Recently the new Bud Clark Commons (offering housing, shelter and a day center) opened up just down the street from p:ear, and just this morning OPB's Think Out Loud tackled the issue of how we should think about and start to address the issues(s) surrounding homelessness. At p:ear, our transitional housing program is an all encompassing program designed to help young people not only find stable housing, but learn to how "live" in stable housing which means a long-term commitment from both the staff at p:ear and the youth. Success comes about from both inner strength AND a strong supporting structure.
There's an interesting discussion over at OPB about Portland's ten year plan to end homelessness and other topics. Join the discussion here.