I only recently stumbled upon this site-- it's great. I'm very impressed with how you community members are able to turn to one another for planning/policy/professional advice. I'll get to my question, but some disclosure: I'm not a planner. I'm an amateur policy guy at best. But I am doing best practices research on policies to end homelessness for a city.
So. I'm not looking at affordable housing supply-- it's outside the scope of my study/report/analysis/whatever you want to call it. Ignoring that elephant in the room, I'm looking at the service the system-- gaps in services, barriers to service, possible partnerships to provide/ease provision of services, etc. Access/impediments to affordable housing might be on this list, but not the actual housing supply.
Do any of y'all have experience with city-level policies to end homelessness? Homelessness of all types: chronic, episodic, transitional, precarious, etc. Is this a question for planners?
Some stats from a recent local homelessness survey that might fuel discussion:
~30% are "chronically homeless" (disabled and homeless continuously for a year or experienced 4 bouts of homelessness in past 3 years)
~80% are unemployed
~25% Have mental illness or depression
~25% Alcohol Abuse
~20% Drug Abuse
Cause of Homelessness:
Lost Job: ~30%
Alcohol or drug use: ~20%