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Housing for Health

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Star Apartments in L.A.'s Skid Row is a dazzling vision of what homeless housing can look like. But it's not the model the city is banking on to meet its huge need for supportive housing for the region's 45,000 people without homes.

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Older approaches to homelessness required people to achieve sobriety or enter treatment before being moved into permanent housing. Under Housing First, people receive support to stay in their homes and are later paired with services such as health care, substance abuse treatment, and job counseling.

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An estimated 60 percent of Skid Row residents have mental health disorders, and another 60 percent are addicted or have a history of addiction. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are the most common mental health problems. Can finding them stable housing be a solution to their health woes?

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Known as Housing for Health program, it is part of the LA County Department of Health Services that collaborates with nonprofit developers, community-based organizations and other government agencies to provide housing opportunities for homeless or nearly homeless population.

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