Large and small communities alike have diverse groups of people in need of housing and services: mental health patients, single homeless adults, individuals with substance abuse problems, the elderly, the mentally retarded, the unemployed, and people with low or fixed incomes. Even with unlimited resources to create necessary solutions, most communities would subscribe to the conventional wisdom of segregating people according to their major needs and managing the resulting environment with a combination of behavioral regulation and casework. In Newport, Rhode Island, an ambitious nonprofit housing organization decided to break those rules and provide a continuum of secure housing choices and support services under one roof.



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