Advocacy for the Homeless

In: People

Submitted By amyalbertus
Words 679
Pages 3
Advocacy for the Homeless
Amy Albertus
August 17, 2011
BSHS 441
Barbra Czinger

Advocacy for the Homeless
What is advocacy? The classic definition from Webster’s Dictionary is simply “active support; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something “(Webster’s Dictionary, 2011). To make this definition more specific to advocacy in the Human Services field just a few details need to be added. A more specific, to this field, definition of advocacy would be: to help a particular population by assisting or speaking for them to obtain the services that they need. The number of homeless people in America is alarming. There is an extremely high need for advocacy for the homeless population.
“It's estimated that approximately 3.5 million people in the United States, 1.35 million of them children (nearly 40%), are likely to experience homelessness this year” (Murphy, 2009). About 23% of the homeless population is veterans. The first thing an advocate would need to do is to educate themselves on the issues and facts of the population. They need to know things like how and why people have become homeless to get a better understanding. It is also a good idea to spend some firsthand time with the population, maybe in shelters or soup kitchens. They need to also talk with other advocates and service providers for the homeless to understand the needs and what has worked in the past. This is to get advice from others who have helped before you so that you have a better sense of what you need to do to move forward. Education is key to affectively advocating.
After becoming educated on the needs of the homeless population and service workers for the population in the community, the next step would be to create a plan of action. Part of the plan of action would be to join other local advocates in the community or local coalition. Together, go to the local government…...

Similar Documents

Homeless ran a home for homeless men for 10 years in Brooklyn, New York. Most people have this preconceived notion that all homeless people have mental issues and dangerous. But it amazed me over the 10 years of volunteering at the shelter and seeing these men coming and go and learning of the circumstances that cause them to become homeless. Homelessness has been and still is a social problem that has been and epidemic in our society. But with the increase in homeless, comes the challenges facing our health care facilities regarding access to health care. According to Nickasch,B.(2009) Homeless individuals expend tremendous energy on survival strategies such as obtaining food, shelter, and a place to rest (Capponi, 1997; McCormack & Gooding,1993). Only after these basic human needs have been satisfied are they able to focus on their other health issues. There are basic needs that humans need to service such as He contended that all people are born with a set of basic needs that they seek to fulfill. Once the lower needs have been gratified, then the next set of higher needs emerge and fulfillment of them is sought. Maslow described the five basic needs in his "Hierarchy of Human Needs." The first set of needs, physiological, include food, water, shelter, sex, and sleep.(Byrd & Mcneal,2006) Access to HealthCare Besides that they also have certain barriers such as access to health care. Five key conclusions were made: (a) the great majority of homeless people have an......

Words: 453 - Pages: 2


...Advocacy Nellie Ortiz BSHS 441 October 24, 2012 Sandra Elizondo Advocacy This paper is to take in hand the issues of advocacy in the human services field. It will observe a specific population of clientele with particular needs; the population specifically is the homeless people. Homeless people need assistance with food, clothing, shelter, job training, and transportation needs, specially homeless people are in need of someone to speak for them, or to lead them to the correct path way. Homeless People & Problems Today there are between one thousand four hundred homeless in the El Paso TX, imagine what the population is in the whole entire United States. It is said that: "The most proximate cause of homelessness in America is poverty" (University of Richmond, 2003), not only poverty but employment better yet to blame the economy. The definition of being homeless means that a person does not have a permanent place to live or stay. No only being homeless is a problem also being poor in nutrition, unemployment, illnesses, drug addictions, and violence. Homelessness is growing tremendously each year and studies have showed that new programs and aid must be given to homeless people; to find a way to maintain it and or to preventing it from growing. Meeting those challenges how to help a homeless person. Being an advocate myself, working with the State, Health and Human Services Commission, I have directed homeless people on how they can be eligible......

Words: 649 - Pages: 3


...Legal and Ethical Conduct Deborah O. Nwokolo Nurs 6050-20B, Policy & Advocacy for Pop Hlth. April 30, 2013 Legal and Ethical Conduct. Health care professionals practice in an environment that is complex, with many regulations, laws and standards of practice. One of the ethical issues nurses face is the issue of confidentiality, in regards to patients information and how these information are been utilized. Confidentiality is both an ethical and a legal issue. Keeping information about a patient confidential is a way of showing respect for the person’s autonomy; releasing information can damage the patient. As stated in Laureate (2012) explains that ethics is embedded into healthcare and involves the principles of autonomy; to respect the patient and help them make a decisions appropriate for their care, beneficence; to do good, non- maleficence; to avoid harm and justice; equality to all. Maintaining confidentiality is becoming more difficult in our everyday practice. Information technology has improved the quality of care by enabling the immediate retrieval and access of information through various means, such as mobile devices, and the more rapid exchange of medical information by a greater number of people who can contribute to the care and treatment of a patient, it also can increase the risk of unauthorized use, access and disclosure of confidential patient information. Action The American Nurse Association (ANA) Code of Ethics 3.2 (2001)” the nurse has a...

Words: 510 - Pages: 3

A+ Advocacy

...yet she stayed strong and strived to reach her goals. The “Magandang Buhay” that she is referring to has a deeper meaning for her and she is really making her way to grab it step by step. I prayed for her, thanking God for the healing that “Mae” felt as the years pass by and also asked God to guide her in path to success. Her innocent smile, her face that reflects her joyful and enduring heart really touched and inspired me. It’s a life changing experience for most of us from the YFC that somehow made our hearts break, made us feel sad but in the end, it was really fulfilling. Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” That is why CFC Youth for Christ presents the A+, an advocacy for education. We are all blessed to be entering proper schools, to study, to have fun but how about those brothers and sisters who can’t even eat a meal each day due to scarcity? It is also for this reason that we as YFCs aim to help our poor brothers and sisters acquire the equal opportunity for good education. As we serve as advocates, we should also be the front liners on an army that is bound for excellence, not only in our studies but also in our families and our service for the Lord. Mae’s story can also be a story of so many people around us. But through her, I am inspired to give my best in everything that I do even more than the usual. As the saying goes, “You can never change the world, if you cannot make yourself change......

Words: 754 - Pages: 4


...Specific Population and the Advocate Role The AIDS virus is an ongoing epidemic that has impacted the United States for over thirty years. As the years progress, the death toll of AIDS has risen as well as the rate of individuals who have become infected by the disease. The city of Baton Rouge is the second in the nation for the highest rate of AIDS cases. This paper will explain the population of the AIDS virus and a recommended plan that can help advocate those infected. In addition, a personal plan will be developed in order to assist in housing treatment medical care, education, probation, and domestic violence. “Advocacy refers influencing decisions affecting the welfare or interest of another individual or group” (Barsky, 2007). Advocates are allowed to work and represent clients or defend them in a conflict resolution process. An advocate combines working with clients and acting on their behalves in many cases. Working with clients is sought out to be more authorizing. However, acting may be more professional. Living with AIDS can be an emotional and stressful battle to cope with. Issues involved with AIDS can be overwhelming but are adaptable as well. There are eight challenges that evolve for those affected with the virus: • Dealing with a new diagnosis • Depression • Finding the right Doctor • Learning about AIDS • Understanding AIDS medication • Adherence to medication • Paying Bills • Staying health (“AIDS/HIV”, 2013) To overcomes these......

Words: 516 - Pages: 3


...Advocacy and Homelessness BSHS 441 Joann Wherry 6/6/2013 Advocacy and Homelessness What is advocacy? The classic definition is simply “The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support. “(Free Dictionary, 2013). To brand this definition more explicit to advocacy inside the Human Services field we need to add just a little more information. A more exact, directed to human services, definition of advocacy could be: to provide assistance to a certain population by supporting or communicating for them to attain the services in which they require. The amount of homeless individuals in America is disturbing. The need for advocacy amongst the homeless populace is in extreme igh demand today. “The recession will force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years, according to estimates by The National Alliance to End Homelessness.” (PBS, 2013). People find themselves homeless for a multitude of reasons. A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have been the main driving force contributing to the current housing crisis. Homelessness and poverty have always been intricately interconnected. Poor individuals are regularly unable to pay for shelter, food, daycare, health care, and schooling. The main reasons why homelessness continues consist of stagnant or dropping incomes and less secure occupations which offer little to no benefits. Other less......

Words: 610 - Pages: 3

Homeless her essay “Homeless,” explains how home is what you make it and it is the little details that make it a home and not the material things. First, over decades a home has been transformed into a new meaning because of the short term use of homes. As a matter of fact, Quindlen states, “Where you lived for three years until you could move onto something else.” Many have lost the sense of home their parents and grandparents had, and replaced it with an impermanent sense of home. A home where you move with your father’s job or to a new town that your parent’s think will benefit their children more (691). As a result, we have come to something even worse. “Homes have stopped being homes. They are now just real estate.” Children do not know what it means to come home and go to their room to do homework because they have never had a room to call their own (691). Actually, some people have just reduced to pulling old pictures out of their bags of what used to be their pride and joy, but has turned into nothing but a disappointment (691). Next, home has been adapted into a new meaning because of societies changing views. Many people refer homeless people to “just homeless.” They make it sound as if that is what the person really is instead of the objects that they do not own (691). Also, a number of Americans think that the homeless need a place to live. They think that there are shelters provided for them, so that should be enough, well to them it is not. The homeless find shame......

Words: 841 - Pages: 4


...            Advocacy case study: Nigeria   Advocating for the improvement of climate change  legislation           Challenge  Every country in the world is being affected by climate change, some more  obviously than others. Nigeria is particularly vulnerable to these changes;  with a desert encroaching from the north and sea level rising on its southern  coast, environmental instability is pronounced. Climate change has the  potential to threaten all development sectors – food insecurity will affect  health, whilst water insecurity will mean children and women walk further to  wells. Fishing and agricultural livelihoods are also threatened. Climate change  will therefore exacerbate existing problems and affect the poor the most.         Catalyst   VSO Nigeria has been working on this issue for several years under its secure  livelihoods programme. Together with the Nigeria Climate Action Network  (NCAN), VSO has advocated with government officials that Nigeria confronts  the threat of climate change and mitigates its impact through research and  forward planning. NCAN highlighted the need for a government body that  would have legislative influence and be provided with budget allocation to  champion climate change issues and promote cross‐department work.     The advocacy work by NCAN and the International Centre for Energy,  Environment and Development resulted in a bill being introduced to both ......

Words: 515 - Pages: 3


...Running Head: ADVOCACY IN HUMAN SERVICES Advocacy in Human Services Name School Advocacy and Mediation BSHS 442 Date Advocacy for Disabilities Human Services help provide necessary resources for those in need. Dedication by advocates and human services workers help assist a wide range of social needs. Areas of focus are mental/physical control, self-sufficiency, and rehabilitation. The professionals that make up the human services industry are unique, their passionate about helping others. When working with clients it’s important to gain trust and relationship building is a must. Familiarity will help produce everlasting bonds and increase overall client progression. The context of this paper will demonstrate how advocacy in human services benefits people struggling with a disability. Defining a Disability Disabled individuals are often misunderstood because they’re not able to communicate effectively. As a result some individuals fall circumstance to neglect and abuse. The Department of Health Services describes a disability as “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities” (DHS.GOV, 2010). Taking away a normal function such as speech, hearing, and movement will have a significant impact on daily routines. Freedom of expression is no longer an option for an individual suffering from speech impairment. People that don’t have the availability to speak have difficulty expressing concern,......

Words: 684 - Pages: 3

Peer Advocacy

...The role of a homeless health peer advocate is to support a client’s experiencing homelessness to address their physical health issues through various services such as Find and Treat (Tuberculosis X-Ray Screening service), Hepatitis and Latent Tuberculosis, hospital visits, targeted advocacy and health promotion through in-reach coffee mornings at hostels and homeless day centers. Peer advocates supports clients to attend medical appointments and make choices about what next and give practical support in attending follow up appointments and hospital stays. To support clients to address their health needs advocates help find information about health and health services for clients to address their health needs. Advocacy is central in supporting clients and homeless health peers cannot give health advice or tell the client what is in their best interest nor give support in other areas that is not health related, e.g. attending benefit center appointments. A client's situation cannot be discussed with anyone without the consent from client. Advocates do not work with any clients whose behavior poses a risk to the peer advocate and never collect a client from private accommodation or enter their rooms at hostels. Arrangements will be made to collect clients in public areas. The uniqueness of peer advocacy is evident at health in reach sessions and coffee morning which provides regular presence to build a good report with residents through informal chats about health and......

Words: 398 - Pages: 2

Mediation and Advocacy with the Homeless

...approximately 3.5 million people without a home, forced to live in shelters and on the streets. Of the millions that are homeless, 1.7 million are children (PBS, 2009). Though there are many agencies and organizations available to provide what assistance they can, it is not always enough. Advocacy groups, in particular, strive to help people meet their basic human needs, such as food and shelter. For these people, advocacy can change their lives. These advocacy programs would not be possible without the support of federal funding from state and local organizations. These programs include the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, joint U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), to name only a few. (Alliance to End Homelessness, 2011). The National Alliance to End Homelessness encourages a policy of advocacy in Congress and local government. They believe that members of Congress will be more likely to promote change if they are given to opportunity to understand how many people in their district are suffering and what can be done to stop it. The Alliance explains how advocacy can make a difference, just by calling and writing to policy makers or building relationships with them by meeting with them or inviting them to attend a program explaining the problems homeless people face every day. The Alliance works with Congress directly through meetings and organized......

Words: 728 - Pages: 3


...There are two sides to every story, as if that explains and justifies everything you know what I say when someone tell me that? I say well of course there are two sides to every story. The two stories there are sides to are the cause of been homelessness in America is not something that was created overnight, it’s been around for a long time; often we choose not to see the homeless, or bother them, so we think it’s alright to look the other way. We frequently falsely accuse homeless people to be existing/former drug abusers or once patients released from mental institutions. Homelessness is not a disease that you can catch if you come in contact with a homeless person, but it certainly has afflicted many of us. Isn’t this the country called the “Land of Opportunity”, while there’s millions of Americans deprived of such success-but why? There has been 4 major trends that are largely responsible for the rise of homelessness over the past 25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing, a rise in the increase of poverty, and an increase in mental illness and chemical dependency. The shortage of low rent housing in the US reached a record high in 1995 when the number of low income renter households exceeded the number of low cost rental units by 4.4 million (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities). The shortage of affordable housing grew extraordinary even in the 1990s despite the strong economic growth. Between 1991-95, when the recession of the early 1990s reached......

Words: 1484 - Pages: 6

The Homeless

...we often take for granted on a regular basis and the privileges in which many individuals in the United States disregard because we have everything at our disposal. There are many people living among us who don’t have the command essentials to survive, but many homeless individuals face these ordeals daily and their life’s as they knew it has been replaced with false hope and broken dreams. There are far too many of our citizens within this country we call home living on the streets without a place to call home. Wearing only the cloths on their backs; eating out of the trash, stealing, and at times prostitution, and all because they have no one to reach out or no place to turn for help. Homelessness The dilemma of homelessness is an issue in our society that is largely ignored. It seems as if the problem of homelessness is invisible to many and at times hardly noticed. When people do recognize individuals who are homeless they automatically view them as beggars who need to go get a job or someone who uses drugs and mentally ill people who are beyond help. However you view the problem and the judgment in which you pose, the clear crucial point remains; they are homeless because they are incapable or unwilling to help themselves. These sorts of beliefs provides a more disturbing truth; and that is for many in our society today we think that doing nothing is easier; and helping those who are already on the streets will not make a......

Words: 1884 - Pages: 8


...Advocacy Women rights Equality is something that different people have struggled for since anybody can recall. Women of all races, religions and ethnic groups have struggled for several years for equality. Women, both single and married, have faced a number of problems in achieving the equality they desired for years. Women are facing discrimination in all aspects of life since the advent of time. It is a general perception in most of the societies in the world that women had to stay home and cater the needs of their family and it is the job of men to work outside and provide for their women. Whereas, in developed societies, women are allowed to work beside men and they are playing their part in every field of life. Still they face certain problems at work such as they are sexually harassed occasionally, they are underpaid in most fields then men and they are refused maternity leaves. Women are created equal and they have the right to get their voices and concerns heard. They should live their life freely with a sense of dignity, respect and self-worth. They should have equal rights, opportunities and status to participate in religious, social, and public activities. They should get equal opportunity for education and employment without any gender discrimination. In order to give effect to all these rights for women we should create social awareness by using means of print and electronic media. Governments should legislate strict laws for safekeeping the......

Words: 605 - Pages: 3


...Homelessness in America seems to happen with alarming frequency. Homelessness affects millions of Americans each year, with approximately one third of the population suffering from severe mental disorders. It is a devastating experience for families. Every year, the United States conduct an enumeration of homeless people around the nation. These reports of homeless people conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness are based on the definition set by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in what is commonly known as a “point-in -time” count. Point-in-time counts are the only measure that captures unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness. Last year's point-in-time count is the most recent national estimate of homelessness in the United States. As of January 2013, the national count of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness decreases by 11.6% between 2012 and 2013. There is a common misconception that homelessness is an issue that only pertains to single men and women, but in reality over 600,000 families a year will experience homelessness. The problems of family homelessness are not solely restricted to urban areas; rural area and suburban communities are increasingly plagued by the problem. The three main reasons for the abundance of dispossessed families within America are the following: 1) the lack of affordable housing, 2) poverty, and 3) mental illness. In today's society, these causes are the main contributors......

Words: 2264 - Pages: 10

Fashion & Beauty | Ajin OVA English Subbed | Chap 292