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We are a group of 4. Our topic is about homeless people in Tampa Bay area. We had to write project 3 where every body was required to write a memo that describes the problem based on some sources. Now, we have to write project 4 which is based on the researches that we did in project 3. The four memos of project 3 are attached and the instructions of project 4 are also attached.

you will need to submit 3 things with different due date. the soonest one is only two pages( within 16 hour from now) which should talk about basic things about the project.

all description and due dates are in the PDF below.

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1 Date: March 12, 2020 To: Tampa Bay Community From: Mohsin AL Ajmi Subject: Tampa Bay Community Homelessness Problem Background of problem 2019 Homeless Hillsborough Country report indicates that in Tampa, there are at least 1650 women, men, and children. The homeless people include individuals that sleep on transitional housing, emergency shelters, cars, encampment, buildings, and on the streets. Numerous reasons contribute to the significant increase in homelessness in the county. For instance, loss of jobs results in homelessness. Also, an increase in the number of women in the streets is, as a result, an increase in domestic violence (Booth, 2018). Therefore, due to trauma, people find it hard living and coping with others in life. Additionally, some are homeless due to depression, post-traumatic stress, or mental illnesses. Thus, the factors of homelessness can be combined with a lack of affordable housing, low-paying jobs, underemployment, and financial-unemployment. Description of problem In the United States, the metropolitan areas of Tampa St Petersburg record he highest cases of homelessness. Report by National Alliance to End Homelessness indicates that out of 10,000 residents, here are at least 57 homeless cases. The situation is alarming, prompting federal and county governments to come up with ways to cope with this crisis. Causes of problem Individuals that experience homelessness is not any different from any population in the country. Thus, there is a thin line between unhoused and housed population. Families and individuals that experience homelessness do not have the necessary support that would accommodate them to lack adequate housing, and they live in extremely vulnerable situations. Thus, individual circumstances, system failure, and structural factors play a crucial role in the increase of homelessness in Tampa. Structural factors refer to societal and economic issues that influence individuals’ social and environmental opportunities (Homeless in Florida Statistics 2018. Homeless Estimation by State | US Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2020). Critical structural factors include discrimination, lack of access to affordable health and housing support, and inadequate income. Therefore, it becomes a challenge for people that are impoverished to comfortably pay for education, health care, childcare, food, and housing. The only option left is living on the streets, which to them, is affordable. In Florida, there is a shortage of stable, safe, and affordable housing that contributes to homelessness. On the other hand, a significant percentage spends a substantial amount of their salaries on housing, making it hard for them to afford a mortgage plan. Sexual and racial minorities are at a high risk of experiencing homelessness because they experience challenges in accessing helpful services, justice, housing, and employment (Pribish, Khalil & Mhaskar, et al., 2019). An increase in domestic violence also contributes to homelessness whereby victims and their families opt to live on the streets, which they perceive to be peaceful. Additionally, the 2 victims encounter psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that forces them to choose between homelessness and abusive relationships. System failure plays a significant role in the increase in the number of homelessness in the country. Therefore, the majority of the people find it unbearable to afford necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and housing. The system is developed in such a way that it makes it hard for young people to live normal lives since the majority are unemployed, thus becoming dependant. Affected population 2019 Tampa homeless report indicates that:  16 percent of the local population is chronically homeless  18 percent of the population experience mental illness  10 percent have served in the United States military (system unable to have proper programs)  20 percent are Hispanic  19 percent are under the age of 18  38 percent are females (domestic violence)  Children and youth also had a significant percentage of homelessness 3 4 References Booth, B. C. (2018). An Impossible Dream for Florida: Ending Homelessness. Homeless in Florida Statistics 2018. Homeless Estimation by State | US Interagency Council on Homelessness. (2020). Retrieved 29 March 2020, from https://www.usich.gov/homelessness-statistics/fl/ Pribish, A., Khalil, N., Mhaskar, R., Woodard, L., & Mirza, A. S. (2019). Chronic disease burden of the homeless: a descriptive study of student-run free clinics in Tampa, Florida. Journal of community health, 44(2), 249-255. 1 Date : Abril, 01, 2020 To: Dr. R.J. Lambert From :Mazin Al Khayari Subject :Homelessness in Tampa Bay Community Background of the problem Itis 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. Tampa Bay is located in Florida State in the United States of America. About 28,300 people in Tampa Bay experienced homelessness on one night in 2019. This is according to a report from the U.S department of Housing and Urban development. This goes to show that homelessness is an issue in Tampa Bay and needs to be addressed (Zorza et al, 2018). Description of the Problem 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. According to the homeless count in Hillsborough, Tampa Bay has a population of 1650 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 (Hersbergeret 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. I also did a survey to establish the problem of homelessness in Tampa Bay. This required field practice. Accompanied by some of my friends, we visited Tampa and collected statistics on the number of homeless people outside. This was done in a small area. We also used interviews to understand the problem better as people give better accounts of what they are actually facing (Kroon et al, 2010). 2 Causes of the problem There are different factors that influence 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 (Dotson et al, 2011). 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 (Zorza et al, 1991). 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. 2010). Affected populations According to the county statics, homelessness affects men, women and children. The statistics show that:     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 (Booth et al, 2018). This is the population of the homeless in Tampa Bay.This data helps us understand homelessness in Tampa Bay better. For one, we are able to note that metal illness is a cause of homelessness. Additionally, there is a section of the Hispanic population on the streets. This may be influenced by different factors i.e. racism. In conclusion, these people need help. The government should strategize ways to help the homeless community of Tampa (Kench et al, 2011). 3 References Hersberger, J. (2005). The homeless and information needs and services. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(3), 199-202. https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/J_Hersberger_Homeless_2005.pdf Finley, S., &Diversi, M. (2010). Critical homelessness: Expanding narratives of inclusive democracy. Cultural Studies? Critical Methodologies, 10(1), 4-13. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1532708609351142 Zorza, J. (1991). Woman battering: A major cause of homelessness. Clearinghouse Rev., 25, 421. https://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1483&context=jlp Booth, B. C. (2018). An Impossible Dream for Florida: Ending Homelessness. https://thhi.org/about-homelessness/ Kench, B. T. (2011). The Great Recession's impact on the Tampa Bay economy. Research in Business and Economics Journal, C1. Kroon Lundell, Å., & Eriksson, G. (2010). Interviews as communicative resources in news and current affairs broadcasts. Journalism Studies, 11(1), 20-35. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2010.493328 Dotson, H. M. (2011). Homeless women, parents, and children: A triangulation approach analyzing factors influencing homelessness and child separation. Journal of Poverty, 15(3), 241-258. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10875549.2011.588489?scroll=top&needAccess= true&journalCode=wpov20 Date: 1 April 2020 To: Ministry of Housing From: Majahad Aljabri Subject: Homeless in Tampa Bay Background of problem The increased rate of homelessness is prevalent in Tampa Bay area. The concentration was majorly on labor unrest, ethnic housing, radical politics as well as New Deal Social policies such as Franklin D. Roosevelt because it led to issues of inequality that resulted in homelessness. Labor unrests, ethnic housing, and radical politics were issues raised by the scholars who researched and studied the gendered public policy characters, the assumptions, and welfare reforms behind the gender wage gap. Homeless women have been treated only incidentally, even this literature. Homelessness has been comprehending narrowly as the displaced men, whether in popular renditions or scholarly of the Great Depression (Hersberger, 2015). Description of Problem Homelessness refers to the family or individual state of lacking safe, permanent, and adequate nighttime residence. People joining the systems of homelessness for the first time are a contributing factor to the growing homeless populations. The Great Depression became the onset of the chronic homeless issues in Tampa Bay and the whole of the United States continue to struggle with today. During the Great Depression, homelessness was still viewed as an incidental consequence because of men's disparity even though the prevalence in history was marked for homeless ladies. Over time in being in the social service field, there is a void, an underlying issue of resources lacking for the first time homeless people in Tampa Bay. There are limited resources for the first time, homeless people, due to the public policies and eligibility process to servicing the homeless under priority categories. Homeless services as a whole have expanded assistance to both mental health and substance abuse clients but have failed in assisting in the first time homeless people in acquiring swift permanent housing or overall priority assistance to return as a productive member of the community. Consequently, the first time homeless people are subjected to an abundance of obstacles to begin receiving assistance. The barriers are measured from intrusive to tedious questioning during the intake and eligibility process of the homeless system, leaving the newly homeless women lost, exposed, and filled with uncertainties (Hersberger, 2015). This literature will help to present, support, and determine the elements in the homeless system that contributes to the disparity in services for the first time homeless people. Causes of Problem There were various homelessness reasons, but the major causes were the greed of other people to grab the homes of others and the growing, growing gaps between the underprivileged and the wealthy. Contributing factors to loss of home include job loss, foreclosures, family or personal crisis, unemployment, the rise in rent disproportionate, unemployment, and reduced public health benefits. Other factors include inadequate support to society, substance, and abuse of alcohol, lack of sufficient job skills, mental disorders, the rise in violence amongst families, and previous incarceration. Additionally, homelessness is in rising amongst veterans. In the year 2013, there was an approximate of 15% being rendered homeless. Sexual and domestic violence is the highest cause of homelessness in current times for families and women, and 30-50% of all the homeless children and women become homeless after fleeing from domestic violence (Hersberger, 2015). Homeless women are prone to domestic violence of all manners as compared to homeless mothers who do not have homes because they lack personal security when living in a shelter or outdoors (Hersberger, 2015). Providers of domestic violence shelters are restricted from reporting client information; therefore, estimates are provided which likely undercount the figures of homeless families and women seeking refuge as a result of violence related to domestic. First-time homeless people in Tampa Bay continues to rise though patterns of failed housing placement causing recidivism, lack of assisted support with linkage to medical services, including psychiatric assessments, and inadequate social support. There is an increasing population related to reducing health risks results of homeless people in Tampa Bay. However, only little known about this homogeneous group as well as the differences in the status of health, victimization profiles, and utilization of health services of these homeless women who live in sober and sober residents before their counterparts who live a comfortable life (Hersberger, 2015). Many assumptions have been made about homeless people living in the street shelters in that they have poorly arranged living standards, have no close contact with friends and relatives. In most cases, these women are emotionally distressed, thus being victims of risky behaviors and are closely linked to poor health experience and victimization. As a result, health practitioners need to have an active health arrangement responsibility when it comes to the issue of providing prescriptions and treatment of homeless women. Affected Populations Families and women are the greatest affected by homelessness, with 34% being formed families. Of these homeless families, 84% are headed by women or single mothers. African American is most affected by the homeless women at about 43%. Lack of education is associated with being homeless, with about 53% of the homeless mothers having a low level of education (Hersberger, 2015). The shortage of affordable housing and poverty are significant problems affecting homeless mothers. Many adolescents are involved in conflicts related to sexual orientation with their parents or guardians flee from their home resulting in homelessness. Gay, bisexuals, lesbians, transgender, and youth represent 20% of the homeless youth. Sixty-five percent of transgender young people and homeless people attempt to commit suicide in their lifetime (Hersberger, 2015). Among gay, bisexual, lesbians and transgender who are exposed to domestic violence, 58% become homeless due to local related issues. The current state in Tampa Bay is experiencing severe problems where low-income earners being unable to afford the expensive high housing. The government, through the national alliance, is currently in stable conditions trying to end homelessness and ensure that individuals from challenged economic-social backgrounds can shift from the city shelters into the prohibitory expensive right shades. Today, residents of New York are forced to spend too much on rent a condition that is continuously making them remain unstable and continue cycling. The following research questions were based to understanding the homelessness Are you homeless? Why do you consider yourself homeless? What made you homeless? Do you have a single family? Has domestic violence of sex orientation contributed to you being homeless? Survey results Figure 1 Reference Hersberger, J. (2015). The homeless and information needs and services. Reference & User Services Quarterly. April 1, 2020 From: Amjad Ambusaidi To: Mr. Lambert Subject: Tampa Bay Community Homelessness Problem Background of problem 2019 Homeless Hillsborough Country report indicates that in Tampa, there are at least 1650 women, men, and children. The homeless people include individuals that sleep on transitional housing, emergency shelters, cars, encampment, buildings, and on the streets. Several efforts by local, state and federal authorities have led to eradication of poverty in Tampa in particular and the state of Florida in general. The efforts have also led to the participation of the public private partnerships and the homelessness in the Tampa area has reported a decrease of veteran homelessness by 4.3% during 2018 and 2019. Florida has the second largest number of homeless individuals in the United States. To date California has the largest number of the homeless individuals since it accounts for 53% of the homeless population in the nation (Sunderland, 2020). It is therefore quite evident that government interventions alone cannot adequately solve the homelessness problem since the private sector and other relevant stakeholders could act as a stumbling block to the efforts in a situation where they are not involved in the efforts to eradicate the problem. Description of problem In the United States, the metropolitan areas of Tampa St Petersburg record he highest cases of homelessness. Report by National Alliance to End Homelessness indicates that out of 10,000 residents, here are at least 57 homeless cases. The situation is alarming, prompting federal and county governments to come up with ways to cope with this crisis. Causes of problem Individuals that experience homelessness are not any different from any population in the country. Thus, there is a thin line between un housed and housed population. Families and individuals that experience homelessness do not have the necessary support that would accommodate them to lack adequate housing, and they live in extremely vulnerable situations. Thus, individual circumstances, system failure, and structural factors play a crucial role in the increase of homelessness in Tampa. Structural factors refer to societal and economic issues that influence individuals’ social and environmental opportunities. Critical structural factors include discrimination, lack of access to affordable health and housing support, ...
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