Housing is the only way to improve health

Housing is the only way to improve health

You’ve probably seen the California Policy Lab article we’ve shared on the serious health problems and trauma experienced by unsheltered people. The key finding:  The analysis finds that people who are unsheltered are far more likely to report having chronic health conditions, mental health issues, and experiences with trauma and […]

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which grew out of a 1981 “Day of Unity” among domestic violence survivors and activists sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Today, an estimated 20 people per minute experience physical abuse. Domestic violence call centers receive more than 20,000 calls per day. […]

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Diversion: A new(er) approach to homelessness

Hi everyone. I’m Joann Boblick, Manager of Stabilization Services. That encompasses a lot, but I basically help people who are struggling to remain in their homes stay in them. I want to talk about one of the new ways we do this: a strategy known as Diversion. Cook County has […]

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Bureaucratic barriers often cause homeless to refuse outreach

Bureaucratic barriers often cause homeless to refuse outreach

When BEDS client John S. finally moved into his apartment this March, he breathed a sigh of relief. After about a year in shelter, John decided to work with BEDS to find permanent housing. The process took almost nine months. “My mattress is so much better than that pad on […]

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Homeless seniors reaching crisis point

Homeless seniors reaching crisis point

Last year, BEDS Plus saw a surge in older clients. We reached 120 people aged 62 and older, the largest number and largest percent — 13% — of seniors ever helped in a year. This was four times the 5-year average of 30 seniors helped in a year. We served

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Busting the myths around homelessness

Busting the myths around homelessness

BEDS Plus, like most homeless service agencies, confronts common stereotypes. They make it easy to blame individuals for their homelessness, ignore them and their needs, and oppose changes that would improve their lives.  We’d like to deconstruct a few of the common misperceptions:

“They’re criminals.” People

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Domestic violence often leaves survivors homeless and without support

Domestic violence often leaves survivors homeless and without support

As a homeless services case worker, I’ve come to face an ugly truth: people fleeing domestic violence often become homeless. Abusers cut off access to family, friends, and financial resources, leaving survivors with no place to go or basis to rebuild their lives. Those who leave can stay in

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