Archive for July, 2010

Anyone familiar with me, or this blog, already knows that I am a strong proponent of a "Housing First" approach for solving homelessness. They also know that I do not believe that the traditional homeless support services (HSS) methodology has been – or will ever be – successful at reducing homeless by offering service which are primarily based on "a meal and a bed" mindset.

Homelessness is an intricately complex issue which can be solved only through helping the homeless become housed – and not just temporarily "sheltered."   (more…)

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Over the last six months or so, I’ve read a number of news articles from all across the U.S. about elementary, high-school and even college students and their organized "Sleep Out for the Homeless" events.

The purpose of these "sleep outs" is theoretically twofold: To raise public awareness about homelessness in their respective communities; and, to give the attendees a small "taste" of what it’s like to be homeless. In a number of instances, these sleep outs have also served as fund raising events – with the proceeds going to local homeless support services groups.   (more…)

I knew it was going to happen.

Even as I was writing my post, The ‘System’ isn’t broken…, I knew it would cause some folks associated with the Homeless Support Services (HSS) industry to become upset with me. That displeasure manifested itself in the numerous e-mails I received within days after the post was published to the blog.   (more…)

It isn’t too often that we think of persons experiencing homelessness are being a part of our community. Instead we view of them as being outcasts; fringe dwellers; people who "take" from society but never giving anything in return.

I came across this news video from KVUE-TV, just this morning.

It is a reminder that the nation’s homeless may not have a roof over their heads, but they are every bit as American as the rest of us.   (more…)

During the past few months, I’ve been visiting websites belonging to Homeless Support Services (HSS) groups and organizations (e.g. – homeless shelters, rescue missions, soup kitchens, etc.) from all around the country.

I don’t know how many HSS websites I’ve visited all told, but it’s been quite a large number.

Most of them have some form of "Mission Statement" that outlines their belief that the services they offer are providing a viable means for the homeless to become re-housed.   (more…)