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Homelessness Dewayne Henderson BSHS/465 July 21, 2014 Tanisha Laidler Homelessness Introduction Human service workers help people who are homeless to meet basic needs. Human service workers may refer clients to a variety of providers, such as temporary or permanent housing facilities, organizations that serve meals, and job centers that can assist the client in learning new skills or finding jobs. Some clients can need help finding treatment to address and underlying cause of homelessness. Working closely with the client, human service workers identify problems and create a plan for service to help the client solve these problems. The process may include a multitude of helping techniques by evaluating the client support system,…show more content…
It also enables staff to work more efficiently. In this sense, specialized homelessness services are an essential ingredient for quality and effective care in your organization. Many of the clients you serve are not homeless when they come into treatment but, for a variety of reasons, become homeless during treatment and have no place to live once they complete intensive treatment. Other clients receiving behavioral health services are just one paycheck or one personal or family crisis away from homelessness. Still others enter treatment because they need shelter. Having a staff with the knowledge and skills to anticipate and address these issues will help your program run more smoothly and with better outcomes. The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that there are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the US. 142,168 (22.1%) are children, 62,619 (13%) are veterans, and 269,991 (42.6%) are disabled and unable to work (cited from http://www.endhomelessness.org/) Address the interpersonal skills needed to work with this population. Human service professionals present his or her best selves to the public. Clients moods change, but your customer, external or internal doesn 't care. Make a conscious effort to be your most positive, enthusiastic, helpful self, even when that 's not how you feel. If you need to vent, do it in private (Bly, 1998).
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