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Fix Homelessness How to rebuild human lives

Fix Homelessness

Loss of Life at Ship Canal Bridge Encampment

Figure it Out That’s what parents and neighbors are demanding from state and city leaders after another violent incident at Ship Canal Bridge encampment in Wallingford. No end in sight. It’s been here more than a year. #Seattle @GovInslee @KC_RHA @WSDOT @WAStateCommerce @MayorofSeattle Homeless Death Tragic loss of life under Ship Canal Bridge encampment late Friday. Neighbors have been begging @wsdot @KC_RHA @WAStateCommerce to remove camp since last year. #Seattle can’t sweep, because it’s not city property. @MayorofSeattle Positive Signs Three empty houses were recently demolished on 5th Ave N. in Wallingford. Neighbors and city officials confirm homeless from Ship Canal Bridge encampment broke in to squat in those. Caused fire in one across street and accidentally burned it down. Read More ›

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Discovery Institute’s Fix Homelessness initiative offers innovative research and compassionate solutions to the growing crisis of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness facing many American cities. Our mission is to serve as a resource for policy leaders, business owners, and neighborhood organizations trying to meaningfully reduce homelessness and to help those suffering realize their full human potential.

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Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty is leading a research project on homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. Our mission is to help city leaders, business owners, and neighborhood organizations meaningfully reduce homelessness and improve lives. 

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National Report

“Housing First” — and often only — has demonstrably failed. Congress and the Executive Branch need to focus more on untreated mental illness and substance abuse to reduce homelessness, drug overdoses, jail overcrowding, and misuse of emergency rooms. Herein we make policy recommendations to Congress to truly help rebuild human lives.

Legal Guide

We have created a legal guide for cities to maintain compliance with the Martin v Boise decision. The guide outlines best practices for compliance and provides models for successful ordinances that balance enforcement, housing, and legal requirements. The guide is written by Joseph Tartakovsky, attorney for the City of Boise in the Martin v Boise case.

Case Studies

We have created case studies of cities that have delivered cost-effective and rapid results on homelessness. We’ll show you how San Diego built an emergency shelter and moved 700 people off the streets, how Burien eliminated camping in public parks, and how Modesto reduced quality-of-life crimes associated with homelessness by 83 percent — all within 60 days. 

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