Innovative Housing Facility


Speculating that Anishinabe Wakiagun provided housing of some sort, I decided to take a picture of it with the Riverside Plaza buildings (which provide housing for many of the city’s immigrants) in the background. When I looked it up, I found that Anishinabe Wakiagun is indeed a housing service, but a very innovative one. The center is a permanent housing facility that caters to homeless people with serious alcohol dependency issues. Interestingly, Anishinabe Wakiagun doesn’t require that residents remain sober, though the hope is that residents eventually reduce their consumption of alcohol. They theorize is that the cost of providing the residents with housing and medical coverage and treating them at the in-house clinic is substantially less expensive than repeatedly admitting them to a shelter, detox unit, or jail.

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