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Friday, January 21, 2011

Lets End Homelessness Once and for all.

I am first in this post going to say some of this you have read before or you have seen pieces of in conversations I have had on the subject I only ask people read with a open mind and in that open mind you must Know what we are doing and have been doing for decades is not working.
And for one minute think about what I am saying we don't have years in which to figure the problem out i have watched as you tried to figure out for decades how to fix this and my time for one is getting short

Lets first redefine homelessness if the numbers that are to be used as part of the success in the system we presently have are going to reflect those individuals who are marginally housed or who are mearly in danger of becoming homeless than let that be reflected in both ends of the counts.
we can not continue to say these are the homeless counts and then thru rental assistance programs and section 8 housing vouchers say we are getting people off of the streets.when that is often not the case.
we must first differentiate between the two they are often not synonymous with one another.

The United States Code contains the official federal definition of homeless. In Title 42, Chapter 119, Sub chapter I, homeless is defined as:

§11302. General definition of homeless individual

(a) In general

For purposes of this chapter, the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes-
  1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is -
    1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
    2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
    3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings 

This is the present Hud definition of The homeless individual in this country of ours I do not pretend to understand the definition nor shall I try but understand this is how the counts get so screwed up because there is no provision in this definition for those individuals marginally housed. 
those individuals who may be in a motel, in there aunties garage,in there brothers RV int he back yard, any place else they might be found are not included in these counts and until this definition changes they will not be.

Now I know from the standpoint of what i am about to say is going to seem to some to be biased, prejudicial, self serving, bigoted, take your pick, But know it is reality.
The largest group of people included in these homeless counts come from the padding of the numbers by the department of human services by using undocumented non citizens in the claims of there homeless services statistics.

So to everyone pushing for an accurate count of the homeless for district allocations so that you might get more money you are wasting your breath at the end of the day with no true definition of who the homeless are we are never going to get an accurate count that is all I am saying.

That however has know bearing on what I believe is the solution to the homeless problem and yes if people would wake up and smell the coffee there is a solution. 
what I have called for and have asked for many times is needed and should be advocated for before anything else. 
and it can come in any form 

1.a audit and accountability study of present services. 2.modification of qualification, criteria and poverty level guidelines, so things like having a minimum wage job owning a car valued at over 2000$,being a single adult male do not automatically disqualify you.
3. instituting even if by legal mandate that it is a persons right as a human being to have the availability of housing,and make it a crime against humanity for any state local or federal institution that refuses to recognize that right.
4. remove the approval process from the hands of individual workers into the hands of a board of qualified professionals,with access to the available funding already allocated by the department of HUD through community block grants,section 8 vouchers,and community redevelopment allocations.
and I say a audit of the process must be done first and foremost because we first need to remove all the little fingers that are to present found in the cookie jar, to let those that come after know enough is enough.

this present system of the homeless help organizations presently operating in this country, needs a complete overhaul folks it is not working the system is repackaging itself in a new format every 3-5 years and reselling itself as the next new thing that is going to work the criteria for help doesn't change the miles of red tape one must toil thru to receive help nor does it. hold to any standard of accountability to the providers.

The biggest redress of the currant system that must be made to this system is that it is first and foremost the Human right of the individual to be housed it is a human right and not the right by who you are or where you where born or where you went to school or what branch of service you were in or were you worked you are to be recognized as having the right to housing because you are a person plain simple cut dried it is a Human right, in this recognition you have eliminated half of the red tape by the way.

there are many ways for us to achieve housing for one and all but without bringing to light the abuses taking place within the current system, we are never going to change what happens between congressional budget commitees and the streets where the  people in need live. without redress of this system the abuse will continue.and know that while your motives may be pure, and that the people you may be working with are there for all the right reasons when you got into this field it should not have been a career choice it should have been a stop gap a position that you hoped to work yourselves out of.
in the homeless help field no one should be looking to be comfortable in there positions and define themselves by that being who they are you should go to work everyday looking forward to the day you are no longer needed.
If in this field you have Jod security and you are working with people who look forward to what it is you do everyday and see no end to homelessness in site.
Than I come bearing bad news you suck at your Job.

 I say homeless advocates don't want you to know about this bill because it would put them out of work and it would put people in houses and adress alot of issues of  the homeless community.why are thier cameras not turned on the politicians who refuse to pass this bill. simply it really would help to end homelessness and this is why I feel people who claim to be advocating for the homeless are mearly profiting from those less fortunate anything to keep the story going
The Bring America Home Act is a legislative proposal of the National Coalition for the Homeless. The legislation was introduced in the 108th and 109th Congresses (H.R. 4347 in the 109th Congress) by then-U.S. Representative Julia Carson (D-IN). Representative Carson was strengthening the bill since its first drafting five years ago and was preparing it for re-introduction in the 110th Congress when she passed in late 2007. NCH is now preparing the bill for re-introduction in the 111th Congress, in continuation of the larger movement to end mass homelessness in the United States. 
The Bring America Home Act (BAHA) seeks to end homelessness in the United States. The legislation includes housing security, economic security, health security, and civil rights provisions. The proposed legislation represents the most comprehensive initiative to date to address modern homelessness. Its provisions are grounded in research, data, and the experience of front line providers and advocates. 
  • Establishes a national goal of ending homelessness by fulfilling the human need of housing.
  • Strengthens the National Housing Trust Fund.
  • Adds additional funding sources for the National Housing Trust Fund.
  • Authorizes 1,500,000 additional Section 8 vouchers for low-income families over ten years.
  • Dedicates targeted Section 8 vouchers for homeless veterans.
  • Dedicates targeted Section 8 vouchers for homeless youth and for youth exiting foster care.
  • Establishes a new rural rental housing assistance program.
  • Increases authorization levels of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) Housing Programs.
  • Authorizes permanent housing as an eligible use of surplus federal property under the McKinney-Vento Title V Surplus Federal Property program.
  • Authorizes a Mutual Housing demonstration program to provide housing cooperatives.
  • Establishes a requirement that use of any federal dollars used for demolition would require a replacement resulting in no net loss of units.
  • Establishes in the U.S. Treasury an Emergency Rent Relief Fund directing the Secretary of HUD to provide grants for emergency rent relief payments to landlords on behalf of tenants facing eviction.
  • Reauthorizes and strengthens HUD McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs.
  • Establishes a new rural homeless assistance program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Establishes protections for tenants facing evictions due to foreclosure.
  • Provides tax credits for rehabilitation of housing for low-income persons.
  • Expands fair housing protections to prevent source of income discrimination against persons receiving federal housing assistance.
  • Authorizes use of Community Development Block Grant funds for jurisdictions to enforce housing codes and provide relocation assistance for tenants living in uninhabitable dwellings.
  • Increases authorization for federal Neighborhood Stabilization Fund (program to preserve affordable housing through foreclosure purchase/leaseback).
  • Establishes for each American a universal health insurance system, using a single payer model.
  • Strengthens homeless persons’ access to mainstream addiction and mental health services programs including the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant programs.
  • Reauthorizes and strengthens the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) programs.
  • Strengthens homeless persons’ access to Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act services.
  • Establishes for each American a universal livable income indexed to the cost of housing.
  • Provides temporary workers the same protections as those afforded permanent workers.
  • Improves homeless persons’ access to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services.
  • Establishes a 'Homebuild' Program for people experiencing homelessness to assist those who have experienced significant barriers to employment through training and apprenticeship programs.
  • Establishes apprenticeships in skilled trades for homeless persons.
  • Requires the Social Security Administration to collect data, engage in outreach and expedite application processing of people experiencing homelessness.
  • Repeals statute that allows homeless people to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for only six out of every nine months they reside in public emergency shelter.
  • Increases the asset limit for SSI to $3,000 for an individual and $4,500 for a couple, and provides presumptive eligibility for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Improves homeless persons’ access to Food Stamps.
    • Removes homeless persons’ barriers to obtaining identification.
    • Requires communities receiving homeless assistance dollars to certify they are not criminalizing homelessness through laws and ordinances.
    • Penalizes communities criminalizing homelessness by sanctioning Byrne Justice Memorial Grant funds.
    • Adds homeless persons as a protected class to hate crime statistics and enforcement acts.
    • Provides funding to Legal Services Corporation to provide legal representation in eviction proceedings

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