Drug Addiction & Mental Health Issues Are Not the Cause for The Majority Of Who Are Experiencing Homelessness In Washoe County
By Monica DuPea
I attended the recent CHAB (Community Homelessness Advisory Board) meeting where
They just seem to figure something out, or “
Because our feelings are not a reliable assessment, we must do the hard work of making equitable based decisions for people who are suffering.
Communities who have used these scoring tools have decreased homelessness in their communities by 25% (within 2 years). This is how it would work: People would be screened and scored into an “acuity” level of low, or moderate, or high. The higher the score, the higher the acuity level. Priority would be given to the highest score since this segment is believed to impose the greatest economic and social burdens.
For Coordinated Entry to be effective, the community must adopt a “Housing First” approach.
Because 80% figure it out on their own, Coordinated Entry (intake, assessment
Coordinated Entry and Housing First work because of housing matches. Housing matches are the housing units available to those staying at the shelter. A range of units
Our biggest obstacle in getting past the birdfeeder and truly helping to empower those experiencing homelessness to meet their highest potential will be figuring out how to provide the housing matches.
It’s also important to mention that the front end of our workforce training system or “economic mobility continuum” is missing. Minimum wage currently sits at $8.25 an hour while a basic wage of $10.67/hr. is needed to just be able to cover bills. Likely a high school diploma and maybe some post-secondary education would be necessary to achieve a skilled wage of $12/hr. or more.
And, this is where most everyone needs to aspire since the housing market, and the new housing being developed, is targeted at those making $17 an hour.
We’ve got a lot of hard work to do. And, if we really want to address homelessness properly, we must put our nose to the grind and build the critical pieces necessary that create the push and flow that moves people from basic wage–to
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About Monica DuPea
Monica DuPea is the founder and director of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions. She is an expert on homeless youth and is pioneering a path to provide housing for our working poor. Monica has been recognized as a City Super Hero, a Reno Riveter, a Local Legend, and a Top 20 under 40 by the Young Professionals Network.
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