The Best Way To Stop Homelessness? Support Homeless & Eviction Prevention Programs

  • The best way to stop homelessness?  Prevent it from happening in the first place.
  • State & city efforts to prevent long-term homelessness have reduced homelessness nationwide by 1% over 2009-2011, but federal funding for these programs ended in September of 2012.
  • Public based eviction prevention programs have been seriously stretched by the prolonged weak economic recovery.
  • Most Cities have effective non-profit eviction prevention programs.
  • Support Eva’s Village comprehensive anti-poverty & homelessness prevention programs by volunteering or donating.

Last January, 2012, the National Alliance to End Homelessness reported that the number of homeless  in America decreased by about 1% over the period of 2009 to 20111, a remarkable achievement given one of the  slowest economic recoveries on record — just after one of the worst recessions on record.  The NAEH credits the decrease to stepped up efforts2 by the federal government to rapidly find affordable housing for the recently homeless.

Unfortunately, this national effort ended on September 30, 2012 at a time of increasing risk factors for homelessness. Specifically, over the same period, 2009 – 2011, the NAEH reports that because a greater share of Americans’ income now goes to paying the rent and mortgage,  there has been a 13% increase in families sharing housing.  Additionally the number of people living below the poverty rate has increased every year since 20093.  While this data does not include 2012 trends, given even slower economic recovery this year compared to 2011 and 20104, we can assume the risk factors have, at the very least, remained elevated this year.

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How can you reach out to the homeless!

As homeless struggle, police reach out

FARMINGTON — Farmington Police officers are breaking down traditional barriers between law enforcement and the homeless.

During the first week of January, officers with the department’s District Coordinator Unit surveyed the area’s homeless and street inebriate population. They found that more cooperation and coordination between law enforcement and homeless-assistance charities and agencies in the community is necessary to better help the area’s most chronically homeless and destitute.

For some homeless people, the solution could be as simple as a more permanent roof overhead.

Jarvis Yazzie, 55, sat inside San Juan Catholic Charities’ Good Shepherd Center on Wednesday enjoying warmth and company before heading back out into the cold. It was 10 a.m. and he was drunk.

“We try to survive,” Yazzie said. “For me, I go through a lot of depression. This place, Catholic Charities, gives me hope.”

Many shelters are closed to members of Farmington’s homeless such as Yazzie. Although People Assisting the Homeless, P.A.T.H., housed 65 clients in December, according to the police survey, it requires sobriety for residency.

For Yazzie and other homeless people like him, simply going sober may not be an option in the immediate future.

Police officers were able to get 50 people to take the surveys and estimate that the homeless population ranges from 90 to 100 people on any given winter day. During warmer months, that number likely doubles.

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Homeless Task Force Shares Ideas

There are an estimated 300 people living on the streets of Chico or in local parks.

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The Greater Chico Homeless Task Force is working to reduce that number in hopes of cutting down on problems associated with homeless people camped out in public places.
More than 30 people gathered for the group’s meeting this morning to discuss job opportunity and training for area homeless as well as drug and alcohol treatment and other resources. 

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