Canada adopts housing first strategy to address homelessness


A whole country adopts housingfirst, nice!

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Comparing Charles Dickens’ “the Home” to Housing First, todays recognized solution | Home for Homeless Women – Presentation Page | Revisting Dickens


English: Detail from photographic portrait of ...

English: Detail from photographic portrait of Charles Dickens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

While doing some research today on “Dickens Homelessness” on Google we found this blog post which does a great job of laying out how Dickens addressed “houselessness” for women in  his Victorian time period:

 

Expectations and Goals for the Home

Dickens opens the article with the expectations and goals of the house.  A woman would be admitted under two conditions – 1) she agreed to emigration to one of the colonies – likely Australia or South Africa and 2) she would agree to stay in “the Home” the prescribed length of time deemed necessary to ensure her success.  Dickens went on to explain the goals of the cottage.  There were two of those as well – 1) to repair women already fallen and 2) to save others by giving an opportunity to escape lives of crime.   Dickens goes on to clearly explain that neither he nor the other benefactors expected the project to be one of “romantic visions and extravagant expectations.”  He and the others involved were prepared for many failures and disappointments.

Results Are the Only Things That Matter

He begins the body of the article by recounting the statistical results of “the Home” up to that point.  He clearly reveals that the house was a success before he reveals the day-to-day operations because the operations were so contrary to the accepted practices of the day. Dickens wanted to ensure that his readers knew that the house worked before they criticized its procedures.  At the time of the article, “the Home” had housed fifty-six inmates.  These women were from all walks of life, but they were all characterized by “misfortune and distress.”  The average age was twenty and most were marked by ignorance (a lack of education).  Of these fifty-six; seven went away of their own will; ten were thrown out; three emigrated but relapsed on the trip; and thirty had emigrated and could be counted as successes.  Seven of those thirty were married, and the others had entered service.

If we truly look deeply into today’s Housing First approaches we may see some of the same expectations (being prepared for “many failures and disappointments“) & a focus on Results Are the Only Things That Matter“!

 

Links to the actual “Household Words” journal article on “Home for Homeless Women” are in this linked to blog post for those interested in  doing serious research!

 

via Home for Homeless Women – Presentation Page | Revisting Dickens.

 

 

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Are we blaming the victim(s) in Savannah? | Filling in the Outlines of a Dickens Character, This One Real – NYTimes.com


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English: Detail from photographic portrait of Charles Dickens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A quote from a NYTimes movie review of “The Invisible Woman” on Christmas Day to get us started:

In an unsettling scene that reflects today’s increasingly harsh blame-the-victim attitudes toward the poor and homeless, Dickens pleads for compassion toward the desperate, orphaned children and prostitutes living on the streets of London.

This question allows us to bring to a crescendo the discussion on how best to address homelessness & other social ills in Savannah or any community that would like to focus a discussion on “they need to help themselves out of their homelessness”.

Blaming the victim may give us “forgiveness” in our own minds for not having a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service that engages the whole community or in letting chronic homeless men sleep in a covered bus stop on Christmas Eve praying for people to stop by & drop off quilts, food or fresh clothing (more on this later…).

Let’s be clear though, we are not advocating for the homeless to believe they’re victims, however, we are expecting & desiring for them to accept responsibility for their decisions in life, determine why they made those choices & address the root causes of their homelessness. Being an addict or a drunk are often symptoms of deeper issues that need addressing.

The only question then is whether our “systems” are really working:

  • Is there a “one size fits all” attitude in Savannah with the “solutions & services” we offer to the homeless?
  • Are they really afraid of failure again in those systems we believe must work for everybody?
  • Is it a matter of hopelessness & is there a way to restore hope, give them respect for themselves as we show respect for human life?

The answer is a resounding YES, if we’re willing to have those tough discussions & come to consensus on what solutions will work for this population!

Perfect timing for this movie to be coming out!

It helps take the dialog to a new level as we work to launch in  full splendor the Savannah Dickens Project!

A lot of momentum is in the air with the article from Monday’s Savannah Morning News & this movie review coming in such close proximity!

Two local independent Savannah walking tour companies have joined forces this Christmas to create the Charles Dickens Savannah Christmas Walk. The project, in its first year, is a Victorian-themed tour that sheds light on the social issues Dickens wrote about in his novels — issues including homelessness that tour co-producers Chase Anderson and Phil Sellers say are just as timely in today’s world.

The men partnered with social entrepreneur and advocate for the homeless Marvin Heery of the Homelessness in Savannah Advocacy and all funds from the tours will benefit the Dickens Project. The upcoming project, set to launch next year, will include listening sessions and forums and, overall, will seek to develop broader approaches to engaging the Savannah community on homelessness and other issues.

“Charles Dickens is the glue that holds this all together. The tour was inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the message of that story, which had to do with a change of heart,” said Anderson. “Dickens wrote about social conditions in Victorian England that in some way parallel our own, and that’s really what brought us to Marvin.”

Heery, who was once homeless, said the tour not only benefits a social cause, but it also portrays information and is a learning opportunity for people about the history of social issues and how they’ve been addressed.

“In an advocacy role, sometimes we’re aggressive, but this gives us the opportunity to start the discussion with people in a very entertaining, light-hearted, seasonal approach to rasing people’s awareness to these issues,” Heery said.

“It gives us an opportunity to meet the people who are coming through, and a lot are local, but the common thread is that they all know homelessness exists, whether it’s in their community or in ours as tourists or as Savannah residents. So it does give us a foundation. We want to begin the dialogue about how people can be part of solutions that aren’t currently being looked at in our community,” said Heery.

Coincidence you ask? We think NOT!

Then yesterday a book is given to us with a chapter on “The Drunken Man” that takes on the way we judge people we see every day on the streets. We have an opportunity to look deeply at how we apply judgement in our views of others.

  • Is that the right thing to do?
  • Do we really have an opportunity to view people differently?
  • Can we therefore apply true compassion with action towards others condition in life?

We feel we do have that opportunity to look at people conditions differently so we offer up the chapter from the book below for your consideration! Let us know in the comments what you think about coming together in meaningful dialog on these topics through our Savannah Dickens Project!

Embraced By The Light” by Betty J. Eadie:

via Filling in the Outlines of a Dickens Character, This One Real – NYTimes.com.

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Want to be part of the discussion on Savannah’s Social Issues? | Savannah steps back in time | savannahnow.com


Caroling begins the tour experience!

Heery, who was once homeless, said the tour not only benefits a social cause, but it also portrays information and is a learning opportunity for people about the history of social issues and how they’ve been addressed.

“In an advocacy role, sometimes we’re aggressive, but this gives us the opportunity to start the discussion with people in a very entertaining, light-hearted, seasonal approach to rasing people’s awareness to these issues,” Heery said.

“It gives us an opportunity to meet the people who are coming through, and a lot are local, but the common thread is that they all know homelessness exists, whether it’s in their community or in ours as tourists or as Savannah residents. So it does give us a foundation. We want to begin the dialogue about how people can be part of solutions that aren’t currently being looked at in our community,” said Heery.

Please take a look at our BiS Blog post too!

via Savannah steps back in time | savannahnow.com.

 

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URGENT NOTICE: Possible “flashmob” event today | Homeless Persons’ Memorial WALK being organized in Savannah for today.


URGENT NOTICE: Possible “flashmob” event today!

Homeless Persons’ Memorial WALK being organized in Savannah for today!

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No Service put together by responsible parties so this is our response.

Considering Forsyth Park Bandshell as starting point.

Time maybe at 5pm or 8pm.

Please respond by comments, likes & messages to this Page or call, txt or otherwise msg us at 912.659.0696 or homelessnessinsavannah@gmail.com.

Reply with your preference for 5 or 8pm. May do twice.

Possible sign wording will be provided to respondents.

 

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An appropriate form of Memorial Service when a City can’t make one happen | Vigil in Minneapolis remembers 130 homeless people who died | MinnPost


Vigil in Minneapolis remembers 130 homeless people who died | MinnPost.

They stand at freeway exit ramps holding signs, wait outside soup kitchens for their meals, grab a little shut-eye at our public libraries and often overnight on thin mats at shelters: homeless people whose faces most of us barely register before we turn away.

Only this time of year the community of people who work with the homeless and those who have known homelessness memorialize those of them who have died in 2013, people whose passing might otherwise go unremarked.

With ceremony and sincerity, the names of more than 130 people, including a 2-year-old child, will be read and their lives remembered at the 29th Annual Homeless Memorial March and Service today, Dec. 19, beginning with a march and silent vigil at 5 p.m. starting from the Hennepin County Government Center on Third Avenue S. and Fifth Street S., in downtown Minneapolis.

Please view our Homeless Person Memorial Service Project Page after hearing our proposed theme song & seeing what other communities are doing for their services!

A March is an appropriate Memorial Service activity too!

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“Men With Broken Hearts”, Hank Williams, Homeless Person Memorial Day Service 2013 #HPMD2013


Please view our Homeless Person Memorial Service Project Page after hearing our proposed theme song & seeing what other communities are doing for their services!

Lyrics:

“Men With Broken Hearts”

You’ll meet many just like me upon life’s busy street
With shoulders stooped and heads bowed low and eyes that stare in defeat
Or souls that live within the past where sorrow plays all parts
Where a living death is all that’s left for men with broken hearts
You have no right to be the judge to criticize and condemn
Just think but for the grace of God it would be you instead of him
One careless step a thoughtless deed and then the misery starts
And to those who weep death comes cheap these men with broken hearts
Oh so humble you should be when they come passing by
For it’s written that the greatest men never get too big to cry
Some lose faith in love and life when sorrow shoots her darts
And with hope all gone they walk alone these men with broken hearts
You’ve never walked in that man’s shoes or saw things through his eyes
Or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies
Some were propers some were kings and some were masters of the arts
But in their shame they’re all the same these men with broken hearts
Life sometimes can be so cruel that a heart will pray for death
God why must these living dead know pain with every breath
So help your brother along the road no matter where he starts
For the God that made you made them too these men with broken hearts

Working to emulate this awesome service in Nashville in 2013

Nashville Homeless Memorial 2013 from Russ Anthony 411 on Vimeo.

Nashville Homeless Memorial 2013 from Russ Anthony 411 on Vimeo.

Vigil in Minneapolis remembers 130 homeless people who died | MinnPost.

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A call to action: Are we Tolerating Homelessness? | NEXT PRACTICES Update from The American Round Table


WORDS OF THE WEEK: TOLERATING HOMELESSNESS

185Round Table President Philip Mangano (pictured here) opened the NEXT PRACTICES Colloquy with a call to pronoia, the idea that the universe is conspiring for good, and we are all agents of that conspiracy in benefitting people who are homeless. He urged participants to use the colloquy’s opportunity of interaction and engagement with “new ideas, new approaches, new resources” to move their own thinking forward during the 2-day convening. Following are excerpts from his remarks. 

“We have in this room the intelligence, the experience to engage in the competition among ideas. You don’t get there by quiet assent. Recent studies tell us that the conflictual approach to ideas offers the opportunity to refine and improve them.

“We’ve seen ideas that were not tested, not diagnosed, imposed in policy that had the iatrogenic impact, counter to what was needed, what should have been intended. For a quarter of a century we misdiagnosed homelessness and in turn offered prescriptions that were inadequate, that were not consumer preferred or informed. That drained resources from potential solutions.

“We’ve seen the result of preserving what’s been done, whether it works or not. Dissipating the resources to sate a status quo, but never to solve the problem. Confusing good intentions with great results. It’s a high all right. High numbers on the street.

“Wherever we are in this country, whether in the small cities of Maine or Skid Row in Los Angeles, our societal tolerance for the long misery and human tragedy of homelessness is too apparent. How long will we tolerate people languishing on our streets? Living in our shelters? Randomly ricocheting among health and law enforcement systems?

“In our modern episode of post-deinstitutionalization, we’ve been tolerating open sores on our streets and in our programs for nearly 4 decades.

“That’s too much tolerance of homelessness.”

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The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness
Philip F. Mangano, President and CEO
Former Homelessness Czar under George W Bush

via NEXT PRACTICES Update from The American Round Table – homelessinsavannah@gmail.com – Gmail.

 

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War on our homeless | perspective…


War Against the Homeless
Source: War Against the Homeless

While Columbia SC has since rescinded what we thought was the most heinous & inhumane approach yet to criminalize homelessness their effort does go to sow how far communities are willing to push the limits of civil liberties. It took their Police Chief saying NO in order for more careful deliberation & clarification of what had actually been voted on to be reviewed & come out in the media!

Clicking on the above image should get you to a page with active links to the source information used to compile this graphic.

It’s disturbing though, many communities are doing this more subtly with efforts to push their homeless out of sight, out of mind seemingly & putting our homeless living in daily fear of tent city closings, forced moves & overly aggressive police in many cases.

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