Can We Effectively House those Experiencing Homelessness without Addressing their Health?

Policymakers across the nation have recently pledged billions to fund housing for the homeless. In Los Angeles, a federal judge even ordered city and county officials to offer all homeless individuals in the Skid Row neighborhood shelter by October. But will these “housing first” efforts work? Or will it prove necessary to concurrently address the health issues – such as mental illness and substance use – that are intertwined with homelessness. In today’s episode, Dr. Steven Hochman, a primary care doctor at the JWCH health clinic on Skid Row provides his perspective.

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