Housing First

For reasons that remain a bit murky, the Bush administration, which has a terrible record on everything, seems to have a great record on homelessness. There was a HUD report out earlier this week indicating that some reforms in approach that the administration -- more specifically, a guy Philip Mangano -- has implemented are being stunningly successful and we've seen a 30 percent drop in homelessness between 2005 and 2007. Dana Goldstein has an informative brief interview with the New America Foundation's Douglas McGray about Mangano's philosophy and you can read this McGray article on Mangano from back in 2004. Hopefully the next administration of either party will continue to build on this foundation.