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Housing First: The minority report

Post by David Seago on Aug. 8, 2007 at 6:58 am |
August 8, 2007 6:58 am

Why is the Tacoma Rescue Mission dropping out of Housing First, a $1.1 million experiment that takes the homeless out of the local Hoovervilles and puts them in rent-free apartments?

David Curry, the mission’s executive director and a City Council candidate, told us why a few days ago. He turns out to be quite quoteworthy. Here are a few of his remarks:

“We have here a lot of people trashing the apartments. They’re doing the same illegal things inside the apartments they were already doing.”

“We had one guy who was pimping out his girlfriend.”

“The program isn’t really working because it’s fighting human nature.”

“I don’t think (city officials) really understand what’s possible with $1 million and what this program is doing.”

“The assumption is what they do (drugs, etc.) in their apartment is their own business. You and I go home and have a couple beers in our house; why should they be any different? But I’m not going home and having a couple beers and having the police called because I’m harassing my neighbors, beating up my wife and pimping her out.”

So there, Housing First.

See our editorial today. We endorsed Curry in the primary, by the way.

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