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                                                              News, Information, & Talk Stories Offered To Demonstrate It`s About Community
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 Today's EDITORIAL: I'm Rich Because I Earned It.      STORIES                 ARCHIVES OF PAST ISSUES   
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The Mission of H.O.M.E.

of Daytona Beach, Inc.

and its publishing subsidiary, Voices From Home Street Paper is to publish and distribute newspapers and offer jobs and income for disadvantaged, marginalized, homeless, unemployed, and socially excluded individuals or families in our community. 

Our Goals:

    • reduce both inequality and inequity by educating the aforementioned citizens and general public that it's time to end this folly in America. 
    • increase public awareness of social services available to all citizens, and offer a helping hand to those most in need through education, training and job opportunities. 
    • build and enhance the sense that "It's About Community", and facilitate positive communication between all residents. 
    proactively inform the general public for the need to offer both temporary shelter and permanent homes, and provide information on the progress made towards this end.


DID YOU KNOW:

FROM 2000 TO 2010 THE U.S. LOST 42,000 FACTORIES

 

CHINAS AVERAGE WAGE IS $1.57 hr. 


        
 Social Security

Increase a Teaser

  

       In January, benefits will rise by 1.5 percent for the more than 57 million Social Security recipients. The higher payments also will go to more than 8 million people who get benefits under the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) program.   

 

                                                                   

If you're already on Social Security, the number of extra dollars you'll get will depend on the level of your 2013 benefits. But on average, monthly retirement payments will rise from $1,275 to $1,294, an increase of $19, Social Security says. Disabled workers will receive an average of $17 more a month, while the average widowed mother with two children will see her benefits grow by $39 a month.

Amount of taxable income for Social Security increases in 2014


       See Increases page 2


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The Wrong Side of   Advantage and No   Boot Straps

 by Brad Carter

Currently experiencing homelessness

      Every successful program that deals with homeless men and women who suffer from a diagnosed disability or who are trying to rehabilitate themselves from a life of careless behavior begins with providing them with a safe place to sleep. To overcome homelessness, everyone needs a safe alternative to sleeping on the street. Those who find themselves experiencing homelessness and who do not have a diagnosed disability are often expected to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. However, it is not easy (I speak from experience) when you do not get proper rest or, worse, no rest. There is a serious gap in housing for men and women who are currently experiencing homelessness while living on the street. Realistically; their only option is to help themselves.

Housing Programs provided by agencies that offer transitional or permanent housing do not extend assistance to most men and women living on the street. It is impossible for a person who is experiencing the indignities of life on the street to get the proper rest they need to maintain a healthy mind and body. Sleep deprivation causes many serious health issues and has been linked to mental illness including schizophrenia like symptoms. Lack of proper rest also puts a person at a higher than average likelihood of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, low blood pressure and obesity. According to the American Civil Liberty Union, men experiencing homelessness, and not getting proper rest, have a life expectancy 25 years shorter than the average life expectancy of an employed man with a home, living in the United States.

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Will the Homeless Shelter   

Become a Reality?

 

     A homeless consultant, Dr. Robert Marbut, was hired by the City of Daytona Beach in March of 2013 to conduct a study on the feasibility of constructing a homeless shelter.  For a fee of $50,000 thousand dollars, he spent time in our county investigating the homeless hangouts, talking with many homeless individuals and even spending a night in a homeless camp. He presented his recommendation for the construction of a homeless shelter referred to as Safe Harbor. A bare bones facility that would provide temporary shelter for an as yet undetermined amount of people along with food, showers, laundry, job placement resources, facilities and more importantly, access to drug and mental health treatment. 

see REALITY   page 3

  


According to the Volusia Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, the Federal Governments Housing and Urban Development program, (HUD) is no longer funding emergency shelters in favor of a “housing first” model. The theory is that a person is more likely to integrate back into mainstream society successfully when placed in their own home rather than an emergency shelter. Housing first models have proven successful in helping Veterans and families return to a productive life style. 
                                                                 However, in my opinion, because of funding limitations and prioritizing, not to mention there are no Continuum of Care (CoC) organizations that offer housing first programs to men and women who do not suffer from a diagnosed disability or substance abuse problem, rapid re-housing dollars will never extend out to the men and women who are living on our streets and the estimated 40% of the street homeless population that does not suffer from a disabling condition.

 

Meeting the housing needs of the hundreds of men and women who are falling through the cracks is essential if we are ever going to end homelessness. The sad truth is, the men and women who are suffering from sleep deprivation and who have no housing options are bright talented people who would benefit from a safe secure place to sleep and case management. Until some organization steps up and provides a housing first program to the men and women who have just found themselves on the wrong side of advantage and until there are plenty of rapid re-housing dollars and space available, housing first and rapid rehousing programs are not an alternative to an emergency shelter,

 

Over the next few months the members of the Continuum of Care will be asked to make decisions that will affect the lives of hundreds of men and women and children experiencing homelessness. I am asking for assurances from the CoC membership that they will work to meet the housing needs of every man, woman and child.