Homelessness is a temporary condition, not a permanent solution!
- Pamela D Wray Biron, Executive Director/Founder
WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS?
Homelessness means not having a home. Some people have no roof over their head and sleep on the street, in doorways or on night buses.
But much more homelessness is hidden – you could be homeless if you sleep on a friend's sofa or in their spare room, or in a tent.
Even if you have a roof over your head you can still be homeless, if you don't have any rights to stay where you live or your home is unsuitable due to severe overcrowding or other reasons.
Our research looking at people's turning points into homelessness in the US, found that reasons most often cited by male participants were relationship breakdown, substance misuse, and leaving an institution (prison, care, hospital etc.). For homeless women, the most common causes were physical or mental health problems and escaping a violent relationship.
There are also problems in wider society that can contribute towards homelessness. These structural causes might include a lack of affordable housing; high levels of poverty, unemployment or worklessness; the way in which the benefits system operates; or the way social housing is rationed.
What are the consequences of homelessness?
Whatever the causes of an individual's homeless, the consequences can be brutal. Homelessness damages people's capability through loss of skills, through an inability to think about employment whilst worrying about housing, and through their health becoming impaired whilst homeless. Homelessness also damages people's resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence.
One in four ex-homeless people also find themselves unable to sustain a tenancy - loneliness and isolation are the main causes, often compounded by lack of choice about where they can live. Therefore it is important to build people's skills, confidence and capability to empower them to feel in control of their lives again and so they are able to move on from homelessness for good.
Pets of the Homeless
When stomachs start rumbling, homeless people with pets often feed their best friends first.
To help the estimated five to 10 percent of homeless people with pets care for their animals, The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries have recently teamed up with the Pets of the Homeless.
The organizations distribute dog and cat food to local food pantries for the poor and homeless and we will be a distribution center for this organization.
"It means they get to eat another meal, and their best buddy gets to have a healthy meal," Paula Kane, a volunteer at Pets of the Homeless in Bithlo, Fla., told the East Orlando Sun. "Because homeless people will go hungry before their dogs."
Some are skeptical as to why a person living on the streets should take on the responsibility of a pet. Many homeless people rely on their pooches for protection and sometimes even more importantly, companionship.
WHAT WE DO.
We provides the support that homeless individuals and families need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own.
The mission of The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.
- Help people gain access to permanent housing
- Utilize shelters as a short term program to triage, assess and stabilize families and individuals in crisis.
- Utilize our case management and expand our prevention programs to help people live as independently as possible.
- Develop innovative programs to reduce the need for emergency systems of care in the community.
- Build alliances with affordable housing providers and other organizations that serve homeless individuals and families.
- We treat all people with dignity and respect, always with the understanding that we are part of one community
- We are community leaders and advocates for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness.
- We are committed to innovation and best practices in our programs.