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The Government Agrees: "Housing First" isn't Working

Feb 4, 2021 11:53:20 AM

In the fall of 2020, while the news media was focused on the pandemic and the presidential election, a significant report was quietly released by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. It was titled, Expanding the Toolbox: The Whole-of-Government Response to Homelessness, and it iterated some ideas UGM believes to be foundational in combatting homelessness.

Winning Essay: What I Wish People Knew About Homelessness

Dec 10, 2020 1:06:00 PM

We asked homeless men at our Shelter to tell us what they wished people knew about homelessness. Their essays astounded us.

The Gift of Talk Therapy for Homeless Men

Sep 30, 2020 3:44:39 PM

As a volunteer psychologist at UGM's Men's Shelter, Dr. Ed Schultze offers mental health counseling to a uniquely vulnerable population.

What Causes Homelessness? (It Isn't Always Addiction)

Sep 24, 2020 4:30:36 PM

Homelessness isn't a choice healthy people make. It's also not a choice that only addicts make. Asking how a person became homeless can help us understand and better serve all our neighbors.

In Their Words: Two Men Share Their Stories of Recovery

Sep 2, 2020 3:28:56 PM

UGM Men's Shelter residents, Tyler and Mike, shared their stories of recovery at the recent LIFE Recovery phase promotion event.

What I learned from my homeless guests

Mar 11, 2020 4:51:56 PM

Compassion plus accountability takes on personal dimensions when Barb invites two women experiencing homelessness into her home.

We Need Each Other: The Cure for Loneliness

Nov 12, 2019 12:58:37 PM

Debra was painfully lonely long before she ended up homeless. Alcohol covered the pain...for a while.

Loneliness and Isolation

Nov 7, 2019 11:24:04 AM

To address homelessness, we must address loneliness through human connection.

Toward Better Relief and Development

Oct 22, 2019 10:50:59 AM

We must develop relief and development systems that stop rewarding behaviors destructive to both homeless people themselves and others. 

Relief vs. Development: Diagnosing Causes

Oct 16, 2019 3:32:54 PM

Relief is not enough. Unless a move from street to housing is accompanied by development of the person, that person will continue to live in poverty.