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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.

The Real Poverty of Relationships

Jun 19, 2019 8:48:23 AM

Nicholas Walker had prestige, respect, and power. But it was empty without real, loving relationships.

Healing Homeless Men through Relationship

Feb 16, 2017 10:43:53 AM

Men's Shelter staffer Joe Marsh sees homeless guests as a field ripe for harvest. God is working powerfully in their lives through relationship.

Coming Together to Find Balance

Jul 22, 2016 2:00:14 PM

UGM Camp is about having a fun experience where kids can simply be kids, but it's also about learning to take risks and build trust.

Lose the Label: Tweaker

Apr 1, 2016 4:50:57 PM

Jeff LeBlanc was heavy into meth for many years, self-described as “the tweaker of tweakers,” until he gave his life to God in jail.

Relationships: the Problem and the Cure

Apr 10, 2015 12:53:25 PM

UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor Yvonne Wilhelm discusses relationship addiction, how it manifests itself and how it's overcome.

The Cycle of "Love"

Apr 8, 2015 2:55:00 PM

UGM LIFE Recovery Counselor Yvonne Wilhelm sheds light on relationship addiction - what it is and how it affects the women at UGM.