Schell'S Zero Homeless Family Strategy

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Background Homelessness is a societal issues caused from deinstitutionalization, mental illness, changes in the family structure, economics, violence, and personal crisis. Homelessness is not a local problem; it is a national (and international) public health crisis. Most statistics show, in fact, that there are about 8-10,000 individuals living in Seattle (King County) without shelter each and every night. This may, in fact, be a low estimate, since it is based on one night only, and does not county every area of the County (Heim, 2009). Within the Greater Seattle Area, many homeless have chronic health issues. Diabetes is common, often based on alcohol or substance abuse, and over half have some form of cardiovascular disease, 25% mental health issues. Many have developmental disabilities, and at least 10% HIV. In 2008, the records reported show that there were over 100 attacks on the homeless, almost 30 fatal, based on race, religion, or sexual orientation, causing the Seattle City Council to pass a measure indicating that harassing a homeless person is a hate crime (Ten Year Plan, 2011). Part 1 - Policy Choices Seattle Mayor Paul Schell had a variety of options that were possible mitigating factors in addressing homelessness in Seattle. The King County Community Homelessness Advisory Council had already developed strategies that Scholl could use to combat the problem. For example, the City could improve maintenance, but not increase the existing shelter build-out or

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