Homeless in Michigan:
This paper is intended to capture the audience’s attention on the matter of homeless youth around the local community of Traverse City. The following will describe the background and history of homelessness in the area and suggest a solution to help deter this problem. The solution will then be put through a P-MOPS problem solving model and explain why it is the best solution for the current problem. And finally, a wrap up of the overall situation will conclude.
It is estimated that at any point in time there are five to six hundred homeless individuals in the surrounding Grand Traverse area and many of these individuals are young people between fourteen and seventeen years of age. Some are from the foster care system, some have been kicked out by their families and others are runaways. The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District found three hundred twenty six homeless students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. And forty percent of shelter residents are children.
There are a few options for homeless youth in the area. The faith Reformed Church has adopted the Traverse City Area Public School’s homeless program providing clothing and cash assistance. Third Level Crisis Intervention Center has staffed a wing at the Goodwill Homeless shelter, which houses homeless children ages fourteen to seventeen, and Catholic Human Services has Host Homes for Homeless Youth. This program places young people living on the streets in with families so they can continue their education. But it all is not enough. The problem continues to rise and a waiting list for families with children continues due to overcrowding in local shelters.
On Front Street, the main line of Traverse City, two faces are repeatedly seen walking in ghostly hours before people wake. I have seen those people carrying bags and scrounging for carelessly discarded bottles for deposit. Reflecting the...