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?   Read the rest of this entry »

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.   Read the rest of this entry »

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.   Read the rest of this entry »

This year, "National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week" was from November 14th through the 20th.

The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) — along with the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness – co-sponsor the event annually to try and create (as the NCH website states):

". . . a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness."

And indeed, there were numerous communities nationwide that held "sleep-outs," walks and other events to raise awareness.   Read the rest of this entry »

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.   Read the rest of this entry »