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“Even homelessness prevention groups in need”

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

Fighting homelessness is a tough job, and one that both sometimes goes unnoticed and unfunded. Often, local, community based groups have to scratch and fight for even the smallest of funding.

Despite the optimistic economic outlook, statistics show, there is still a current increase in the rate of individuals and families going homeless. Such information means that there is going to be a tough fight for those homeless and those fighting it.

http://kezi.com/page/162494

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/24416654-57/sheltercare-program-agency-200000-anonymous.csp

Source analysis

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Metaxas, P. (2008, March 1). New ways studied to assist homeless. The Republican, p. A01. Retrieved February 2, 2010, from http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T8510111349&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=1&resultsUrlKey=29_T8510111356&cisb=22_T8510111355&treeMax

    Topic:

    This source is about new ways to assist homeless individuals in their efforts to survive.

    Category:

    Journalistic. This source is a journalistic source because of the publication that it comes from and the style that it is written in. The only people that would read this, ideally, are those who live in the newspapers target area – Springfield, Massachusetts. As for the access to the publication, it is free to read and access by anyone. The audience intended for this is the average Joe and anyone who participates in fighting homelessness.

    Sources:

    The main source for this article is the Homelessness Summit that occurred at that point in time, and Philip F. Mangano, a Bush Administration official.

    Analysis/Usefulness:

    This source would help establish the long term trend of establishing or working toward well funded plans and programs to fight homelessness within individual communities, both at a local and federal level. The audience intended for this is the average Joe and anyone who participates in fighting homelessness. As for usefulness, when it comes to the background on this source is that the paper has a long history of issue stories revolving around homelessness.

    Work Cited:

    http://www.masslive.com/republican/

      Koch, W. (2009, April). Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold. USA Today. Retrieved January 26, 2010, from EbscoHost (J0E418219001909).

      http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=J0E418219001909&site=ehost-live&scope=site

      Topic:

      This source is concerned about the increase in homelessness among families.

      Category:

      Journalistic. This source is journalistic because it comes from the newspaper USA Today and the structure it was formatted in. The sources within this document work together to show that the increase in homelessness is widespread in the United States. This documents audience is the general public, and specifically anyone dealing with homelessness. The access to it is anyone who can afford a copy of the newspaper.

      Sources:

      The basis/sources for this article are Robert Hess of (Department of Homeless Services), Cathy ten Broeke (Homelessness Coordinator – Minneapolis/Hennepin County), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      Usefulness:

      As far as my argument, this source would work well in order to establish the increase in homelessness that is tied to the economic recession and subsequent funding for it.

      Work Cited:

      http://www.usatoday.com/marketing/media_kit/pressroom/press_kit_usat.html

      http://content.usatoday.com/community/tags/reporter.aspx?id=643

        National Coalition for the Homeless. (n.d.). Author. (Original work published 2009) Retrieved February 1, 2010, from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

        Topic:

        This source covers facts and data concerning why people are homeless across the United States.

        Category:

        Institutional;Non-profit. This source is a non-profit source given that it comes from the National Coalition for the Homeless, which is an organization that fights the causes and consequences of homelessness in the United States. The people that would read this piece would be those involved with fighting homelessness, government agencies, or people researching for and/or writing

        essays. The access is not limited and available to anyone.

        Sources:

        The sources for this piece include, but are not limited to: U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Department of Health, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al.

        Analysis/Usefulness:

        In the context of my assignments, this article would provide the backbone of my entire article, and essay. The facts here, coupled with the interviews would give them both substance and a basis to work from. This source has a lot to offer in terms of a basis for its sources and facts and is a plethora of information when it comes to the over all amount of data. Many newspapers have used it as a source.

        Work Cited:

        http://adastrum.kansascity.com/?q=node/857

          “RECONNECTING HOMELESS YOUTH of 2008.” Catalog of U.S. Government Publications United States Congress, 8 Oct. 2008. Web. 6 Feb. 2010. <http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ378.110&gt;.

          Topic:

          This document is a congressional bill that would enact provisions that amend previous homeless youth legislation that help the homeless youth of in America, increasing access to services, etc..

          Category:

          Institutional: Government. This source is a document from the U.S. Congressional Archives, which holds all official government documents. The source for this document is, again, the Congressional Archives/Government Publications Office.

          The audience, as well as readership for this document, would fall along the lines of researches, government officials, non-profit groups, etc. The access to these documents, unless limited due to security, is limitless.

          Usefulness:

          This document would serve to show history of government action, and governmental attempts to focus the fight against homelessness to a more local level.

          Work Cited:

            Legislative options for preserving Federally and state-assisted affordable housing and preventing displacement of low-income, elderly, and disabled tenents (2009, June 25). Retrieved January 26, 2010, from http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_house_hearings&docid=f:52408.pdf

            Topic:

            This document is a government document that looks at the options for keeping in place the federal and state funded affordable housing programs.

            Category:

            Institutional; Government. This document comes from a session of congress that covered the issue of housing programs for low income people and families. The audience intended is any government official that has to interpret or delegate the programs. The access to these documents would be, given transparency policies, unlimited.

            Sources:

            It is drawn from the testimonials, accounts, etc. of that session.

            Analysis/Usefulness:

            The document would help in my article and essay because it establishes a history of congress working with local communities to find a variety of options.

            Work Cited:

              “Housing the Homeless.” CQ Researcher 19.44 (2009): 1053. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

              Topic:

              This source discusses the various problems of housing the homeless across the country. The sources it uses include the National Coalition for the Homeless, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, etc.

              Category:

              Academic/Journalistic. This source (document) is from a well known for its editing, proofing and prestige when covering specific issues. It has won honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award, among others. The audience that this source is intended for government and academic individuals who happen to read it, need it for keeping up to date with social issues, etc.

              Sources:

              Various

              Analysis/Usefulness:

              This document would help my research because it gives an inside look of housing the homeless in America. The CQ Researcher is well known for its exceptional work, and has received numerous awards. It’s also known for its use of independent sources when conducting analysis and pieces.

              Work Cited:

              http://www.abanet.org/publiced/gavel/win02.html

                Donohoe, Martin, M.D., “Homelessness in the United States: History, Epidemiology, Health Issues, Women, and Public Policy”, Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health journal, 2004;9(2) July 7, 2004.

                Topic:

                This source is from the Ob/Gyn & Women’s health journal, it covers some of the issues facing homeless people and suggests what could be done for them. The primary audience and people that have access to this publication are any medical professionals that are involved in OBGYN medicine.

                Category:

                Community/Academic.

                Sources:

                The sources this uses include numerous health agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, etc.

                Usefulness:

                This magazine is well known for being top of the line in terms of publication; however, it should be noted that this journal is published by a company that is, naturally, out to make money. This source would help

                Work Cited:

                http://www.medconnect.com.au/Information/AboutUs/tabid/95/Default.aspx

                http://www.medconnect.com.au/tabid/36/s23/Ob-Gyn-Womens- Health/Default.aspx

                  Rice, D., & Sard, B. (2007, February). THE EFFECTS OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET SQUEEZE. Retrieved February 08, 2010, from http://www.cbpp.org/files/2-1-07hous2.pdf

                  Topic:

                  This source looks into the hit that the low-income housing programs across took

                  with the shrinking budget at the time.

                  Category:

                  Institutional: Non-profit/Government

                  Sources:

                  Various and numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations.

                  Usefulness:

                  Despite the fact that the budget is being increased for homelessness, there is a plethora of sources and statistic within this very large report that would serve an essential purpose in establishing the consistent motion that the people in charge of setting up the funding face, and it would also help to establish the difficulties faced with gaining access to funding period.

                  Work Cited:

                  http://www.cbpp.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=view&id=42

                  http://www.cbpp.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=view&id=40

                    United States Conference of Mayors, “A Status Report on bonners and Homelessness in America’s Cities: a 27-city survey”, December 2001.

                    Topic:

                    This document looks at the reasons behind people becoming homeless, and establishes a set of standards regarding the issue of homelessness, including focusing on why and how.

                    Category:

                    Community/citizen.

                    Sources:

                    The sources for this included various homeless agencies across the United States within a specific group of cities.

                    Usefulness:

                    This source is widely used as the universal standard for what constitutes the ongoing trend of homelessness and the approximate number of people homeless every year. Well respected non-profit groups like the National Coalition for the Homeless use this source in its information.

                    Work Cited:

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

                    http://usmayors.org/about/overview.asp

                    http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/2280/Nature-Homelessness-CAUSES-HOMELESSNESS.html

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                    United States Conference of Mayors, “US Conference of Mayors/Sodexho Hunger and Homelessness Survey: 2005”, December 2005, “Main Causes of Homelessness”, p.63-64.

                    Topic:

                    This source covers the reasons behind people becoming homeless, and establishes a set of standards regarding the issue of homelessness, including focusing on why and how.

                    Category:

                    Institutional: Non-profit/Government

                    Sources:

                    This document relies heavily on the reports of various research outlets, including academic institutions, non-profit agencies, et al.

                    Usefulness:

                    Again, like the other source from this organization, it is widely cited as the starting point for research into further defining homelessness. In the context of my article, this information would help to lie out and reinforce the sub issues that I will be examining.

                    Work Cited:

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

                    http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/auth/checkbrowser.do?rand=0.9596728834414598&cookieState=0&ipcounter=1&bhcp=1

                    http://policyoptions.pbworks.com/Homelessness

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html