Lessons learned from our work to accelerate production of PSH 

In the urgent need to bring thousands of people inside from the dangerous chaos of the streets, DESC and other providers are trying new and innovative ways of building safe permanent housing faster and for less money. We have some lessons to share about our recent experiences trying to achieve this goal. 

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Housing First benefits the whole community

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Housing First is a cornerstone of DESC philosophy because our experience, backed by research, shows it is most helpful and most cost-effective for people experiencing homelessness along with substance use disorder, mental illness, and other disabling conditions. Housing First doesn’t mean “housing only.” It means, “come inside, feel comfort, privacy, and support so you have the foundation you need to pursue your goals and reconnect to the life of the community.”

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