Zero Homeless Family Pledge Summary

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RUNNING HEAD: The Concept of Programming Reengineering Mayor Schell’s Zero Homeless Family Pledge PAD500 May 15, 2012 Introduction The problem with homelessness in America has grown significantly. It’s a dilemma that can strike anyone when you least expect it. They are about 40% of people who are homeless. Rural areas the largest groups of homeless people are families, single mothers, and children. In a 1998 survey of 30 cities, it was found that the homeless population was 53% African-American, 35% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic, 4% Native-American, and 3% Asian (Study, 1998). In June 1998, Mayor Schell spoke to the media to address the needs of homeless families and single women in Seattle. He felt that they should address this as a major emergency that affects our society. He noted that as Americans we need to come together to generate solutions to end a growing epidemic of homeless people. This analysis will address Mayor Schell’s zero homeless strategy for the people of Seattle (Ensign & Panke, 2002). Analyze four policy choices of Mayor Schell that were made as part of the strategy for the homeless. Mayor Paul Schell had a number of options he could put…show more content…
Statistics shows that the cause of homelessness is because the lack of jobs. Others say that it is due to lack of housing. Several people are homeless even though they have a job. This happens because a lot of people work but they don’t make enough money to get above what is called the poverty line. Today’s estimate of fifty percent of the homeless has a full or part time job, but still don’t make enough money to pay their bills. It is also concluded that by providing housing/shelter to homeless groups could be progressive and cost saving in the long

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