Area homeless organizations are changing strategies.
HOPE for the Homeless brought in internationally-recognized homelessness expert Iain De Jong to help northwest Louisiana agencies get on the same page.
The goal is to move to a housing first model. This would allow a chronically homeless person to skip expensive programs in shelters and transitional housing in favor of permanent housing.
De Jong has worked with 50 cities across the US adapt to the new assessment model.
Organizers say change is hard but necessary.
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