"King County, Seattle, and other area cities ceremoniously rolled out their version of the plan last summer. It calls for permanent housing for the homeless instead of a mat on the floor of a traditional homeless shelter. Its intent is to prevent people like Govea, who are at risk of homelessness, from ending up on the streets.
It's the largest experiment to end homelessness since the latest wave of homeless hit America's streets in the mid-1980s. For the past 20 years, attempts to end homelessness have been largely motivated by ethics and a general sense that it's shameful for 3 million people to be homeless in the world's richest country. But good intentions in the form of a fragmented, gridlocked system of homeless shelters, transitional housing, and soup kitchens have not fixed the problem."