Monday, February 27, 2012

Do We Have What it Takes to End Homelessness?

Last year, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's annual census count, placed the number of homeless people in our county at 5783. 

Under 6000!

Now granted, even MDHA officials will admit that this number is probably an under count.

But that's not the issue. The issue is that this is too small a number to consider the problem of homelessness in Dallas as inevitable or unsolvable.

CitySquare is a partner in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, in which we will join other service providers, advocates and supporters in creating a registry which will identify these citizens and seek to get them into housing. This is a part of a national campaign to end homelessness.

We believe that we ought not wave a white flag when it comes to this situation. Nor do we believe that we ought to conveniently brand the homeless as people who don't want help. It has been estimated that Dallas spends nearly $50 million inefficiently addressing this issue. The cost of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless, is estimated to cost about $17,000 a year (vs. $35-$150,000 a year).

If you want to join us, register to be a part of the count here.

We need to bring an end to this problem...

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