University of Central Florida Homelessness in Tampa Bay Community Research Paper

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Deliverable • • • • To complete this project, you will form small groups and choose a local problem affecting USF or in the local Tampa Bay community. Each group member will complete primary and secondary research on the problem and write a 2-3 page research summary report in memo format. Although you are part of a group working on a shared research problem, each group member will complete their own primary and secondary research and write their own research summary report memo. Your memo should include the following section headings: o ▪ ▪ Memo header with Date, To, From, and Subject Section headings: ▪ Background Information ▪ Problem Description ▪ Impacted Populations ▪ Problem Causes ▪ References (Note: use APA format for references) Project 3 Overview Research in the workplace solves a problem. Tasked with a problem in the workplace, you may be asked to gather the information necessary to fully understand the issue at hand, solve that problem (or offer potential solutions), prove that your solutions are viable, and/or test your solution(s). Doing this work requires different types of research that go beyond simply querying (searching) a library database or using Google. Often, you will need to speak directly to target populations and audiences and directly contact resources and experts in different professions and in the community. You may also need information in addition to or instead of scholarly resources. Local and national journalism (newspapers and magazines) may add context and perspective. Professional experts, government agencies, and state and local authorities may serve as be relevant sources, as are individuals in target populations. Essentially, research in the workplace requires you to think critically and creatively about: • The type of information you need; and • The best way to get that information. Your job as a researcher is to address, explain, and/or solve a problem using the most relevant and applicable methods and resources. If a resource can supply information you need, then it is the right resource for the job. It’s also important when thinking about a problem your researching to keep in mind that you probably aren’t the first person or organization to deal with this issue. Look at other organizations, groups, or communities negotiating the same or similar issue. Research how those groups describe and deal with the problem. The perspective of experience is invaluable to your work. Project 3 Assignment Instructions This project asks you to do community-based research into a local problem impacting USF or the surrounding Tampa Bay community (Tampa Bay community(the problem is homeless people in Tampa Bay area so please find sources about this area (Florida Tampa.)) ) . Your goal for this project is to describe a problem in detail using as much information as you can gather from as many different kinds of sources as are useful. This project requires a mixture of primary research and secondary research. This means you may look at research gathered by others (e.g., government agencies, non-profit organizations, professional and academic experts), but you will also gather your own data by contacting experts and asking impacted population for their perspective. Once you have formed small groups and agreed on a local problem, you will conduct research using any of the following methods and resources, or anything else that helps you explain the scope of your problem. Remember that your report must include a mixture of primary (original) and secondary (published) research. • • • • • • • Newspapers (local, university, national) Reports from government agencies, universities, and/or NGOs Scholarly research Facts and statistics compiled by government agencies and/or NGOs Interviews with experts and/or impacted individuals Surveys (social media makes doing surveys easy) Online audience analysis using Voyant tools: (Links to an external site.) o See student example using audience analysis here: Project 3 Voyant.png o Click here for instructions on how to use Voyant-Tools for Project 3. As a deliverable, you will produce a report memo approximately 2-3 pages in length that reports your findings and provides readers with a robust understanding of the problem you have researched. Outcomes Upon successful completion of this project, you will be able to: • Identify and engage with a problem-based scenario similar to those found in the workplace • Develop primary and secondary research skills appropriate for addressing a specific problem • Integrate research into a written deliverable • Develop professional writing and editing skills • Practice writing for a specific (local) purpose and audience • Produce a specific genre of professional discourse (research summary report in memo format) Date: October 20, 2019 From: Henil Desai To: R.J. Lambert Subject: Health Problems Regarding Student Alcohol Consumption in USF Background of Problem Student alcohol consumption in college is a topic that dates to the beginning of when a college starts up. At USF alcohol consumption is something that is very frequent and happens regardless of whether you are consuming at a legal age or not. One thing that is for certain is the health risks some students put themselves under as a result of consuming alcohol in college. Description of Problem The effects of student alcohol consumption is actually a lot more detrimental to the health than many people realize and the consequences become real for a lot of students According to the National institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 2017 survey, 53.6% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month; 34.8% binge drinking (5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women); and 9.7% engaged in heavy alcohol use (binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month). And all this really comes to alarm you when it was said that drinking by college students ages 18 to 24 contributes to an estimated 1,519 student deaths each year. Additionally, A personal survey was carried out by me around USF and a good number of students said that they would not go to a hospital even if they knew that it would be best if they did because they are underage or because it may be expensive. Causes of Problem Based on information provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the survey I took , there are primary and secondary causes for concern regarding health problems related to student alcohol consumption. The primary cause is students not wanting to go to the hospitals to get checked because they fear that they will get in trouble for being underage and therefore are willing to take a risk with their health and just go home or stay home instead. Secondary cause is that students don’t want to get checked up in the hospital or stay in hospital because it is too expensive, and they can’t afford it. Affected Populations Based on a survey I took this week regarding alcohol consumption and health. I asked 20 students of different ages, backgrounds and genders five questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. How old are you? Do you consume alcohol? Have you ever been intoxicated with alcohol? Would you ever go to a hospital if you were too drunk or just stay at home? Are you fully aware of what alcohol consumption does to your health? Below are graphs with some of the results from the survey. Are you fully aware of what alcohol consumption does to your health? NO 60% YES 40% YES NO References/Works Cited National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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Background of the problem
It is important to note that homelessness is increasingly becoming a problem and needs to
be addressed. Tampa-St. Petersburg is one of the leading places with the highest cases of
homelessness. According to the National Alliance to end homelessness, Tampa bay has
approximately sixteen thousand people who are homeless. This includes men, women, and
children. The main reason for this is unemployment. It is important to note that the standards of
living are generally high. Coupled up with unemployment, people are not able to afford housing
and end up being kicked on the streets. Additionally, companies are looking for people with a
high skill set, making it impossible for the residents to scale the world of employment.
Homelessness is an issue affecting Tampa Bay residents.
Description of the Problem
According to the homeless count in Hillsborough, Tampa Bay has a population of one
thousand six hundred and fifty homeless people. This is with the inclusion of men, women, and
children. These people sleep on the streets and encampments. It is common to find families who
are homeless, including the father, mother, and children. They have no source of shelter and
cannot afford to rent places. It is, however, essential not to confuse homelessness with poverty
(Hersberger, et al. 2005). Poverty is the extent to which a person cannot provide a decent
standard of living, including meals. However, some of these homeless people can give such
necessities. It is important to note that the THHI conducts the annual Tampa county homeless
count, which helps collect data on the Homeless people in the Tampa community. This data is



used by the community and the government to help initiate programs aimed at improving the
homeless people in the Tampa community.
Causes of the problem
It is important to note that different factors can cause homelessness. However, the most
common factor is lack of employment, which leads to a lack of enough finances to afford a
house. Organizations change and decide to lay off a section of their employees. This causes a lot
of problems and can lead to homelessness. These people have families who depend on them.
They end up on the streets with their families. The second reason is domestic violence. Women
and men end up on the streets as a result of domestic violence. They try to escape their violent
partners. Some of them do not have a source of livelihood and families who they can turn to.
They end up living in shelters and encampments. The third factor that results in homelessness is
mental illnesses. Tampa Community does not have elaborate centers for the mentally
incapacitated. This poses a problem for them as most of these people end up on the streets. The
number thereof ends up increasing. While homelessness is not poverty, this ultimately leads to
poverty. Once a person is homeless, he or she does not have access to elaborate healthcare and
supportive services. The little they have is spent on food and maintaining their families. In the
end, they end up with nothing as a result of exhausting what they already have (Finley, et al.
Affected populations
According to the county statics;

19% of the homeless people in Tampa have served in the U.S military

18% are experiencing mental disorder


16% are chronically ill suffering from diseases such as cancer

38% are female, and 20% consists of the Hispanic population in the United States

This is the population of the homeless in Tampa Bay.




Hersberger, J. (2005). The homeless and information needs and services. Reference & User
Services Quarterly, 44(3), 199-202.
Finley, S., & Diversi, M. (2010). Critical homelessness: Expanding narratives of inclusive
democracy. Cultural Studies? Critical Methodologies, 10(1), 4-13.

The Outline
Background of the problem
National Alliance to end homelessness
Tampa Bay
Description of the Problem
Causes of the problem
Affected populations
Hersberger, J. (2005). The homeless and information needs and services. Reference & User
Services Quarterly, 44(3), 199-202.
Finley, S., & Diversi, M. (2010). Critical homelessness: Expanding narratives of inclusive
democracy. Cultural Studies? Critical Methodologies, 10(1), 4-13.




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