PREVENTING AND ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN THE WAREHAM AREA
The Report on Homeless in Wareham was published in April, 2014, after nearly two years of research, planning, and community interaction. The report provides data on homelessness in Wareham, includes several personal accounts of homeless life in our community, and applies accepted and funded national strategies to preventing and ending homelessness in Wareham. The report can be found in its entirety by clicking here.
The plan to prevent and end homelessness in Wareham has four main elements:
- Income and Employment
- Homelessness Prevention
Each element of the plan is managed by an implementation team with members from Wareham area agencies that specialize in services essential to that element’s goals and strategies. A one page summary of each plan element is provided on pages 25 through 32 of the report.
WACH has been a key contributor to the preparation of the report and is currently serving in the following implementation team leadership roles:
- Lead Agency for Homelessness Prevention partnered with Southcoast Health Systems
- Lead Agency for Housing as Co-Chair of the Working Committee
- Key contributor to the Intervention Team through Turning Point’s engagement with many members of the homeless population in Wareham
Today WACH, through its Turning Point program, serves over 1500 clients per year in an effort to prevent homelessness and mitigate the impact and challenges of homelessness and near homelessness. The Report on Homelessness in Wareham and its recommendations provide a breakthrough opportunity to integrate Wareham resources and to augment those resources with federal, state, and private investments in our community’s plan. Across the nation, proactive communities have created plans to prevent and end homeless using the federal strategy of Housing First. Wareham has created and launched such a plan. WACH is committed to fulfilling its role in the Wareham plan and to preventing and ending homelessness in Wareham.