Respond to two peers’ initial posts with recommendations of strategies that the agency can implement to overcome perceived barriers and inquiry if they have attempted to implement any of these.
Student post down below:
Growing up I never heard of a homeless person only a vagrant. We were taught they were bad however there was no focus or information on how many were actually homeless in the city. I chose this population since when doing homeless advocacy, I spoke with many diverse people. It seemed that when it came to homelessness gender and race mean nothing as it can happen to anyone. This being said I believe this to be the reason the homeless population has so much diversity. When it comes to needs the homeless have many some need homes, some jobs, some medical treatment for substance abuse, alcoholism, or mental health issues. There is also the aspect of where do they sleep, what do they eat, and how do they survive without help? The society in my community is against the homeless population as the pan handling has become a major issue and tent cities have also created issues. Our homeless situation got worse and finally there was articles being written about the homeless issue. Sherman (2019) explains, “homelessness is growing in Massachusetts. Last year, an estimated 20,068 people were experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts, representing a 20.6 percent increase compared to 2010, according to an annual report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The numbers, advocates say, are woefully undercounted. “The nightmare of why we’re seeing the numbers go so high is because there really is no place for people to live,” said Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Massachusetts is historically bad at creating affordable housing. In 1969, the state enacted a law known as Chapter 40B to encourage more development in municipalities where affordable housing totaled less than 10 percent of all homes. Fast forward 50 years, however, and more than 80 percent of the 351 Massachusetts municipalities still fall short of the 10 percent benchmark, according to a Wicked Local report last year. “When it comes to diversity this population also needs help from collaborations of organizations as not all serve all needs of the homeless. Heath & Isabell (2017) explain, “Understandings of what counts as diversity to collaborative stakeholders varies depending on the collaboration’s orientation.6 Three major orientations to collaboration in part explain some of the primary impetuses for collaborating—(1) community reform, (2) conflict resolution, and (3) efficiency of resources.7 Although collaborating organizations are likely to subscribe in some way to all of these orientations, it may be helpful to think of these orientations as foregrounding or backgrounding assumptions and values in interorganizational collaboration. If we understand what is foregrounded as important to stakeholders, we can make better sense of how diversity is understood in different contexts, what strengths and weaknesses exist around this thinking, and ways to fortify collaborative organizing.” When it comes to the homeless there are some times interpreters are needed, housing services, job help, food, etc. It takes a collaboration of differing organizations in order to accomplish meeting all the needs of the homeless so having diverse collaboration is vital. We just recently finally built a homeless shelter however with Covid-19 it seems the homeless rate is rising even with moratoriums on rent and mortgages. This population is diverse and the help this population needs is also diverse.