago Roman historian Livy described a tugurium, a made-of-scraps lean-to like the ones I’ve seen homeless people construct on trash heaps in Guatemala City and Phnom Penh. British historian Peter Brunt’s summary is blunt: “Most of the inhabitants of Rome lived in appalling slums.’” Read More ›
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Republicans Could Lead on Mental Health Treatment

Tucked away in the gun law President Biden just signed is a provision increasing funding for preventive outpatient treatment for mental illness. This is an important step toward solving America’s mental-health crisis but only part of what’s needed. Read More ›