Ominous question isn’t it? Answer is – YES, we CAN, IF…
(read below to see a new approach to housing – beyond container housing models… – our next step in Housing First)
Yes, President Obama, through his USICH & Opening Doors campaign has set the target!
We have some serious work to do in Savannah to even attempt that goal…
Here are the facts on what we’re supposed to be trying to do here – note, if you look at the details for Savannah, in the linked to document showing the details by community, Savannah is only getting FIFTEEN (15) (new?) vouchers for this funding year!
How does 15 stack up as a REAL number for our Veterans homeless count you may be asking yourself?
HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. HUD’s annual “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2012 found that veteran homelessness fell by 7.2 percent (or 4,876 people) since January 2011 and by 17.2 percent since January 2009. On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless.
We have provided in other posts here & on our Housing First Blog the current status of our CSAH (Homeless Authority) with regard to the current target to develop a new Strategic (Ten Year) Plan for our community (going to be WITH the community we are assured & in fact believe we are headed there with all the engagement of the City Manager, Mayor & Council towards responding somewhat aggressively recently)!
HOWEVER, our lack of urgency in committing to a Housing First model in this community doesn’t bode well for the realities we face of urgency, social & political, even person & spiritual (faith) will to step up to the plate to aggressively seek solutions in the housing first arena!
Be prepared, as we have found some possible new approaches we are researching for an emergency housing perspective to be able to address the real needs we see on the streets, under the bridges & in the parking lots of our Walmarts (& other areas of town too) where people are sleeping in their vehicles!
More later, however if you’re ready to engage on the innovation awaiting us then get in touch here: