Friday, March 07, 2008

Housing for the homeless, and treatment too

In Australia an effort is underway to house many of the chronically homeless. Experts involved are working to stem the underlying causes of homelessness by providing not just housing, but treatment too.

"It's futile to try to treat a mental health problem if the patient doesn't have a decent place to live," he [Dr. Nicholson] said.

"Similarly, it's very hard for that patient to sustain a tenancy if they have a florid mental health problem or alcohol and drug problem, so the answer has to be a much more integrated response from our service provision."