Commend Efforts to Reduce Homelessness in America

Target: The National Alliance to End Homelessness

Goal: Commend efforts to reduce homelessness in the United States.

As many as 700,000 Americans are currently homeless. Most people become homeless due to financial or personal crises, and not because of mental illness or unwillingness to work. The growing trend of homelessness in our country has led to the creation of many organizations, such as the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which focus on creating long-term and preventative solutions to temporary and chronic homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has reduced homelessness by 12% in Chicago, 36% in Denver, and has helped to create housing strategies that prevent and resolve homelessness throughout the nation. Thank the National Alliance to End Homelessness for committing to end homelessness in America.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has adopted a program called Housing First, which is an innovative approach to empowering the homeless and helping to end chronic homelessness. Rather than using a tiered system of housing, such as placing the homeless into a shelter, then into transitional housing, and finally into a conventional home, Housing First immediately places the homeless into apartments and/or houses. This approach, known as Rapid-Rehousing, helps to prevent depression and dejection amongst the homeless population and to create immediate stability for the individuals and families who were homeless.

Rather than focusing on short-term solutions, like overnight shelters, Housing First employs a sustainable infrastructure that not only diminishes homelessness for those that it helps, but also prevents chronic homelessness. Through financial counseling, assistance with job searches and providing access to government services such as TANF and rent subsidies, this organization has helped to reduce rates of homelessness in thirteen cities across America.

As a country, the homeless are often stigmatized as being lazy and/or mentally ill, though the majority of homeless are just suffering from short-term financial or personal distress. We should thank organizations, such as the National Alliance to End Homelessness, that empower the homeless to resume conventional lives and prevent chronic homelessness. Please sign the petition below to show your support for this organization.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear the National Alliance to End Homelessness,

We would like to applaud you for your resolve to end homelessness in America. Rather than using conventional short-term strategies to assist the homeless, your Housing First program focuses on ending and preventing both temporary and chronic homeless in the United States. Your commitment to providing every American with a stable home is reflected in your rates of successful rehousing.

The homeless in the country are often stigmatized and left to fend for themselves. Organizations, like yours, empower the homeless and help to end stigmatization by demonstrating that homelessness is usually the result of financial or personal distress, rather than laziness or unwillingness to work. By working with various communities across America, you have implemented cost-effective strategies that will help to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

We would like to thank you for your commitment to end homelessness in America and to commend you for decreasing rates of homelessness in thirteen cities. We appreciate your innovative approach to rapid-rehousing and applaud your success in reducing the stigma against the homeless.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Homeless via Sadhbh Walshe Online

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