Homelessness is a complex condition that can result from a variety of factors including:
Providing homeless individuals with the services and resources to overcome their housing crisis, Waypoint offers emergency shelter at the Madge Phillips Center Shelter and a variety of Homeless and Housing Support Services. These services work in tandem to serve individuals' basic needs while developing long-term solutions to maintaining permanent housing. Other supplementary services such as the Daytime Resource Program are also available to help community members in crisis attain financial stability.
Throughout the country there are changes in how communities are addressing homelessness. Models like “Housing First” are on the forefront of these discussions as programs look to shift from sheltering to solutions to address homelessness. Programs are finding ways to support “Opening Doors, a Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness”.
This plan has a vision:
Waypoint continues to evaluate best practice models with positive outcomes that best support a household’s success in attaining housing.
The State of Homelessness in America – 2012 marked a decrease in homelessness throughout the country. It provides a state by state comparison. Overall, Iowa reduced homelessness by 6.6% in 2012.
Learn more about the state of homelessness in the U.S.: https://www.tuck.com/sleeping-homeless/