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Patrick deserves credit for reworking failed policy

In her Oct. 7 column “A safety net that leave them out” (Page A1), Yvonne Abraham tells one woman’s heart-wrenching story of the tragedies that befall struggling families when they lack a safe place to call home. In doing so, however, Abraham leaves the impression of a heartless bureaucracy, and leaves out much of the unprecedented effort the Patrick administration has made to eliminate homelessness to begin with.

As a candidate in 2006, Deval Patrick insisted that economic and housing policy fell morally short if it didn’t attack homelessness head on. And unlike many of his predecessors as governor, he actually made it a priority, creating in 2007 an Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness that drove a major shift in policy, from a shelter-based approach to one focusing on permanent housing solutions.

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