Homeless program leaves biggest question unanswered
The Gazette looks at the At Home/Chez Soi program that has experimented with giving homeless people a place to live first, then helping them cope with other problems. The program has worked for many of them, although there’s a dispiriting coda into a description of how many of them feel isolated and aimless sitting alone at home. It’s fair to guess these are people without a lot of inner resources or much taste for the kind of minor personal plans that can fill a day – read a book, go for a walk, plant a few flowers, buy food for supper later.
But the big question is floated by without much comment. The program ends in March next year. Then what? How would you feel if you knew you had shelter and a comfy place to sleep now, but at some point next winter you’re probably going to be turfed back out onto the street? One major thing missing from these lives is continuity of support, and it’s the one thing we never give them.