Homeless Policy Statement

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I. GOAL STATEMENT
The purpose of this paper is to expand the definition of homelessness defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The definition of homelessness needs to be developed to focus more on preventive care rather than rehabilitation. Previous research conducted has shown that there are common preventable predictors for homelessness. Targeting these particular predictors can significantly reduce the number of chronically homeless individuals. The Policy proposed here looks to expand the HUD definition of Homelessness to focus on providing resources to prevent homelessness. Unlike previous policy, it seeks to provide care for youth with shared or “doubled up” living arrangements.
II. SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
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The 2014, Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) found that on any given night in 2014, 578,424 people were homeless (Henry etc.,2014). In Michigan alone there the campaign to end homelessness found that Michigan organizations provided care for 70,636 people experiencing homelessness (Ritter, 2013) However, these statistics do not explain the complete picture of homelessness and are only focused on individuals and families who were either admitted to residential programs or found in unsheltered locations. Additionally, this point in time method used by the HUD does not accurately depict the number of homelessness. Studies have found that there has been a 10.5% percent decrease in homelessness throughout the year (AHAR, 2013). While the more expansive definition created by the Department of Education, which focuses only on children and family, has found that homeless has doubled in the last decade (Education, 2013). It is difficult to know the exact scope of the problem of homelessness because there is not a universal definition of homelessness. The HUD 's current definition does not accurately address the problem of homelessness and entirely neglects individuals who are "doubled …show more content…
The Hearth Act was an amendment and reauthorization of the Mckinney-Vento Act (Homeless, 2014). Hearth Act accomplished several different things. The Hearth Act significantly expanded the emphasis on homeless prevention. The act attempted to provide more emphasis on rapid re-housing, especially for homeless families. It also made a change to the overall definition of homelessness. It also created a Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program, simplified match requirements, increased in resources to prevention and increased emphasis on performance (Homeless, 2014). The Hearth act has made progress in developing ways to help all areas of homeless and has done a significant job of increasing the definition of

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