Neighborhood Homelessness Case Study

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Homelessness has become a complex problem throughout the United States, especially in the last few decades. This issue affects every single person in our society, regardless of background, age, gender, and social class. Homelessness is not a problem we can solve overnight, but if communities come together and focus on different aspects of the issue, such as lack of shelter space and access to basic human needs (hygiene products, food, water, clothing, etc...), life would drastically improve for the less fortunate population. In California, specifically Marin County, the homeless population has escalated severely within the last couple of years. In Marin County, one of the many problems that homeless people face every single night and it gets …show more content…
Because Marin lacks shelters, the community suggests that we should be focusing on making more affordable housing. However, the problem with that line of thinking is that it does not solve the immediate problem of how the community is going to make it possible for everyone to have access to a safe sheltered place to sleep. When officials focus on the big picture and wanting to solve the problem of homelessness in general, they overlook the smaller aspects of homelessness, such as lack of shelter space and basic human needs. Avoiding temporary or even long term solutions to the lack of shelter in Marin County, officials “kick the can down the road.” Meaning that the problem will only continue to be passed down to the next council member in charge of homelessness in Marin County. However, there is an immediate need for homeless to have safe place to sleep at night that needs to be addressed now rather than down the road, because the problem will only progress …show more content…
Reverend Paul Gaffney explains in an interview that the reason there are not more shelters and shelter beds in the county is “because people believe that if we have more shelter beds, then more people will come from all over the state and county to ‘take advantage’ of our shelters.” He believes that the people preventing the community from creating beneficial services that would help the homeless who already live here, are those who fear that Marin County’s resources will be taken advantage of (Gaffney). Another reason why Marin lacks shelters is because city officials do not want to build more shelters, even though there is plenty of open land in the 18 cities that make up the County. The county does not create more shelters because of budgeting

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