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Last week, we shared with you the The National Alliance to End Homelessness' new report, The State of Homelessness in America 2012 (you can view the highlights here.)
This week, we'd like to share with you the trends from DC as well as what we're seeing at Miriam's Kitchen.
Here's what's happening in DC:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has just released its report, The State of Homelessness in America 2012, and we'd like to share some of the findings from their examination of homelessness between 2009-2011.
A few of the highlights:
There are 76,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given night.
At Miriam's Kitchen, nearly 1,000 (or 24%) of our guests are veterans.
Just this morning, we were joined by 15 veterans and had the opportunity to thank each of them personally for their service.
We also had the opportunity to talk with them about the services we provide to veterans.
Those services include:
Last week, we talked about the importance of food in our work, particularly as it relates to building relationships with our guests. It's because of those relationships that we're able to serve our guests most effectively with case management services.
So, what exactly is case management?
Here's what it means at Miriam's Kitchen:
Permanent supportive housing is the answer.
What is permanent supportive housing?
It's housing that is permanent with support services attached.
Those support services include things like help obtaining and maintaining benefits, finding and keeping employment, and accessing health, mental health and addiction treatment services.
Who is it for?
Most of our guests are living with a mental health issue.
Some of our guests have lived with severe and persistent mental illness (like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) for most of their lives, while others are experiencing issues like anxiety and depression because of the trauma associated with being homeless.
But because of you, we're able to provide the support our guests need.