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Faith & Law: Compassion First, A Sensible Approach to America’s Homeless Crisis

Originally published at Faith and Law

Washington, D.C – Discovery President Steve Buri, Senior Fellow Robert Marbut, and Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith spoke at a Faith and Law forum on Capitol Hill. Below is a summary from

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For nearly a decade, federal policies meant to address homelessness have centered around “Housing First,” which begins with an assumption that the crisis is driven primarily by a lack of affordable housing. But is it really? Studies show that most individuals experiencing homelessness suffer from severe addiction, untreated mental illness, or a combination of the two. Others end up on the streets because they have no one to turn to, typically owing to broken familial relationships. It’s time for a change. 

This Friday Forum our panel explored a new approach that acknowledges that inherent dignity of those suffering and that focuses on restoration, recovery, and self-sufficiency.

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