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Review for Project Homeless Connect, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

While it can be perceived by some that services like Project Homeless Connect merely reinforce homelessness, these organizations address the needs of a community. Resolving homelessness is an enormous and very personalized task; no story is alike. Therefore, assessing needs requires personal attention and varied resources. Typically, homelessness is a byproduct of a deeper issue, such as unaddressed mental health problems or self-destructive coping mechanisms. It can also be attributed to a series of unforeseen events, especially in hard economic times such as now. While Project Homeless Connect cannot cure all of a client’s problems, it certainly does a good job of providing basic care that most other individuals have access to. It also does a fantastic job of educating the homeless clients, who seek to change their lives. Project Homeless Connect offers information on employment, housing, HIV diagnosis, and rehabilitation programs. This program does not try to cure homelessness, but instead offers basic services to a voiceless community. Nevertheless, a cure might be possible, and with organizations, like Project Homeless Connect, we are making the first step towards that possibility. By offering services to the homeless community, Project Homeless Connect brings much anticipated resources to these individuals, but consistency is needed. Through the implementation of community-based clinics, clients would have the benefits of regular resources when they need them most. Support groups, such as AA (Alcohol Anonymous) and NA (Narcotic Anonymous), would be able to mentor recovering clients struggling to stay clean and sober. Having regular clinic hours would also alleviate client anxiety of standing in long lines, worrying about not getting a chance to be seen by a healthcare provider. This consistency would also allow case managers and social workers to follow up with clients’ progress in their transitions. Client health would also benefit from regular check-ups and services. The overall benefits of having regular clinics that serve the homeless community, including individuals living at the poverty line, would be substantial. Consistency in giving quality care and resources to the homeless community would be the next big step in curing homelessness.

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