June 1, 2011

Helping the Homeless, One Family At a Time

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Homelessness is terribly complicated.  HUD estimates that roughly 1.4 million persons become homeless each year for an infinite number of reasons.  It can be a disabling condition like mental illness or addiction or it can be attributed to temporary unemployment.  Regardless, each story is a tragedy.

The good news is that the number of persons experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness is down…way down.  The challenge confronting local communities, however, is the growing number of families seeking shelter.  All across the country, HUD is helping to prevent and end homelessness—whether it’s through the Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program or its Continuum of Care grant programs.

HUD Secretary Donovan at Palmer Court in Salt Lake City

Today, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Palmer Court in Salt Lake City, one of the thousands of local HUD-funded programs nationwide helping homeless families.  In addition to providing housing support, Palmer Court also offers a Head Start program for children and an employment pilot program to help increase the incomes of the families who live here.  Read more about what HUD is doing to help prevent and end homelessness.

9 Responses to Helping the Homeless, One Family At a Time

  1. This program is useless, I live in Green Bay, WI and have a tenant that moved into one of our Homes and the inspection department is being rude, discrimnitory and giving us the run around. This woman has 3 children and is on the verg of going back to the homeless shelter, the case worker states that it is to bad that the inspection did not pass and they will not approve her rent, we will have to aske her to leave because this is two months with no rent. ICS rescheduled an appointment never sent what was in need of repair, they failed it again because they are assuming that there is lead. No lead per lead paint inspection, they still will not assist my tenant because it was on the 3rd and not before the first. This department does not have any customer service skills and will not tell me who to talk to as they will not work with me. I have pulled my units from the Integrated community service program due to the run around. This is what I sent to the office and still have not received any help. Please remove this from your list; also remove all properties from the list for ICS for Mather Street, Lincoln Street and Lawe Street.

    They are listed under Paul xxxxx or Debbie xxxxxxxx. We no longer want a relationship with ICS. I also need the name of Chad R’s Supervisor. I have requested if from him directly and he did not want to give this to me. If I need to, I will contact the better business bureau for an investigation on the practices of this business. I am a little upset with the practices of this organization that is to help the people that come to you for assistance. As a landlord, I take pride in my properties; I take care of them as if I live in them. Your inspection department is very inconsiderate and unorganized and they do not follow the same guidelines from one inspector to the other. Both inspectors should have the same practices when it comes to their inspections. They do not, when questioned they get offensive and abrasive I am a customer to you as well. We are to partner with one another and not have the attitude that you do as I say or you do not get your rent. I run a business a small business at that and I do not have the time or energy to work with this organization. Paul and I work hard to keep all of our apartments in good condition and the folks at you organization ask for more than the city zoning and codes are asking for. This is a little disconcerting that it is a battle to work with your company not a partnership. I know of 4 great landlords that will not work with you due to the inspection department and you can add Paul and me to the list. We will maintain the 2 that we currently have until they leave but we will not take any additional tenants through your organization. I understand that there has to be a guideline and that rules have to apply, however the attitude of the inspectors have allot to be desired. This is the second time that I had a tenant complained about Bill P on how he treats them. I have also been Told by Matt that this was not uncommon he has had complaints about this in the past but apparently they do nothing about it.

  2. This program is useless, I live in Green Bay, WI and have a tenant that moved into one of our Homes and the inspection department is being rude, discrimnitory and giving us the run around. This woman has 3 children and is on the verg of going back to the homeless shelter, the case worker states that it is to bad that the inspection did not pass and they will not approve her rent, we will have to aske her to leave because this is two months with no rent. ICS rescheduled an appointment never sent what was in need of repair, they failed it again because they are assuming that there is lead. No lead per lead paint inspection, they still will not assist my tenant because it was on the 3rd and not before the first. This department does not have any customer service skills and will not tell me who to talk to as they will not work with me. I have pulled my units from the Integrated community service program due to the run around. This is what I sent to the office and still have not received any help. Please remove this from your list; also remove all properties from the list for ICS for Mather Street, Lincoln Street and Lawe Street.

    They are listed under Paul xxxxx or Debbie xxxxxxxx. We no longer want a relationship with ICS. I also need the name of Chad R’s Supervisor. I have requested if from him directly and he did not want to give this to me. If I need to, I will contact the better business bureau for an investigation on the practices of this business. I am a little upset with the practices of this organization that is to help the people that come to you for assistance. As a landlord, I take pride in my properties; I take care of them as if I live in them. Your inspection department is very inconsiderate and unorganized and they do not follow the same guidelines from one inspector to the other. Both inspectors should have the same practices when it comes to their inspections. They do not, when questioned they get offensive and abrasive I am a customer to you as well. We are to partner with one another and not have the attitude that you do as I say or you do not get your rent. I run a business a small business at that and I do not have the time or energy to work with this organization. Paul and I work hard to keep all of our apartments in good condition and the folks at you organization ask for more than the city zoning and codes are asking for. This is a little disconcerting that it is a battle to work with your company not a partnership. I know of 4 great landlords that will not work with you due to the inspection department and you can add Paul and me to the list. We will maintain the 2 that we currently have until they leave but we will not take any additional tenants through your organization. I understand that there has to be a guideline and that rules have to apply, however the attitude of the inspectors have allot to be desired. This is the second time that I had a tenant complained about Bill P on how he treats them. I have also been Told by Matt that this was not uncommon he has had complaints about this in the past but apparently they do nothing about it.

    upset and no longer partcipating with this program.

  3. I would like for you to call me and set up with you so I can exolain my situation and why I can’t get aplace of my own to rent with my income and other things that are going on in my life.

  4. I am a veteran that has lost my place to live and I have a 19 month old daughter with me as well. I just got a new job to get back on my feet but it has came to late. Is there anything I can do to get some help so that I can start and keep my new job that I wont be able to start for a week.

    Sincerely,
    J. Boyd

  5. If HUD cares so much about fighting homelessness, why hasn’t it implemented Senator Reed’s homeless reforms from 2009? Two years have gone by and HUD has done nothing!!!! Shame!!!!

  6. Making less then 23 grand as a single parent of 3 young adults (17-19-21) After all these years barely making it and still with limited resources, spending almost every penny on building material for storage and gas-been homeless since April 2010 to current in hopes to build a home for us. All I hear is you make too much or not enough. No where to turn now, I need help. Are there any grants available for alloted lands for Home? Pleas Help.

  7. Dear Secretary Donovan,

    My husband and I live in Chicago and we were forced to live with relatives because, we both became ill and lost our jobs. Along with everything else we lost our apartment and since we are low income we can’t find an apartment of our own because nobody will rent to us. Please help this is very difficult for us we have never had to go through this and it is eating away our dignity, self respect, and most of all our self confidence. We need help badly.

    Thank you,

    Veronica

  8. Why did you delete my earlier comment??? I want to know why HUD has done nothing on S enator Reed’s bill! It’s been 2 years? Where is your commitment???

  9. I do not know who is evaluating these statistics or where they are being gathered from, but here in NY where most rents are more than the mortgages and most job salaries do not pay the rents OR the mortgages and the utilities, most people chose homelessness so that they can EAT!!

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