United Way
'Housing first' isn't a novel strategy on homelessness

To the editor: The article about the tremendous success of "housing first" in Utah eloquently describes how that approach is the real solution to chronic homelessness. Utah's success is indeed noteworthy, but its effort is not truly novel. ("Utah is winning the war on chronic homelessness with 'Housing First' program," May 24) In fact, housing first has been the keystone for years in every serious effort across Los Angeles to house the unconscionable number of homeless on our streets. It is at the core of United Way's Home for Good initiative and the paradigm used by every successful provider of services to the chronically homeless. However, in Los...