More than the lack of a home
The city is offering attractive and purposefully affordable housing with no strings attached. It’s the logical approach – solve homelessness with homes, but that’s not working in Minneapolis because there have been few takers. Fifty vouchers for highly-subsidized housing where given to the Assertive Community Treatment team dedicated to serving the municipality’s homeless population. Since then, only five people with mental illness have taken the chance to move from the streets into a place of their own. The rest remain homeless, braving a Minnesota winter either by choice or – perhaps more likely – by illness.