Archive for the ‘Self Esteem’ 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…)

This past weekend, I read two superb articles on the TIME website.

Both were penned by Detroit area high-school students. Both dealt with stereotypes. And both students experienced feelings of having been discriminated against for who they were – namely: themselves.   (more…)

Folks find their way here, to this blog, via a wide range of methods: search engines, referring links, bookmarks, RSS feeds, and etcetera.

I view it an honor and privilege when folks take the time to read anything I’ve written. But, it pleases me when someone uses the search widget in the side column because it indicates that they have a further interest in finding out a little bit more about homeless, or because they have a specific question they are seeking an answer to.

Yesterday, one person searched the site using the question: "Where do the homeless bathe?"

That is actually quite an astute question – one which deserves an answer.   (more…)

The following statement is from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness website,

"The elected officials’ agreement, America’s Road Home Statement of Principles and Actions, affirms the roles of the U.S. Interagency Council, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties in providing jurisdictional leadership through 10-Year Plans to End Chronic Homelessness, adoption of innovations such as Housing First, ACT teams, and Project Homeless Connect, and the involvement of the philanthropic community in investing in results with a focus on permanent housing."

Although the push to implement solutions for helping the nation’s homeless find permanent housing was borne at the federal level, homelessness is nonetheless primarily a community issue. As such, it is one which has to be addressed "locally."   (more…)

It’s been a number of days since I’ve posted anything.

To tell the truth, I needed to get away from it. I wasn’t all that happy with what I’d been posting. It was getting too "bleak and dark" – and it was starting to take its toll on me emotionally.   (more…)