Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

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…)

Thank goodness, Election Day is over!

This means that we will no longer have to endure the negativity all of the political ads we’ve been bombarded with over the past several months (or at least not until the next election cycle).

And, as if that weren’t bad enough, there are also the obscene amounts of money that were spent on those ads.

If you’re thinking along the lines of "hundreds of millions of dollars" — think again.   (more…)

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…)

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…)