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Vancouver is trying to use Portland's approach. Give housing first and then encourage them into programs to help them. There was a huge community backlash in Portland too, but in the end the program has been probably the most successful attempt dealing with homelessness, poverty and drug addiction.

The idea behind Portland's project was that instead of the homeless being a disenfranchised group that has no interest in the overall well-being of the community, give them a place to live, provide the job training, rehabilitation and make them apart of the community and then they will have a vested interest in making the community better by owning a piece of it. This approach needs a lot to go right for it to work, firstly there needs to be community support and understanding of the slow and painful process this will be, secondly there needs to be a building of a relationship between the police and the new tenants so that the police will not generalize the community and there will not be a reactionary fear, so that the tenants that are doing well will see that they police are there to help them, therefore they will be more likely to report crime, drug use and other issues and finally there needs to be the programs in place to get the mentally ill into treat, the drug addicts into rehabilitation and the skill lacking people that come out of those two programs the skills they need to get moving into the workforce and becoming a productive member of society, contributing to the program that helped them out of the streets.

Vancouver is on the right track, they just need to push it further.

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Vancouver is trying to use Portland's approach. Give housing first and then encourage them into programs to help them. There was a huge community backlash in Portland too, but in the end the program has been probably the most successful attempt dealing with homelessness, poverty and drug addiction.

The idea behind Portland's project was that instead of the homeless being a disenfranchised group that has no interest in the overall well-being of the community, give them a place to live, provide the job training, rehabilitation and make them apart of the community and then they will have a vested interest in making the community better by owning a piece of it. This approach needs a lot to go right for it to work, firstly there needs to be community support and understanding of the slow and painful process this will be, secondly there needs to be a building of a relationship between the police and the new tenants so that the police will not generalize the community and there will not be a reactionary fear, so that the tenants that are doing well will see that they police are there to help them, therefore they will be more likely to report crime, drug use and other issues and finally there needs to be the programs in place to get the mentally ill into treat, the drug addicts into rehabilitation and the skill lacking people that come out of those two programs the skills they need to get moving into the workforce and becoming a productive member of society, contributing to the program that helped them out of the streets.

Vancouver is on the right track, they just need to push it further.

Its seems unfair to push out loyal business owners while also putting these 'users' in these business neighborhoods..

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