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Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

Jul 10, 2019 12:45:15 PM

In her article “Does Poverty Cause Homelessness?” Marchauna Rodgers argued that the United States has misdiagnosed the problem of homelessness, equating it with a lack of resources, or specifically one resource – a home. As a result of that misdiagnosis, she wrote, government programs and social services have focused on addressing symptoms rather than root causes.

It’s easy to see how we went astray. It’s right there in the word: home-less-ness. If someone is home-less, it would seem we could rectify that situation by providing the thing s/he is lacking.

But what if that person is also friend-less, job-less, without a family or the social and life skills one is supposed to learn in a family? What if that person is severely depressed, suffering from trauma, domestic violence or severe anxiety? What if that person aged out of the foster care system and doesn’t really know how to do life on her own? What if that person can’t read or dropped out of high school? What if she keeps getting fired because of angry outbursts that have nothing to do with her job? What if he is coping in the only way he knows how – self-medicating with drugs and alcohol? What if that person is not only home-less but hope-less?

A home in and of itself doesn’t seem to address any of those deeper issues.

3 Ways Student Impact Gives Kids a Family

May 29, 2019 4:12:56 PM

Having a dozen teenagers over 3 nights a week, the Student Impact Center interns know what they're in for. But when you're a family, you do what it takes.

Family Breakdown: Restoring a Damaged Masterpiece

Nov 14, 2018 4:43:09 PM

God's design for family is perfect. But our families aren't. Pastor Sonny talks about why family is so important and how we can help our residents experiencing the consequences of family breakdown.

Elizabeth: Conformity vs. Transformation

Dec 2, 2016 12:50:29 PM

In recovery at UGM, Elizabeth not only got her daughter back but found what she desperately needed: security in her own identity as a person and a parent.

It Started at UGM Camp

May 13, 2016 4:31:14 PM

UGM Camp was a beginning for Zola. There she accepted to Christ and met the Nelsons who've had a special, lasting relationship with her.

Keeping good company

Jan 22, 2016 1:36:01 PM

Charlie's addiction burnt bridges in his relationships. But now, he's found the importance of relationships that offer support and accountability.

What I Know

Dec 11, 2015 12:13:25 PM

After 30 years of ministry at Union Gospel Mission, Executive Director Phil Altmeyer has leaned much about people, homelessness, relationships, and more.

Reunited: Mother and Daughter Recover Together

Apr 22, 2015 5:10:00 PM

Mother and daughter, Darlene and Nicki were recently reunited after alcoholism drove Nicki away from her mom.

Encouragement Empowers

Jan 29, 2015 9:39:00 AM

UGM Executive Director, Phil Altmeyer, describes the people who have most encouraged and believed in him throughout his life.

Christmas Shopping that Helps the Homeless

Dec 5, 2014 2:51:00 PM

Last Christmas, Tiffany Riddle's family shopped at the UGM Thrift Store and helped the homeless.