For homeless hungry a focus on survival

For homeless hungry a focus on survival

first_imgFacts on homelessnessGet the facts on local homelessness and Share:• 110 people housed at Share emergency shelters (Share Orchards Inn, Share Homestead, Share House) on Nov. 18.• 100 additional people housed via the cold-weather Winter Hospitality Overflow project (two local churches that offer their floors) plus additional shelter capacity at Share.• 2,154 bags of food were distributed to more than 90 local schools and Head Start programs Thursday, the weekly backpack day when Share volunteers pack and deliver bags to hungry children to take home from school for the weekend.• 80,000 hot meals provided in 2013.• 100 households per month got case management and rental subsidies in 2013.• 800 people reached through Share’s outreach program in 2013.On the Webhttp://sharevancouver.org/www.councilforthehomeless.org/http://homeforward.org/Agency officials who work with homeless populations in Clark and Multnomah counties championed a no-barriers, “Housing First” approach to protecting the most vulnerable street people during a brown-bag lunchtime session Thursday at the Vancouver Community Library.Housing First means providing chronically homeless people — many of whom are dealing with mental and physical health problems as well as substance abuse issues — a stable roof over their heads.It doesn’t require them to kick their addictions and get clean and sober first; it doesn’t even require them to get services once they’ve been housed. That’s why it’s called no-barrier housing, said Rachael Duke of Home Forward, the public housing authority for Multnomah County.Home Forward has operated a large Housing First building, Bud Clark Commons, at the edge of Portland’s Pearl District since 2011. Now, the Vancouver Housing Authority is moving ahead with plans to build Lincoln Place, a smaller but similar building, in downtown Vancouver. City of Vancouver planners are studying the formal application for Lincoln Place now. If all goes according to plan, construction could start this spring and finish up within a year.last_img

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