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What is known about banning experiences amongst people experiencing homelessness?

This question came from an anonymous reader via our latest website survey: What is known about the extent and experiences of being banned for people who are homeless?  Both banning from organizations directly serving homeless persons (sometimes an unfortunate necessity), and being banned from community organizations or business-owned spaces such as malls.  Are there any known best practices for banning persons who are homeless to best meet their needs, and the needs of other service users?


How should I handle being asked for spare change?

This question came from Barbara V. via our latest website survey: “What is the best and most respectful way to handle someone who is asking for spare change? I am often approached by someone asking for spare change while I sit at a red light and I find it awkward to say “No.” I want to help people in need, and wondered if you have any advice on this.”


How can we minimize double counting?

This week’s question comes from Olusola O., who asked: What can be done to minimize double counting among street homeless people? 

Knowing approximately how many people are homeless in a community is important to assess the extent to which homelessness is a problem in a given area; and to monitor progress in reducing homelessness. 


How do we know homelessness prevention strategies are effective?

Diane R. asked this question via our latest website survey, and it’s a good one. With all the hype about prevention, it makes sense for us to back it up! First, however, I’d like to cover what prevention is and put it into context. 


Why are there so many homeless youth?

In our latest website survey, Sharon W. asked the following: “Why are there so many homeless youth? What are parents saying about their kids that consider themselves homeless even though they have a home? Has a survey been done about the parents reaction and/or concerns about this because it is a growing trend?”