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People have short memories, of course, and as soon as there is another recession, the focus of Californians and their leaders is bound to turn from the strains of growth to creating jobs. From 2009 to 2011, in the aftermath of the last recession, the poverty rate reached 23.5 percent.
“A decade ago they were cutting school funding and social services,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “There are people injured by prosperity, but obviously a recession is more damaging to most people.”
ARI director Suzanne Smith, who was the principal investigator assigned to the assignment, did not respond to a request for comment.
Despite the increase in homelessness, the report did find that homeless people in Sioux Falls are more likely to be sheltered compared to other communities.
During the 2018 count, 184 homeless people in the city for every 100,000 residents were sheltered, according to HUD data.
As of Thursday, a list by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness said there were 92 homeless families in Anchorage, including 322 people, most of them children, Aquino said.
The grant would be used to expand the rehousing program and launch a new pilot program helping families before they potentially move into shelters, she said.
Catholic Social Services was founded in 1966 and provides multiple services in Anchorage, including running Brother Francis Shelter, the city’s largest overnight shelter, and Clare House, a shelter for women and children, officials said.
Some homeless people have their own apprehensions about living among strangers and having to follow rules in shelters.
The first project funded by the ballot measure to provide permanent homes with on-site social services is scheduled to open only by the end of the year, officials said.
The problem is growing.
Homelessness spiked by 16 percent in January 2019 compared with the previous year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said.
“It beggars belief that this is supposed to be a simple and transparent system. There’s a lack of awareness about the need to make an application, then there are the evidential hurdles. You’re unlikely to be able to show that you meet the resident requirement if you don’t have an address.
“The Home Office has been asked on numerous occasions what will happen to people who don’t make an application, and they just say they’re confident that everyone will make an application, which is just a disconnect from reality.”
Connecticut has decreased its overall homelessness numbers by 90 percent in the past 15 years, and we’ve done it through innovative solutions and robust state investment. Most importantly, the state has invested nearly $1.5 billion in affordable housing over the past decade. These investments have resulted in more than 22,000 new and rehabilitated affordable homes for our most vulnerable citizens and lower income workers struggling to make ends meet. With those available housing units and subsidies, we have been able to prevent more and more people from ever becoming homeless and kept people out of emergency rooms and prisons. We’re also able to move families out of shelters and into permanent housing more quickly.
Housing First is an approach launched under President George W. Bush and dramatically expanded into a one-size-fits-all policy under President Obama. It provides those experiencing homelessness with subsidized housing with no expectations.
Under this approach, nonprofits requiring their clients to abide by accountability measures, such as pursuing sobriety or attending regular job training classes, are barred from receiving state and federal grants.
While many consider Housing First to be a revolutionary success, actual outcomes show that gains are short-lived at best.
Ruth is 80 and stooped and everything you could imagine a sweet, little old lady to be. She has a master’s degree and worked her entire life as a teacher. After retirement, with little savings, she moved in with her son. He abused her. Strong-willed, she gathered her things and left, finding herself homeless.
She moved into the Salvation Army shelter downtown and then after a few months, she was able to obtain assistance to get into a senior living center.
But now years later, she still comes to our clinic at the ARCH for her medical care. And the “derelicts” on the corner outside, with gentlemanly grace, rush to help her with her bag and extend an arm to help walk her up the steps to the door.
“Students learn more when teachers make connections between their curriculum and the world in which students live — and this is especially true of homelessness,” he said.
“When students think about how much their own homes are worth, or how much their parents are paying for rent, they’re more able to understand why homelessness is such a big issue.”
The median home price in Marin County, where he teaches, is $1,115,200...
“If this didn’t happen, you wouldn’t have known they were in there,” Ms. Thomas said of the fire. “They say hi, you say hi. It’s not a drug house. They go in cleareyed, and they come out a little inebriated.”
Officials had received complaints about the two-story house, at 110-51 Farmers Boulevard, for years, according to public records.
In 2008, city building inspectors found that the home had been illegally subdivided into several apartments. The next year, inspectors again found illegal apartments, including in the cellar.
Then I found Sherine and Maria. Sherine and three of her children live in a shelter in Jamaica, Queens. Maria and her five children share a single room. Both were incredibly warm and gracious, and said they would be happy to let us into their lives for a day if it meant the article could help other families in situations like theirs.
Sherine’s son, Darnell, 8, goes to a school 15 miles from where they live. Maria’s 10-year-old daughter, Sandivel, attends a school where nearly half the students are homeless.
I got permission from both of the schools’ principals, who wanted to show us what it takes to run a school where somewhere between a third and a half of the students are homeless.
“It’s already hard enough because there are not enough shelters,” Peeples said. “This is going to give you a fine you can’t pay, and then they’ll lock you up.”
If Las Vegas moves forward with the proposal, it would be among scores of cities to impose similar bans. Supporters say the proposed ordinance will help keep homeless people safe and connect them with services.
But the move has met with sharp criticism from advocates for the homeless, who say it will burden the homeless with fines and criminal records that will make it harder for them to find jobs, save up for rental payments and receive government assistance.
Housing First addresses the immediate problem of homelessness while allowing people to get back on their feet in a stable environment. Straughan said the model particularly works for those who are chronically homeless.
“Oklahoma City is where San Francisco is 20 years ago, where Portland was, where Seattle was, Austin, Washington D.C. If you’ve been to any of those cities, you know you can’t walk down any street without seeing unsheltered homeless,” said Straughan, who made similar statements during the MAPS 4 meeting. “Here’s what their MAPS did not do: The reason why people are homeless is in the name of the issue; they don’t have homes. We have to build truly affordable, accessible housing, get people off the street and back into meeting their needs above the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy [of needs].”
“We plan to take and occupy vacant houses from speculators that are just sitting vacant,” said Dominique Walker, 34, who moved into the home with her two young children. “We believe that families sleeping on the street deserve to be there and that’s what we plan to do as Moms for Housing.”
Walker, born and raised in Oakland, moved to Mississippi after high school where she earned a degree in Sociology. Walker said she moved back to Oakland in April after living through a domestic violence situation in Mississippi but can’t find affordable housing despite her full-time job as a community organizer. Since then, Walker said she’s been staying with family in Antioch or shuffling from hotel to hotel with her kids.
Indeed, most homeless advocates have heard the above bullshit question more times than they can remember. But solving, or at least alleviating, homelessness isn't an impossible proposition. In fact, it's fairly simple, right there in the name itself.
While additional funding for programs that address issues like mental health and addiction is great, those help everyone across the entire spectrum of housing—the rich and housed have mental health and addiction issues too. What's needed to address the reality of homelessness is fairly simple: Housing. And no amount of bad-faith nonsense from people who resent the idea that homelessness is fixable can obscure it.
All Home’s Count Us In survey of January 2019 reported over 11,000 people experiencing homelessness in King County. Nearly half of the population experiencing homelessness were unsheltered, living on the street, or in parks, tents, vehicles, or other places not meant for human habitation.
According to the latest regional homelessness data from All Home, 12,318 households experiencing homelessness received services in the homeless response system as of Aug. 31.
The campaign and the efforts to revamp King County’s regional approach to homelessness are unique in prioritizing the voices of those who have experienced homelessness themselves. Their role reflects King County’s effort to uniquely and deeply involve people who know first-hand what it’s like to be homeless and what needs to change to get to more effective solutions.
The table tents also will have the numbers of area food pantries and other organizations helping those without a home or steady source of food, so those who wish to help with donations of time or money know how to contact them.
Kathy Houston, a member of the collaborative, said 58 percent of all school aged children qualify for free or reduced price school lunch due to their family being in a low income bracket, according to the Kids Count Data Book for 2019.
She also said information from BACN indicates five families are homeless, and 56 others live in what can be considered unstable or inadequate housing.
Gerri VanAntwerp, executive director for BACN, said those numbers are always changing.
"We ask people their living conditions when they come in, it's not a static number, it's always changing," VanAntwerp said. "We take our neighbor's word on how they describe themselves."
“Often times, the optics of a situation don’t correlate with the work being done behind the scenes. It’s understandable that community members might think that things aren’t happening when they continue to see tents there every day, but to be sure, there is a lot of work going into this daily,” Collins-Dyke said.
As government and nonprofit organizations work to connect those experiencing homelessness with sustainable housing, leaders say the encampment highlights an issue that affects not only those living outside, but also those facing housing instability throughout the community.
“It’s important to acknowledge the number of homeless people living out in the open in downtown Milwaukee,” said Nicole Angresano, vice president of community impact for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.
“Many are passing those tents every day. And while we’re concerned about what’s happening and working with partners in the county on solutions, the one silver lining I can say is people cannot ignore that problem when they see it every day. It’s not hidden; it’s right here. And it’s important to confront your own thoughts and feelings about that issue.”
These declines are the result of intense planning and targeted interventions, including the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Both agencies jointly administer the HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program, which combines permanent HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.
The housing program is complemented by a continuum of VA programs that use modern tools and technology to identify the most vulnerable veterans and rapidly connect them to the appropriate interventions to become and remain stably housed.
This year, more than 11,000 veterans — many experiencing chronic forms of homelessness — found permanent housing and critically needed support services through the program.
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