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A social problem that is of significance to me is homelessness. I feel as though homelessness is a problem because homelessness has increased over the years. Many children that are experiencing homelessness can have developmental, physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. I came to identify homelessness as being a severe issue when conducting my research about the topic. I came to realization that poverty and homelessness is on the rise. I came to understand homelessness by looking at it in a broader spectrum and not only identifying homelessness by the textbook definition. Many agencies have adapted to a new meaning of homelessness that other agencies have not. The new definition of homelessness notices those who are living in motel/hotels and doubled up with family as being homeless. The past and present societal factors that contribute to homelessness are lack of education, lack of affordable housing, lack of adequate economic resources, unemployment, and underemployment. Some of the possible ways to address the situation on a micro level would be to help a person facing homelessness find employment, affordable housing, and link individuals to a case worker. Some of the possible ways to address the situation on a mezzo level to have support groups or self-esteem groups. Lastly, another possible way in addressing the homelessness situation on a macro level would be to have community meetings, creating appropriate adequate resources, and re-inventing policies that have an impact on the homelessness population. Macro level social work is interventions provided on a larger scale that affect the entire community and systems of care. Ethical decisions that I have faced while interning at an agency that targets homelessness fam... ... middle of paper ... ... housing. Once in the re-housing program, a family stays where they currently are, but has immediate access to a Mentor Advocate, who guides and empowers them as they seek permanent housing. Financial assistance from PLM Families Together is provided for initial rent costs and gradually decreases as families meet their goals. Each family is expected to move to stable housing, under its own lease, within 60 days of enrollment (the current average is 40 days). Evaluation After families move into their own places through Re-housing Support, Mentor Advocates continue to work with them for up to12-14 months in the “Stabilization” phase of their program. This phase helps the families to gain skills for budgeting and working with landlords, and coordinating assistance for needed services. In 2012-13, PLM Families Together housed a record 70 families from their program.

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