Wraparound Supports, Sure! But Home Decorating? That, Too. Better Believe it!

living room with one chair and no other furniture
Mostly Empty Living Room photo by Paulo O is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The chair is a start, but it doesn't feel like home yet.

Affordablehousingaction.org has emphasized the importance of ensuring that there are  mental health and drug treatment supports for people who are moving from chronic homelessness1 to permanent housing. Treger Strasberg, the founder of Humble Design, also takes supports seriously. She says,

“We put a lot of money towards getting people into housing and rapid re-housing, which I completely agree with. But that’s not the end of the story. If you want people to stay in housing, they need wrap-around services to help them feel like they have a home”

Humble Design focusses on making the home space feel welcoming. The clients are all people with experience of homelessness. Humble Design started in 2009 and has expanded from Strasberg’s garage to offer its services in five cities in the United States. Anecdotal evidence indicates the impact of Humble Design’s work. Less than 1% of their clients have returned to homelessness.

You can read more about Humble Design in Next City2: Furnishing Homes And Diverting From Landfills, One Newly Housed Person At A Time

Footnotes

  1. Chronic homelessness means homelessness lasting for a long time (typically six months) or multiple episodes of homelessness over an extended period (such as homeless more than three times in three years).
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