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How a Crisis Response System Could Decrease Homelessness Rates

Solving economic and social issues will always be difficult. However, preventative actions are always useful tools to have. Especially with homelessness, preventative actions could drastically reduce the number of those who are unhoused. The following article discusses how useful a crisis response system can be in helping bring the homeless population numbers down. 

Oftentimes, problems are only fixed after they have already happened. Would it not be more effective if we as a society worked to prevent looming crises? In this article’s case, the situation being prevented would be homelessness. What if we were able to help those who are at risk of homelessness, and set them back on track? One way we could do this is with a crisis response system!

The purpose of a crisis response system, regarding homelessness, is to identify those who may be at risk, or are already homeless and connect them to housing and any other services needed. There is a certain part of a crisis system, diversion and prevention, that would greatly benefit areas that are densely populated. Prevention assistance can aid households in keeping their current housing situation, while diversion prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them quickly find housing arrangements.

The goal of a crisis response system is to act fast. Although made to be preventative, even if a crisis does ensue, the role of the crisis response system is to make sure that immediate aid is always available. It is also important to note that there are more components to a crisis response. While focusing on housing, a crisis response may also provide basic survival essentials such as food and water, or hygienic products. Some may also provide clothes, depending upon circumstances. 

Homelessness has the potential to decrease if it is acted on before it happens. Communities can come together and regulate policies contributing to both the availability and access to safe and affordable housing. Perhaps this could be the key to success when looking for preventative actions towards homelessness. 

Sources: 

https://endhomelessness.org/ending-homelessness/solutions/crisis-response/#:~:text=How%20a%20Crisis%20Response%20System,housing%20assistance%20and%20other%20services.

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