Approaching a Resolution
•We are personally committed to walking the streets in a gorilla effort to talk about current issues, remind people of their spectacular individuality, and mediate a resolution for homeless individuals.
◦ How can we ‘fix’ a ‘problem’ before accurately and honestly collecting information for parties on both sides of the fence?
▪ Which government funded programs and other non profits are making the greatest impact?
▪ What programs would the homeless currently like to see in place?
▪ What is the biggest complaint or difficulty for a homeless individual on a daily basis?
▪ Would you prefer to live in a house or have the freedom of the open road?
▪ Do you feel you have a problem or is it society that has the problem?
•If a system is broken, regardless of how often you try and fix it the end result will be the same.
◦ There are many individuals choosing to be or portray houseless individuals that unfortunately give this sect of society quite the bad name. Con Artists should be exposed as cons, homeless should be shown as people in need of your love and aid.
◦ There are also individuals who choose houseless situations for other freedoms it may offer. If society forces them into homes and services for their chosen lifestyle, whom is that really serving? Society or the individual?
◦ While one person may be willing to donate immediate financial assistance, and another may take somone out to lunch, their are still plenty of others whom would choose to cross the street rather than a homeless person’s path. It’s time to start remembering that we are all human, and we all share this Earth together.
▪ We feel it is important to remind society of this fact and that a houseless situation can happen to anyone at anytime. We are all individuals in need of love and attention.
▪ We need to empower houseless individuals, neither criticize nor fully support them. We believe in potential programs that allow society and their homeless populations to better interact, understand, and be more inclusive all around.
• It’s been shown time and time again that housing matters. This is an approach emphasizing stable and permanent housing as a primary strategy for ending homelessness.
◦ The basic idea is to supply people in homeless situations the possibility of housing as quickly as possible, then beginning to provide them with any necessary services thereafter. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.
▪ A focus on helping individuals and families access and sustain permanent rental housing as quickly as possible without time limits.
▪ A variety of services delivered to promote housing stability and individual wellbeing on an as-needed basis.
▪ A standard lease agreement to housing – as opposed to mandated therapy or services compliance.
◦ While all Housing First programs share these critical elements, program models vary significantly depending upon the population served. For instance, most people experiencing homelessness do not need nor require the intensive services the chronic homeless have. The vast majority of homeless individuals and families fall into homelessness after a crisis that led them to seek help in the first place. For these families and individuals, the Housing First approach is ideal, as it provides them with assistance to find permanent housing quickly and without conditions. In turn, such clients of the homeless assistance networks need surprisingly little support or assistance to achieve independence, saving the system considerable costs.