UNDERSTANDING HOMELESSNESS – THE PRESENT LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS EXACERBATED BY PAST AND CURRENT POLICIES EXCLUDING ACCESS TO PEOPLE BECAUSE OF RACE AND CLASS, AS WELL AS BY CURRENT POLICIES TO CRIMINALIZE THE TRAGEDY OF PEOPLE LIVING WITHOUT A HOME.
Single Adults experiencing homelessness
-Facts and Statistics:
Who makes up the population of single adults experiencing homelessness?
-Personal Stories: Stories of Single Adults Experiencing Homelessness
-Actionable Steps: Equipping yourself with the Handbook of the Streets (A handbook of yearly updated resources for providers and community members to reference when supporting people who are experiencing homelessness, available for Minneapolis & Saint Paul with English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali translations)
Who makes up the population of families experiencing homelessness?
-Personal Stories: Stories of Families Experiencing Homelessness
-Actionable Steps: Master List of Resources for Families from MN’s Largest Family Shelter
Youth experiencing homelessness
-Facts and Statistics: Who makes up the population of Youth Experiencing Homelessness?
-Personal Stories: Stories of Youth Experiencing Homelessness (these youth are UK based but in line with stories you will hear within the US)
-Actionable Steps: Helping Youth Find Shelter and other Necessary Services (Website Search Page, or Free Downloadable app available on iOS and Android)
Educating ourselves on this topic allows us to recognize and combat common stereotypes, and both individual and societal biases when they appear in our work and personal lives.