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Police interventions and other justice system responses are often the strategies cities resort to for addressing homelessness, but they are not working. These punitive approaches result in negative interactions with the justice system and a constant cycle of homelessness and jail for many people who experience homelessness. People in this population need safe, affordable, and permanent housing before they can begin to work on other challenges, like mental health or substance use disorders.

Researchers with the Urban Institute collaborated on a blog series to address some of these issues based on their research, offering insights and alternative ways to solve homelessness in America that are less traumatizing for the people experiencing homelessness and more effective for the communities in which they live.

Cheryl Jackson talks with former executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and founder and principal of Barbara Poppe & Associates, Barbara Poppe the research they done to solve homelessness in America.  The homelessness is not always a Police issue, it’s a housing issue!  Join the discussion on the Urban Institute’s latest blog post at and check out our conversation on this week’s Community Affairs Show.

About the Urban Institute:  The nonprofit Urban Institute is a leading research organization dedicated to developing evidence-based insights that improve people’s lives and strengthen communities. For 50 years, Urban has been the trusted source for rigorous analysis of complex social and economic issues; strategic advice to policymakers, philanthropists, and practitioners; and new, promising ideas that expand opportunities for all. Our work inspires effective decisions that advance fairness and enhance the well-being of people and places.

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