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Starting Over

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 23, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Every now and then this blog takes a close-up of the work an individual agency is doing. This week we would like to profile Starting Over, Inc. a small Los Angeles agency dedicated to helping individuals who have fallen by the wayside and are trying to reenter the mainstream of normal life. Starting Over Inc. is dedicated to helping Southern California's most vulnerable by addressing homelessness, recidivism, and reentry. Although providing transitional housing is an important part of their service, over time the program has evolved a seven-part service model that seeks to address the complex of conditions that hinder a successful reentry into the mainstream.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Homeless & Food Pantry, Adult Re-Entry

Homeless Youth Have a Higher Risk of Mental Health Disorders

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 8, 2022 10:45:00 AM

An estimated 4.2 million teenagers and young adults are homeless each year. Children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have higher rates of mental health problems such as behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression than children who live in unstable households.
The importance of mental health in programs for homeless young people cannot be overstated. Furthermore, most people's willingness to seek therapy is limited by a lack of access to mental health care. For organizations and services that work with at-risk youth, emphasizing mental health is critical to long-term sustainability.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Homeless & Food Pantry, mental health

Tips for Running a Successful Holiday Toy Drive for Needy Children

Posted by George Ritacco on Oct 19, 2022 12:30:00 AM

Case workers involved in health and human services are in a unique position to be aware of families in the communities struggling to make ends meet. 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Homeless & Food Pantry, Fun Stuff

Veteran Homelessness is a Growing Issue That Must be Addressed

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 18, 2022 7:00:00 AM

On any given night, approximately 553,742 people in the United States are homeless, according to national data. And around 38,000 of these are veterans. This means that veterans account for approximately 8% of the total homeless population.


This is a sad state of affairs, given that these people have spent a significant portion of their lives serving the country, only to find themselves homeless on the same country's streets.

Men, women, and people of all races and backgrounds are among the homeless veterans who have given their best year to this country. So, why are they homeless during their most vulnerable years?

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, Veterans Issues

What Are the Benefits of Homeless Case Management Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 5, 2022 7:00:00 AM

This site is dedicated to educating readers about the homeless community, as well as the triumphs and challenges encountered by those who are committed to helping them. Government organizations and nonprofits are working hard to create solutions for this vulnerable group. Case management software with a focus on homelessness can aid in making the process of finding a solution more manageable by giving organizations the tools they need to coordinate and speed up the various services and activities aimed at eliminating homelessness. The following are a few benefits for organizations who decide to invest in case management software that focuses on homelessness.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, human services software

Consequences of Homelessness on Student Education

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 21, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Homelessness is not one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of America. However, the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that over 500,000 people are currently homeless in the United States. One of the most significant factors contributing to homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. Individuals, families, and especially children attempting to obtain an education may suffer as a result of this.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, education

Houston Homes for the Homeless

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 22, 2022 10:30:39 AM

In the normal course of business, this blog researches and reports the issues that are having an impact on the world of social services. However, when journalists at large are out in front on important stories we are eager to share their work here in our blog space. Today, we would like to summarize the reporting of New York Times journalists Michael Kimmelman and Lucy Tompkins on the life changing work in support of the homeless going on in the city of Houston.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social justice

Healthcare For the Homeless

Posted by GVT Admin on May 25, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The title of this blog is a testimony to the noble instincts that engender the highest aspirations of America's social services community. The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 initially authorized the Health Care for the Homeless Program. (No one we polled in the past two weeks had any idea that healthcare was available to our homeless population.) In 1996, Congress combined the HCH Program with Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, and Primary Care in Public Housing under the Consolidated Health Center Program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided additional resources to expand services and delivery sites.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, hunger in America

How Structural Inequality Causes Homelessness

Posted by GVT Admin on May 2, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that more than half a million homeless people in the United States?

That figure is concerning in general, but it is even more so when you consider that the causes of homelessness are easily remediable. Many people mistakenly believe that homelessness is the result of a person's own personal failures in life. That could not be further from the truth, as there are numerous other structural issues that are directly responsible for homelessness in America.

Let's look at how structural inequality contributes to homelessness.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

How Do Food Banks Operate? A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 25, 2022 7:00:00 AM

It's not difficult to find reports on the state of the world's food supply. According to the United Nations, the world's food production will need to increase by 60% by 2050 to feed a projected population of 9.6 billion people. This is a daunting task, made even more difficult by the threat of climate change, which is expected to reduce crop yields by up to 25% in some areas.

Food banks are an important part of the social safety net in the United States. They provide food to those who cannot afford it. Food banks get their supplies from two sources: donations and government surplus. This article will go over how food banks operate.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, hunger in America

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