Thereality is that the most prevalent face of homelessness is that of a child. In Johnson County, 276 homeless persons were identified in the 24-hour point in time count. Roughly half (48%, which is 130 children) were children under the age of 18. These findings will be used as a planning tool to improve the response to homelessness in Johnson County.
Furthermore, run-a-ways and throw-a-way kids generally shun traditional homeless service agencies. This is the case in that the shelters and service providers are required by law to turn them over to state custody or back to their parents.
While in many instances this may be in the best interests of the child, it makes creating services for street kids uniquely difficult, and makes this population par of the hidden homeless.
Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City Spring 2005
What we have learned
Homelessness is a solvable problem.
Decent, safe, accessible and affordable housing is indispensable to solving the problem of homelessness.
Providing housing with support services to those who have enduring disabilities is the smart, humane, cost-effective solution to long-term homelessness.
Our society has more than adequate economic capacity to invest in the housing and provide the services that can eliminate homelessness anywhere in America.
Quote from Melville Charitable Trust
one quarter of operation of the “Be the Change” Van Homeless Emergency Room
Admissions were down 40% from 2009 numbers
a year in operation the “frequent flyer” population for Saint Luke’s had turned
over completely, with many familiar faces in treatment or recovery
By Saint Luke’s Hospital’s own estimates we saved them over
1 million dollars last year
have defined our services area in working with:
and Domestic abuse victims in the daytime with the van
Homeless from 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. with follow through in the day time
population over the weekend and when needed (Which is most of the time, due to
the intensive nature of our program.)
nearly 50,000 miles of transportation to 869 individuals in the form of 4,235
Transportation alone valued at $48,600 using the Share-a-Fare Fee model
An estimated 2-3 million Americans experience being homeless over the course of a given year. For most people, being homeless is a short-lived, one-time event. But, a relatively small and visible group experiences being homeless repeatedly, or for long periods of time, and are in need of assistance. This group is most often made up of single, poor adults and usually are disable in some way.
""Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way." "When you help enough people get what they want in life, you'll ultimately get what you want." Zig Zigler"
Children Are Our Future
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Dale Carnegie