Ravenhill states that homelessness is a representation of an extreme social situation that develops from an increase in risk factors from childhood to adulthood (2016). Parents play the key role in determining whether the family will be raised in a roofless situation. Ravenhill further states than homeless and ex-homeless people frequently suffer from depression, extreme poverty, and suicidal thoughts. Minnery, John, and Emma argue that old policies to help the homeless are specified to a particular group of people as they fail to address issues of housing as well as social and psychological needs (2007). Further, the researchers elaborate that organizations that are concerned with solving issues of homelessness should be more independent by focusing on capacity building. Examples of such organization include FoodBank, Hamilton Family Center, HandUp, LifeMoves, and Lava Mae.
FoodBank acts as a pantry to charity organizations by receiving donations in the form of food varieties and distributing these meals to the homeless. They collect the surplus, damaged, and incorrectly labeled goods from manufacturers and farmers. Such food that could have gone to waste is used to feed the hungry. FoodBank is a reputable organization that many companies and manufacturers tend to donate to as an initiative to help the less fortunate. FoodBank is well distributed in almost all northern states of Australia. Foodbank should create data profiles for the homeless people they help through registration. In this manner, the organization will be able to share information on areas with poor people. This information will act as a useful guide to the government when uplifting the lives of these individuals.
The Hamilton Family Center
Programs offered by Hamilton Family Center focus on preventing homelessness by offering housing subsidies, increasing the family’s incomes, and placing homeless families in permanent homes. The organization also uses schooling institution staff to identify students who do not have a permanent home. The success of this center is attributed to working closely with poor families as well as responding fast enough to help them.
Handup offers financial aid to the homeless by creating profiles on their site for individuals to become donors. They provide work supplies and medicine to homeless families. Their donations and operations are done through campaigns where the homeless are issued with registration cards that enable them to buy either food or clothing. Both Hangup and Hamilton family should provide regular and historical checkups to determine whether the individuals that they are helping are indeed poor or homeless. They should also check if their efforts to assist these individuals are successful.
Minnery, John, and Emma Greenhalgh. “Approaches to homelessness policy in Europe, the United States, and Australia.” Journal of Social Issues, 63.3 (2007): 641-655.
Ravenhill, Megan. The Culture of Homelessness. London, UK: Routledge, 2016. Print.