Special edition: Ending homelessness
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Today’s special edition is all about the latest approaches and solutions to ending homelessness.
A Texas city has ended chronic and veteran homelessness
By creating named lists of unhoused people, Abilene officials were able to support individuals on a case-by-case basis, acknowledging difficulties unique to each person’s situation.
Off the streets: how Manchester found homes for hundreds of rough sleepers
Three years on from its launch, the GM Homes Partnership has become one of the UK’s most successful homelessness projects.
California commits $12 billion to tackle homelessness
Governor Gavin Newsom has committed to tackling one of the states most difficult problems by investing at least $7 billion in temporary housing, with the rest going into long term solutions.
LA’s first tiny home community provides beds for unhoused people
The Chandler Street Tiny Home Village in North Hollywood has 40 homes and 75 beds. Each tiny home is 64-square-feet, with heating and air-conditioning, two beds, windows, a small desk, and a locking front door.
Tiny house villages are giving homeless people safe accommodation and a sense of community
The Low Income Housing Institute provides insulated and heated huts for those struggling to find permanent homes, with the initiative lowering the likelihood of residents returning to a life on the street.
The hotel for homeless people
As a response to public health emergency during the pandemic, this hotel in Manchester has been a home for many homeless individuals. Associations involved have helped some find permanent places to live.
Holistic hub offers off-grid hygiene and housing facilities to the homeless
The concept of the Hygiene Hub programme makes bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities and medical care available to those in need, and is powered off-grid by renewable energy.
Bank facilitates the opening of accounts for homeless people
HSBC’s No Fixed Address service has helped over 1000 homeless people to open a bank account, which would otherwise require evidence of a fixed residence.
The Big Issue
A research study in which homeless people were given $7,500 improved housing and food security
The project in British Columbia resulted in participants finding safe housing quickly and lowering rates of substance abuse.
Tiny house villages helps build trust for Oregon’s homeless people
In Agape Village, homeless people not only find a free place to live, but a community built on mutual support.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Fresno’s veteran housing initiative tackles the root causes of homelessness
The Fresno Madera Continuum of Care addresses potential causes for housing instability at the source, collaborating with substance abuse programmes before participants end up on the streets.
Eviction alert prevents tenants from becoming homeless
In what started as a one-woman initiative, the practice of informing people about shelter and rental assistance agencies prior to being ousted has reduced eviction rates in Pima County.
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Outreach programme in Vegas is saving the lives of the city’s most vulnerable people
Vegas Stronger aims to eradicate homelessness in the city by encouraging local businesses to report substance abuse and mental health crises to the NGO rather than call the police.
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Portland jail is transformed into homeless shelter and mental health services centre
The former Wapato Correctional Facility has taken a step back from the controversial prison industry in the US, instead offering support and compassion for those in difficult circumstances.
Holistic approaches to homelessness are better serving Native American communities
As Indigenous people experience housing insecurity at far higher rates than other groups, a new project aims to tackle this inequality through an innovative solution.
Data-driven approaches might be the answer to eradicating homelessness
In order to target a large number of gaps in the housing system, activists are pushing for a model that delivers more accurate data than annual head counts.
Support system via phone changes lives of homeless people in US
Miracle Friends brings together homeless people with housed volunteers. They can call or text their friend whenever in need, creating an atmosphere of trust as well as accountability.
Reasons to be cheerful
How Joshua Coombes became hairdresser to the homeless and example to us all
The 34-year-old has given free haircuts on the street since 2015, and has put the stories of some of those he has helped in a book, with all proceeds set to benefit homelessness charities.
A Minneapolis coffee shop is supporting homeless youth through employment
Wildflyer Coffee acts not only as a source of stable income for the city’s vulnerable young people, but is also a hub for mental health support and skills training.
A holistic approach to rehabilitate beggars in India
This organisation in Rajasthan is helping to reintegrate beggars into society through a four-month reconditioning scheme.