The National Alliance to End Homelessness is constantly working hard to help the nation’s organizations find an end to homelessness. One way they are trying to help is through the “ten essentials” to end homelessness. These essentials can be used by the different organizations across the nation to combat the problem of homelessness throughout the communities they serve.
They include the following:
- Plan- The organization should first begin to make a plan that includes the input of the officials and leaders around them. One organization cannot accomplish this task on their own, which is why it is vital to partner with other organizations, leaders, and community officials to help with the plan.
- Data- Before your plan can begin, it is essential to gain a full understanding of the problem at hand. Data recorded by the census along with the Homelessness Management Information can provide you with the information needed to begin your battle against homelessness.
- Emergency Prevention- Consider beginning programs that will help stop homelessness before it even begins. In numerous cases, homelessness begins because of a lack of preparation for the worst. These programs can include monetary assistance as well as emergency services.
- Systems Prevention- Another main cause of homelessness is the release of an individual from an institution. If someone is leaving jail, a medical facility, or foster care without a support system, they are likely to find themselves without a home. Beginning programs that help these individuals find homes and jobs is a solid stepping stone in ending homelessness.
- Outreach- Begin your fight by reaching out to those experiencing homelessness currently within your community. Work with them to find out why they are homeless and work with them to find low-demand housing that can help get them on their feet.
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.