Creative solutions to homelessness
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Asked by: smalltownboyfromme-ga
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22 Nov 2004 09:19 PST
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I've got an idea to help deal with homeless and want to find out if it's been done, or to find other, related ideas. My idea is to recruit churches and other volunteer groups to "adopt" or "sponsor" a homeless person or family (or group of homeless folks) to underwrite the social services they need (case management, drug treatment, etc.) they need at the shelter they're admitted to. The idea is not to create a new program, but a new funding mechanism as well as a show of support for the person - that someone in the community is investing in them and rooting for them. If nothing like this has been done, I'm willing to accept other creative ideas that volunteer organizations have put into place to deal with this problem.
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Re: Creative solutions to homelessness
From: neilzero-ga on 02 Dec 2004 09:35 PST
A program such you have suggested is operating in many states and USA communities, with government funds paying all or most of the opperating costs. For some homeless and needy the government rules interfer, so there is a need for private charities as the government subsidised programs tend to be sub contractors to the government. Most of the problem is: some of the homeless are not co-operative in accepting help. Most have tried and failed, drug treatments multiple times. Others are slightly insane (aren't most of us)such that helping them is very time consuming, stressful and often ends in failure in spite of intense efforts by the persons trying to help. If you have the resources to start such a program, go for it, but understand that it is more difficult than it appears, especially as you will be working mostly with people who have not succeeded in traditional government style help programs. Neil
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