America isn't the only developed nation to be struggling with homelessness. According to Mother Nature Network, Europe is having trouble, too. But one exception is Finland. Finland's homeless population has dropped from a high of 18,000 in 30 years ago to 7,000 today. They've done this by turning the usual social services approach upside-down. In the usual "staircase model," a homeless person has to complete certain steps, such as getting a job or completing drug rehab, before they're given help with housing. In Finland, housing is treated as the starting line. First, the person is gotten off the street. Then, various health and social services follow. Housing First has been used in the U.S. in some form since the 1980s, but it has never been implemented on a national scale.

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