Homeless people with alcohol problems reduce drinking in housing allowing alcohol

Research published in the American Journal of Public Health documents decreases in alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among residents of DESC’s 1811 Eastlake program. The results provide a strong rebuttal to the “enabling” hypothesis, which held that providing alcohol-dependent people with housing where they were not prohibited from drinking would cause them to drink even more and experience more dire consequences as a result. See:

Project-Based Housing First for Chronically Homeless Individuals With Alcohol Problems: Within-Subjects Analyses of 2-Year Alcohol Trajectories – American Journal of Public Health. (Volume 102 | Issue 3, March 2012)