Inside Safe is Los Angeles’ program to provide hotel and motel rooms as shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Seven months in, CalMatters took a look at how the initiative’s performed thus far, and spoke to Abt experts Nichole Fiore and Lauren Dunton.
Nichole described Inside Safe as a “really promising model,” noting that it addresses disincentives in other shelter models by offering private space with doors that can be secured.
That said, Lauren acknowledged that a crucial aspect of addressing homelessness is providing social services—including mental and physical health care—in addition to permanent housing, something CalMatters determined Inside Safe is struggling to do. “Inside Safe has a hard job,” said Lauren. “It’s not simple.”
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