Ending Homelessness Through Housing First with Andrew Spiers | #58

Aug 11, 2020

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Access to secure housing should be a human right, yet so many people experience homelessness in the United States and around the world. And for those who don’t have a place to call home, there is no part of their life that it doesn’t touch, whether it’s their health and well-being or ability to be in community with others. In this episode, Andrew Spiers, a licensed social worker, explains what the Housing First model is and why it’s an effective strategy for ending homelessness.

We discussed:

  • Who Andrew is and how he came to work at Pathways to Housing PA.
  • Andrew’s history with the band members of My Chemical Romance.
  • Misconceptions about people experiencing homelessness.
  • The staggering rates of homelessness in the transgender population.
  • The Trump administration’s harmful proposed revision to the Equal Access Rule.
  • What the Housing First model is and why it’s effective.
  • Harm reduction and how a lot of organizations that claim to use the Housing First model are missing that piece.
  • Why providing housing first leads to better outcomes.
  • The fact that housing a person is actually cheaper than providing other services.
  • Some of the effects homelessness can have on health and well-being.
  • The impact of community and socialization on health.
  • What barriers exist to implementing the Housing First model.
  • How Andrew defines health and wellness for himself at this moment in his life.

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Andrew Spiers (he/him) is a licensed social worker who currently serves as the Director of Training & Technical Assistance at Pathways to Housing PA. He is passionate about the Housing First model, harm reduction, and equitable/affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community. You can find Andrew on his Twitter and Instagram.

Did you benefit from this episode? You can show your appreciation by supporting Andrew’s work and causes that are important to him. You can send funds directly to Andrew through Venmo, Paypal, or the Cash App, which he will redistribute directly to Black trans women in his community who need financial support (he’s happy to provide receipts!). Or you can donate to Morris Home.

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