by Audrey Conklin, Reporter, Daily Caller
A nonprofit organization that provides jobs and discounted housing to people suffering from homelessness is trying to end the country’s homelessness crisis, and its founder says government funding cannot be the only solution.
The United States’ homeless population has been called a crisis, as seen in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the pollution caused by human waste has garnered the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency sent a letter to California officials Thursday saying the state is “failing” to meet federal water-quality standards.
But Shelters to Shutters — a Virginia-based nonprofit organization that helps people suffering from homelessness find jobs in apartment complexes that offer discounted housing — is making headway in ending the crisis with a “93% success rate of participants not reentering homeless services,” according to its website.
“The government is not the provider of all things,” Shelters to Shutters founder and owner of a multifamily real estate company Chris Finlay told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The current government’s solution to homelessness — and this has been inherited — has been ‘housing first’ for years. What they really mean to say is ‘housing only,’” he added in reference to a government program that “prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness,” according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
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