As we discussed in our previous blog, The National Alliance to End Homelessness is continuously providing organizations throughout the country with tools and information to help end homelessness. They have released a list of “ten essentials” that can be implemented in different communities throughout the country to help the fight against this terrible problem within our nation.
The last five elements of their list are as follows:
- Shorten- The plan from the first element should also include ideas to help reduce the amount of time individuals must spend in shelters. These programs should include ways to provide resources to individuals and families quickly that will enable them to find their own housing instead of remaining within a shelter.
- Re-Housing – Organizations should make an attempt to reach out to local housing staff to help search for housing that would suit a lower income individual or family. With the market always changing, it is near impossible for those with other responsibilities within the organization to find appropriate housing successfully.
- Services- There is several resources available for those who are homeless, but the individuals are either unaware of them or unable to reach them. Organizations should strive to put families and individuals in contact with these programs and resources, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
- Permanent Housing- At the core of the problem of homelessness, you are facing individuals who are unable to maintain or afford permanent housing on their own. Your plan should strive to not just provide help on a short term basis, but a long term basis as well. It is here where the help of local officials is vital in the efforts to create affordable housing for families and individuals on a more permanent basis.
- Income- Once housing is found, a family or individual must have a source of income in order to maintain their living arrangements. Organizations should also help individuals and families find not only cash assistance programs, but possible jobs as well.
My Brother’s Keeper serves a hot lunch Monday thru Friday to between 50-70 guests. MBK’s guests include homeless persons from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the donations and volunteer services available. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.