Pasadena leads way in finding homes for the homeless


Pasadena leads way in finding homes for the homeless

Dorothy Edwards, formerly homeless in Pasadena for four years, now has a home, thanks to help from city officials and nonprofit organizations. (Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

What can others in Southern California learn from Pasadena’s work that led it to have the highest reduction of homelessness among 32 major American cities?

In a word, collaboration.

It wasn’t just a newly redoubled effort on the part of public officials within City Hall, though Housing Director William Huang is one of the most pro-active advocates for putting a roof over people’s heads in Southern California.