Traditional Homeless Agencies Can Help End Homelessness

Support Services and Grass-Roots Support

John Joel RobertsOn August 23, 2014, Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH wrote a post for the Huffington Post Impact blog, “How Traditional Homeless Agencies Can Help End Homelessness.”

In recent years, trends in funding for the work to end homelessness have shifted from an emphasis on emergency shelter and transitional housing to creating permanent supportive housing including using the Housing First model.

“The answers to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the days of setting up shelters. Programs, such as Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing, Prevention, are the new solutions to this entrenched social problem.”

Writes Roberts.

In recent years, trends in funding for the work to end homelessness have shifted from an emphasis on emergency shelter and transitional housing to creating permanent supportive housing including using the Housing First model.

Roberts makes the case for how instead of being blamed for increasing homelessness, traditional homeless service agencies that provide emergency shelter and transitional housing can provide “strategic solutions” to homelessness.

These solutions include providing:

  • Support Services and
  • Grass-Roots Support.

“Many homeless agencies have the street-smarts and experienced outreach workers to find and place these people.

When people are finally housed, most homeless agencies have experienced case managers to provide the much needed support services for housed people.” These support services are critical to the success of the Housing First model.

Robert writes.

“Our agency’s network of thousands of supporters have offered land for building housing, created community gardens in apartment complexes, planned community activities for people housed, and helped mobilize friends and their faith community to furnish apartments for newly housed people.”

Regarding Grass-Roots Support.

This support is critical to both siting supportive housing and keeping new tenants housed and engaged in their community.

Located in Los Angeles, PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout Southern California.

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