There has been a lot of great press around the nearly eradicated chronic homelessness in Utah, which has made people wonder if such a feat can be accomplished in other areas. It looks like Seattle is determined to prove that it can make similar strides.
Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.
The city orbits around eight million centers of the universe, reads Billy Collins' poem, "Grand Central," displayed on the interiors of subway cars ac...
"As a child raised in an alcoholic home," Grace's message began, "I never learned the correct response to certain situations. I would not ask for help, and if offered help would often decline, afraid of the person's motives."
The elephant in the room is our conspicuous reluctance as a society to develop adequate service systems for homeless youth and children. Is the thought of the young people on the street so unsettling and counter to our values that we simply choose to look the other way? Is the reality of trafficking and exploitation so hard to face?
Much of what I know about homeless vets I learned as an outreach worker with the VA in the early 90's. I met a thousand different homeless vets with a thousand different stories.
One of the first friends I met when I moved to Seattle was Zak, standing by a urinal trough wearing golden armor down one arm and shiny metallic underwear. To be fair, it was Halloween; but since then I've seen him dress similarly on more than one occasion since then.
Yet the persistent shortage of low-cost housing across the country is a challenge too many communities face. Success depends in large part on housing providers being willing to generate more permanent housing for Veterans.
Think today's veterans are mostly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and barely making ends meet? According to a recent report by Got Your Six, just the opposite is true--today's veterans tend to be engaged citizens, more likely to volunteer and vote than the general population.
It is clear supportive housing will continue to grow and adapt. It is enlightening to learn just how far our partners are going to transform the traditional view of supportive housing, pushing envelopes to ensure housing and services meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations.
Along with my colleague Jose Huizar, chair of the committee, I have proposed several ideas to close the gap between the supply of housing for the homeless and the enormous demand, including:
My soul so wanted to speak, to say something that might make him feel less lonely; it even urged me to hold his hand for a while, but I was embarrassed by how I was feeling in that instant. I simply smiled, touched his hand lightly, stood up and walked away.
It's high time we got practical and selfish about volunteering the way we have about every other aspect of our selfie-obsessed existence.
Homelessness is a poverty issue. People living on our streets are a result of our nation's inability to save people from falling through a broken social safety net.
On any given night Withers and his team are under bridges, on the steps of churches and in McDonald's bathrooms offering free check-ups, over-the-counter medications and treatments.
It has been a great privilege blogging with you each day from our CSH Summit: Supportive Housing Innovations in Chicago. Today is the last day of the Summit, but the pace has not slowed one bit.