HHS245 W 9 Final Creating a Social Problem
HHS245 W 9 Final Creating a Social Problem
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Florida Coalition for Florida Coalition for the Homeless Name Axia College of University Of Phoenix 1 Florida Coalition for 1 Florida Coalition for the Homeless Introduction Homelessness has become a national issue The lack of affordable housing has resulted in extensive and growing homelessness among individuals and families Homelessness is not only a type of poverty but also a severe state of residential instability Homelessness is increased by behavioral problems alteration of mental health rule differences in health and health care racial disparities substance abuse domestic violence variation in affordable housing and lack of social support Thesis Statement The deficiency of affordable housing has resulted in Widespread homelessness and has become a national problem The Florida Coalition for the Homeless 2010 has decided to combat homelessness by providing food shelter and other benefits and services to the homeless people We Will focus on providing housing food distribution to fight hunger educational vocational and other services We intend to fund our programs through private donations as well as federal and state funding Problem Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD defines homelessness as those individuals Whose main nighttime residence is in private or public shelters Which are meant to provide temporary living accommodations or places Which are not intended Florida Coalition for 1 to be used as regular sleeping place for human beings A family or individual must live on the streets or in a shelter in order to be considered eligible for HUDfunded emergency or transitional shelter programs Most of the existing shelters remain full many homeless people are turned away and have to share accommodation with others McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 created the Health Care for the Homeless HCH program authorizing federal funds for primary and mental health care to homeless people Pbsorg 2009 The purpose of our social program is to focus not only on the homeless as defined by HUD but will also include those families and children who are sharing accommodation with others for lack of proper housing In our programs we will provide services such as medical care housing and other basic needs through soup kitchens and food pantries to the homeless Demographics It is not easy to determine the exact number of homeless since estimates differ according to the procedure used Numbers also differ significantly depending on whether it is calculated on a single night or is taken for a given year Since homelessness is a temporary condition for most people there is great uctuation in the numbers of people who find housing and the number of people who newly find themselves homeless in different periods Alaska California Colorado Florida Hawaii Idaho Nevada Oregon Rhode Island Washington State and Washington DC have the highest rates of homelessness Florida Coalition for 1 according to a study released in 2007 by The National Alliance to End Homelessness National Coalition for the Homeless 2007 We would like to address this problem because it is an important social issue and we hope our work will raise awareness and support about the plight of the homeless Despite rising prosperity the strength of the USA economy has had little or no impact on hunger or homelessness in the cities We hope to create change and help the homeless through increased availability of food and shelter Timeline Our short term goal consist of forming street outreach teams to help in soup kitchens and food pantry work to provide emergency food educational outreach programs for homeless children assistance in job training and employment programs health care and generating resources to fight homelessness We hope to complete this within two years We have longterm goals and a ten year plan to help end homelessness Some of these plans consist of generating resources to battle homelessness prevention strategy to help prevent new homelessness shelter bed formation creating affordable housing and creating a housing trust fund Target dates for completion are sometime in 2018 Analysis Causes Homelessness may be caused by a number of factors consisting of structural and individual factors Structural factors Our infrastructure has not succeeded in supporting the most susceptible in our society Among structural factors the major cause of homelessness is Florida Coalition for 1 high housing costs and lack of affordable housing Other causes are increased poverty rising unemployment social exclusion and harmful effects of deinstitutionalization Individual factors Among individual factors homelessness is commonly caused by a crisis in one s life This crisis could be leaving the parental home after arguments marital or relationship breakdown widowhood leaving care Leaving prison A sharp deterioration of mental health Increased drug or alcohol misuse A financial crisis or mounting debts or Eviction In addition other common breakdown causes for homelessness are Physical or sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence family disputes of breakdown offending behavior andor experience of prison Pbsorg 2009 Consequence of homelessness Homeless people suffer severe anxiety and depression poor health and nutrition and low self esteem Homeless people frequently suffer from mental illness and they have a higher rate of suicide than the general population Homeless children are not able to attend school without a legal guardian Policy Elements Mission Our mission is to provide food shelter and services for people who are homeless Goals and objectives Our goal is to fight chronic poverty hunger welfare dependency and homeless by providing housing and social services shelters voluntary health care food distribution network free counseling and educational training Florida Coalition for 1 Benefits and services To fight homelessness our services consists of eviction prevention grant and assistance With utility payments for those on the verge of becoming homeless residential treatment centers providing housing and other shelters To combat hunger our food distribution network includes providing lunch food pantries group meal sites soup kitchens and day care centers Other benefit and services include medical care toiletries clothing counseling referrals job search centre and educational training Eligibility rules All Homeless people including noncitizens lacking a fixed and regular nighttime residence staying in a temporary shelter temporarily living With others in their residence or staying in a place not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation can receive prepared meals served in a congregate setting Without making an application All homeless people are also eligible for housing housing programs and health care The Child and Adult Care Food Program is open to all children and adults Without regard to race color national origin sex age or disability Who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers day care homes and adult day care centers Free or reduced price meals will be provided to those children Who qualify for such benefits according to specified family size and income standards Service delivery We encompass a Willingness and ability to adapt our services to meet a range of individualized needs Our Mainstream program models fit the intent of the 1990 McKinney Act amendments Our programs address individual and family resource needs through interagency collaboration and provide educational services to meet students39 social and emotional need Education is provided through meaningful occupation rather than as a basic skill to be more beneficial We create good links with local statutory Florida Coalition for 1 health and homelessness authorities to prevent homelessness as a result of hospital discharge We also provide better access to alcohol and drug detoxification agencies Theory and Specifications Homelessness has significantly increased from 1990s A number of factors ranging from deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill to increased drug abuse are debated as the underlying cause of this increase However the main cause of this increase of homelessness is decrease of affordable housing facilities Simple economic principles governing the availability and pricing of housing and the growth in demand for the lowestquality housing explain a large portion of the variation in homelessness among US metropolitan housing markets J MQuigley S Raphael and E Smolensky 2001 Pr02r m design Social program i l l Housing facilities Combat Hunger Other bene ts ampServices Residential Shelters Food pantries Educational training Toiletries Soup kitchens Vocational training Clothing Group meal sites Counseling referrals Blankets Job search centre Medical care Referrals to detox centers Florida Coalition for 1 Financing Budget The total budget would be around 100000 annually We are considering setting up 5 small shelters with a total of 100 beds In addition we will be maintaining one soup kitchen and one pantry house for other homeless who do not reside in our shelters We have also decided to provide educational help vocational training and healthcare to the homeless We have estimated that we will need to spend the following amount approximately in the following manner Cost of renovation 5000 Cost of 100 beds 10000 Other equipment such as bed sheets blankets toiletries etc 5000 Cost of food 1 evening meal and 1 morning meal to inmates 20000 Cost of maintaining soup kitchens and pantry houses 20000 Educational help 5000 Vocational training 10000 Health care 15000 Administration cost 10000 Staff training and salary We will keep only a skeleton staff There will be a coordinator who will coordinate the different services we provide and a secretary and one accountant who will keep track of the accounts These will be the only salaried staff For Florida Coalition for 1 the rest of the services we will be depending chie y on volunteers to run our organization Training will be provided on the job Supplies and equipment All supplies and equipment will be bought in bulk in wholesale from local shops to cut down on costs Travel Travel costs will be minimum as services offered by volunteers will be used Rent or lease payment and utilities Rent or lease payment will be none since we will be using abandoned churches and donated garages and old houses Benefits and services for program recipients We will provide shelters and housing facilities to the homeless Our benefits and services include providing educational and vocational training and health care to the inmates In addition we will provide food twice daily not only to the inmates but also to other homeless by means of soup kitchens and pantry houses How will you pay for the program We will be depending on private finances and donations We also intend to apply for federal and state funding How will you be accountable for funds We will be fully accountable for all funds received Program budgets will be reviewed to address the questions of system resource We will conduct periodic audits and inspections to ensure that the funds are utilized for the purpose it was donated for We will assess the number of meals that are served in the shelters and soup kitchens to the homeless and hungry to determine the cost We will also determine what percentage of the dollars is spent on education vocational training and health care and how many people have benefited Florida Coalition for 1 Staf ng What types of employees will we look for Volunteers are a vital source of success for our organization They Will have to demonstrate basic compassion and sympathy for the homeless We Will utilize a minimum of 100 volunteers per year Who Will work handson With resident families and Will provide work such as basic maintenance to facilities upkeep of office general office work basic needs of soup kitchens and pantry stocking providing minimum healthcare and teaching lifeskills classes to residents What are the rules for employees or social workers Volunteers will serve the organization in different capacities through annual scheduling of work groups weekly scheduling of lifeskills teachers and weekly scheduling of budgeting sessions All volunteers are required to sign in and volunteer hours are tracked through the signin log Evaluation We Will evaluate our programs by keeping records of all our hot line calls and how we have responded to it We Will also perform follow up of all our homeless people six months to one year after they have left our services and find out how well they are doing Focus groups will be held With homeless and formerly homeless and front line staff to reveal how the system really works Conclusion Ending most homelessness is a matter of public Will The number of homeless is increasing every year Our task in ending homelessness is thus now more important than ever There is a growing awareness and change in communities that take ending Florida Coalition for 1 homelessness seriously If we bring more and more communities into the process and help them adapt and develop approaches that will be effective in their communities then we can take important steps towards ending homelessness References Pbsorg 2009 Facts and figures The Homeless Retrieved May 27 2010 from httpwwwpbsorgnowshows305homelessfactshtml National Coalition of the Homeless 2007 How Many People Expe ence Homelessness Retrieved May 27 2010 from httpwwwnationlhomelessorgpubicationsfactsHowManypdf Quigley J M Raphael S amp Smolensky E 2001 Homeless in America Homeless in California The review of Economics and statistics Retrieved May 27 2010 from repositoriescdliborgcgiviewcontentcgiarticle1006ampcontextiberbphup Florida Coalition for the Homeless 2010 Retrieved May 20 2010 from httpwwwfchonlineorg Florida Coalition for 1
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