"…"Housing first is a principle that says before you can deal with mental health or addictions issues, people need a roof over their heads," says Mayor Mark Heyck.
The idea is to place people in homes rather than rely on emergency shelters.
Housing first doesn't require people to be sober to get a home.
Heyck says the city also has to do more to help homeless youth…
City council has adopted a five year plan to roll out the model.
The five-year Homelessness Strategy would set up a youth-specific housing complex.
It would have on-site support services to help youth gain independence.
The city hopes to be able to get up to $360,000 a year from the federal government to start the program….."