Choosing Homelessness?

In my post those experiencing homelessness, I addressed the need to treat those experiencing homelessness as individuals. Individuals with sufficient cognitive ability, however, can decide either to accept or resist assistance. Mental health professionals and volunteers struggle with the fact everyday. As a result I often hear phrases like “we can’t help someone who doesn’t want help.” That’s true, and given the limited resources, time, and energy of those trying to help, this approach is completely understandable and expected. Especially … read more

Those Experiencing Homelessness

As a member of the Costa Mesa Street Team, I’ve had to opportunity to meet and relate with countless residents experiencing homelessness.  As a result I’m often asked why I think people end up without a home.  The reality is there is no answer to the question.  Policy wonks, however, love to categorize. You might hear things like “some are mentally ill, some are addicts, and some are just down on their luck”.  These are often true, but some may … read more