Friday, October 05, 2007

Housing Project to Help Homeless

Every so often there are city projects that reach out to those who are in need and make a radical difference in people's lives. The Housing Authority of Santa Barbara has been involved in one of these type of projects.

In Santa Barbara many homeless have been assisted in such a way that can empower them to make some healthy choices to better their lives. Approximately, one year ago many homeless moved into comfortable new studio apartments. The city's Housing Authority constructed studio apartments with the goal to assist the homeless to obtain stable housing and to move up the socioeconomic ladder. While residing at the studio apartments the residents will have access to support services (substance abuse counseling, vocational training and on-site mental health care).

Over 60 volunteers decorated the individual rooms as if they were their own before the residents moved in to the apartments. They used donated items to decorate the rooms.

How great it would be if other cities could model this effort and produce their own projects to assist the homeless in their communities. I hope that this snapshot of a city's Housing Authority efforts inspires others and reminds us that we can all make a difference if we put our energy into finding creative ways to assist others.

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2 comments:

Mother Freedom said...

What a wonderful idea!

Sherry said...

Very inspirational. I wish I could do something like that to really help others. You have gotten me thinking of what I can do.

Thanks,
Sherry
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