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Michael Antonovich
House the homeless first, then treat them

To the editor: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich assumes that mental illness and substance abuse are the primary causes of homelessness. He confuses correlation with causation. ("How L.A. County can reduce homelessness," Readers React, May 15) Antonovich avoids addressing the solution of providing housing first, a growing model in the U.S. and around the world to end chronic homelessness. Permanent supportive housing at the front end of assistance is proving to be among the most effective and financially responsible ways to address this crisis. While it may sound simplistic, people are homeless because they don't have housing. "Housing first"...

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