Expert comment: L.A.'s Skid Row Homeless "Dumping"

facebook twitter google print email

Expert:

Dr. Dennis Culhane

Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:

* Nationally recognized expert in homelessness and housing policy

* Research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness

* Has worked with the City of New York to better understand its homeless issues and how the lack of affordable housing can lead to homelessness

Quote:

"The fundamental irony here is that health insurance will pay for you to be in the hospital - $1,000, $2,000 a day - just to get you better.  But then you will be discharged to the street, and they won't pay for housing, even though those patients get readmitted more quickly and stay in the hospital longer."