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Effectiveness of Non-Profit Shelter Programs

Effectiveness of Non-Profit Shelter Programs

I’ve been looking at the following document:   NATIONAL SURVEY OF HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROVIDERS AND CLIENTS (NSHAPC) which is  based on the US Census Bureau survey of 40,000 service providers in the US.    You can find a copy of it (about 70 pages) here 

Administrators of housing programs were asked where their clients went after leaving the program.   Administrators of housing programs tend to know where their clients go after leaving their program.    On average, administrators of faith-based housing programs know the destinations of about 75 percent of their unaccompanied individual clients and 90 percent of their family clients.  The corresponding figures for secular non-profit housing programs are 86 percent of unaccompanied individuals and 90 percent of families.

The top three destinations are the same irrespective of whether the client is alone or with children and whether the program is run by a faith-based or secular non-profit agency.  These destinations are (1) a family or friend’s housing, (2) private unsubsidized housing, and (3) government subsidized housing.

Successful transitions:
Where they went afterward……… Faith Based……. Secular…… (both are non profits. The figures below apply to individuals, not families)
1) Family or Friends housing……….17.6 ……………….25.1
2) Private Unsubsidized……………….21.6………………..17.7
3) government subsidized………….. 13.0………………. 14.3
4) transitional housing…………………. 9.7………………… 7.3
on average success…………………… 61.9………………. 64.6

Unsucessful transitions
5) The streets or other outside……12.7………………… 8.7
6) Other emergency shelter………. 11.6……………….. 8.9
7) Other (jail, hospital, etc)………… 13.8………………. 18.8

Arrow The above data (from Table 11 of the document) seems to show that Secular non-profits are slightly more effective than faith based non-profits in moving the homeless off the streets. and much more effective in putting homeless back into family or friends housing.

Arrow The success rate for either is slightly better than 60%. However, about 9 to 12% of individuals moving from shelter to shelter and another 9 to 12% going right back to the streets. For families, the rates are as follows:

Faith Based:……. 76.2% into housing of some type ……17.6% to street or other shelter
Secular:…………… 82.3% into housing of some type…….11.1% to street or other shelter

Arrow Secular programs seem to be doing somewhat better than Faith based programs for families and only slightly better for individuals.

Not the result I expected.


So What is the Difference in These Programs?

The earlier part of this post has some startling revelations – Secular run shelters seem to have an overall higher rate of success on all levels than comparable Faith-based run shelters. 

I’m going out on a limb here to stimulate thought and see where it takes us.

I’m assuming that both Faith Based and Secular shelters have essentially the same rules, at least as far as alcohol and drug use, curfews, and disorderly conduct, theft and other such behavior, particularly when spread out over 40,000 shelters in the survey. I’m also assuming that both Faith Based and Secular shelter administrators and staff are both caring, have good hearts, and run the shelters in a firm but loving manner.

So… What really is the difference?    

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Las Vegas Homeless Youth Survey

More than 1,700 kids homeless in Vegas

The data for this post came from this news story:  Las Vegas Homeless Youth Survey

 A survey of homeless youth in Las Vegas in 2006 revealed that of the 1700 kids living in Vegas:

75-percent are between the ages of 15 and 17.
25-percent were born in Las Vegas.
66-percent have parents still living in the valley.

Runaways – One out of three homeless teens say they left home to escape physical, sexual or mental abuse. 

Throwaways – More than one out of five were kicked out by their parents

Gangs – More than a third are involved with gangs.


 Love, Pure Love

It is so very unfortunate that so many kids find the streets more hospitable than their homes.   It is a rough life out there and most kids don’t know what they are getting into.  Many do go back home, and too many are driven away again.   What they want is love, what they get is trouble.  They have a love well that is empty, and what they often find is what they left, someone digging that well deeper rather than filling it up.

Parents seldom recognize that a child might actually run away rather than just threaten.  

 I can tell you this:  when a child shows any emotional signs of distress or rebellion or becomes surly and possibly depressed, it is time to turn on the love.  Pure love, no comments, no criticism, no questions, no reaction to anything the child says other than love.  A big hug, a giant hug, a verbal commitment:  “I love you son.”  “I’m here for you son.” 

Meet them at the door with a hug, see them off with a hug, give no response to cutting remarks other than “I love you.”  

If your child begins to taunt you and you snap back in kind or threaten, then you are driving a wedge that will be hard to remove.   The only answer to taunts is love – nothing said other than “I love you son” or “I love you daughter”.   In less than two days, your child will come around.   Their first reaction is to stare, then to test, then to question, then to melt.  

Love, pure love is the answer.

More on this later.  I have a first person account for you.


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Homeless Veterans Chart 1997-2006 Changes

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF GOSPEL MISSIONS Veteran’s Survey –  1997  and 2006  

The original survey of more than 1,200 veterans was conducted in 1997  by 58 Rescue missions around the nation.   Today I asked the AGRM if they had any updated information and Phil Rydman, Director of Communications of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in Kansas City was kind enough to immediately send me summary data for years 1990 through 2006 which was  collected in their extensive yearly surveys.   Data on veterans was collected beginning 1997.     

NOTE from Oldtimer:  The Data is from AGRM, the charts are mine.   

Where did you serve?

  •                   1997             2006
  • Korea            1o%               4%           
  • Vietnam         42%              39%
  • Gulf War         10%              16%

 Chart 1997 vs 2006 homeless veterans

You can see that the Korean Veterans are now declining due to death and age, whereas the Gulf War veterans are increasing.   The year by year data (not shown here)  shows a sharp peak for the Korean homeless veterans in 1998 (16%) and a sharp decline beginning in 2002.    The year by year data also shows that the Gulf War homeless veterans had gradual increas to 2005, but then  a sharp jump (12% to 16%) in numbers from 2005 to 2006.

(The AGRM serves 32 million meals and provide 14 million nights of lodging each year.   What a blessing this organization is.  I thank them for collecting and sharing this data.)

These Heroes are still out there!  Support these troops too!

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Survey of 1,200 Homeless Veterans

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF GOSPEL MISSIONS Veteran’s Survey – October, 1997 This survey of more than 1,200 veterans was conducted in late October by 58 Rescue missions around the nation

NOTE from Oldtimer:  The Data is from IUGM, the charts are mine. 

1. Which branch of the service were you in?

    Army 49%
    Navy 19%
    Marines 19%
    Air Force 12%
    Coast Guard 1%

    Homeless Vets service

2. Which of the following (if any) are true:

    I served in Korea during the Korean War 10%
    I served in Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict 42%
    I served in the Persian Gulf region during the Gulf War 10%

    Theatre Served

3. The total number of years you spent in the armed forces:

    Less than 2 yrs 25%
    3-4 yrs 44%
    5-6 yrs 15%
    7-9 yrs 7%
    10+ yrs 9%

4. In what decade did you leave the armed forces?

    Before 1950 4%
    1950 – 1959 11%
    1960 – 1969 20%
    1970 – 1979 33%
    1980 – 1989 20%
    1990 – 1997 12%

5 What type of discharge did you receive?

    Honorable 71%
    General 17%
    Medical 7%
    Dishonorable 5%

    Discharge Type

6. You are:

    Male 96%
    Female 4%

7. You are :

    Caucasian 51%
    African-American 37%
    Hispanic 6%
    Other 6%

Notice that only a very few homeless have dishonorable discharges.   Most of our homeless veterans have honorable discharges!    These veterans do not deserve to be treated like this!

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