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Some people will always need shelter.

There is a community at the Bread of Life Mission by Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle where I stay.

There are working people there who can't afford to rent an apartment and still eat. Men without training or education. There are young and old men in transition. People with medical conditions. Men "marked" with felony convictions struggle to find their way after being released. They have great difficulty getting jobs or housing. There are substance abusers and others with mental health challenges that being homeless will make worse.

Working eople can be helped climbing the ladder out of homelessness. Shelters available for those employed but unable to find affordable housing is a good start. This in fact might be the best start. Having a minimal expense place to hang your hat and lay down is not much different from shelter living. The top group in the homeless community is there but for affordable housing. The shelters could give residents information on leasing less expensive units that are available and assist arrange the neccesay financing. Shelters could also participate in helping to and design.

Job training for fields in demand and growing is a step with the potential to help those with less challenging social issues. There are roadblocks such as minimal work history, lack of address. I think beginning all training with de-escalation technique training could make a big difference in future success. Even part-time training grows skills.

Storage is a challenge for people in shelters and outdoors. A place to keep belongings would make a difference whether working or in training. have real benefits for those looking for work.This would allow them to store things and allowing carry on with the other work involved with independent living.

Shelters for people with age and healthcare needs could be offered direction to existing services. Weaknesses in current programs would be more easily identified with the effort.

"Clubhouse International" is a program to help those recovering from mental or addiction illness and is showing promise.

I volunteer at the First United Methodist Methodist Church on Sunday mornings. They have been putting on a Shared Breakfat for over twenty years. People are welcomed, waited on, and allowed to sit comfortably and eat without concern for what may be coming for a moment. To have comfortable social interaction and see people you know makes a big difference in carrying on. It is a reminder of the better part of our world. Our guests, who come to Shared Breakfast every week, tell us that being treated with kindness and respect is something they look forward to all week.

I don't have cure for homelessness but more can be done.

Some of us wwill always need shelter.


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