Advocates for homeless look to permanent housing program

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Updated: 4/09/2013 8:03 pm

Advocates for the homeless in Lubbock have explored options for how to start a permanent supportive housing program.

The goal is to provide affordable rental housing and case management for homeless people with special needs.

Eric Samuels with the Texas Homeless Network said most metropolitan areas in Texas already have these programs in place and the concept should work well here.

"Well first of all this is a very giving community and we have a lot of support for people who are down on their luck," Samuels said. "And then within the South Plains Homeless Consortium, and among our government agencies, we have a really good collaboration. So this type of project is definitely feasible for Lubbock and I think it's something that would benefit the entire community when it comes to fruition."

The workshop covered how permanent housing differs from transitional housing. It also covered the building blocks for Program Design including housing market and stock, and property management and the implementation of the project.
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