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