Archive for the ‘Homeless Shelters’ Category

The data is in.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) indicates that "Housing First" is effective at preventing and reducing homelessness.

This begs the question: Why is "Housing First" such a tough sell?   (more…)

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Is it just me? Or does it seem paradoxical to anyone else that there are those who are employed and have housing only because there are folks who are homeless?

Even more staggering to me is that homeless support services (HSS) in the U.S. — something which started out with altruistic, well-meaning intentions — has become little more than big business. It is a multi-billion dollar industry annually. Sadly, it has also become quite bureaucratic in its own right.   (more…)

In my post, Are homeless support services doing their job?, I raised a number of questions regarding the increase in homelessness despite the best efforts of the homeless support services (HSS) industry. One of those questions dealt with funding. In essence I asked if homelessness has risen because there is a lack of adequate funding.

There are some who maintain that if the HSS industry were given more funding there would be less homeless. And at first glance that may seem to be a reasonable conclusion to make. But is it?   (more…)

Despite data and evidence which points to the opposite, there are scores of folks who continue believe that homelessness is a choice.

Even during harsh economic times – such as the U.S. is currently undergoing, when jobs are scarce – there are those who still believe that the homeless are so because they refuse to "seek help."

Perhaps part of it is that folks mistakenly believe that there is an abundance of resources available for the homeless. And, as a result, it’s easy to assume that if they are not escaping homelessness it must be because they enjoy being homeless.   (more…)

Are homeless support services organizations doing their job?

That’s an interesting question. One put forth by a college student who, not long ago, asked to interview me for a class project.

Some of my blogging colleagues and friends — as well as some of my regular readers — might be surprised with my answer. Nevertheless, I can honestly say, that in my opinion: Yes. Homeless Support Services organizations (HSS) are doing their job.

That answer, however, raises additional questions.   (more…)