Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

In my post, this past Friday, I mentioned that New York City was going to use 400 potentially homeless families as guinea pigs to see if the city’s homeless services were effective.

Basically it boils down to this: 200 families would be provided with services to help them get off the streets. The remaining 200 families would have to fend for themselves because they would be denied homeless services for two years.

Despite outcry from NYC homeless advocates; City Councilwoman Annabel Palma; and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (who incidentally referred to the study as "inhumane"), NYC officials claimed the "study" was necessary to create "Improved homeless-prevention programs [that] would, in the end, keep families or individuals out of shelters."   (more…)

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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…)

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…)

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…)