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Homelessness sparks 'housing first' approach

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A Bloomington effort to address homelessness by opening a facility that offers permanent residency with few strings attached is raising concerns about how participants will fare even as supporters praise its "housing first" approach.

The Crawford Apartments will open this fall. Similar complexes have sprung up across the country.

Alana Luttrull is a job counselor for recovering addicts at Centerstone. She once battled addiction herself and tells The Herald-Times she questions whether low-barrier shelters hurt more than they help.

She says the homeless need shelter but thinks they also need high expectations once they find treatment. Crawford Apartments won't require that.

Some homeless residents say they aren't interested in the housing.

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