Learn The Facts
What is Really Happening?
While circumstances can vary, the main reason people experience homelessness is attributable to their inability to acquire or maintain affordable housing in the United States. The need to stabilize their environment through case management, mental health services, potential substance abuse treatment and medical and nutritional support is our goal. When accomplished, clients can be connected to the affordable housing we have access to.
By the numbers:
•There are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States.
•Of that number, 238,110 are people in families, and •404,957 are individuals.
•17 percent of the homeless population is considered “chronically homeless,” and
•12 percent of the homeless population – 67,000 – are veterans. As the economic crisis deepens, Atlanta, Georgia, emergency providers are straining to accommodate more than 7,000 homeless people, including many newly homeless families. According to Census Bureau data released in September, nearly 26,000 metro Atlanta families fell below the poverty line in 2008 before the sharp economic decline of 2009 representing an increase of 19 percent over 2007.
Chronic homelessness is a significant problem for both the individuals suffering along with many urban areas struggling to find good policy solutions for it.
The people suffering from this are primarily the clients we work with. Many chronically homeless people have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia and/or an alcohol or drug addiction.
Most people who experience chronic homelessness have been in treatment programs in the past and have still found themselves repeatedly homeless.
The solution to chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing along with homelessness prevention policies. Permanent supportive housing is housing coupled with supportive services. Research and experience have shown that stable housing is often an essential component to being successful at rehabilitation, therapy, and other areas.
What’s more, this intervention is cost-effective. Most people who experience chronic homelessness draw services from many federal, state, and local systems, including hospitals, corrections systems, and the like.
Permanent supportive housing curbs use of these systems and reduces public costs. Our efforts are focused on providing the supportive housing necessary to enable individuals to permanently emerge from chronic homelessness.