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Proposal: Homeless People

There are tons of homeless people who suffer everyday and hardly have enough to survive. It is time to make a change for these people and implement laws and regulations to help people out of these hard times.

The Issue

Problem Defined

Millions of homeless people are suffering everyday day and it is our time as a community to stand up and help these people in hard times. In our communities today we can see the suffrage these men and women go through. Everyday I can walk downtown or drive by an intersection and see homeless people asking for help. Most of them ask for food or water or any spare cash you can give. The frequency of the problem continues to grow throughout the years of watching. Hopefully with this proposal we can help these people tremendously. 

Background
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From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cumberland, MD declined at a rate of -1.88%MORE

2.
Western maryland in 2016 had a high population of homeless people.MORE

Western Maryland (Garret, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll Counties) had a homeless population of 3,462 in 2016.

In 2016 Allegany county served 124 homeless people, Washinton county served 233 homeless people, Fredrick county served 349 homeless people and Carroll county served 136 homeless people

3.
Increased homeless population linked to sunstance abuse. MORE

The executive director of a social service organization says the number of homeless people in Allegany County has more than doubled in a year.Courtney Thomas is with the Human Resources Development Commission. She tells The Cumberland Times-News (https://bit.ly/2ehfPCR) this week that the increase in homelessness is a symptom of the area’s increasing substance abuse issues.The official count of people living on the street in January indicated 35 people were without shelter in the county. Last year’s count was 16.

4.
We have people in our own community speaking out against the homeless problem.MORE

I believe homelessness in Cumberland, MD is a very big issue because their are so many homeless people out their that don't have any place to go, and food in their stomachs. No one deserves to be sleeping on the streets. Everyone should have somewhere to go at the end of the day regardless job or not.

5.
I believe another issue is how many people earn a college degree in this town.MORE

As you can see we only have a small percentage graduating college. In this world you need a college degree to be successful. This could be an underlying casue that not to many people are looking at.

Sources
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5 Things We Know about Staunton Affordable Housing from the City's Consolidated Plan

Mitzel, Claire - (July 16, 2019)

https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2019/07/16/five-things-know-staunton-affordable-housing-consolidated-plan/1736753001/

An article that explains different ways Staunton has affordable housing. If we can take from the ideas of the article maybe it will help with so of the people that is losing there homes. Hopefully, we also can take the ideas and implement them into different communities to help people form losing there homes. 

4.
Greystone to Finance Low-Income Housing

Grant, Peter - (April 18, 2018)

https://search-proquest-com.acm.idm.oclc.org/news/docview/2026313508/C99B55F690E24F24PQ/18?accountid=44891

A journal article that outline the successes of the low income housing. The article ties in well with our description of our income based homes. It shows actually how many people it helps. It also shows the amount of units of low income house they started with and it shows the number they have gotten throughout the years. 

5.
She takes an eco-friendly approach to helping homeless people

Karas, David - (October 1, 2016)

https://search-proquest-com.acm.idm.oclc.org/news/docview/1826354634/520EB9014C0C4CB2PQ/1?accountid=44891

An article with a ton of information about a non profit organization. The non profit organization created a solution to help the homeless. Not only does it help the homeless but it serves another purpose of helping marginalized people. The article also shows the true passion of everyone evolved in the organization as well. 

Go deeper
4.
Homelessness: A national problem with a loacal solution

Don Vogel - (October 28, 2019)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/10/30/homelessness-california-los-angeles-san-francisco-problem-local-solution-column/2487071001/

Some look to Washington to solve the problem. But an issue this persistent and multifaceted is unlikely to be fixed by the federal government alone. Innovative new approaches are more likely to come from local communities, America’s “laboratories of democracy.”

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Mentally Ill and Homeless in America

Flutter Bee - (October 13, 2019)

https://medium.com/identify/mentally-ill-and-homeless-in-america-3a4f58b1655

There are approximately 554,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in America today. What is even more disheartening is that approximately 140,000 of those individuals have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, manic depression, or chronic depression.

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The surprising holes in our knowledge of America’s homeless population

Andrew Van Dam - (September 17, 2019)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/18/surprising-holes-our-knowledge-americas-homeless-population/

More than 550,000 Americans experience homelessness on a typical night, and 1.4 million will spend some time in a shelter in a given year. But they focus on people in households and, in some limited cases, homeless shelters. They miss the 200,000 or more people who live outdoors.

8.
Total People Experiencing Homelessness on a Given Night in 2017

Tyler Durden - (October 24, 2018)

The mainstream media keeps touting how well the U.S. economy is doing, but if that was really accurate we wouldn't being seeing numbers like these.

Authors

Students from Allegany College of Maryland that are motivated in helping the homeless



Matthew Larson
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Hey, my name is Matthew Larson. I am in my sophomore year in college. I started my career at Bluefield College. I was on the dean’s list and apart of the Baseball team there. I switched colleges and came to Allegany College of Maryland. I had another opportunity for Baseball and decide to further my career at Allegany. Right now I am currently majoring in Criminal Justice. I am hoping someday I can give back to the community by being a police officer.
Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.
Brayden Poling
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Hi, my name is Brayden Poling. I am a sophomore attending Allegany College of Maryland. I am currently majoring in Psychology and plan to be a Child Psychologist. After the spring semester I will transfer to Frostburg State University and pursue my Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Income-based homeMORE

Income based homes have changed many lives of my community. Let’s put it into a scenario. If a homeless person is in need of help. Why not change their life forever? By taking these people to these homes you can give them a new life. The income based homes will provide you an apartment like atmosphere with all the utilities to sustain a living home. The way it works is a person arrives fills out the paper work and based on your income is how much you pay.

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Helpful and willing Businesses MORE

If we start incorporating income based homes in our community how will money not become an issue. Well its simple a business can help out. The businesses can give these men and women a starter job. It does not have to be much money at all either. The men and women can work for the businesses and hopefully work to improve in the businesses to eventually earn a high position or even earn a spark to find a better job. The importance of the businesses helping is it continues to have employees and it keeps the men and women of the streets.   

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Church groups/organizations MORE

As we may know that it is difficult to sometimes get out and about in the community. One way we can make it simple is asking a church group or organization to help. Hopefully the churches are involved in the communities. If so then many of them probably will know the homeless people through the area. 

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Shared HousingMORE

In Michigan homeless mothers were matched together to live in a house and share finicial responsilbites and household chores. This is a great solution because with matching people together you are giving them a support group, confidence, and just help them get back on their feet. 

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Permanent supportive housingMORE

The model combines affordable housing assistance with vital support services for individuals living with mental illness, HIV/AIDS or other serious health problems. The landmark 1990 City-State “New York/New York Agreement,” which has been renewed twice, is the premier example of a permanent supportive housing initiative that successfully reduced homelessness in New York City and saved taxpayer dollars that would otherwise have been spent on costly shelters and hospitalizations.

Expected Results
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Decrease in homeless individuals on the street.MORE

Many people sit on the streets asking for food, water, and money. However, giving them these items will only last a short time. Instead lets change their lives forever. If we implement these apartments they can always have a place to lay there heads at night. We expect the rates of homeless people to decrease with providing homes for everyone. 

2.
Church Groups and other organizations getting more involved with homelessness.MORE

There are already tons of church groups and organizations involved with the homelessness in Cumberland but you can never have to much help. If even more church groups and organizations get involved with the problem it could potentially wipe out our homeless population.

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Helpful business providing funds as well as jobsMORE

Many business want to help out in the community. Not only does it help the business out a lot showing the characters of the people withing the business. It shows the community that changes need to happen and people are willing to do so. If we can get business in and get these men and women jobs it will change there life forever and that is what we are trying to do. 

4.
The responsiblitiys and reastablishment of shared housing. MORE

Everybody in the world goes through a life crisis at some point. Sometimes people have it worse than others such as losing there home. So we have implemented a solution of shared housing. We expect this to create bonding through everyday life as well as giving these individuals confidence back to face the tough road ahead. By these women holding each other accountable it will help them work through the problems hoping it will impact their lives for the better. 

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Supportive Housing MORE

Supportive housing should somewhere be implemented in every city. We expect it in your committees. For individuals living with mental illness and other we expect them to have support. In reality they probably would not make it without support. It would have to be a everyday struggle. We expect these individuals to receive a little help otherwise they will become homeless. 

Budget

Income-Based Housing- 25 appartments= 2 million

Shared Housing- 20 appartments 2 million

The Conversation

3 months ago
Growing up, my mom was an administrator for a mental health facility. As a kid, I did not think much of it until I grew up and realized the background of these men and women that lived here. Over half of the men and women that lived here had no home before. The struggles they went through trying to find homes are sad. So, as these people come through they need a little extra help. That is where my mom comes in to play. My mom and the staff of the business helps these men and women stay their course of living a happy life. The staff cleans house, cooks, and does many other things to keep these people from suffering on the streets. As I grew up I wanted to help these people out as much as I could. So I work a lot hands-on with these people. It taught me a whole lot about life. It taught me not to judge and to have self-discipline. It taught me many life lessons as well as I live on my own working for my degree. It even taught me ways to help these people by listening. However, the biggest realization I took is that these men and women need our help and if it weren't for our help they would be with a home. It also made me realize that not all heroes wear capes and truly these staff members are the heroes of these people.

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