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Homelessness

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The Experiences Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness And Long-Term Housing, Heather Hurner May 2016

The Experiences Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness And Long-Term Housing, Heather Hurner

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This paper examines the barriers that adults with a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) may experience when they approach securing and maintaining long-term hous- ing. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAM- HSA, 2011), around 30% of persons who experience chronic homelessness have a mental health condition, and of that group 50% also experience problems with co-occurring sub- stance use. This article utilized six qualitative interviews with service providers who work with this population and housing in some aspect. This study found that relationships between service providers and both landlords and clients play an important role ...


Interventions That Address Safety Concerns Among Youth Experiencing, Katrina Mateski May 2016

Interventions That Address Safety Concerns Among Youth Experiencing, Katrina Mateski

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic review, literature regarding youth experiencing homelessness and the clinical interventions focused on safety towards youth experiencing homelessness were synthesized. Using two databases SocINDEX, and PsychINFO; 10 studies regarding clinical interventions met criteria for the review. Each study was analyzed in population, intervention, and findings; while contrasting and comparing the definition of safety and the safety concerns between the clinical interventions. The findings identified focus areas of safety which include chemical health reduction, promoting harm reduction, psychological health, resilience, and service utilization. The primary safety focus areas were reduced to chemical health reduction, promoting harm reduction, and psychological ...


Adverse Childhood Experiences And Other Risk Factors In A Homeless Youth Population, Michelle J. Goar May 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences And Other Risk Factors In A Homeless Youth Population, Michelle J. Goar

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This quantitative research project sought to explore the relationship between ACE score, homelessness, PTSD and substance use in a homeless youth population. 161 participants, age 18-21, participated in the 29 question survey, with 40% of youth indicating they were currently homeless, and 86% indicating they were homeless in the past. Mean ACE score was 4.15, with an average duration of homelessness of 17.7 months. 48% of the population screened positively for PTSD, and 83% indicated they used substances in the last six months with 39% using marijuana daily. ACE score, rates of PSTD and substance use was found ...


The Host Home Program Model For Lgbtq Youth Experiencing Homelessness: A Program Evaluation, Megan M. Mcteague May 2015

The Host Home Program Model For Lgbtq Youth Experiencing Homelessness: A Program Evaluation, Megan M. Mcteague

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Youth homelessness is continually on the rise throughout the United States. While youth in general who are experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for victimization, chemical use/abuse, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth are at much higher risk for these barriers to well-being, among others. This study evaluated one program that specifically serves LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness. Using a qualitative design, individuals involved in the program were asked to fill out surveys and provide feedback about how the program meets its stated goals of providing ...


Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader May 2015

Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

With the current national initiative to end veteran homeless by the end of 2015, there are growing numbers of homeless veterans moving into housing. This study sought to explore their needs and experiences during their transition into housing. Data collected for this study consisted of six semi-structured interviews with social workers and case managers working with homeless veterans in housing programs. Four dominant themes were identified as (1) the benefit of having a case manager for support and guidance; (2) housing provides a stable base to work on goals and plan for the future; (3) substance use, mental health, and ...


Necessity Not Choice: Worker And Homeless Adult Perspectives On Shelter Usage, Michelle S. Smith May 2015

Necessity Not Choice: Worker And Homeless Adult Perspectives On Shelter Usage, Michelle S. Smith

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to examine workers and homeless adults’ perceptions of barriers that impact homeless adults’ utilization of shelters. The theory underlying this study was that shelter safety and capacity issues served as barriers to utilizing shelters. One focus group of workers and six interviews with homeless adults were conducted to learn about perceptions on shelter usage and barriers to shelter usage, shelter alternatives used by homeless adults, risks of not utilizing shelters, and barriers to exiting homelessness. This study found that homeless adults use shelters out of necessity and that safety and capacity are not barriers ...


Housing Homeless Who Are Diagnosed With Mental Illness: Social Service Professionals’ Perspectives, Kayla Sprenger May 2015

Housing Homeless Who Are Diagnosed With Mental Illness: Social Service Professionals’ Perspectives, Kayla Sprenger

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Housing the homeless who are diagnosed with a mental illness has been a problem for decades, not only for the individual, but society as a whole. In this study, eight social service professionals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area who work with homeless individuals diagnosed with a mental illness were interviewed. A qualitative approach, incorporating a semi-standardized survey was used. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. This study obtained data for the purposes of understanding the social service professionals’ perspective of how housing the homeless with a mental illness is beneficial. The survey included questions regarding changes in ...