Group Collaboration in Moving towards a Local Homelessness Solution

7 07 2009

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for following my posts on homelessness up to this point. For the next few weeks I am working with a group of students from Simon Fraser University to collaborate on an innovative solution for homelessness. We have created a new blog and you can find it at

Feel free to take a look at what our group solution is looking at!

I will continue this blog as my own personal blog, exploring social issues with a continued focus on homelessness because of the group project I am involved in. I will also include some of my thoughts on other social issues that I encounter and read about. Thanks for reading up to now, and I look forward to discussing more social issues on this blog.




Help the homeless: Their Needs & Barriers

1 06 2009

needs and barriersWe often donate things to charity all the time – clothing, hygiene supplies, shoes, bus passes, etc. I often ask myself, what do the homeless people really need, and what can I do to help them overcome their difficulties in gaining housing?  In order to help the homeless, I’d like to consider what the needs and barriers of the population are.

From the Tri Cities Homeless Report here are the definitions of both and some examples:

Needs – Things which are critical to the person’s well being.
  • Medical care
  • Clothing
  • Clean Water
  • Resource Information
  • Dental Care
  • Footwear
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Empathy and encouragement
Barriers – beliefs and conditions which hinder a person’s ability to find a home.
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • No financial resources
  • Family abuse
  • Concurrent disorders
  • Arrest warrants
  • Urban myths