Shelter Program for Homeless Males with Substance Use and Mental Illness: A Strength and Effectiveness Based Approach

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Tamba, Kotatee
homelessness; homeless males; self-sufficiency; homeless shelters; homeless needs; Psychiatric and Mental Health; Social Work; Substance Abuse and Addiction
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Homelessness represents one of the United States most pressing and complex problems. Approximately, nine percent of the nation’s homeless are considered to be rural. Locally, homelessness in Steele County continues to be a problem. A one night survey of homeless individuals in southeastern Minnesota revealed that there are 217 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homeless males have been found to be at greater risk of becoming homeless and tend to remain homeless for longer periods of time. The high risks associated with substance use, lack of adequate shelters and limited access to health care services in rural communities increases and exacerbates the vulnerability of males experiencing homeless in rural communities (Healing Hands, 2001; National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009).The various services supporting homeless consumers pulls them in different directions and may provide conflicting advice, support and treatment options. As such, the coordination of needed services for homeless males is a necessary task in aiding homeless males toward self-sufficiency. The manual developed as part of this project was created as a response to the urgent need for providing case management services to homeless males at emergency and transitional shelters.