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Why is there never any real help for anyone who is homeless, when there are millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of employees being paid by agencies, organizations, churches, faith based organizations, NGOs, nonprofits and government resources to provide an end to homelessness, to help the homeless, to prevent homelessness, to provide housing to families and individuals that are homeless and to help people who are homeless to end their own homelessness?

HUD provides bonuses to communities that decrease their count, creating a disincentive for those conducting counts to locate every unsheltered person in their neighborhoods. – from The National Coalition for the Homeless  http://nationalhomeless.org/hud-continues-undercount-homeless/

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A search of the Guidestar Directory of Charities and Nonprofit Organizations

shows

14,778 results found when the word “homelessness” is used. These organizations and non-profits range from shelters to organizations to end homelessness.

When the search term, “poverty” is used it shows

7,342 results found.

For the category, “General Human Services” – Guidestar shows 131,329 entries of organizations offering social services.

The category, “Housing” shows 35,920 nonprofits engaged in housing efforts to end homelessness, provide homeless and family shelters, to assist with finding housing and / or to fight for affordable housing to be available.

These listings are for US charities and nonprofits. The areas above are beyond the youth services which also has another category and there are more charities and nonprofits, faith based organizations and other NGOs involved that would not necessarily be listed with Guidestar or other databases – but would include foundations and branches of international organizations who are in the US as well.

But why are years upon years of funding, financing and efforts across so many agencies from federal and state to local as well as nonprofits and homelessness prevention organizations, faith-based organizations and NGOs not getting anything much accomplished for individuals and families in America that are homeless except to keep them basically and continually homeless?

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In fact, many of these programs have lost funding as a direct result of HUD’s emphasis on chronic homelessness. This loss is compounded by the fact that many private foundations and local and state governments have followed the federally-established priority on chronic homelessness.

HUD’s Point-in-Time counts, which exclude large segments of the homeless population, prop up these misguided federal policies, and encourage redirection of private and local funding.

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Certainly, some communities have seen significant reductions in the counts of chronically homeless people, although HUD’s creative definitions may well have contributed to the reported successes. In addition to the narrowing of the definition of chronic homelesssness mentioned previously, HUD also invented the term “functional zero.”3 This Orwellian term does not mean that there are no more chronically homeless people in the communities that have reached “functional zero.” Instead, it means that the availability of resources in the community exceeds the size of the population needing the resources. Whether homeless people use those resources or are successful with them is not relevant. Under “functional zero,” people remain chronically homeless on the streets even after their communities have “ended” chronic homelessness.

Family homelessness has reached record levels in many major cities, leading some officials to declare ( a state of emergency. – from The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness  http://www.icphusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Duffield_Creating-Chronic-Homelessness.pdf

 

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Having experienced far too much poverty in my life as an adult in the US – it is obvious that homelessness, housing, social services and ending homelessness has become a business that employs people who were never in danger of being impoverished nor homeless while taking the funds for the poor, disabled, impoverished, disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless to use for salaries, overhead, posters, media campaigns, nice seminars, nice offices, nice bonuses and employees’ perks, incentives and pensions. It stands to reason, that for less money, homelessness would have been solved had that been the real goal and agenda of these nonprofits and government backed entities including homeless shelters and services to the homeless and the poor.

But, ending homelessness nor finding homes and economic resources to support one’s own home is not their goal apparently. The real goal is obviously and pathetically, to continue making their own living at the expense of the homeless population, the poor and the disadvantaged – not to serve them at all, nor to provide any real access to affordable housing nor the means to pay for it not to be economically self-sustaining so that homelessness is no longer an issue.

  • cricketdiane. 12-26-16

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