Homelessness In The Housing Crisis In San Francisco

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I was curious that it is so common to see some people have to spend their nights on the streets in the flourishing city like San Francisco. In fact, the housing crisis has been a challenge social issue in San Francisco for a long period. I have been wondered how frustrated would be if a family has to sleep out on the streets, especially at the freezing nights. The Hamilton Family Center is the great option for families who experience homelessness to get various supports. It provides different services through different programs, including family shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, and children services. I am glad that I have a chance to learn more information about this nonprofit organization by visiting …show more content…
The Emergency Center, located 4th floor of the building, provides newly homeless families access to overnight or 60-day shelter beds. Currently, the overnight beds are going to be closed, and remodel them to 60-days beds because the organization concerns that families have to worry about calling every day to get a bed. Instead homeless families can stay in the emergency center for 60 days once they are accepted, and they have access to support services. This show me that the organization concern their clients with utmost solicitude. Despite of the growing number on the wait list, they do not want to turn away any family who in need a basic living condition, which affects their health, safety, employment, and children’ development. In addition, the Family Residences, located on 2nd and 3rd floor, offers three to six months of shelter while providing comprehensive support services that include parenting skills groups, employment and housing workshops, housing search and placement assistance, and budget counseling. I think these support services are very useful because they help to the families lay the foundation of finding housing. Their needs are more than just have a place to stay. My favorite of the site visit is the children and teen rooms on the 2nd floor. I like the colorful and warming decoration of the rooms, compared to the …show more content…
These programs are excellent because some homeless families need a little more time and focusing supports to get themselves stable before they move in their permanent housing. I think these programs have strong commitment to provide safety and stability while encouraging families involved with “self-exploration, professional skill-building and personal growth, leading to emotional well-being, self-reliance and full membership in the larger community”. (Cambridge’s domestic violence agency, 2015). I appreciate that Devra provides the handouts of the structure of the organization and the job prescription about case managers, so that I can get more understanding about how they run the organization for 30 years. I am surprised that the work obligations of their case managers. It seems that they have a lot to do with teamwork to corporate the organization working in its high efficiency. I really like its mission value: Housing First. Homelessness is intolerable, preventable and solvable. I believe that homelessness can be solved by helping them to get housing stability. The staffs of Hamilton are doing a great job to end to homelessness for families in San

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