Short term and long term homelessness leaves a lasting impact on the families who are striving to have stability through housing and other basic components of a functional independent life. It's important that we as human beings recognize the human obligation to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. The foundational concept of addressing this issue finds its root in a simple question: How can anyone be without food and shelter with a wealth of resources in our midst? One element that is researched in this paper asks, "What are the experiences of young adults with employment who are in homeless or transitional housing situations? Using past professional relationships to get a glimpse at this problem statement, I conducted surveys at YouthLink and the Dorothy Day Center. These two Twin Cities agencies have been addressing these issues and supporting this population for decades. The data received resulted in hope knowing that there are many organizations that are committed to ending long term homelessness, including a strong presence on legislative agendas. The discouraging side looks at the disenfranchisement, mental & physical health issues and other systemic hurdles that many people on the street have to face on a daily basis.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. May 2009. Major: Work and Human Resource Education. Advisor: Rosemarie Park. 1 computer file (PDF); xiii, 161 pages.
Brooks, Keith Stanley.
Understanding the world of work from the perspective of young adults in transitional housing situations..
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