Friday, December 14, 2012

20% Project-12/14/12

Today I learned that there are different reasons people are homeless. For example mental illnesses make people become homeless. 16% of single people that are homeless have a mental illness. I also learned that a definition of being homeless is a person being "doubled up". That means that the person moves from a friends house or to an extended family every so often.

Friday, December 7, 2012

20% project

I am interested in helping the people around me that don't necessarily have as many resources as me. Erika and I want to do something to help homeless people in Allegan and Ottawa counties. I want to help people locally so I can possibly see the effects our impact make. We can't always see if what we do globally helps or not that's why we are going to do something in West Michigan. We have learned that in order to get fundings from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) the county has to have an unemployment rate of at least 10.7%. Allegan and Ottawa counties are at about 10% unemployment so they don't get the fundings. Therefore they are having most of there funds coming from people like us. There is a waiting list of over 2000 people waiting to access units in Ottawa’s Housing Plus network of agencies. Many of these people have mental health issues; some are living with HIV/AIDS. At this point we are still thinking about what we are going to do. Maybe something to do with the Holland Rescue Mission or another local shelter.