The solution to homelessness is achievable: Everyone needs stable, affordable housing, supportive relationships, skill development to earn a living wage, access to health and mental healthcare, to be a contributing member of the community, and faith to face life’s challenges. For many of us, these imperatives are present and often taken for granted, but when a turn of events occur, breaking one or more of the imperatives one’s world can unravel and this is often the case with the individuals we serve, who happen to be homeless.
From the HUD Secretary (Castro): “Our nation can’t fulfill any of our major goals – whether it’s tackling inequality, improving healthcare, keeping neighborhoods safe, or making sure every child gets a good education – unless we also focus on housing.”
A STABLE HOME:
In order to focus on me, I need a stable, affordable home
In order for me to make better choices I need positive supportive relationships that assist me with accountability in making healthier personal choices.
SKILL & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
So I can be equipped and empowered to learn the tools needed to find a living-wage job so I can support myself and my family.
HEALTH & MENTAL CARE
Stable housing not only provides privacy & safety; it is also a place to rest from illness & other injuries without worrying about where I will sleep tomorrow or how I will heal.
CONTRIBUTING TO MY COMMUNITY
Ability to contribute to the community helps both my community and me to have a stronger community. My contribution increases my self-worth and provides stability.
Faiths helps me to get beyond the overwhelming hopelessness that I have and am still prone to struggle from the trauma of being homeless.