Showing posts with label government. Show all posts
Showing posts with label government. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Homeless Terms To Know - Frequent User

A "frequent user" is a homeless person who makes excessive use of community services.  His addictions and/or mental health issues are so extreme that he spends an inordinate amount of time in jail, and the cops are often called to deal with him, and he makes several trips to the hospital and its emergency room.

At first, HUD labeled these people "chronically homeless" but that label was inadequate.  There are many chronically homeless people who are not frequent users and some frequent users are not actually chronically homeless.

Learning about homelessness and it's many forms and variants requires some time. But the government is now taking the time to learn these things.   They will make mistakes, certainly, but with each new discovery they will learn more, and their knowledge of homelessness will become more accurate and thus more productive.

At first, HUD was focused on eliminating Chronic Homelessness.  And you'll still hear that term kicked around a lot.  But what they are really doing is attempting to determine who the frequent users are, then they'll work to get them off the streets, so to save communities a significant amount of money.

What will happen to all the other chronically homeless people once the frequent users are off the street?  Will the government still be motivated to get the remaining chronically homeless off the streets?  Or will those people be abandoned once again, because they don't really cost communities much money?

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Homeless Terms To Know - Wrap Around Services

Wrap Around Services is the term given to the practice of providing, or making available, all the various services that a person might need.  In the case of homelessness, wrap around services are provided so to stabilize and house a homeless person.   Often, the terms "wrap around services" and "continuum of care" are used interchangeably.    Continuum of Care is the name given to the official US government program whereby communities can get funding for the wrap around services they provide.

It seems that the term "Continuum of Care" came from the health care industry in reference to major illnesses such as cancer, where as the term "Wrap Around Services" was developed in the psychiatric field, namely for children with mental health issues and their families.

A difference could be made by saying that Continuum of Care consists of housing and wrap around services, and that Wrap Around Services could be the designation for everything done for the homeless person outside of housing.   But again, it does not seem that homeless services do not make such a clear distinction.

Because so many different professions and different government departments have worked on the homeless issue independently of each other, they have inevitably developed different jargon and definitions.   Homelessness care is still in its early stages of development so it will be a while before the language of the work is honed down to single specific terms.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

What The Government Does

"This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issued by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right." ~ Bill Steber

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Strong Government - Not Small Government

The first Black person to graduate from Harvard was W.E.B. Du Bois, in 1897. For his doctorate, he wrote the book, "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America 1638-1870" This book lists every law ever passed in America, in an attempt to restrict or end slavery. That is correct, as early as 1638, there were people aware of the immorality of slavery and were moved to take legal action against it. Sadly, it wasn't until the end of the American Civil War that slaves were set free in our country.

When looking back at the history of our country, I think it easy to understand why all these many attempts to end or suppress slavery failed. It was because the government of our country was not strong enough to enforce the laws it had enacted.

Today there are many people calling for the reduction of government, and they make many claims as to why. But it all sounds like excuses. Mostly, these people want government small enough, and weak enough that they may be able to do whatever they want uninhibited by laws. These people see that if allowed free access, they can make much more money if their actions are not restricted or governed. In actuality, this extra profit comes by way of lying and cheating and manipulating the general population for the sake of a profit. Government only works to hold people to a fair ethical standard, for the safety and well being of all citizens. these people calling for an ever smaller government don't want to be concerned with the well being of all citizens - but only for their own personal well being.

Our founding fathers understood the need for a healthy and vibrant social community. That is why the Constitution begins with the words "We The People..." It does not say, "We The Wealthy" or "We The White People" or "We The Men" We are all in this together, and we are only going to survive unless "we all" survive. And if it means that government has to rein in the actions of the selfish, and unethical, and immoral, then so be it. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Church Or Government - Who Is Responsible?

Over at Trying To Follow, the question comes up once again, "Whose job is it to take care of the homeless, the church, or the government?"

To that question, I left this comment:

Yeah, everyone asks “whose job is it” or “whose responsibility is it” to care for the homeless. Well, it is nobody’s, really. Yet, if any organization makes a declaration to the public that they are assuming the role of care taker of the homeless, poor etc, then they have a responsibility of living up to that claim. Jesus told his followers to take care of those in need. So, as Christians go about claiming Christ, then they need to follow through on Jesus’ instructions.

The government of the United States of America, declared in the preamble of the Constitution that one of its objectives was to - well just read the whole thing - which at the time it was written, government was synonymous with citizenry -

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America

“…promote the general Welfare” sounds to me like a promise by the government to take care of those in need.

So, yeah, if someone says they are going to do something, then we have every right to expect as much from them - and if they don’t, to demand it.

Both the Church and our Government should be held responsible for taking care of the needy.