Jay

Featured Video Play Icon

Jay’s story might sound familiar to you. His unfortunate situation is not uncommon these days. He lost his job, then his home to foreclosure, and ended up homeless on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.

Jay talks about his frustration trying to get help from homeless service providers. Since services have become specialized, he must travel to multiple agencies to get all of the help he needs. But without reliable transportation, he has trouble getting around. Although there are many good things to be said about the Continuum of Care model, it is not perfect. It does not, for example, fill in all of the communication gaps or take into consideration the lack of access to reliable and easily accessible transportation.

Imagine for a moment that you are homeless without income. You panhandle for bus fare, then travel to the agency you believe is most likely to help. You fill out the paperwork and sit in the lobby all day. After hours of waiting you are told you don’t qualify, or the program is full and your name will go on a waiting list. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a bus pass to get home. Either way, at the end of the day, you’re still homeless without housing or food. And you have to repeat this process – over and over – until you find the help you need.

Of course, this is a worse case scenario. It’s important to remember the many instances when the safety net works, when it saves people from the streets.

Still, in some cases – like Jay’s – people just give up. Perhaps his story will help you understand why.


Invisible People

           

We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Until then, we strive to be the most trusted source for homelessness news, education and advocacy.

Related Topics




Get the Invisible People newsletter


RECENT STORIES

Homeless Man on the Streets of NYC after His Wife Died

Richard

Young Homeless Woman Living in RV in Seattle

Lux

Homeless Woman Sleeps next to the Street to Avoid Arrest

Nicole

homeless man in austin

Martin


RECENT ARTICLES

homelessness

The Little Things that Make Homelessness Hard

tiny home village for homeless people

Despite Mixed Reviews, Tiny Home Villages for Homeless People Are Growing

unaffordable housing and ban on roommates

Shawnee, Kansas Bans Roommates, Making Housing Even More Out of Reach

Poverty and homelessness in Hawaii

A Look at Poverty and Homelessness in Native and Indigenous Communities

Get the Invisible People newsletter