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Navigating US Homelessness: Dr. Robert Marbut


We have a comprehensive dialogue with Dr. Robert Marbut, a renowned figure in the realm of homelessness advocacy and a former appointee of President Trump to lead the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Dr. Marbutt known for his pragmatic approach to tackling homelessness, sheds light on the multifaceted nature of this crisis, emphasising the need for a nuanced understanding and targeted interventions.

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction to Dr. Robert Marbut:
  • Background in homelessness advocacy.
  • Experience in government and policy-making.
  • Founding of Haven for Hope.


2.Understanding Homelessness:

  • The scale of homelessness in the U.S. and its societal impacts.
  • Differentiating between various groups within the homeless population.
  • The critical distinction between housing shortage and homelessness.


3.Dr. Marbut's Approach:

  • Critique of one-size-fits-all solutions.
  • Advocacy for a holistic approach: Engage, assess, and treat before housing.
  • Success stories from cities that have implemented comprehensive strategies.


4.Policy and Perception:

  • Addressing misconceptions and stigmas around homelessness.
  • The importance of data-driven policies and community involvement.
  • Future directions in homelessness advocacy and policy.


5.Resources:

  • "No Address" documentary and movie for insights into homelessness.
  • FixHomelessness.org for data and success stories.
  • MarbutConsulting.org for more on Dr. Marbut's work and philosophy.


Quotes

Dr. Robert Marbut: "The way you exit homelessness in most parts of the country is death. That, I think, is a way you judge a society — how you deal with the least, last, and lost."

Roifield Brown: "The future of humanity is for us to live closer and closer with each other, and if that is going to be the future, we need a way that all of us can have the equity of at least a roof over our heads."

Dr. Robert Marbut: "We love you so much we take you as you are, but we also love you so much to let you stay that way."

Dr. Robert Marbut: "We're making it easy to get high and hard to get treatment. We need to make it easy to get treatment and hard to get high."


Further Reading

No Address Documentary and Movie: These works explore various aspects of homelessness, providing insights into the challenges and potential solutions. The documentary, in particular, features various perspectives from across the political and ideological spectrum, illustrating the complexity of the issue.


FixHomelessness.org: This website, associated with the Discovery Institute, offers resources, articles, and data on successful interventions and policies aimed at reducing homelessness. It advocates for evidence-based approaches and highlights case studies of communities that have made significant progress.


MarbutConsulting.org: Dr. Robert Marbut's consulting website provides information on his approach to addressing homelessness, his experience, and the services he offers. It also includes resources and publications related to his work in the field.

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