9 07 2009

By: John Gill

Some common concerns and questions from investors, donors and landlords are:

What would happen to renters if they do not find a job within 6-12 months?

What if renters cannot find a job?

It is understandable that these questions are asked, as whenever money is involved, people want to be assured that funds are used wisely. Investors and Donors would like to be certain that funds donated have a specific cause and purpose. That is one key aspect of our model to ensure that this is not just an endless cycle of giving. We are here to lend a helping hand to those in needs and the immediate goal is to get them to be self sustaining as soon as possible. This is where the support services are vital to help progress this model. Furthermore, to ensure this happens we will use metrics to assess the progress of our renters and provide performance measures to track the improvement of all stakeholders.

To address this concern, we are helping those individuals that are currently employed and have just lost their homes to some unfortunate circumstances. We are all aware of the stresses of our daily jobs, but think about what would happen if you also have the additional burden of finding a place to sleep at night. How would you feel? Or how would you cope? Often these individuals have to go from shelter to shelter to look for a place to sleep and if they cannot, they find any spot available like in the bushes or streets.

These individuals are often the most vulnerable group, as they are employed but have to struggle to search for a place to sleep at night. We need to help them as soon as we can, before they lose hope and go further and further into poverty. As per an outreach worker’s experience, the homeless could only have hope for so-long before they give up and that is when they resort to drug usage to escape the struggles of life. If we can help these individuals within the first 6 months, before they lose all hope, chances of success are high.

Why are the support services not able to help these low risk individuals first?

This is a great point. The resources of each agency’s are limited and often they have to help a variety of individuals such as the chronic homeless or heavy addicts.

The common notion stands true here where there is simply not enough time or resources to help all. Although they are aware of helping those with the least risk, often that is not the case. As a result, these individuals are deemed not problematic enough to be helped first and are overlooked. Help only gets to them when it becomes a serious issue, only after they have lost their jobs and addicted.

Think of a Hospital visit, Doctors help those that are in dire needs first such as heart attack victims or stabbed victims, before they get to those with minor scrapes or bruises.  However, here we are attempting to help those victims with minor injuries first, before it gets serious. One main advantage of our model is that it helps those individuals that are able to get back on their own feet and require minimum support.




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