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Preventing Homelessness in People Leaving Prison
11 years ago "Homelessness Among People Released From Prison Three main factors contribute to and complicate homelessness among people leaving prison. First, ex-offenders face the same social and economic conditions that lead to homelessness among the general population. Exoffenders returning to the community also confront barriers to housing associated with their criminal justice system involvement. Finally, there is a lack of ownership of the problem among government agencies and community organizations."

12 years ago
your last post was the best yet..We rush to help strangers yet we fail to see our own in trouble until too late. Thank you for that post. I have 2 boys and their girlfriends staying with me now. Layoffs ect have forced them out of homes.  But family MUST stick together. Thanks for giving me a place to go to vent my frustrations and realize that we are among the fortunate....we have a home.
Recognizing a friend's need can help prevent homelessness
12 years ago Hidden hardship Recognizing a friend's need can help prevent homelessness By Jan Johnson, December 04, 2007 [Episcopal Life] Carol never could catch up financially. Before she could pay for rent, food and child care, her purse was empty. As we became friends, I often found her staring into an empty refrigerator and crying over her broken marriage. Although she was a teacher, she didn't manage money well, and she was too devastated by her divorce to care. In the summer, she taught summer school. But when it was over in July, she couldn't find a temporary job that coordinated with child care and bus schedules. I tried to help. I paid her to watch my children. I brought her food. I encouraged her to study for a state teaching-credential test so she could get a job in a higher-paying public school. Beyond that, I was stumped. Then I read in the newspaper that single-parent families were the fastest-growing category among the homeless, and I suddenly realized Carol and her children were likely candidates. There are at least a half million homeless children today; some statistics suggest up to a million. How could I be concerned enough to write a check to a downtown mission but not enough to recognize a friend who soon could become a resident there? I had stereotyped the down-and-out person as someone living on Skid Row, but that's not so. Typical scenarios leading to homelessness include a family who can't find affordable housing after their older building is torn down and a waitress who goes on medical leave and can't survive on sick pay without tips. My friend Marguerite didn't understand how desperate her neighbors were until someone bought their house at a foreclosure auction. "I remember the husband lost his job, but I never dreamed it was that bad," she told me. "I've tried to find out what happened to them, but no one knows." The problem of homelessness can be so overwhelming that we think that only specialized organizations are equipped to deal with these problems. But a friend who works at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles says she believes that the church is the highway around Skid Row. "It's that committed network of people who already know potentially homeless persons who can help the most -- before they get down here." Carol's problem opened my eyes to prevention as well as cure in the problem of homelessness. Here are some suggestions on how we can help. Be a resource person People with financial problems can get so discouraged that they aren't good at digging up job-training programs or subsidized child care. We can make some phone calls and search the Internet. Ask friends if they know someone who's selling a reliable used car or who rents inexpensive apartments. They may know about employers who offer child care, such as universities and hospitals. A needy person may not qualify for a professional job, but these institutions need clerical and custodial help, too. Ask potentially homeless friends to rethink their family options. Can an aunt or in-law move in and trade room and board for child care? Jan McDougall, formerly of Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles points out that many times people in this situation are estranged from family members who would help if they knew there was a problem. Probe to see if they could patch things up with their families. People who work regularly with the homeless can direct us to resources. You can call large churches in your area that have staff who specialize in this area and can answer telephone requests about available programs. Some churches publish their own classified ads or bulletin boards that feature used furniture, jobs and quality day care. Ask your local council members to supply you with a social-services resource list. Be an encourager There are other ways you can bring hope to those feeling discouraged by their situation. Be a friend. View this person as a peer instead of a "needy person." On Carol's birthday, my husband watched her children while I took her out for cheesecake. It seemed frivolous in light of her serious needs, but she loved it. "I feel so special," she whispered and hugged me. Validate them. McDougall says she believes that lack of self-esteem is a major problem. "Almost every woman I work with has been emotionally, sexually or physically abused by a family member." One way we can help is to point out this needy person's good qualities. When I admired Carol's tall, slim figure in her class picture, she looked shocked. Between the breakup of her marriage and her own self-doubts, she'd forgotten that anyone could think she was attractive. Don't expect miracles. Understand that some days a potentially homeless person may want to work on problems and other days may feel hopeless. Carol studied for her credential test sporadically. I learned to praise her for her confident moments and walk with her through the discouraging ones. Find support. A family's personal and medical problems may be more than you can handle. Shelters and self-help groups for alcoholics, spouses of alcoholics and battered women often are listed in the telephone book. Some missions offer free clinics. Some churches offer free counseling. Share your faith. "Drug pushers are bold and courageous," says McDougall. "We need to be. I always tell people that God loves them and then give them further teaching as needed." Helping others doesn't have to drain you -- it can help you. After talking to Carol about how God always provides, I received a car insurance bill that had doubled. "We can never pay this," I stormed. I thought about Carol and rehearsed my words on myself. -- Jan Johnson of Simi, California, is a freelance writer, a retreat speaker and author of Growing Compassionate Kids and Enjoying the Presence of God. To respond to this column, e-mail *fair use*
What a great topic this is!
12 years ago
Of course the most important thing in preventing homelessness is to have housing.

But support is also important.

Funding priorities in this country are often bass ackwards. We say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but we rarely act as if we knew it.

I like the critical point intervention programs. Many years ago I met a psychiatrist who told me that his hospital had accidentally learned how to alleviate the "revolving door" problem. Until then, mentally ill people would be brought in by the cops, but couldn't stay for long, would be released, and would soon be brought back in again. But then a charity donated some really nice used clothing to the hospital. They found that when they cleaned these people up (not just of street grime, but also of drugs or alcohol) and then dressed them in good clothes before releasing them, they didn't come back as quickly. If they'd had a place to go and a support system, they might not have come back at all.

Great topic, Harmony. Thank you!
12 years ago
google search: prevent homelessness Strategies for preventing homelessness PDF report clip: "EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WHY HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION? Every day in the United States, families and single adults who have never been homeless lose their housing and enter a shelter or find themselves on the streets. No matter how effective services are to help people leave homelessness, reducing homelessness or ending it completely requires stopping these families and individuals from becoming homeless. Policies and activities capable of preventing new cases, often described as "closing the front door" to homelessness, are as important to ending homelessness as services that help those who are already homeless to reenter housing (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2000). Most communities in the United States offer a range of activities to prevent homelessness. The most widespread activities provide assistance to avert housing loss for households facing eviction. Other activities focus on moments when people are particularly vulnerable to homelessness, such as at discharge from institutional settings (e.g., mental hospitals, jails, and prisons). Given that the causes and conditions of becoming homeless are often multifaceted, communities use a variety of strategies to prevent homelessness. By definition, the intent of prevention is to stop something from happening. The worse the effects of what one is trying to prevent, the more important it is to develop effective prevention strategies, and the more one is willing to accept partial prevention if complete prevention is not possible. Homelessness is a very undesirable condition, both for the people it affects and for society in general. The effects of homelessness on children, for example, make it easy to see why many communities offer interventions to help keep families with children in housing. Compared to poor, housed children, homeless children have worse health (more asthma, upper respiratory infections, minor skin ailments, gastrointestinal ailments, parasites, and chronic physical disorders), more developmental delays, more anxiety, depression and behavior problems, poorer school attendance and performance, and other negative conditions (Buckner, 2004; Shinn and Weitzman, 1996). There are also indications that negative effects increase the longer homelessness continues, including more health problems (possibly from living in congregate shelters or in cars and other places not meant for habitation) and more mental health symptoms of anxiety, depression, and acting out brought about by the disruptions in routines, relationships, and environments that homelessness entails (Buckner, 2004). Even housing instability negatively impacts children. Analyses of the National Health Interview Survey show strong associations between moving three or more times and increased behavioral, emotional, and school problems (Shinn and Weitzman, 1996), even when poverty does not complicate the picture. These findings suggest that even if families receiving prevention assistance would not become literally homeless without assistance, reducing the number of times they move may be worth the investment of paying rent, mortgage, or utility arrearages. Effects of homelessness on parents in homeless families are similar to those of their children, with the exception of school-related problems (Shinn and Weitzman, 1996). The effects of homelessness on single adults are also grim. Homeless individuals report poor health (37 percent versus 21 percent for poor housed adults), and are more likely to have life-threatening contagious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (Weinreb, Gelberg, Arangua, and Sullivan, 2004). The risk of homelessness is relatively high among poor households in the United States. About one in 10 poor adults and children experience homelessness every year (Burt, Aron, and Lee, 2001; Culhane, Dejowski, Ibanez, Needham and Maccia, 1994; Link, Susser, Stueve, Phelan, Moore, and Struening. 1994, 1995). Homelessness exacerbates the negative effects of extreme poverty on families and individuals. The litany of negative effects of homelessness makes it easy to see why a community would want to prevent it. But being convinced that action is needed and knowing what action to take are two different things. Despite the theoretical importance of prevention as the only intentional practice that will reduce the number of new cases of homelessness, public funders are often reluctant to invest in homelessness prevention strategies. In part, this reluctance stems from fear that funds could benefit people other than those likely to become homeless, thereby diluting the already limited public resources committed to homeless people, or invested in activities that have not been proven effective to prevent homelessness. Note: This report is available in its entirety in the Portable Document Format (PDF)." *fair use*
Cape fundraiser steps up to help the homeless
12 years ago By LIZETTE VAN HECKE STAFF WRITER July 08, 2007 FALMOUTH — It's the 15th anniversary of the Housing With Love Walk and 67-year-old founder Bob Murray has a special way to celebrate. He will walk the entire way, from Provincetown to Falmouth, even though he suffered frostbite in his feet last winter and hasn't been able to train. His goal is to break last year's record by 15 percent and raise $250,000 to combat homelessness on the Cape. More than 400 walkers are expected to join him at various stages along the route, starting tomorrow in Provincetown. They will finish up next Sunday. "Prevention is still the cheapest way to deal with homeless people," Murray said. The vast majority of people Falmouth Homeless Prevention Protection helps are workers, Murray said. The balance on the Cape is fragile because rents are so high and if someone can't work for, say, four weeks due to illness, a family can lose their housing. "People don't think about it, until it happens," Murray said. "And then they don't believe there's no housing program and it takes two years to get on a list somewhere." Murray started walking 15 years ago because the state offered to match housing funds in an attempt to move homeless people from shelters to apartments. "Walking seemed quick, easy to organize and was unusual at the time," he said. "Its uniqueness helped raise money." Murray learns a lot every time he walks. The first time, for example, he started his walk in Falmouth and walked east. "The hills around Truro are wonderful when you're still fresh," he said, smiling. "Not when you're tired." He also learned the hard way that cola drinks are not good for an athlete's body. Usually, he drinks at least eight cans a day, but after being hospitalized three times for dehydration during walks, he tries to restrain himself and drink only water and tomato juice. "I am a Coke freak," he said. "I don't like the taste of water." But he gladly shoulders the discomfort of drinking water over what some families have to go through, he said. And the physical discomfort of sore feet and muscles can be a good reminder of other people's suffering. "This walk is tough, but it is designed to be tough," he said. "The people who get help with the money we raise don't have a choice when tough times hit." This is the fourth year other agencies have joined Murray's effort and now up to 10 agencies, including the Cape AIDS Ministry, Interfaith Council for the Homeless of the Lower Cape and CHAMP Homes, participate. At any time, 20 to 25 people will walk next to him and for many, reuniting with friends adds to the motivation to help others, Murray said. He enjoys the company but also like the parts of the journey when he's alone and pondering problems in the world and how to solve them, Murray said. "You can't let the work overwhelm you though," he said. "At the end of the day, there's only so much you can do in one day. You do what you can." Along with knowing his limits, Murray said he draws strength from an inspirational story. One day, after a stormy night, a man strolled on a beach and saw a little boy enthusiastically walking down to the sea. The beach was covered with washed up starfish, and when the man came closer, he observed the boy carrying starfish to the sea. "Do you really think that will make a difference," the man asked the boy. The boy picked up one starfish, looked at it and said, "It will for this one." Want to help? Find out when the walk passes your town or join the walk by calling 508-548-1977. Make a donation directly to the Housing With Love Walk and it will be shared with the 10 agencies participating. Send checks to P.O. Box 208, Falmouth, MA 02541 Walking together for housing * 107 miles in seven days or about 188,320 steps a year o 40 cases of Poland Springs water bottles each walk o 6 dozen jugs of tomato juice each walk o 3 T-shirts (washed every night) each walk o 8 pairs of sneakers over the last 15 years *fair use* Housing With Love Walk Information Harwich Ecumenical Council For The Homeless P.O. Box 324, West Harwich, MA 02671 Cape Cod Ecumenical Youth Ministries A Subsidiary of The Harwich Ecumenical Council For The Homeless P.O. Box 86, West Harwich, MA 02671 BACKGROUND For the past thirteen summers, Bob Murray has walked the entire length of Cape Cod, through all 15 towns, to raise money for a variety of housing programs. His annual 108-mile, seven-day Housing With Love Walk raises money to help families from becoming homeless, to prevent homes being foreclosed on, to help homeless families access housing, to help the disabled find decent, safe and affordable housing. Ten housing agencies participate in this Walk and assist families throughout Cape Cod. Again this year, a special Walk will be held on Wednesday, July 12th to raise money for the Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (HECH). We hope to have a large group of walkers who have raised money to support the programs of HECH. The Harwich Walk will begin at 11:00 A.M. on the 12th at the Municipal Parking Lot in Harwichport. We'll walk down Bank Street to Rt. 39 to the First Congregational Church where we'll break for lunch. After lunch, the Walk will resume down Great Western Road to Lothrop Avenue, and back to Rt. 28. Walkers raising $100 or more will receive a free Walk tee shirt. Because this effort is to raise money for the Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless, it involves a lot of walkers, and we don't have sufficient staff to collect pledges, we have been forced to adopt the following basic requirements for anyone walking. *fair use*
Everyone has a place
12 years ago Everyone has a place Ventura County participates in a national plan to end homelessness ~ By MARGARET MORRIS ~ Ending Homelessness in Ventura County, not just managing it — that was the theme of the April 19 event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. The event was sponsored by the Ventura Social Services Task Force and Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition. On hand, was keynote speaker Philip Mangano, appointed Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) by President Bush in 2002 to oversee the multi-agency task force and in partnership with cities and counties throughout the country, to bring homelessness to an end in ten years. In a rapid-fire, humor-punctuated delivery, Mangano informed the 120 Venturans who attended the gathering that during the last 20 years, the problem of homelessness had only become worse. He also said that what is currently being done isn’t working, and that it is time to do something else, something radical. He said it is time to provide the homeless with permanent, stable housing. To taxpayers who might blanch at the cost of this undertaking, Mangano cited a San Diego study tracking just 15 homeless people for 18 months. Their “ricocheting off” social agencies — hospital emergency rooms, shelters, social service agencies, jails, courts, and other governmental entities — cost the county over three million dollars. That is enough money to keep the 15 people housed in “ocean-view condos” with “24 hour concierge service” during the same period. Providing the homeless housing, he asserted, would be far more cost-effective and would allow more successful outcomes for the “consumers,” or homeless population. The President’s original challenge to end homelessness was issued only to the 100 largest cities, but was expanded later by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to include smaller municipalities. The mayors were asked to develop and implement their own plans in line with local needs and resources, specifying detailed, measurable benchmarks and budget outlays. They could also adopt strategies proved successful elsewhere in what Mangano termed “stealing what works in a national conspiracy . . . to commit acts of legitimate larceny.” And they would share in a sizable federal allocation to supplement local resources. Among the 300 accepting the challenge to end homelessness in 10 years was Ventura County. The size of our area’s task was revealed in a recent homeless census — about 2,000 adults and children. But a much larger number, 6,000, are expected to experience homelessness sometime during the year, mostly temporarily. The hardcore homeless, about 500, often addicted or mentally ill, remain unsheltered chronically. Joseph Colletti, Ph.D., of the Institute for Urban Research & Development and consultant to the Board of Supervisors, took the floor to outline the plan drafted by the nonprofit Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition in conjunction with representatives from public and private agencies meeting monthly over the course of a year and a half. Among its 22 recommendations are provisions for preventing homelessness among low-income, at-risk county residents. This proactive approach is far more cost-effective for taxpayers and homeless people than finding solutions after eviction. Creation of permanent affordable housing, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, as well as additional shelter beds for street people were other proposals. The plan’s intermediate goal was to cut homelessness 50% in 5 years and entirely in 10. At the event, a special honor was awarded to River Haven’s Community Council (RHCC), a homeless nonprofit, in recognition of their success. James A. Fields, chair of RHCC, accepted the award to the people of that self-governing, sober-living homeless encampment. Several other River Haven residents present were also recognized for their achievement in enduring, as a community, through some 30 moves since leaving the Ventura River bottom. The award, a chalice in a circle of interlocking figures was presented by Carolyn Briggs of the Unitarian Church and homeless activist Harold Cartlidge. Ventura City Council member Neil Andrews, the Council representative to the Social Services Task Force, helped close the forum with a “Call to Action.” He pointed out that the document, produced after much effort, was only a first step in a long process requiring citizen collaboration from all sectors of the community. When asked in a telephone interview whether some elements of the community might be in conflict with parts of the plan, Andews responded that the Task Force’s purpose was “to put the plan out in front of people. Citizens of Ventura themselves will talk about which recommendations to embrace and how to make it happen.” The next opportunity for further information and input from the public will be on May 15, again at the Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston. The full text of “10-Year Strategy to Homelessness for Ventura County” can be accessed at the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition, 04-19-2007 *fair use*
BC,CA- 758 New Housing Units to help prevent homelessness
13 years ago NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release 2007FOR0013-000160 Feb. 23, 2007 Ministry of Forests and Range and Minister responsible for Housing 758 NEW HOUSING UNITS TO HELP PREVENT HOMELESSNESS VICTORIA – The Province is committing $196 million to create 758 supportive housing units across British Columbia, providing those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with greater access to safe and secure housing, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today. Last October, the Province released its comprehensive housing strategy, Housing Matters BC, and released a proposal call for 450 new supportive housing units. Communities and non-profit organizations offered additional funding as part of their proposals, and as a result, the Province is able to increase the number of new units to 758. “The proposal call resulted in some excellent and innovative ideas that have enabled us to increase the number of units by more than 60 per cent,” said Coleman. “We received a lot of thoughtful ideas from people who care about our communities.” To fund these new units, the Province will provide $5.6 million annually for 35 years, for a total of $196 million. Local partnership contributions for the 758 units total $24.6 million in one-time funding. “Together with local governments and non-profit organizations, we can help break the cycle of homelessness,” added Coleman. “These units will assist less fortunate British Columbians gain independence and make our communities stronger.” The Province has now committed to creating 1,291 new housing units under the Provincial Homelessness Initiative. The Initiative aims to break the cycle of homelessness by integrating support services with housing so people may move beyond temporary shelter to more secure housing, gain greater self-reliance, and achieve appropriate employment. The federal government is contributing $42 million to the initiative through the Canada-British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement. -30- 1 backgrounder(s) attached. Media contact: Jennifer McLarty Public Affairs Officer 250 387-4592 Sam Rainboth Manager, Public Affairs BC Housing 604 439-4789 For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at *fair use*
New Support for Domestic Violence Victims - Preventing Homelessness,ct'd
13 years ago
5. Since their introduction of specialist domestic violence courts the number of recorded cases increased 32 per cent from 2004; prosecutions rose from its lowest recorded point of 46 per cent in 2003 to 59 per cent in 2005 – a 13 per cent improvement in two years. The success of domestic violence courts send a message to would be perpetrators that this Government takes these issues seriously – violence against women will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be brought to justice. 6. £32m capital funding is going into refuges between 2003-06 to create new refuge places and renovate existing ones meaning 511 new or upgraded units. Around £59m of revenue funding each year goes on housing based support for victims of Domestic Violence through the Supporting People Fund. 7. We will keep delivering across Government in the year to come, in particular publishing strategies on human trafficking, sexual violence and forced marriages. Media Enquiries: 020 7944 3049; out of hours 020 7944 5945 Public Enquiries: 020 7944 4400; Email: News Releases: *fair use*
UK- New Support for Domestic Violence Victims - Preventing Homelessness
13 years ago Communities and Local Government News Release New Support for Domestic Violence Victims - Preventing Homelessness Communities and Local Government News Release 2006/0181 19 December 2006 A major new drive to help prevent victims of domestic violence from being forced out of their own homes with their families being uprooted and made homeless was announced by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly today. She has announced that she wants every local authority in the country to offer Sanctuary Schemes to their residents, as one of a range of options to support women’s choices. Ms Kelly has published new guidance explaining how they can be set-up and is writing to local authorities across the country. A sanctuary scheme provides a safe room, or sanctuary, within a home fitted with safety measures, including the; installation of alarms; mortice locks; security lights; reinforced door frame; emergency lights; and CCTV. This gives the victim the confidence and security to stay in their own home, if they wish and where the partner no longer lives there. The addresses with a safe room will be flagged on police computers to ensure a swift response if an incident occurs. The courts can help with non-molestation orders, occupation orders, and transfer of tenancy. This is just part of a comprehensive strategy the Government has in place including a stepping up of prosecutions of perpetrators. The Sanctuary Scheme is in addition to other services the government already provides for victims of domestic violence including; £32 million investment for refuge beds; increase in number of specialist domestic violence courts; and accommodation for victims made homeless due to fleeing domestic violence. Domestic violence is a factor in 1 in 8 of all new cases of homelessness – accounting for around 13,000 homeless households a year. Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly said: “The Government is determined to do more to prevent victims of domestic violence victims being driven from their own homes as well as stepping up prosecutions of perpetrators. "Sanctuary Schemes have been proven to prevent homelessness by giving people the security and confidence to stay in their own home, where it's their choice and police experts agree it's a safe option. “It is not right that victims should have no other choice but to go into temporary accommodation or refuges, which can feel unsettling and cause family upheaval at the worst possible time. That is why I want to see more local authorities provide the option of a Sanctuary Scheme." Currently less than a third of local authorities (around 120) offer Sanctuary schemes. But where it has been tried, it has proven to be successful with 90 per cent of victims of domestic violence believing sanctuary schemes are a good idea according to an early evaluation of the initiative. Funding is being provided for prevention schemes like this through £74 million homelessness grant to local authorities for next year. Ruth Kelly said that for many victims, escaping domestic violence can not only mean having to leave their home but also losing their support network - family, friends, schools, doctors – at a time when they are most vulnerable and need the most support. She said that as well as better support for victims, the Government is determined to step up prosecution of perpetrators of violence building on a significant increase already in prosecutions. The new guidance makes clear makes clear Sanctuary schemes should only be provided where it is the clear choice of the victim, where it has been assessed as safe and appropriate for them to remain in their own accommodation, and the perpetrator no longer lives in the home. It also sets out that: * The scheme is available across all tenures (e.g. home ownership, privately rented, social rented). * It is clearly presented as only one of a range of options open to those at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence. * It is implemented in partnership with the police, the fire service and a specialist domestic violence service, with support provided throughout the process. * Arrangements are tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of the individuals involved. * The scheme must be fully integrated with local risk assessment processes. The scheme, which up to now has only been available in some parts of the country, has been shown to be successful in reducing homelessness because of domestic violence. London local authorities have led the way in providing sanctuary schemes. In Barnet, 40 sanctuary schemes were set up in 2004/05, leading to a 40 per cent decrease in families in temporary accommodation because of domestic violence. Notes to editors 1. ‘Options for setting up a Sanctuary Scheme’ can be found at; Statutory homelessness statistics for quarter 3 2006 can be found at; 3. The Home Office published its National Report for Domestic Violence on 31st March 2005, this can be found at; 4. There has also been real progress across government in tackling domestic violence over the past year. These include creating a further twenty eight specialist domestic violence courts to bring more offenders to justice, opening the first UK Human Trafficking centre in Europe and providing £2 million for advisors to help women through the justice process. (MORE)
FEMA announces $141,143 in homeless prevention awards for area counties
13 years ago FEMA announces $141,143 in homeless prevention awards for area counties Friday, December 15, 2006 10:34 AM CST Special to The Dispatch The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced federal funds totaling $141,143 have been awarded to five Columbus-area counties to help prevent homelessness, and feed and shelter the nation's hungry and homeless. The funding was made available by Congress for the National Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to support social service agencies in more than 2,500 cities and counties across the country. EFS grant funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies. “The continued success of the EFS program affirms the willingness of the American people and the federal government to answer the call when others are in need,” Region IV Director Major P. May said. “This comprehensive program would not be a reality without the service provided by those working throughout our region's communities.” Receiving part of the $2.28 million in funding disbursed to Mississippi were: Clay County, $21,960; Lowndes County, $44,801; Monroe County, $34,411; Noxubee County, $11,742; and Oktibbeha County, $28,229. The EFS Program, entering its twenty-fifth year, is administered by a National Board of voluntary agencies chaired by FEMA. Member agencies of the National Board include American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. EFS funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are currently appropriated annually under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The EFS program provides these supplemental funds to nearly 12,000 agencies for the prevention of homelessness and the provision of other food and shelter services. With the 2007 allocation, more than $2.9 billion in federal aid has been disbursed through the EFS Program since its inception. For more information and a state-by-state list of the eligible jurisdictions and award amounts please visit *fair use*
Maine- Apartment complex exemplifies Tedford's expanded focus
13 years ago Apartment complex exemplifies Tedford's expanded focus Rachel_Ganong@TimesRecord.Com 11/02/2006 BRUNSWICK — New construction on an in-town lot at the corner of Everett and Middle streets is marking the bolstered effort of the Tedford Shelter to eradicate homelessness. Construction will yield a two-story complex called Everett Apartments, an eight-unit, single-occupancy housing project for formerly homeless adults with disabilities. Work started on Oct. 17, with the demolition of an existing brick structure snuggled against the Maine State Music Theatre office. Brunswick businessman Emile Bouchard built the building in 1982 for his real estate, antiques and furniture business, which he had quartered on the premises since the late 1950s. After Bouchard's death in 1993, it continued as a state liquor store and then as offices, but a granite cornerstone always marked it "Bouchard Building." So when Tedford Shelter decided to demolish it, Bouchard's family asked for the block and the Tedford Shelter obliged. "It's in remembrance of him," Ronald Fluet said, as the cornerstone was being delivered to Bouchard's house where Fluet and his wife, Lena, Bouchard's niece, now live. Ronald helped erect the building with the construction company he was working for at the time. "It was hard to see it go," he said. Tearing down the Bouchard Building, last owned by Austin Treworgy, yielded different kinds of difficulties for the Tedford Shelter. Construction workers found foundation footings of the building adjoining those of the music theater building, complicating demolition. Workers later unearthed two feet of peat moss under the site that had to be torn up. They then unwittingly dug into an empty gas tank that was consequently extracted from the site. Despite the setbacks, construction continues on pace for completion in June. The finished project will cost $1.2 million, a figure inflated by 15 percent as a result of last year's jump in construction costs. Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Maine State Housing Authority covered all but $200,000, which will be raised through private donations. Tedford Shelter rolled that funding into its ongoing $700,000 capital campaign and expects to reach its goal by the year's end. The new building marks the ongoing effort of the Tedford Shelter to offer more than Band-Aid, temporary solutions through shelters for the area's homeless, Tedford Shelter executive director Don Kniseley said. In 2003, Tedford Shelter directors and staff conducted a strategic planning session that launched plans to offer more permanent housing solutions for the homeless. "Basically, we came to the conclusion that we need to work to end the problem of homelessness," he said. To do that, the organization uses a three-pronged approach of providing shelter for the homeless, preventing homelessness and supportive housing projects. The overnight and family shelters offer services to between 400 and 500 different individuals yearly from Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Topsham and Harpswell. Tedford Shelter directors would like to reduce that capacity by keeping families and individuals in their homes by helping with back rent, landlord and tenant mediation, security deposits and even by holding leases on six apartments to sublet to families who might otherwise be considered a risk for property owners. Through housing support, the shelter plans to provide adults who live with disabling mental illnesses with long-term housing so they can have the stability necessary for other needed services. That's why Tedford Shelter is building Everett Apartments and a new six-family housing project called Evergreen Woods behind the Bath United Methodist Church. Tedford Shelter's first supportive housing project, Gilbert House on Middle Street, Bath, opened in January. Kniseley expects to use a combination of Tedford Shelter and Sweetser caseworkers to assist tenants at Everett Apartments. Tenants will lease the small, efficiency apartments with vouchers from the Brunswick Housing Authority for as long as is appropriate, he said. He will likely begin accepting applications for the apartments in the spring. "The really important message is we're serious about trying to solve this problem," he said. *fair use*
Can County House Its Homeless?
13 years ago Can the County House Its Homeless? Committee to End Homelessness unveils its strategy. By John Teschner/Gazette November 1, 2006 The vision is straightforward. “By 2016: Every person in the community will access and maintain decent, safe, affordable housing.” Getting there is more complicated. “If we’re going to end homelessness rather than manage it, we need to make a major directional shift,” Pam Michell told about 50 people gathered at Gum Springs Community Center recently. Michell, the executive director of New Hope Housing, and a member of Fairfax’s County’s Planning Committee to End Homelessness was sharing the committee’s strategy for achieving its vision statement. Last spring the committee held three community “dialogues” across the county for insight into its task of crafting a strategy to end homelessness in Fairfax County in ten years, an effort endorsed by the Board of Supervisors almost exactly one year ago. Michell returned to Mount Vernon last week with Committee Chairman Linda Wimpey and committee member Gerry Williams to present a synopsis of the strategies that the 17-member committee chose. They told the audience that the county must prioritize the homeless both for affordable housing waiting lists and in delivery of human services. It must also adopt a “housing first” philosophy, which prioritizes housing above all other solutions to a person’s problems. Michell said the county must “move people quickly out of shelter and work on the services component when they’re in housing rather than when they’re in shelter.” Although ending homelessness in Fairfax County will not be easy, Wimpey pointed out that it is “maybe the only county in the United States where [homelessness] is a solvable problem.” The report makes the case for this, describing the county as having “abundant resources, high median income and expensive housing.” But it says the supply of affordable housing is “sorely inadequate.” A January survey revealed more than 2,000 homeless people in the county. The county has three shelters for families, five for singles and one for victims of domestic violence. The report praises the current system for services it provides to stabilize people’s lives and link them with resources, but criticizes it for a failure to provide long-term permanent housing. “To end homelessness, housing must become the first priority,” the report reads. Michell reiterated this in the meeting. “If you’re going to end homelessness, housing has to happen. The thing that makes people homeless is there’s not a place to live,” she said. “Until there’s a place to move to, it’s pointless.” BASED ON COUNTY STATISTICS, the report described two reasons for homelessness in Fairfax County. “Single adults become homeless due to disability. Families become homeless due to poverty.” With this in mind, the report called for a strategy of preventing “homelessness due to economic crisis and/or disability.” Instead of tackling prevention one crisis at a time, the report suggests “early, focused and sufficient intervention.” The leaders of the meeting said small groups of volunteers could be organized to monitor their neighbors and intervene when problems were still manageable. But another strategy, increasing the supply of affordable housing for the poorest people in the county, cannot be accomplished at a local level. Michell said most of the county’s efforts to retain affordable housing, including the penny dedicated to affordable housing from each dollar of property taxes, are not reaching people who are becoming homeless. She suggested a second penny be set aside for people with incomes below 30 percent of the median. She added that zoning laws also must be changed to allow cheap, studio apartments to be built at high densities. This investment, she said, “can be sold on economics.” People without homes often end up using the county’s expensive emergency services, rather than less expensive preventative ones or none at all. But even for affordable housing, the report has a role for people at the local level. It suggests that faith communities can help subsidize a family’s rent or a unit of affordable housing. But Williams said none of these strategies can be implemented without proper organization and stable funding. “There’s a lot of good ideas out there. But there’s not enough money.” She said that although the county leadership “is behind us already” there needs to be a structure in place to ensure that goals are implemented and the project is carried forward. She said a much-needed database of information on the county’s homeless is being developed, but crunching numbers alone won’t solve the problem. “We don’t want just people sitting in offices to come up with plans,” she said. “The best people to tell you what to do are people that are currently homeless or have been homeless or work with the homeless on a daily basis.” Wimpey said the Board of Supervisors will be presented with these strategies soon, and a final plan will be presented over the summer. But she called on audience members to ask themselves, “What can we start doing now?” “You have to get out and sell it,” she said. “We have to begin doing that now. We have to get out and starting talking about what we want to see in our community.” © 2003 Connection Newspapers. 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oops- new website for Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
13 years ago Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness 106 S. Washington Square Ste 300 Lansing, Michigan 48933 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13037, Lansing, MI 48901-3037 Email: Phone: (517) 485-6536 Toll free: (877) 642-2448 Fax: (517) 485-6682 contact via webpage:
Michigan- Homeless hotline gets funds
13 years ago Homeless hotline gets funds CADILLAC - Northwest Michigan Human Services Agency recently received a $5,000 trustee grant from the Cadillac Area Community Foundation for the Homelessness Prevention Program. The money will be used for the operation of a “Homeless Hotline,” a toll-free number for those who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. The grant will also support the homeless prevention case management program that provides a variety of services to the homeless in Missaukee and Wexford County to help them secure adequate and safe housing and become self-sufficient. The Homeless Prevention Coordinator provides help with finding housing, employment, educational opportunities, family reunification, basic living skills, budgeting and other needs. For information, call the Homeless Hotline at (800) 443-2297. *fair use* RELATED WEBSITES- homelessness-related websites in Michigan many resources listed here,1607,7-141-5515_22700---,00.html Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Kentucky- Program helps keep poor from homelessness
13 years ago Sunday, October 8, 2006 Program helps keep poor from homelessness By Marcus Green The Courier-Journal Vernida Goodner had filed for bankruptcy after getting into credit card debt. With her sole income from Social Security disability, she didn't have rent money and was on the verge of eviction. "I just didn't see no way of paying my rent," said Goodner, 55, who lives in the Beecher Terrace public housing complex. "I just didn't see it." But she found a way through a Volunteers of America program aimed at keeping public housing residents from being evicted. The organization pays a portion of a family's rent, offers classes on personal finance and refers residents to other social-service providers. The eviction prevention program is marking its 10th year under Volunteers of America, which took it over from The Council on Peacemaking in 1996. The program started in 1993 as a result of a task force initiated by Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, who said she saw a stream of poor families evicted for failing to pay as little as $20. "My favorite part of the program is that it kept kids under roof and in their schools," said Shake, who currently is running for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court.The Louisville Metro Housing Authority and the city's human services agency fund the program, which has an operating budget of about $165,000 a year. The money is used for administrative expenses and to pay rent. Over the past decade, the program has served nearly 11,000 people -- more than half of whom are children -- in Louisville's public housing projects. They are generally in such dire straits that they have nowhere to turn, said Donna Trabue, Volunteers of America vice president of program services. Morris DeLaney, assistant manager of the eviction prevention program, said many of those involved have no income or are on a small, fixed income. "That automatically tells you that if you need government subsidy just to keep a roof over your head you can't afford market rate (housing)," he said. "So where do you put these people if they're evicted? Where do they go?" The answer, Trabue and DeLaney agreed, likely would be one of the local homeless shelters, which last year served more than 11,250 people. Those numbers are growing, having risen 2 percent last year and 8 percent since 2002. "The cost of preventing an eviction is so much cheaper than the cost of homelessness," Trabue said. She estimates that Volunteers of America spends about $170 on each person who comes through the program. That money covers rent and the organization's administrative costs. By comparison, the organization says it costs the Louisville Metro Housing Authority about $1,800 every time a family is evicted from public housing, including legal fees and maintenance. Families can participate in the program no more than one time each year. Tim Barry, the housing authority's executive director, called the program a success. "I know their program has kept people in housing, kept them from being homeless or making other arrangements." Reporter Marcus Green can be reached at (502) 582-4675. *fair use*
Ameristar awards nonprofit grants
13 years ago Ameristar awards nonprofit grants 09/16/2006 The Ameristar Casino Advisory Committee awarded the third annual "Strengthening the Community" awards at a special luncheon at the site on Sept. 12. The top prize, with a cash award of $3,000, was given to Inter-Faith Response Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing homelessness in the Council Bluffs area. Honorable mentions were awarded to Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center and Philip's Cupboard. Both nonprofit groups received a $1,000 cash prize with their honorable mention. The Strengthening the Community awards were designed to honor highly distinguished nonprofit organizations in southwest Iowa for their dedication to improving the quality of life for citizens in their communities. All southwestern Iowa-based 501 (c)(3) organizations were eligible to apply. Honored nonprofits were selected based on several criteria, including management excellence, board leadership, community outreach and collaboration, challenges overcome, quality programs serving Council Bluffs and southwestern Iowa, and clear program results. "Not-for-profit groups make a tremendous difference in our lives every day, often working with very limited resources," said Strengthening the Community Award Chair Rita Sealock. "The Ameristar Advisory Committee is proud to support these groups and to show them just how much their work is appreciated. We thank all of the organizations for their efforts, and wish them continued success in the future." *fair use* Inter-Faith Response Inc 25 S 15th St Ste 6C, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 - Map (712) 322-0531
UK- Innovation funding to help prevent homelessness
13 years ago Source: Scottish Executive Published Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 - 06:48 Eight new homelessness prevention projects, developed local authorities and their partners, are to receive £230,000 in funding from the Executive's Innovation Fund. They cover a range of different issues and it is intended that areas across Scotland will be able to learn from the experiences of new ways of tackling homelessness. The projects are: * The Forth Valley Street Sport initiative for women in Clackmannanshire * An access to accommodation and skills for prison leavers scheme across Tayside * A multi-agency training project in East Dunbartonshire * A CAB Rent Arrears Scheme in East Lothian * The development of a Domestic Abuse Resource pack in East Lothian * The Safe as Houses project in Edinburgh * An anger management project in Falkirk * A housing and employment project in Glasgow The announcement of was made as Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm during a visit to Alloa to meet with those involved with Forth Valley Street Sport's previous initiative working with homeless men in Clackmannanshire. Mr Chisholm said: "Innovative approaches to helping people with their specific difficulties can assist in preventing homelessness. "We were keen to support new projects not already funded within the existing preventative measures being undertaken as part of local authorities' homelessness strategies. "These projects have at their heart issues which are often a cause of why people can be homeless. It is not enough to ensure accommodation is provided. "Many people experience times in their lives where they may have financial, mental health or family problems and these can impact on their ability to stay where they live or keep their home. "These projects identify some important issues and will use new approaches to help people tackle these so that they get the help and support they may need in order to rebuild their lives. "These projects are of course not the only work being done to prevent homelessness in Scotland and I would like to take the opportunity of this announcement today to commend all those in local authorities, voluntary organisations, public services and communities for their on-going efforts to provide accommodation and help people to avoid homelessness." Clackmannanshire Provost Derek Stewart said: "I am delighted that Clackmannanshire has been successful in securing a share of the Innovation Fund to tackle homelessness. "The Street Sport model that we have been running in Clackmannanshire for the past year has had a most positive affect on helping the men involved. With this additional funding we can now build on that success and roll out the programme to help homeless women and women at risk of becoming homeless, giving them skills and confidence to improve their lives and the lives of any children they may have." Councillor Douglas Reid, Housing spokesperson at COSLA said: "We welcome the investment in promoting new ideas to tackle homelessness. We congratulate the councils who were successful on this occasion, and hope that they and others get further opportunities to fund more prevention work in the future." The Innovation Fund was announced as part of the Statement on the Abolition of Priority Need to the Scottish Parliament on December 21, 2005. The allocation of funding is: £49,973 to the Forth Valley Street Sport initiative which will run between August 2006 and August 2007. This initiative will develop a programme of sports for women in order to promote self confidence and self esteem £59,568 to the Tayside project working with prison leavers which will run from January 2007 to January 2008. This project will provide access to accommodation and skills for prison leavers, aiming to prevent homelessness by breaking the cycle of re-offending £25,000 to the East Dunbartonshire multi-agency training project which will run from August 2006 to March 2007. Here, comprehensive training will be given to all front line staff in relation to homelessness 'triggers' and the range of services which can assist in prevention in order to improve inter-agency working and promote active signposting to services acting to prevent homelessness £1,700 for the CAB Rent Arrears Scheme in East Lothian which will run from September 2006 to September 2007 and £5,404 for the Domestic Abuse resource pack project in East Lothian which will run from August 2006 to April 2007. These two projects are aimed at two separate issues. The CAB Rent Arrears Scheme will enable Citizens Advice Bureau to access financial information for individuals approaching them for assistance with rent arrears and the development of a Domestic Abuse Information Resource Pack will help signpost women who have experienced domestic abuse to services that may help prevent them from becoming homelessness £55,220 for the Safe as Houses project in Edinburgh which will run from October 2006 to October 2007. This project aims to prevent and reduce homelessness amongst households at risk of domestic abuse through by installing practical safety measures in their current accommodation to reduce the need to spend time in temporary accommodation £3,000 for the anger management project in Falkirk which will run from September 2006 to March 2007. This project will work with those with anger management difficulties to help improve their skills for engaging with agencies which can help them £30,444 for the housing and employment initiative in Glasgow which will run from September 2006 to March 2008. Here, formerly looked-after young people will be provided with safe and secure housing association accommodation and employment opportunities *fair use*
It’s backpack time at Interfaith
13 years ago By Debi Boucher Stetson Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:58 PM EST Back to school means the end of long beach days for kids, classroom setup time for teachers and relief for moms, who by summer’s end are hearing "I’m bored" too many times each day. For all families of school-age children, it’s time to buy new backpacks and school supplies, and for some, that can be a strain on the household budget. That’s why the nonprofit Interfaith Council for the Homeless started its Backpack Program six years ago. Chris Austin, executive director of Interfaith, which is based in Orleans but serves the whole Lower Cape, says the program was an outgrowth of the agency’s holiday Adopt-A-Family program. People who volunteered to find presents for children at Christmastime knew those families must have needs at other times of the year, and Interfaith identified back-to-school time as one of the periods when families might need extra help. Nancy Roberts, a client advocate with Interfaith, says seasonal expenses such as backpacks can throw things off financially for people who are already struggling. And, of course, to please their children, they’ll often buy backpacks and supplies even though they can’t afford them, to the detriment of other necessary expenses. "It just sets up the whole cycle of being behind," she observes. "So this program fits into that mission of funding what these folks have to have." "It extends their income," Austin says. Most of Interfaith’s work is focused on preventing homelessness - which means helping families keep up with their rent or mortgage payments. Maureen Linehan, coordinator of Interfaith’s Backpack Program, says if clients with children don’t call her about backpacks, she’ll get in touch with them and offer to help. She also calls local schools to get lists of supplies that children will need for the first day of school, which is Wednesday, Sept. 6, for Harwich schools. "People start calling, and we’ll start filling the list," she says. "We usually have them ready a few days before school starts." The agency has purchased backpacks from a well-known outfitter in a variety of colors. "I can’t promise, but I try to give them the colors they want." Boys generally want black or navy blue, while girls favor purple, pink or red. Linehan has a teenage daughter who advises her on what kids like, and fellow staffer Maggie Flanigan has an 8-year-old son, "So I know what’s cool," she says wryly. Last year, Interfaith provided 75 backpacks filled with school supplies for local children, and in addition came up with 25 more - at short notice - for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Austin recalls that volunteers really mobilized for the Katrina effort - just as they do for Interfaith’s annual initiatives, including the Backpack Program. While that began as a way to help struggling families, she says, it also "gives people a way to help their neighbors." Interfaith depends on both individuals and groups who make it part of their mission to help out. For example, St. Peter’s Church in Harwich this year donated paperback dictionaries for the Backpack Program. When it comes time to load the backpacks, Interfaith deploys some of its younger volunteers, teens (not from the same towns as the kids getting the packs) who like to help, and in some cases learn they’re not alone in needing help. Back to school time should be a glad time. To help make it easier on families who don’t need one more expense, help Interfaith fill backpacks by donating items on the above list, or donating money to help cover the cost of the backpacks themselves. Supplies needed Interfaith Council for the Homeless hopes to fill each backpack with the following supplies, which you can donate and drop off to Interfaith at 14 Old Tote Road, Orleans (off Old Colony Way). For more details, or if you have questions, call Interfaith at 508-255-9667, ext. 13 No. 2 pencils Pens - blue, black and red Highlighters Colored pencils Erasers Pencil sharpener Crayons Pencil case (attaches to binder) Subject dividers, reinforcements Spiral notebooks, three-subject notebooks Marbled composition books Three-ring binders: 1-, 2-, and 3-inch Book covers Glue sticks Rulers Dictionaries Thesaurus Box of Kleenex Calculator Scientific calculator Protractor Hole punch *fair use*
Atlanta Legal Aid Society- more info
13 years ago What Kinds of Cases Does Atlanta Legal Aid Handle? We provide representation exclusively in civil (non-criminal) matters. Because of budget and staffing constraints, we must prioritize the types of cases we take. Priority cases include housing, consumer fraud, public benefits, employment, education, health, spouse abuse and child custody cases. We also represent those who are elderly, disabled, mentally ill or who have AIDS, cancer or ALS. Because we do not have the resources to handle every eligible client's case, our staff must choose those cases in which our representation will make a significant benefit for the client. Are There Other Requirements? Generally, clients must have an income at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Clients must also have a viable case that falls within our priority areas, and reside in our service area: Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. How Do People Apply? Potential clients can apply for our services by telephoning: (404) 524-5811 in Fulton County (770) 528-2565 in Cobb County (404) 377-0701 in DeKalb County (678) 376-4545 in Gwinnett County or (404) 669-0233 in Clayton and South Fulton Counties. They must then answer questions regarding the nature of their problem, and meet our guidelines concerning personal financial matters, such as household income and size. Clients may be served with a referral, brief service and advice, or full representation.
Georgia- Landlord Tenant Handbook
13 years ago evictions and dispossessions If you have questions related to Tenant-Landlord Law, please call the Tenant-Landlord Hotline at 404-463-1596 or 800-369-4706. You can request additional copies of this Handbook by writing the Hotline: GEORGIA LANDLORD-TENANT HOTLINE P.O. Box 1127 Atlanta, Georgia 30301-1127 404-463-1596 or 800-369-4706
Homeless Information, Georgia
13 years ago Search for Services - Help hotlines Downtown Homeless Services Directory * The Resource Opportunity Center (The Rock) 276-302 Decatur Street, SE. Atlanta, GA 30312 404/659-3390 404/572-9200 SERVICES: Intake, assessment, referral and information about homeless services HOURS: 8:30am – 11:30am, 1:00-4:00pm Mon – Fri PROGRAMS: 1)Job Readiness – Samaritan House, 2) PACER – Pre-treatment Addiction Counseling Education & Referral, 3)Case Management – Odyssey III, 4)Safe Haven Housing – 16 units for men only; must have a mental health diagnosis, 5)Transitional Housing Program – 20 units for men only; must be employed and sober On-site services for those clients who become program participants include: Mailboxes, Clothing, Medical clinic referral, Meals, MARTA tokens, Showers, Voice mail, Laundry, Storage, Employment Assistance (uniforms, books, certification fees, etc.), Prescription Assistance & Rental/Utilities Assistance. * Crossroads Community Ministries 420 Courtland St., NE Atlanta, GA 30308 404/873-7650 SERVICES: ID, information and referrals for shelter, drug and alcohol recovery programs, clothes, jobs, MARTA tokens and cards (for jobs), groceries, mailroom, birth certificates (if born in GA. or in any other state), Social Security, postal services, NA meetings Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 1-2pm.Worship Service/Breakfast Saturday 8:30am HOURS: New clients must no later than 8:15am for orientation and to receive services. Established clients show up between 9:30-11:00am. Postal services 9:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday & Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm. OTHER SERVICES: Meal: 10:10am. Medical Clinic Open Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:00pm; appointments are made beginning at 9:30am. * Central Presbyterian Church 201 Washington St. Atlanta, Ga. 404/659-7119(client line) Agency line: 404/601-3149 SERVICES: State ID, information and referrals for shelter, drug and alcohol recovery programs, Haircuts on 1st Wed. of each month, emergency food pantry for those who own homes, MARTA tokens and cards (for jobs), birth certificates. HOURS: Monday-Friday 9am to 12:30pm.You must call to set up an appointment!! Between 9:15 and 9:45am, you can come by and make an appointment. Line forms at 8:00am. First come, first served basis. OTHER SERVICES: operates a night shelter from November through March. To be admitted you must go to their outreach (help) office at the hours mentioned above to apply for admission. * Atlanta Women's Day Shelter 655 Ethel St. Atlanta, Ga. 30318 404/876-2894 SERVICES: Helps with a number of services including clothes, showers, medical services, spiritual counseling, breakfast and lunch, job counseling, drug & alcohol counseling, transportation to jobs & job interviews, and birth certificates; children are welcome. Hours: Open every day, including Saturday, from 8am-4pm; Open Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm only. TO OBTAIN INFORMATION BY PHONE: # DIAL 211 TO REACH THE UNITED WAY HOTLINE If you are calling from a phone that will not process a 211 call, dial (404) 614-1000 * Task Force for the Homeless 477 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308 1-800-448-0636 or 404/589-9495(24 Hours) SERVICES: This is the place to call if you need assistance in finding a shelter or transitional housing. Because this is a hotline, this is also a good place to get information on all types of homeless resources. You can call the Task Force 24-hours a day. You can also walk-in to their office. Home ♦ 302 Decatur St. Atlanta, GA 30312 ♦ (404)572-9200 ♦ We want your Feedback! ♦ Site Map - Shelter Are you at risk of losing your home? - Contact a housing counselor - Emergency rental help (need to find updated link for that! searching!) - Avoiding foreclosure
Preventing homelessness in Georgia- tenant's rights, etc. (more)
13 years ago
Local Tenant Rights, Laws, and Protections: Georgia Local Tenant Rights, Laws, and Protections: Georgia - Questions Frequently Asked by Tenants and Landlords - a booklet provided by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs through a contract with the Georgia Legal Services Program - Georgia Landlord Tenant Law - Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs - State Bar of Georgia - Consumer Services - Legal Aid in Georgia - Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. Atlanta Legal Aid Society Downtown office 151 Spring Street NW | Atlanta, GA 30303 | (404) 524-5811 Cobb (770) 528-2565 DeKalb (404) 377-0701 Gwinnett (678) 376-4545 South Fulton/Clayton (404) 669-0233 Senior Citizen Hotline For clients age 60 or over, throughout Georgia (404) 657-9915 Toll free 1 (888) 257-9519
Preventing homelessness in Georgia- tenant's rights, etc.
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Atlanta Legal Aid Society Tenant's Rights Tenants' Rights As a tenant, you have rights. But you also have responsibilities. For your own protection, there are some things you need to do before you even sign the lease. There are also things you need to know should your landlord try to evict you. Are you a tenant? If you rent a room in a hotel or rooming house, you may legally be a “guest” and not a “tenant”. If you are legally a “guest”, your landlord does not have to go through any legal procedures to evict you. If you are late with the rent, the landlord can change the locks with no notice to you. And if you do not pay the rent you owe, the landlord may sell your belongings to pay your bill. If you have questions about whether you are a tenant or a guest, talk to an Atlanta Legal Aid Society lawyer before you are in danger of being locked out. Before You Move In First, carefully inspect the entire house or apartment to make sure it is in good condition. Next, make a list of damages or things that are wrong with the property. Have the landlord sign the list and keep a signed copy for your records. If possible, do not sign the lease or move in until the landlord completes all the necessary repairs. Your first cost will probably be application fee. Ask if this fee will be returned to you should your application be denied. You also need to know if the application fee can be applied towards your rent if you decide to rent the house/apartment. A tenant’s rights and responsibilities are spelled out in the lease. This document states all the important information about your tenancy. The lease tells the length of your tenancy, renewal conditions, repair procedures, rent due date, etc. Read your lease carefully before you sign it. Be sure to get a copy of the signed lease. In most cases, you will have to pay a security deposit. This covers damages that you, your family or your guests may cause. Under certain conditions, you are entitled to have your security deposit placed in an escrow account (a special bank account). If so, the landlord must tell you the account number and where the account is kept. While Renting Your landlord is responsible for repairs to keep the property in good condition. Georgia law says that a landlord cannot make a tenant make or pay for repairs, unless that tenant, his/her family or guests caused the damage. For serious repair problems, local housing code departments can inspect for possible violations. Always make repair requests in writing and always keep a copy of any repair request you make. If your landlord does not make the requested repairs within a reasonable amount of time there are some things you can do. First, you may sue for damages. Another solution is to do the repairs yourself - or have someone else do them. You can then subtract the cost of the repairs from the next month’s rent. Please consult an attorney before attempting the repair and deduct solution, as Georgia law does not guarantee this right to you. If you do not have a written lease, your landlord cannot raise your rent or ask you to leave without giving you 60 days’ notice. If you have a written lease, your rent cannot be raised during the term of the lease unless the lease says otherwise. Communicating With Your Landlord When you tell your landlord about repair problems or give notice that you are moving out, do so in writing. Put your name, address, and the date on the letter. Keep a copy for yourself. You do not need any special forms; however, Atlanta Legal Aid does provide a repair request form for tenants. Moving Out When you decide to move out, give your landlord 30 days’ notice unless your lease requires differently. The landlord must return the full amount of your security deposit within 30 days after you move out as long as the property was not damaged and you do not have a balance due on your rent. If your landlord is withholding all or part of your deposit, he/she must give you a reason. If you are dissatisfied with the reason(s), you may want to talk with a lawyer about what legal claims you may have. Evictions Your landlord can legally evict you if you have not paid your rent, you have violated your lease, or if you have not moved out at the end of your lease. However, a landlord must sue you in court. A lawsuit to evict a tenant is called a dispossessory warrant. Always call a lawyer if you receive a lawsuit. Metro Atlanta Housing Code Enforcement Offices Atlanta 404-330-6190 Decatur 404-377-9911 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Clayton County 770-477-3569 DeKalb County 404-371-2776 Gwinnett County 770-822-7550 College Park 404-669-3762 East Point 404-765-1030 Marietta 770-429-4253 Cobb County 770-528-2180 Fulton County 404-730-4848 Atlanta Legal Aid Society or Georgia Legal Services Program may also be able to represent you or provide advice to help you with your problem. Remember: The law often changes. Each case is different. This flyer gives you general information. It is not meant to give you specific legal advice. Talk to a lawyer if you have questions. More Tenant Information: How To Answer an Eviction Warrant Housing Codes Security Deposits (MORE resources to follow)
Info on preventing eviction in NYC area
13 years ago
Coalition for the Homeless Please have your clients who need eviction prevention reach us at 212-776-2039 on Wednesdays starting at 9:30 AM. We received new funding for eviction prevention and have once again started processing new cases. (re-posted from Allan B's post)
Illinois- homelessness prevention
13 years ago Homeless Prevention Program Administered by: Office of Family Support Services Bureau of Homeless Services & Supportive Housing What is the purpose of this program? The Homeless Prevention Program provides rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The program is designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing. What services are offered? * Payment of rent arrears to prevent eviction (3 months maximum). * Payment of a rent or security deposit (2 months maximum). * Payment of utility bills and arrearage. * Supportive services to prevent homelessness or repeated episodes of homelessness. Supportive services include: o Housing Location/Inspection o Job Preparation/Employment Services o Counseling o Outreach o Follow-up o Case Management Who can receive these services? Persons who may be eligible include households that are in immediate danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The household must document a temporary economic crisis beyond its control and must be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the prospective rental/utility obligations after the assistance has been granted based on current or anticipated income. How are the services provided? Homeless prevention services are provided through Illinois Homeless Services Continua of Care. This is a network of local governments, community organizations and non-profit agencies that are geographically linked together to cover the service needs of the entire state. There are nearly seventy provider agencies, within twenty-one Continua of Care, working to fulfill the need for homelessness prevention. More facts... The Homeless Prevention Program is just five years old, yet it serves many people. Over 10,000 households were served in FY2004, the majority of households were families. For more information... Contact the DHS Help line: 1 800 843-6154 1 800 447-6404 (TTY)
Prince George's County,MD- homelessness prevention
13 years ago
Home page link: Homelessness prevention (on same site- URL too long) Homelessness Prevention Related Links Homelessness Prevention Temporary Housing Assistance Emergency Shelter Transitional Housing If you are facing eviction or foreclosure, you can call the Department of Social Services Homelessness Prevention Program at (301) 909-6362. This program provides: * Screening of applicants to determine eligibility * Interviewing and assessment * Counseling, information and referral * Landlord and tenant mediation * Follow-up and linkages to other available resources * On-going community outreach and training through the Community Outreach Program (COP). You may be eligible to receive financial help to pay your rent or mortgage if you are faced with a crisis that may result in an eviction, foreclosure or homelessness. You can also get help by calling the following organizations: * Catholic Charities in Forestville (301) 568-9529 * Community Ministries, Seat Pleasant (301) 499-2319 * Laurel Advocacy & Referral in Laurel (301) 776-0442 * United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) in Capitol Heights at (301) 322-5700. Family icon How do I apply for Eviction or Foreclosure Assistance? When you call the numbers listed above, a staff member will tell you what you need to do. They will do a preliminary screening to see if you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance. There are some questions you'll need to answer: * Are you a Prince George's County resident? * Why are you facing eviction or foreclosure? * Do you hold the lease on the apartment or deed on the house? * What is the total income of your household? * What are your monthly expenses? * Do you have sufficient income to cover monthly expenses after we help you? * Was the crisis due to circumstances beyond your control? * Are you willing to participate in counseling or other relevant activities that will prevent this crisis from happening again? If you meet the preliminary eligibility criteria, an interview will be scheduled, and you will be informed about what type of information you'll need to supply to help us determine your eligibility. The information you supply will be kept confidential. You'll be asked for documents such as: * Wage/pay stubs * Property records or deeds * Your current lease * Delinquent rent or mortgage bill * Birth certificates and social security numbers for you and members of your family * The name and address of the landlord or mortgage company * Other documentation which may support your claim for assistance Who is eligible to apply? Prince George's County residents: * In danger of eviction * Homeowners facing foreclosure Homeless persons who need security deposits or first months rent to move into permanent housing
HECH's Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program
13 years ago "In 1994 HECH's Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program began in response to a number of families facing foreclosure and seeking our assistance. Although the cases are more complicated than housing a family or preventing homelessness, HECH has helped many families with this program. Normally, solutions require a reasonable mortgage lender, a family with good prospects of financial recovery, good mortgage to asset value in the property, a relatively low mortgage payment, and networking with other agencies to assemble the necessary resources to accomplish a solution. The overall cost to HECH for this program is less per family than housing a family already homeless." "In 1992 HECH's Homeless Prevention Program was initiated, to prove the theory that homelessness can be prevented at a significantly reduced cost through early intervention. Many families are housed in HECH's Housing the Homeless Program, and HECH filed successful legislation to create a special homeless program, based on the HECH model, for Cape Cod. Hundreds of families have been assisted with this program Cape wide." Harwich Ecumenical Council For The Homeless P.O. Box 324, West Harwich, MA 02671 Email:
Trying to Stop Homelessness Before it Starts, continued
13 years ago
CRUZ: ….a mother in her middle age who has a daughter who is an adult and who has children and they are all living in one apartment crowded and when the mother decides that she’s tired of her daughter and the kids taking up her space, eating up her food and jumping on her furniture she might just say, you’re not helping out in the household you got to go. REPORTER: Cruz says their program can pay for the young mom to take a training course that could lead to a job, a paycheck and eventually an apartment of her own. Phlebotomy school or a 2-thousand dollar course for getting a commercial drivers license are some of the suggestions: CRUZ: If she says my mom is happy that I’m going to school but it doesn’t mean that the light bill is coming in any less we’ll try to work with her so that she doesn’t get kicked out of her mom’s house and she’s working on herself so that in the future she can do for herself. REPORTER: Given the demographic makeup of Bushwick Brooklyn, finding families in need would seem easy. The median income in the area is below 22-thousand dollars a year, a neighborhood survey found the rate of housing complaints from tenants is three times the city average and census figures show nearly a quarter of Bushwick households have five or more people living in them REPORTER: At the elementary school, several women say they know someone who could benefit from the program: Jessica Hernandez spent some time in a shelter herself and planned to hand over Home Bases phone number to her sister: HERNANDEZ: …she is going through a lot of difficult situation right now. So she is living at home and she has a daughter and uh she is trying to finish college and at the same time it’s hard because she has to support her daughter by herself. REPORTER: The city has invested 12 million dollars in Bushwick’s Home Base program and five others. The amount is miniscule when it’s compared to the more than 4 billion dollars that’s been spent to run the city’s massive shelter system over the last decade. While prevention programs have the potential for great fiscal benefit, there are also human benefits - entering a shelter is a traumatic experience for families, so helping them before they are in crisis may keep a family from falling apart. For wnyc, I’m Cindy Rodriguez *fair use*
Trying to Stop Homelessness Before it Starts
13 years ago Trying to Stop Homelessness Before it Starts by Cindy Rodriguez NEW YORK, NY June 16, 2006 —More than 31,000 adults and children slept in a NYC shelter last night. The Bloomberg Administration wants to see that number shrink and so they have been experimenting with a new philosophy - stop homelessness before it begins. For about a year and a half, in poor neighborhoods where homeless rates are high, six prevention programs have been charged with finding struggling families before they lose their housing and enter a shelter. WNYC’s Cindy Rodriguez visited a program in Bushwick, Brooklyn to see how it’s working: REPORTER: There are telltale signs that appear before a family becomes homeless and 31 year old Steven Murrain fits the most common profile. A family who can’t afford its own apartment moves in with relatives or friends into a home that is almost never big enough for everybody. MURRAIN: It was hard because I have always been a person that is always been on my own. It was hard sharing an apartment even though that’s my mother and everything but you know I’d like to live have my own place and all that. REPORTER: Murrain, employed as a full-time security guard didn’t earn enough to move his family into their own place. So he, his wife and his son shared a 2 bedroom apartment with his mother, his sister and his sister’s son – three families living under one roof. This was his living situation for three years until he heard about the prevention program called Home Base from a counselor at his child’s pre-school. In November of last year, he contacted them: MURRAIN: Basically they told me that I would need an extra income so my wife would have to start working. …right now she’s working as a home attendant and then when I showed them that there was two incomes already they proceeded with my case and helping me out. REPORTER: One month later, he moved into his own two bedroom apartment located on the second floor of a two family home. Tires are stacked outside Murrain’s front door. He says the landlord is struggling to pay the mortgage and rented out the front yard to an auto shop. He found the place through a realtor that works with Home Base: MURRAIN: The deposit for the apartment was 24-hundred and the real estate guy gotta get his fee so that’s where Home Base worked it out. They came up with 12-hundred. REPORTER: He says without the financial help he never would have been able to move in. The rent is 12-hundred dollars a month and Murrain says he and his wife struggle to pay it. The apartment is tidy, the walls are painted light blue and family pictures cover them. We sit on a worn but comfortable couch: REPORTER / MURRAIN Did you ever think that you would have to go into a homeless shelter? No, because I would definitely try my best to prevent that go into a homeless shelter. Because I’ve heard form other people that have been to a homeless shelter that it’s no fun in the ball park. It’s very hard. REPORTER: Still, Home Base considers his family of three successfully diverted from entering a homeless shelter and that’s exactly what the city expects the program to do. In the last 18-months Home Base has made contact with 764 families. The Department of Homeless Services says in 2005, 237 families from Bushwick entered the shelter system – that’s down from 305 the previous year. REPORTER: Bushwick’s program is one of the best in the city. The success of the other five programs varies from showing no drop in the homeless rate at all to double digit improvements. DHS refused to give specific data on them. REPORTER: Pamela Allred runs Bushwick Home Base. She says the Department of Homeless Services provides monthly data that on who is entering shelters and why: ALLRED: Many of them are living in a doubled up situation. Part of the outreach is to identify for folks that they be in a housing crisis or be at risk of living in a shelter although they may not self identify with being in a housing crisis REPORTER: Allred says others signs that a family is heading towards homelessness are tenants living in dilapidated buildings with serious housing violations. The more obvious indicator is eviction papers: ALLRED: We get a weekly list of all of the residents in Bushwick who are in eviction proceedings…We mail letters to them to let them know that they are in fact in eviction proceedings many of them will not know and let them know we have free legal services available to them if they contact us. REPORTER: DHS also provides the program with a list of families found ineligible for shelter. These are the data driven ways to identify families, but the harder work is reaching out to the community and finding those that don’t appear on any list. This includes a large immigrant population in Bushwick that is difficult to reach because many are in the country illegally and fear anything government related. Even when contact is made, Allred concedes it’s difficult to help them because they don’t qualify for most services. REPORTER: Home Base employs different methods to try to find people who may be struggling and on the verge of a housing crisis. REPORTER: Cindy Cruz and Wendy Agron are outreach workers for Home Base, on a rainy weekday morning they arrive at a neighborhood elementary school to meet a group of about 10 parents, all mothers - who will sit and listen to them explain what Home Base is and what it can do for them or people they know. REPORTER: Inside a room that looks like a teacher’s lounge, the two begin their pitch. The first thing they do is explain who is at risk of becoming homeless. Cruz gives the women an example: (more)
New Zealand- Working together for homelessness prevention
13 years ago Working together for homelessness prevention Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 2:52 pm Press Release: Downtown Community Ministries Downtown Community Ministry 14 June 2006 Working together for homelessness prevention Chilly Christchurch will get some Wellington warmth when it is visited by three Downtown Community Ministry staff today. Director Stephanie McIntyre will be joined by Community Social Worker Dougal Spier and Community Outreach Worker Alan Norman and together they will they will meet up with some agencies who are part of the Homelessness Task Group set up in partnership with Christchurch City Council. Christchurch City Missioner Michael Gorman will host part of their visit to the City Mission and its services focussed on homelessness. Of particular interest is the Mission�s night shelter and the innovative strategies being employed there to accommodate intoxicated people and provide offer other services on site such as health and advisory services and meals. Ms McIntyre, who is on Wellington�s Night Shelter Trust Board, suggests the practises being employed in Christchurch may give insights into how the new look Night Shelter in Wellington is run after the major refit is completed. DCM�s delegation will then meet Christchurch City Council�s Community Project Manager Anna Thorpe who will provide information about the Council�s involvement in addressing homelessness in the city. DCM enjoys a close working relationship with Wellington City Council�s City Community Services and City Housing Managers and is therefore interested in how other centres around New Zealand coordinate council and non government services. One point of similarity is the creation of �No Fixed Abode� by Christchurch City Council�s Community Development Team. It serves, like DCM�s �Survival Guide�, as a directory of accommodation and services for people without safe, secure and affordable housing. Ideally, the visit will be one of information sharing and the exchange of ideas about how to work together in homelessness prevention strategies. �It will help provide us with information about the size and scale of homelessness in Christchurch, leading us to a wider perspective about the context of homelessness in New Zealand,� says Director Stephanie McIntyre. Later this year, DCM hopes to make a similar trip to Auckland, it is likely to coincide with a national seminar on homelessness being organised by the Auckland City Council. ENDS *fair use*
UK-Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2006 website
13 years ago
UK-Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2006 Our main offices are located at: Association of London Government 59½ Southwark Street London SE1 0AL Click the thumbnail below to download a full size pdf of the map (182kb). Click to access a full page map of the ALG office; opens in a new window
UK-Awards to recognise creative ways of tackling homelessness
13 years ago Awards to recognise creative ways of tackling homelessness Back to Social Housing Publisher: Jon Land Published: 05/05/2006 - 14:17:57 PM Housing, health and local government organisations that can demonstrate innovative ways of tackling homelessness are invited to apply for the Association of London Government's Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2006. The UK's leading homelessness award scheme – now in its eighth year - is offering a total of £25,000 prize money to organisations that develop new, creative ways of tackling homelessness, as well as rewarding examples of good practice. This year's judges will be looking for evidence of work that improves services for homeless people, prevents homelessness or tackles the disadvantages that it causes. The winner will receive a prize of £10,000, with £5,000 going to each of the three runners up. The awards are sponsored by London's 33 councils, London Housing Foundation, the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister's Homelessness & Housing Support Directorate and housing and homelessness charity Shelter. The awards are open to a range of organisations working to tackle homelessness including: social landlords, housing and social services departments, NHS trusts, housing associations and voluntary organisations. Previous winners have found that in addition to the widely recognised endorsement provided by the awards, they have also helped attract funding to enable winning organisations to develop their services. Last year there were two winners for the awards, which each received £10,000. They were: Centrepoint for its 'Support and Development' approach to working with young homeless clients and the Novas Group for its initiative to train and support former homeless clients to gain employment. Genevieve Macklin, Director of Housing Policy at the Association of London Government, said: "The Andy Ludlow Awards are the only awards of their kind that promote innovation in working to prevent and reduce homelessness in London. "Success in the awards sets an excellent example to other organisations working to tackle homelessness. In many cases it has provided a major boost to the work of previous winners, enabling them to develop their services further. "There are many more organisations in London working extremely hard to seek out new ways of tackling homelessness. We would urge them to showcase their efforts by applying for this year's awards." The closing date for entries for this year's awards is July 3 2006. *fair use*
Minneapolis- County recognized for preventing homelessness
13 years ago Friday, May 05, 2006 County recognized for preventing homelessness By Sarah McKenzie The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recognized Hennepin County as a national leader in developing strategies to end homelessness. The county was among three places in the country singled out by HUD for having effective programs to combat homelessness. The department also cited Montgomery County, Md., and the Mid-American Assistance Coalition in Kansas City in a recent report, “Strategies for Preventing Homelessness.” The communities found that interventions can be helpful in preventing homelessness - from helping families avoid pending evictions to teaching people how to manage budgets. HUD also lauded Hennepin County officials for its Rapid Exit program, which works to match homeless families in shelters with other housing options. With the program, the county has shortened the average shelter stay from 60 to 30 days. Additionally, 88 percent of the formerly homeless families that have participated in the program have avoided returning to the shelters. County and city officials recently launched a new Commission to End Homelessness - setting a goal to match everyone in need of a home with housing within the next 10 years. A broad coalition of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders are part of the 70-member commission, which met for the first time March 29. The group is working on a formal plan outlining how to end homelessness, which is expected to be finalized this summer. Hennepin County shelters about 2,400 homeless people on any given night, according to Cathy ten Broeke, the city-county coordinator on homelessness issues. About another 400 people sleep on the streets. *fair use* Related Links: Rapid Exit program
related link for previous post- homelessness prevention initiative
14 years ago
United Way of Larimer County What is the Homelessness Prevention Initiative? What is the Homelessness Prevention Initiative? The Homelessness Prevention Program is a faith based community effort that provides rental assistance to individuals and families who do not meet the requirement guidelines of existing agencies such as Neighbor to Neighbor. The initiative began when churches and helping agencies began to notice a sharp increase in the numbers of requests for assistance to keep people in their homes who had eviction notices. The study that ensued proved that the community needed to find some solutions to meet this growing need and the estimated amount required to meet all the need was approximately $409,000.00 annually.
Colorado- Program cuts risk of going homeless
14 years ago Program cuts risk of going homeless Initiative reports its success rate By KEVIN DUGGAN A program aimed at preventing homelessness continues to make a difference in the lives of the families it supports, organizers and participants say. A recent survey of 30 families that were helped by Homelessness Prevention Initiative three months ago found 83 percent were still in their homes, while the remaining 17 percent reported they had found more affordable housing or moved in with relatives. But even more heartening for program organizers were survey results that showed all of the responding clients felt less anxious about their situations after going through the program's process, which includes counseling and references to other human services programs, said director Valerie Baker-Easley. "That shows we've been able to help them take steps to stabilize their lives," she said. "It's important that they feel confident about taking control of their situation and doing what they need to do." For Denise, the mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, the $300 grant she received from the program made the difference between staying in her home and being on the streets. "It was a real lifesaver when we needed it," she said. "They were really there for us." Denise, who asked that her last name not be used, said the program's screening process included information on where to find resources such as food and assistance with utility payments. "Everyone was very helpful," she said. Since receiving the aid, Denise said her family has moved from an $850-per-month apartment in Fort Collins to a home in Loveland that is less expensive. Denise said she does not expect to need the program's help again. In 2005, the Homelessness Prevention Initiative helped 590 families - including 870 children - in the Fort Collins area, with an average assistance of $229. A household may receive assistance once in 12 months, Baker-Easley said. The program, which was started in 2001, has had some repeat customers, Baker-Easley said, but generally its clients are families that have had a crisis of some sort and need one-time help to make their rent or house payments. For low-income families, an event such as losing a job because of illness or dealing with a major vehicle-repair bill can leave them short on cash and in danger of losing their housing, Baker-Easley said. The program helped 15 percent more families last year than in 2004. Demand for the program is expected to continue increasing, Baker-Easley said. The initiative started as a cooperative effort involving Fort Collins Urban Pastors, Interfaith Council and the Fort Collins Area United Way. Its primary source of funds was special collections taken at local churches. Over the years, the number of churches participating in the fundraising drive has grown, as have donations from area foundations. Donations for the program, which is administered through the United Way of Larimer County, were up 19 percent last year despite concerns donors might feel “tapped out” by calls to help victims of last year’s hurricanes, Baker-Easley said. Originally published April 13, 2006 *fair use*
Madison,WI- Sick leave pay can reduce homelessness
14 years ago Marilyn Feil: Sick leave pay can reduce homelessness A letter to the editor Dear Editor: People talk about wanting to prevent homelessness and help the low-income workers in our community. Now we can actually do something instead of just talking about it. We can pass the proposed sick leave ordinance. This is a way to directly put money into the pockets of the low-income workers in Madison, while also helping them to take care of their health and the health of their children. I am a parent. I would not want to have to make the difficult choice between staying home with my sick child or having enough money to pay my rent and buy food. Our low-wage workers, who don't have the comfortable vacation and sick leave plans that higher-wage workers have, shouldn't have to choose either. I work with low-income families, and I have seen parents get behind in rent and risk losing their housing because they don't get paid sick time. It does happen. Marilyn Feil Madison Published: March 15, 2006 *fair use*
FL-Nonprofit helps avoid homelessness
14 years ago Nonprofit helps avoid homelessness Nonprofit helps avoid homelessness By RAY REYES Published: Feb 26, 2006 BROOKSVILLE � The top three wishes on the list are not impossible to grant. But it will take dedication to make those wishes � each designed to help the homeless in Hernando and three other counties � come true. �We need a plan,� said Francine Ward, director of programs and operations at Mid Florida Community Service�s Brooksville office, located at 820 Kennedy Blvd. Ward is also an active member of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition, a nonprofit group serving families and communities in Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Lake counties. Ward and Susan Cameron, executive director of the coalition, met Thursday to discuss ways to help at-risk families or individuals from becoming homeless. The coalition works more in a �revention mode,� unlike Jericho Road Ministries, another local nonprofit that rehabilitates and shelters the homeless, said Ward. This is what the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition is planning to accomplish soon, according to their wish list: 4A computerized database with the latest local statistics on the homeless population and individuals who are at-risk. The database would be available to agencies affiliated with the coalition to help track people and families continuously on the bubble of becoming homeless and help knock down the barriers keeping those at-risk from attaining self-sufficiency, Ward said. The coalition was recently awarded a $78,000 federal grant for the database, dubbed the Homeless Management Information System, said Cameron. Bigger cities already have the system in place, but it is slow in coming to Hernando County, which has a smaller homeless population than Tampa or Miami, Ward said. 4A compact resource guide, small enough to fit in a front shirt pocket and covered in laminate or plastic, which lists all agencies that can help people who find themselves out on the street. There may be hundreds of county residents on the verge of homelessness because of the lack of a steady paycheck, an illness in the family which saps funds, or the inability to find a job which could simply cover the cost of living, Ward said. Having a resource guide readily available for people struggling for the first time would be invaluable, Ward said. 4Strengthening the coalition by getting churches, businesses, neighborhoods and individuals to form a web of resources and raise awareness about homelessness. Such agencies that could bolster the coalition would be the sheriff�s office and emergency management, Ward said. �Let�s bring these existing things together, identify the gaps and fill in the gaps,� Ward said. Ward and Cameron said a key issue the coalition must tackle is the stigma associated with homelessness. People downplay the homeless problem in their communities or refuse to acknowledge it, Ward said. And communities will fight to prevent the establishment of a homeless shelter or services because residents fear the �beleaguered-looking fella with a �Will Work 4 Food� sign� coming close to their neighborhoods, Cameron said. There are people who chose to not have homes and jobs and live in the woods, Ward said. But there are also entire families who need help and guidance to keep them from becoming homeless, Ward said. The Mid Florida Homeless Coalition, which has about 100 members in a four-county area, is always looking for new members, Cameron said. �You just have to be passionate,� Cameron said. The coalition needs people �with a heart for the homeless,� said Ward. �(Homelessness) is a community problem and we have to work together,� Ward said. Reporter Ray Reyes can be contacted at (352) 544-5283. Joe Monroe Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition P.O. Box 1527 Eustis, FL 32727-1527 P: (352) 527-5381 F: (352) 527-5389 Joe.Monroe at *fair use*
Massachusetts: Letter: 'Homelessness prevention'
14 years ago Thursday, February 23, 2006 To the editor: Low temperatures in our homes combine with high oil prices to make us shiver. But around us homeless people - even children - feel really cold. The time has come again to think of the needs of those people and include remedies in our next state budget. On Feb. 28, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) will go to the Statehouse urging legislators to remember people who are homeless or in danger of homelessness. Readingites will meet with Senator Richard Tisei and Representative Bradley Jones to advocate for those people. We will ask them to expand homelessness prevention programs, saving both needless suffering and our tax money. We will draw their attention to the needs of the elderly, the disabled, and children. We will remind them of the state's commitment to affordable housing for extremely low-income households. We will insist that they protect and improve access to emergency assistance shelter for families in need. Among the homeless prevention programs, a statewide pilot of the First Stop Early Warning Prevention Initiative would detect risk of homelessness before it happens. This program would place experienced advocates at neighborhood health centers to help consumers who are at risk of homelessness, to access a range of resources, services, and cash benefit programs to stabilize their housing. With the $500,000 requested, five centers would operate instead of two. Kept at their present locations, adults would stay near their employment and children would stay in their schools. Many more would be in housing instead of on the streets. Currently experienced advocates from MCH at two health centers help consumers who are at risk of homelessness. Using a grant from the McCormick Foundation, they have been able to recommend funds for utilities, food stamps, and even housing to 40 percent of those at the centers. Expansion will make possible more complete testing of the effectiveness of a health-center based, early warning homelessness prevention system. Both Senator Tisei and Representative Jones have supported the needs of homeless people in the past. We look forward to meeting with them and receiving their help. Neither children nor adults should be on the streets during the February cold, or at any other time of year. Smidge Riordan Highland Street *fair use* Related Link: Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Sunnyvale Community Services
14 years ago
Sunnyvale Community Services Our Services "Founded in 1970, Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. Our mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and to help seniors remain independent. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions. Emergency Assistance To prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises: * Financial help to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, to pay medical and other critical bills * Financial aid to help working homeless families regain permanent housing when they have sufficient income to pay monthly bills but not enough for all the required deposits * Monthly food and Kids’ Summer Food programs * Emergency food bags (sponsored by Sunnyvale FISH) * Community Christmas Center affording low-income families the dignity of selecting a two-week supply of food, toys and gifts for infants through teens, and a gift for every household (towels, blankets, basic kitchen items) * Clothes Closet (run by Sunnyvale FISH) * Fee waivers for Parks and Recreation Dept. activities * Information and referral services Chinese Seniors Club of Santa Clara Valley Sponsored by SCS, offering a wide variety of social, educational, and cultural activities Conexiones Latino outreach and education program on topics including education, parenting, employment, health, nutrition, legal issues, substance abuse, and domestic violence." *fair use*
So Dixie...
14 years ago
will you be searching for a place in Austin again? or.......? and yikes! that's stressful that that situation hasn't worked out- to say the least. I hear you when you talk about "real" and "virtual" homes- it's been weird, the times when I've had a home on the Internet but not in real life.
I am dissssilussioned (too many sssss?)
14 years ago

Reading this last article, I have to remark. Sounds like a great place!!

But why are not "shelters" (other than the Salvation Army) - commonly found in all too, larger cities - yea, like a gas stations?

I am back on the computer looking for a place to move to on March - this too has got to stop. This time it was another human who fowled a perfectly good situation for me - well maybe not, I believe all things happen for reason. So there is probably a place waiting for me ~ hopefully with less stress.

Lemme, see... beginning my membership here in this group, I was homeless, then I have gone homeless 2X, since ~ then I have been made a host!!! ( to Harmony) yep, there are times I wish we could just live "virtual" - then I would be fine!

Imaging surfing the web to find a home, step right off into it. Serf some more, have your Ethan Allen furniture, set with fine china... then order Peking Duck or or pile your virtual self up on a far away vacation spot of a beach (with PERFECT weather) ... don't forget about the $25,000. you just won by clicking thru that survey.... amazing ~ huh!??

So, I have to stay in reality. I have to start sorting thru the low-income apartments out there, become a slave to resources... bus lines; monthly bills, that will allow me to survive, instead of LIVE.

Yep, life is like a box of chocolates... sometimes I just don't care for the raspberry goo in the middle - I preference chocolate ~ thru & thru.


Texas-Randy Sams Shelter’s goal is preventing, relieving homelessness
14 years ago Randy Sams Shelter’s goal is preventing, relieving homelessness Wednesday, February 1, 2006 2:07 PM CST By ASHLEY GARDNER Texarkana Gazette The Randy Sams Homeless Shelter provides services to the needy to prevent homelessness. “We bring a lot of stability to the community. We help those who are unstable as far as their homes are concerned through our homelessness prevention program,” said David Warrick, executive director of the shelter. Randy Sams not only provides shelter for the homeless, but offers much-needed assistance helping families with rent, diapers, utilities and mortgage. “Through those programs we are able to keep more people housed and out of the shelter,” Warrick said. On an average night, Randy Sams provides shelter for 80 to 85 people and, in the past year, has provided shelter 80,000 times and more than 160,000 meals, Warrick said. Randy Sams began its mission in the community in 1995 in a donated building on Hazel Street. “We are about preventing homelessness. That’s why we have all those programs in place,” Warrick said. The shelter is a partner agency of the United Way of Greater Texarkana. “The United Way is a very important funding source for us. The importance of the United Way dollars is that they are local dollars and they are returned back into the community,” Warrick said. The United Way is proud to support the Randy Sams Homeless Shelter. “This organization provides food and shelter, as well as other assistance, to the growing homeless population in our community. One of the goals of United Way is to provide funding to aid in meeting the needs of the homeless, especially families,” said Don Capshaw, chairman of the United Way Board of Directors. *fair use*
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14 years ago Contact Us Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. has the following offices Green Bay Office 201 W. Walnut St., Suite 203 Green Bay, WI 54303 (920) 432-4645 1-800-236-1127 Service Area: Brown, Calumet, Green Bay, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie Counties La Crosse Office 205 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300 P.O. Box 2617 La Crosse, WI 54602 (608) 785-2809 1-800-362-3901 Service Area: Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempeleau, and Vernon Counties Madison office 31 S. Mills Street P.O. Box 259686 Madison, WI 53725-9686 608-256-3304, FAX: 608-256-0510 Outside Dane County: 1-800-362-3904 Service Area: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk Counties Milwaukee Office 230 W. Wells Street, Room 800 Milwaukee, WI 53203-1866 414-278-7722, FAX: 414-278-7156 Toll free: 1-888-278-0633 Outside Milwaukee Service Area: Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Oshkosh Office 404 North Main Street, Suite # 203 Oshkosk, WI 54901 (920) 233-6521 1-800-236-1128 Service Area: Adams, Green Lake, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Marquette, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties Racine office 521 6th Street Racine, WI 53403 262-635-8836, FAX: 262-635-8838 Service Area: Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties E-Mail Any office of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. : Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. has an office: Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. 300 Third Street, Suite 210 PO Box 6100 Wausau, WI 54402-6100 715-842-1681 (Voice or TDD) 800-472-1638 (Voice or TDD) Fax: 715-848-1885
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14 years ago Legal Action of Wisconsin Housing The Housing unit�s goal is to prevent homelessness and to preserve and expand the availability of affordable housing. Legal Action represents clients in cases that have the greatest immediate impact on our clients� ability to secure and maintain safe and affordable housing. o Eviction defense o Abusive landlord practices o Administrative hearings relating to public and subsidized housing o Housing conditions and habitability o Access to affordable housing Intake Hours: Milwaukee Downtown Office Telephone at 414-278-7714 Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Madison Office Telephone at 608-256-3304 or 800-362-3904 Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Staff attorneys and paralegals also train and provide technical support to private attorneys who contribute free legal services through Legal Action�s Volunteer Lawyers Project and other pro bono programs.
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I hear you, Dana- too many programs trap people into subsistence- giving not quite enough to break out of the rut... not enough to make a difference... just enough to enslave and demoralize... I spent hours (as a homeless person) in the town of Altadena, California filling out endless paperwork for food stamps. Once I filled the papers out, I spent hours more in line waiting to be seen. At the end of all those hours of work and waiting, I think what I was given was something around thirteen dollars. Not sure about it, as I tried to blank out the whole beaurocratic nightmare memory out as soon as possible.
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It is not only money being thrown into preventing homelessness would help. But Actually having programs that do not force a person to remain dependant on the program, and really can HELP a person out of homelessness, form new habits, hold a new life, and get the education they need, to continue to remain out of homelessness.

Better community planning, better back up for natural disasters etc. If they put the Community back into Community homelessness, and over hald of the worlds issues would not be an issue.

- Dana C. L.


Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness
14 years ago "The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (The Community Partnership) is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 1989. Its mission is to serve as a focal point for efforts to reduce and ultimately prevent homelessness in the District of Columbia. The Community Partnership does this by drawing upon and coordinating the resources of the District of Columbia community to improve services to the homeless and to prevent future homelessness. The Community Partnership developed a Continuum of Care which provides prevention services, street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supportive services in housing programs for homeless individuals and families facing barriers to independence. "Meeting the needs of the homeless involves much more than providing short-term shelter…. The best way to manage public and private resources in addressing homelessness in the District (is to) form a Community Partnership for the Homeless (that) would draw on the resources of the entire community to improve services to the homeless and find ways to prevent future homelessness.” Developing a Community Partnership for the Homeless; prepared for the D.C. Homeless Coordinating Council by McKinsey and Company: Final report, November 2, 1988."
Official urges homelessness prevention
14 years ago Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 by Katherine Heerbrandt Staff Writer To some, the word ‘‘homeless” conjures up images of a drunk in an alley or a bag lady steering a grocery cart down the street. Yet, 5,000 homeless children live in Maryland and nearly 70 of those children are in Frederick County. Of the state’s 38,390 reported homeless served by shelters, 3 percent are 65 and older, according to the state’s Department of Human Resources. And 95 percent of the homeless in a given area have roots in that community, despite a widely held belief that the homeless are from somewhere else, according to Greg Shupe of the state Department of Human Resources. This is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The Frederick Community Action Agency sponsored several programs this week, including a presentation by Shupe on a 10-year plan to tackle the complex issue of homelessness in Maryland. Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development projects that 157,000 housing units are needed to house the state’s poor and homeless. The homeless problem is getting worse, not better, according to Shupe, director of the office of transitional services. ‘‘If a family shelter opened tomorrow, it would be full immediately,” Shupe said. Yet, the state throws millions of dollars in services to the homeless population each year, only to find that dollars do not equate to solutions. That money, said Shupe, could be better spent in preventing homelessness. ‘‘Keeping people from being evicted is cheaper,” he said. Preventing homelessness was part of Shupe’s message to members of the Frederick County Coalition of Homeless Tuesday. He came to enlist support and ideas for a 10-year state plan to make homelessness ‘‘rare and brief.” The plan was devised by an Interagency formed last year in response to a nationwide call to end chronic homelessness. Shupe and others are sure that the plan can become a reality, and point to the country’s efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. ‘‘I absolutely believe it – and it’s not magic or rocket science,” he said in an interview. ‘‘When we have decided to do it, we can house people – we can help them find jobs and welcome them into our communities.” Sue Oehmig applauded Shupes comments. Oehmig is the founder of Frederick County’s Hope Alive shelter for women and children. The Sabillasville shelter is scheduled to open May 1. Now, there are no emergency shelters for families in the county. ‘‘You hear about all these homes that came available after Katrina, but where are those homes now?” she said. Shupe’s presentation, she said, confirmed what local agencies know to be true – that there is a real need for shelters for homeless families. The response from the public to the problem of homeless families, she said, is that they didn’t realize the scope of the problem. Before work can begin on the complex problems surrounding poverty and homelessness in Maryland, the state needs solid data, Shupe said. The available statistics on homelessness do not reflect people who are in unstable housing situations, such as those who are doubling up with friends and family. The various agencies who work with the poor and homeless, from healthcare to education, often duplicate services and have not pooled resources and statistics. Shifts in policy and approach can make a big difference, Shupe said. ‘‘We need to deal with this whole group of poor and homeless and uneducated to find solutions,” he said. Shupe, who was once an addict and homeless, said he is living proof that people can redeem themselves. Part of the council’s mission, Shupe believes, is educating the public about homelessness, changing their perceptions about who is homeless and why. ‘‘These are your neighbors and they are not being treated in a neighborly way ... homelessness is a moral issue and people who don’t want to think that are not paying attention to their conscience,” he said. Copyright © 2005 The Gazette - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Privacy Statement *fair use*
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Macomb homeless have help
14 years ago November 16, 2005 Current Issue: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 Please excuse the appearance of the website while we work with College Publisher on upgrading to version 4.0 undefined Articles Macomb homeless have help By: Margaret Eaton Issue date: 11/16/05 Section: News Article Tools:Email This ArticlePrint This Article Page 1 of 1 For single mothers and single women in Macomb who are in danger of becoming homeless or who have become homeless, there is help. Located at 212 W. Jackson St. is a center called Samaritan Well. While it may seem like just a humble house, it is a safe alternative for underprivileged women and mothers. Samaritan Well provides a home and food for women who might otherwise be sleeping on the streets. While this is a positive place for these women, it does come with a condition. The condition is these women are ready and willing to make an effort to be proactive and get themselves out of their situation. JoAnna Eidson, Samaritan Well director, said the organization will assess the different women who come in and determine the kind of help they need. It will then set up for them an individual program of counseling and help that will assist the women in getting jobs and finding places of their own to live. "We are not counselors," Eidson said. "We have to outsource all of that because we don't know how to counsel the women, but we will provide them with names and organizations that can help them." Eidson added at anytime there can be as many as 20 to 30 women living in the house. School-aged children will be enrolled in the Macomb school district and if they need extra tutoring, the center will provide that for them. "There is nothing like this (Samaritan Well) for the men, which is sad," said Christal Johnson, Salvation Army administrative assistant. The Salvation Army, located at 505 N. Randolph St., has been in Macomb for 100 years. It provides many services to those who are underprivileged or homeless in Macomb. Along with a non-denominational church, there also is a free fitness center in the basement available to those who need it. Macomb also is home to a Salvation Army thrift store located at 1204 W. Jackson St., where people can go if they need new clothes. The center on Randolph Street also has a grocery store which people can receive vouchers for. According to Johnson, every 60 days the center distributes food baskets to families who need them. The basket size is determined by the size of the family. "We provide rental help, help with utilities, food, gas for out of town doctor appointments, Christmas and birthday assistance. And we help with paying for prescriptions," Johnson said. As far as homelessness in Macomb, Johnson said sadly there is not much the Salvation Army can do independently for those who are homeless and come seeking help. All the organization can do for them, Johnson said, is to give them the name of a different agency in a neighboring community and, if necessary, put them up in a hotel for a night or two and give them something to eat. But, in the long term, there is nothing they can do for most. Johnson said the Salvation Army also provides free bread every day. Hy-Vee donates its day-old bread to the organization and it is made available to those in need. "Though needing to do that (provide long-term help) is uncommon because there aren't that many homeless people in Macomb." For the months of September and October combined, there have been only three homeless people coming to the organization looking for help. "There is no limit to this, they can come back and get this every day." Beyond the three homeless served recently, other monthly numbers for the organization speak volumes about the poverty problem in Macomb. During September and October there were 90 families seeking assistance as well as 337 individual persons visiting the center for assistance. It is difficult to see while walking around the tall, heated buildings of campus and going home to dorms and apartments, McDonough County has one of the highest poverty rates in the state of Illinois. All students have to do is look around Macomb to see evidence of these statistics. *fair use*
Mayor urges city to address homeless problem
14 years ago CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa The head of a federal homeless agency says Iowans would save money by preventing homelessness instead of reacting to it. Philip Mangano is director of Interagency Council on Homelessness. He visited Cedar Rapids this week and told Mayor Paul Pate that cities spend far more money hospitalizing and jailing the homeless than it would cost to fix the problem. One study found that taxpayers spend 100-thousand dollars a year on each homeless person for emergency room visits and jail stays. Pate says he wants Cedar Rapids to join about 70 other cities in developing a ten-year plan to ease homelessness. He says the city has 400 to 500 homeless people _ many of them facing drug addictions and mental illness. The plan would include community treatment teams and permanent housing programs. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ============== FAIR USE for understanding homelessness-related issues,etc. ==============
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Brothers Bryon Ruff, 17, (kneeling) and Joe Ruff, 16, and their father, Bryon Ruff, measure plywood boards yesterday that will help complete the floor in the upstairs bedroom of the family’s condemned house in Warner.- fair use for humanitarian purposes
Family in a fix finds help
14 years ago Volunteers mobilize to repair home that was condemned By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Monitor staff August 16. 2005 8:00AM W ARNER - Townspeople, local businesses and complete strangers have reached out to help a local family rebuild their recently condemned home. Bryon and Wendy Ruff were ordered to "repair, raze or remove" their house last week, after the town health officer found trash, stray animals and animal feces inside. Fifty-seven animals were seized from the property, where a family of seven lived. In the days since, a handful of Good Samaritans have sprung into action, offering building supplies, construction expertise and trucks to bring trash to the dump. Since the Ruffs were allowed to begin work on the condemned house on Thursday, they have cleaned up much of the mess inside the house, and cleared dozens of truckloads of garbage from the yard. Yesterday, they began covering the exposed insulation inside with plastic sheeting, fitting new floors and installing drywall. The selectmen's order requires that the family weatherproof and disinfect the house, build new interior walls and floors and clear the yard of trash. The Ruffs appear to be well on their way to reaching the requirements. At each step, the family has received assistance from outsiders. Wendy Ruff's brother, John Place, has taken in her children and worked steadily to clean the property. Both Home Depot and the local Aubochon hardware store gave the family discounts on supplies. The selectmen have waived transfer station fees, and several other people have come out of the woodwork to offer their services and supplies. "There are so many people in society who say, 'Why help out?'" said Kim Roy, of Sutton, who heard about the Ruff's situation on the news and has started an Internet group to organize donations of clothes, furniture and building supplies. "You need to help out." Roy has a job as a hairdresser and a family, and is taking college classes, but she still has found time every day to visit the Ruffs and see what they need. Tim Bologna, who runs a marketing business in Warner with his wife, has been at the Ruff house helping every day since he first heard their story from relatives. His daughters go to elementary school with one of the Ruff children, but he did not know the Ruffs until he showed up last week with his pickup truck and offered to bring trash to the dump. Over the weekend, his wife and two young daughters pitched in alongside him, hauling trash and beginning repair work on the interior of the Ruffs' house. Yesterday, he worked there for several hours, showing the Ruffs' two teenage boys how to use his saw to cut and fit wood to cover the floor. "There are too many people whining about it, and they've got to start doing something about it,"Bologna said. "These people need help and I just want to do it." In the early afternoon yesterday, a maroon Dodge pickup truck with Massachusetts license plates pulled up to the house, with a truck bed full of drywall and wood. Ben Parker was making his third hour-long trip from Methuen, Mass. to bring supplies to the Ruffs. Like Roy, Parker saw a story on the Ruffs' house on the news, and decided to come and pitch in. . "My heart goes out," he said. "I said, you know what, I want to go help these people." The Ruff children gawked at Parker's shiny truck, but quickly started taking turns hauling the drywall into the house. With it, they hope to complete the walls for the 12-year-old daughter's upstairs bedroom. Parker has convinced one of his friends who works in construction to volunteer for a day at the house to fix the roof. His wife and sister are both trying to gather donations from their workplaces so that they can buy the family new windows and doors. "They're good, generous, helpful people," said Wendy Ruff as she looked over what the group had accomplished and described the work that the family and its helpers would do next. Last week, Ruff expressed concern that she would be able to complete the required repairs, but yesterday she imagined what her house would look like once the work was finished. "I want to decorate it and I want to get nice stuff," she said. To Roy, Bologna and Harold French, another Warner resident who offered a day of labor to the Ruffs, their reward lies in knowing that they are helping the Ruff children stay together in their home. And, Roy suggested, there may be another benefit down the road. "These kids might turn around and help somebody else someday,"Roy said. ------ End of article By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Monitor staff ========== FAIR USE for looking at ways to prevent homelessness,etc. ==========
Gillette Awards Homelessness Prevention Grants
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June 29, 2005 12:30 PM US Eastern Timezone Gillette Awards Homelessness Prevention Grants; $400,000 in ''Gillette FaceForward Homelessness Prevention'' Grants Awarded to Boston-Area Social Service Organizations; First of Total $800,000 to Be Awarded This Year BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 29, 2005--The Gillette Company (NYSE:G) today named seven Boston-area social service organizations as the first grant recipients in a program that will provide $800,000 this year to prevent homelessness in Boston. Grants totaling $400,000 from the Gillette FaceForward Homelessness Prevention Program were awarded to the seven organizations to help more than 500 Greater Boston families keep their homes. The funding also will help resolve the longer-term issues that caused the families to seek assistance. At an event today, beneficiaries of these organizations spoke about their experiences on the brink of homelessness and how programs aimed at preventing homelessness have helped them. Among those speaking was Markeithia Silver, a police officer with the Boston Police Department. She described how the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership helped her to turn her life around after she lost her home when she fell behind on rent payments after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Also speaking were Lydia and Ronald Clapp, who 20 years ago opened their hearts and home to a four-year-old severely disabled child, Mark, whom they adopted. They recently lost their home when a series of medical and financial crises depleted their life savings, leaving them evicted and facing life on the street. Their 10-month fight against homelessness was won when Project Hope stepped in to provide the temporary support they needed. Gillette Vice President of Civic Affairs Cathleen Chizauskas said, "Gillette has supported efforts to provide emergency shelter since 2002, but - as important as those efforts are - we recognize that managing homelessness won't end homelessness. Preventing homelessness is the best way to end homelessness. By helping more than 500 Boston-area families keep their homes, the Gillette FaceForward Homelessness Prevention Program will save these families the anguish, disruption and loss that homelessness creates." On a typical night in Boston, more than 6,000 men, women and children are cared for by the city's shelter system. Seven in 10 homeless people are employed, and many of them could have avoided becoming homeless had they been provided with assistance sooner. In addition to directly benefiting hundreds of families who risk losing their homes, the Gillette FaceForward homelessness prevention grants could yield a significant savings for taxpayers. It is estimated that maintaining a family in a shelter for the six months it typically takes them to move back into housing costs $21,150 per family. By enabling more than 500 families to keep their homes, the Gillette FaceForward Homelessness Prevention Program could save state and local government millions of dollars in shelter and transition costs. The funding also will provide up to 4,000 days of foster care for children who otherwise would "age out" of the foster care system when they turn 18, keeping them from becoming homeless while they make the transition to an independent life. The $400,000 awarded today in the program's initial cycle of grants was the result of submissions made in response to a request for proposals issued earlier this year seeking applications from organizations working to prevent homelessness in the Greater Boston area. Grants were presented today to Dare Family Services, Project Hope (Little Sisters of the Assumption), Victory Programs, HomeStart, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and The Salvation Army. "Ending the cycle of homelessness will enhance the quality of life not only for those who suffer from this problem, but also for their neighbors in Boston's communities," added Chizauskas. "It's crucial that we seek to help the most vulnerable among us find the housing, services and other assistance they need to live safe, secure lives." Gillette will provide a total of $800,000 during 2005 to homelessness prevention programs in the Greater Boston area. The remaining $400,000 in Gillette FaceForward Homelessness Prevention Program grants will be awarded later this year, following a second round of solicitations scheduled for July. In 2002, Gillette identified housing and emergency shelter as a strategic area of focus for its corporate charitable giving programs. The Company has assisted a variety of organizations that provide housing assistance, including the Pine Street Inn and Rosie's Place in Boston and Casa do Menor in Brazil. In addition to housing and emergency shelter, Gillette's overall philanthropic program is focused on economic education and on prevention and wellness programs related to women's and prostate cancers. During 2004, Gillette provided assistance worldwide to 150 organizations through $6.6 million in direct grants and $10 million in product donations. About The Gillette Company Headquartered in Boston, The Gillette Company is the world leader in male grooming, a category that includes blades, razors and shaving preparations. Gillette also holds the number one position worldwide in selected female grooming products, such as wet shaving products and hair epilation devices. In addition, the Company is the world leader in alkaline batteries and manual and power toothbrushes. The Gillette Company Eric A. Kraus, 617-421-7194 Vice President, Corporate Communications or The Hubbell Group, Inc. 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Adviser's simple solution: Get homeless into homes CONT
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But without a safe place to sleep and call their own, tackling other problems proved too tall an order, said Tsemberis, who decided to turn convention on its head and start with housing first.
   "We were saying, 'We built this housing for substance abusers and the mentally ill, but to get in you have to demonstrate that you're not addicted to drugs or mentally ill,' ” Tsemberis said Tuesday at a luncheon in West Valley City. "There's something almost discriminatory about [that]."
    Pathways, a private nonprofit organization launched in 1992, plucks homeless people off New York City's streets and gets them directly into their own apartments. Residents contribute one-third of their income toward the cost of rent and Pathways picks up the rest.
    The residents are surrounded by counselors and other experts who visit them at least once a week and help them get behavioral treatment and jobs. Such services, however, are offered only if the client asks for them.
    Even when people make self-destructive choices, "we have to let go so they can learn from their mistakes," said Tsemberis, noting that in 12 years, only a handful of residents have been kicked out of the program.
    Today, Pathways serves about 500 of New York City's 38,000 homeless. About 84 percent of his clients stay housed, compared to the 23 percent success rate of other programs in New York.
Adviser's simple solution: Get homeless into homes
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NYC program: Utah looks at the housing-first idea that is gaining favor in U.S.
By Kirsten Stewart
The Salt Lake Tribune

Pathways to Housing founder Sam Tsemberis visits Utah on Tuesday to pitch his approach to stamping out chronic homelessness. His "housing first" philosophy has met with success in New York City. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune ) Want to end homelessness? Provide people with housing.
   It seems an overly simplistic fix to a complex social problem, but it is the driving philosophy behind a New York City program called Pathways to Housing that is changing the nation's view on solving homelessness. And, by all accounts, it works.
    Founder Sam Tsemberis was in Utah on Tuesday to share his success story with a broad cross-section of people representing state agencies, local governments, charities, businesses, housing authorities, schools and law enforcement - all of which have a stake in the growing homelessness problem.
    Pathways is being promoted by the Bush administration as the gold standard for getting the hardest-to-reach chronically homeless, most of them mentally ill, out of shelters and off streets and into productive lives.
   Utah's Homeless Coordinating Committee also wants to adopt the "housing first" approach as it works toward its 10-year goal of ending chronic homelessness in the state.
   The chronic homeless - those who don't have a home for more than a year or find themselves homeless four times over three years - represent about 10 percent of the nation's homeless population but consume 50 percent of all resources. Most struggle with substance abuse or are mentally ill.
    Tsemberis was working with this population as a psychiatric outreach worker in New York City in the late 1980s when he was struck with the idea for Pathways. The system was failing his clients, who were drifting in and out of shelters, treatment centers and jobs and seemed incapable of getting their lives on track, he said.
    Then, as now in Utah and elsewhere, the homeless needed to spend time in transitional shelters, getting mentally stable and drug- and alcohol-free, before they were admitted to permanent housing. And when they were admitted, it was

to a group home or other communal-living situation apart from the rest of society.

Preventing Homelessness
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 The study population was 102 men discharged to housing in New York City region in 1991-93. Of these, 96 agreed to participate in the trial. All the men had severe mental illness, usually schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. They were discharged from an on-site psychiatry programme in a mens' shelter, to return to community housing. They had access to a broad spectrum of supportive housing, from intensively supervised residences to single-room-occupancy hotels with on-site social services. But discharge to family, or friends or other arrangements was common.


Randomisation was between usual services only (USO), and a critical time intervention (CTI). The critical time was defined as the first months after discharge, and the intervention included a range of services (Table) provided by a CTI worker (no special skills, though supervised by a mental health professional). The CTI workers were "street smart", and gave as much as was needed by individual patients.

Services received by mentally ill men discharged to the community Months after discharge CTI group USO group CTI workers:Shelter staff:1-3Make home visitsAssist patients and caregivers on requestAccompany patients to appointmentsSubstitute for caregivers when necessaryMeet with caregiversSubstitute for caregivers when necessaryGive support and advice to patient and caregiversMediate conflictsNegotiate ground rules for relationships4-7Observe trial of ground rulesServices provided by communityHelp modify ground rules as necessaryPhone advice for patient or caregiver8-9Reaffirm ground rulesHold parties/meetings to symbolise transition10-18Usual servicesOutcome The main outcome was the number of homeless nights (not including nights when patients decided not to go home because they had other things to do). This was assessed by monthly face-to-face assessments conducted by assessors blind to the intervention. This was continued monthly for 18 months. Results Two men, both in the USO group, were lost to follow up, one who was fleeing drug dealers and one who committed suicide on becoming HIV positive. There were no differences between the groups, and cocaine and alcohol abuse was high (about 50%).

Overall the 48 men in the USO group had 4370 homeless nights, compared with 1415 in the CTI group. Over 18 months (548 nights), the average number of homeless nights was higher at 91 in the USO group than the 30 nights of the CTI group. Fewer men had extended periods of homelessness with the critical time intervention (Figure).

During the last month of the 18-month follow-up, only 4 men in the CTI group were homeless, compared with 11 in the USO group - relative risk 0.36 (0.12 to 1.06), NNT 6.9 (3.5 to 284). Extended homelessness (more than 54 nights) occurred in 10 men in the CTI group and 19 in the USO group - relative risk 0.53 (0.27 to 1.01), NNT 5.3 (2.7 to 130). Comment This was a small trial in terms of numbers, but a big trial in terms of care taken during a prolonged follow-up. It demonstrates a strategy shown to be effective - preventing one case of homelessness for every five receiving the intervention. It was directed specifically in the prevention of homelessness in mentally ill men, in social conditions likely to be much worse than those prevalent in the UK. Those involved in healthcare and social services - in provision of services and in policy-making - would profit from reading this paper.

  1. Preventing recurrent homelessness among mentally ill men: a "critical time" intervention after discharge from a shelter. American Journal of Public Health 1997 87: 256-62.
Base Closures Have Resulted in Successes
14 years ago

San Diego Business Journal Staff

Converting former military bases to viable properties can be a long and tedious process for communities, and often can take more than a decade for them to recover from a closure. According to Harry H. Kelso, an attorney, environmental consultant and chairman and chief executive officer of Base Closure Partners, LLC, in Richmond, Va., some 28 percent of closed Department of Defense land from the 1988 to 1995 base closures still has not been transferred from the department.

Kelso considers San Diego’s Liberty Station multiuse development now under way in Point Loma, along with one he helped negotiate in 1997, the conversion of Fort Pickett in Richmond, Va., as national models. The Defense Department has its own favorites:

• Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin, Texas, closed in 1993. In November 1994, groundbreaking took place on the redevelopment and construction of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the last major new airport to be built in the 20th century and considered one of the most successful military base conversions ever, according to the Defense Department. By 2012, some 16,000 new jobs and more than 725,000 square feet of new development to the area are expected.

• England Air Force Base, Alexandria, La., closed in 1992. The England Industrial Park also is one of the most successful base reuses in the country, according to the Defense Department, attracting businesses that have created or will create more than 2,000 jobs — more than double the civilian employment at the time of closure, with lease and other revenues totaling more than $8 million a year.

• Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, closed in 1993. Converted to industrial and commercial uses, the former base hosts 45 tenants, including 17 private companies, resulting in more than 1,280 new jobs. Sacramento County also established a county homeless complex on site and acquired 1,440 acres of land for new parks.

• Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, N.H., closed in 1991. The establishment of the Pease International Tradeport has created more than 5,000 new jobs and has more than 175 major tenants, occupying more than 1 million square feet of office and industrial space.

• Grissom Air Force Base, Grissom Aeroplex, Ind., closed in 1994. There are about 40 major tenants occupying the former base, including private industries, a state prison and a golf course, with more than 1,000 civilian jobs being created.

• Charleston Naval Base, Charleston, S.C., closed in 1996. More than 50 major tenants are using the former base, including private, local, state and federal organizations. The South Carolina Port Authority has been granted a 30-year lease, which will allow it to establish a major marine cargo handling facility at the site. More than 2,700 new civilian jobs have been created.

• Long Beach Naval Complex, Long Beach, closed in 1996. More than 1,200 acres have been transferred and almost 4,000 new jobs have been created. The station’s housing sites are now used for secondary and postsecondary education facilities, a Department of Labor Job Corps site, a science and technology park, and a transitional housing facility for the homeless.

• Orlando Naval Training Center/Naval Hospital Orlando, Orlando, Fla., closed in 1995. The city’s reuse plan for the four sites call for mixed-use redevelopment, including office parks, housing, education complexes, natural areas and federal uses. During the proposed 10-year development process, Orlando Partners expects to build more than 35,000 square feet of retail space, 1,500 million square feet of office space, 788 houses, 570 condos, and 1,800 apartments, and include three neighborhood centers, two public schools, and more than 200 acres of parks and open space. The property value upon completion of the main site is estimated at more than $1 billion.

• Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colo., closed in 1999. More than 1,000 new jobs have been created, and reuse has included several creative projects — a state-of-the-art Life Sciences City, resulting in a unique partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, its affiliated University of Colorado Hospital, the city of Aurora, the Children’s Hospital, and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. About half of the redevelopment program, as well as 19,000 jobs, will be at the site by 2010.

• Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Ind., closed in 1996. More than 450 acres have been resold to developers, who have brought more than 1,000 jobs to the area; more than 1 million square feet of new space has been constructed or is under construction; and total property sales have exceeded $16 million. The development includes new homes, senior citizen housing, and a YMCA. Seven former barrack buildings are under renovation to be sold as 96 luxury condos; and about 1.2 million square feet of historic structures have been renovated at an estimated investment of $10 million. Also, the city of Lawrence has completed the construction of a new government center, which will become the cornerstone of the city’s new town center.

• Cameron Station, Alexandria, Va., closed in 1988. More than 2,000 housing units were constructed, along with recreational facilities and commercial space. The Army also transferred more than 50 acres of parkland to the city, using a public benefit conveyance to preserve open space for the community


14 years ago
Preventing Homelessness
15 years ago
| Hot! Preventing Homelessness "Beyond Shelter" An organization out of California is trying to solve homelessness in 10 years or less. Thursday several service agencies from the Erie County area sat in on a seminar by Tanya Tull. Tull is the CEO of "Beyond Shelter, Inc." The organization says to prevent or help the homeless, provide them with affordable housing and a support system - rather than simply a shelter. Erie lacks affordable housing to support this program. Area service providers now want to work with landlords to persuade them to rent to the homeless and low income community. ============== Beyond Shelter Mission Founded in 1988, the mission of Beyond Shelter is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children and enhance family economic security and sustainability. Beyond Shelter accomplishes its goals through responsive service delivery, people-centered community development, and the creation of knowledge for social change. The primary strategies of Beyond Shelter are: Systemic Change The Housing Rights Campaign Knowledge Transfer (The Institute) Innovative Program Design and Development Partnerships & Collaboration Research & Evaluation Dissemination of Knowledge through the Institute Professional Development & Training Programs Family Economic Security & Well-Being Housing First for Homeless Families Permanent, Affordable Housing Placement Family-Based Services Service-Enriched Housing Affordable Housing Development Housing-Based Services Neighborhood Services Coordination Neighborhood Resource Centers Neighborhood-Based Services People-Centered Community Development & Asset Building Affordable Housing Opportunities (In partnership with BSHDC) New Housing Development Service-Enriched Housing Development Neighborhood Revitalization Housing Preservation Homeownership & Asset-Building Initiatives The agency's programs in Southern California, serve as "a laboratory" for the development of cutting-edge methodologies, helping to guide the evolution of both social policy and service delivery mechanisms nationwide. Beyond Shelter currently promotes four main initiatives to address chronic poverty, homelessness and welfare dependency. Each initiative provides a distinct and adaptable methodology, utilizing existing resources in new ways. The focus of each initiative is to promote systemic change on a national, regional and local scale. This is accomplished primarily through the agency's Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance. These initiatives include the following: Housing First Service-Enriched Housing Neighborhood-Based Services Coordination Welfare To Work

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