Criminality, homelessness and addiction – A success story

The BBC features the Delaney Street Foundation. A co-operative community of former prisoners, homeless and addicted that has rehabilitated over 14,000 people into “successful taxpaying citizens leading decent legitimate and productive lives.” It has never taken public money, relies on private donors and the profits of its own businesses. It is self-managed with no support staff giving it low operating costs of approximately $10,000 per capita (£5150). Here is a more detailed outline of the approach they take.

  • Belfastwhite

    Seems like a very worthwhile and groundbreaking project. I wish them every success.

  • Crataegus

    Thanks for the link very interesting scheme.

  • parcifal

    brilliant fair-deal, projects like this give much needed self-esteem to people who’ve fallen foul of the law.

  • The Clockwoman

    Dito. News to me. Now that is a worth while issue our new Assembly can debate before the MLA Pensions Bill is debated *cough*

  • splurge

    Not to be cynical, but if we tried it here the centres would end up run by the UDA

  • Nevin

    Perhaps they should have a Delancey-type programme here for aspiring MPs, MLAs and councillors. It might have worked wonders with the residents of Stormont these past four years …

  • Just to take this completely off-topic, but since there’s nowhere else to put this, maybe some of the Slugger staff would consider blogging it?

    http://www.belfasttoday.net/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=3425&ArticleID=2045160

  • mickhall

    I would suggest caution before giving support to any programs for the treatment of Drug Addicts that emulate from within the USA. The USA has a disastrous record in this field, not least by pushing oral methadone out into the western world as a treatment drug for herion addiction, although at least the aforementioned was partially based on an addicts medical needs.

    These days much of these treatment programs that emulate within the USA are based on the over all needs of society, and a smallish section of society at that. The worst aspect of US drug policy has been its insistence on prohibition, and not only in the USA, for via the world health organization they have attempted to force this blanket approach with some success on the whole world. Hence we have the nonsensical situation of destroying the poppy fields in Afghanistan at great financial and human cost. Which has resulted in the farmers loosing their livelihoods and western troops their lives, whilst there is a mass shortage of Dia-morphine[Heroin] in EU hospitals.

    The obvious answer to this shortage would be for the EU to purchase and manufacture Dia-morphine from Afghanistan, but due to US pressure this is not even on the agenda. The outcome of the USA’s war on drugs in Columbia has been equally if not even more disastrous than in Afghanistan. [to date that is]

    The ridiculous lengths the US government has gone to in its war on drugs is highlighted by the fact despite Dia-morphine being regarded as the most effective pain killing drug, it is hardly ever prescribed in the USA where the medical profession is forced by law to prescribe synthetic drugs of the methadone type.