“I believe that shelters are a triage, and they won’t solve the entrenched problem of homelessness. In fact, over the course of my career as a doctor, the most powerful medication I’ve ever seen is an apartment. After someone moves into an apartment off the streets, within a few weeks, their health conditions improve, they look better, voices they may be hearing in their head quiet down, addiction improves and recovery begins.
As we emerge from COVID, we must think boldly about our social infrastructure. Instead of growing our institutional economy of prisons and hospitals, we need to create a caring economy of community-based services. New York City needs to be prepared with shovel-ready projects to eliminate homelessness through expansions in supportive housing.”
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