The easiest group to rapidly rehouse are the unfortunate as discussed on the NAEH website (NAEH, 2017). These individuals have experienced a sudden change in circumstance or an unmanageable circumstance that made it impossible for them to remain in the environment for which they had become comfortable. This circumstance could involve the death of the primary breadwinner or an incapacitating illness like a stroke. The focus of The Future for these individuals is to ensure they are kept safe and put into an environment where there are resources for finding temporary housing, while re-establishing a productive lifestyle. There are many family and faith based resources available for this group of homeless and attempting to addresses them in this program would be an unneeded redundancy. The Future would be able to house them temporarily, until they could be transferred into the available resource.
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These individuals are caught in a loop. They are homeless due to addictions to alcohol or drugs and remain homeless because of this same condition. If these people were offered permanent shelter, with a space they can call their own and have food to eat, they may not be as likely to drink or do drugs to the extreme that has made them homeless. With appropriate interventions, many of these people could be saved. By offering appropriate counseling or pharmaceutical intervention these individual’s path of self-destruction could be reversed and they could be put into a program where becoming self-sufficient would be an option.
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This is a very difficult situation to address due to the drastic reduction of inpatient psychiatric beds over recent years and cuts to the funds needed to care for these individuals. Unfortunately, this type of homeless individuals needs to be cared for with both housing and psychiatric care. Many times, individual suffering from mental illness can have their condition treated pharmaceutically or with counseling and can function within societal norms. By providing onsite medical and mental health counseling services, these individuals spiraling path could possibly be reversed and the option for permanent housing would become a viable option.
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There are many difficulties in transitioning from a military lifestyle to civilian lifestyle. Speaking from personal experience, when I was discharged from the military, I thought that my military personnel experience would transition well into a human resources position, but I was mistaken. I looked for a job for months before I took a job through a temporary agency. There are many other military occupational specialties (MOS) that do not transition at all to a civilian occupation, like infantry and armor specialties. These individuals are the ones that would benefit the most from this type of program.
These individuals may also be experiencing mental issues caused be the ravages of war and cannot adapt well to life outside the military and need to be sheltered and provided with appropriate psychiatric and medical care becomes a must. In these cases, a collaborative agreement with VA Hospitals would allow for appropriate treatment, with the goal of setting them up for permanent housing.
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Many times an individual is released from jail or prison and they have nowhere to go and no one to rely on, so to survive they resort to the same criminal activity that got them incarcerated in the first place. The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) discussed the difficulties that many prior inmates have in obtaining housing due to criminal records. Other than age, an arrest history was a primary factor that predicted that someone might experience long term homelessness (NAEH, 2017).