LaVerne Rogers used to sleep on a bench. She’d spread out a cardboard on the ground as “carpet,” and sweep the leaves to keep it clean.
Now, though, she lives at the Lenniger Residences, a “supportive housing” building in the Bronx – New York state’s poorest county – where formerly homeless people like her pay reduced rent not only for a small apartment but for on-site services including medical care and tutoring.
The Lenniger has changed Rogers’ life. She marvels at the fact that she now has her own closets, even a place to store her food. “This means the world to me,” she says.
Supportive housing is a key way that New York City is trying to solve its growing homeless problem. And Gotham isn’t alone; Dallas, for example, aims to revolutionize homeless care with a tiny-home village:
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