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Preventing homelessness – a research experiment

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“Prevention is key.” That is the claim made by many doctors when researching a variety of diseases. Although being homeless is definitely not a disease, prevention is still an important strategy when working towards ending this critical circumstance in our society.

Assistance programs do exist to help prevent families and individuals from ever becoming homeless. But, how can we evaluate the effectiveness of these programs?

New York City has developed their own study to determine just that. The city’s Department of Homeless Services says the study is important so they can determine whether their program, Homebase, has helped those for which it was created. The department’s website says the Homebase program offers job training, emergency rental assistance, family or tenant/landlord mediation, etc., to individuals and families.

According to an article in theNew York Times, this study involves monitoring 400 households that sought Homebase help between June and…

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Coalition keeps families together

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We have all heard the common saying, “A family that eats together, stays together.” Recently, we came across an article in TheHuffington Post that put a new twist on this phrase for homeless families. The author touted, “A family that lives together, stays together.”

The main focus of the article involves the lengths that a homeless family may go through to avoid separation, since some shelters are not able to take intact families (mother, father and children) and keep them together. Some families “couch surf” among friends and relatives, some stay in motels, and others may cram their family of five into a car or an RV as a last resort.

For most people not facing homelessness, envisioning any of these situations is difficult; but for many homeless families, these are ways to avoid sleeping on the streets or separating.

As one can imagine, this piece really struck a…

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How many are homeless in America?

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The current economic state has caused many Americans to wonder: how many homeless people are in America? This shouldn’t be a surprise to us; with the rising number of layoffs, intensifying quantity of foreclosures, and increasing requests for government assistance, our nation should be questioning just how many of our fellow citizens have been unable to make ends meet.

Although the National Alliance to End Homelessness is able to provide some answers to this query in their just-published video fact sheet, they also warn that the majority of available numbers are taken from a one night count in 2007. With that being said, they believe the next point-in-time census (completed in January of 2009, official results are expected in summer 2010) will show how the slumping economy has influenced the percentages and demographics of the homeless population.

In this data-focused video, William Sermons, director of the Homelessness Research Institute at…

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War on Homelessness

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Generally speaking, wars that have been waged on nouns (drugs, poverty, terror) haven’t resulted in clear victories, and for the most part, such campaigns were not truly designed to deal with the depth and complexity of the problems they sought to eradicate. But since we in America love a good war anyway, why not a war on homelessness? Sure, declaring war on homelessness sounds a bit outlandish, but perhaps the benefit of such a war would be in the implications of its declaration. From Johnson (poverty), to Regan (drugs), to Bush (terror), each time a president has declared we were waging  war on a social reality, in the end what they really managed to do was raise the consciousness of the nation of the problem, generating  spirited national dialogue- and most importantly, securing funding for the “war”.

While the success of each of these wars is debatable…

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More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, Finds ACLU | American Civil Liberties Union

More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, Finds ACLU | American Civil Liberties Union.

 
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