On June 2nd, 1998, Mayor Paul Schell spoke to the press about the needs of homeless families, women and children. He asked for the City Council’s support... [Show More] in providing“immediate emergency assistance to homeless families and single women, a critical stepin providing lasting housing solutions for these families and individuals.” He noted that“the problem continues to grow and we absolutely must find better ways to help peoplefind and keep housing.” He closed his remarks with a firm pledge that there will be nohomeless families with children or homeless single women on the streets of Seattle byChristmas 1998. His pledge made headlines in both Seattle papers the next day.
Alan Painter, Director of the Community Services Division of the Department ofHousing and Human Services, listened attentively to the new Mayor’s remarks. Painterhas dedicated his professional career to serving the needs of homeless people. He wasproud and excited to hear Schell’s passion and commitment to addressing homelessnessin Seattle. At the same time, he viewed the pledge with some trepidation. Counting thenumber of homeless people on the street at any given time is notoriously tricky,influenced by many factors. Further, he wondered how this pledge would dovetail withCity priorities and plans for dealing with homelessness. These plans emphasize servicesto homeless people rather than just providing beds and they stress the need for otherjurisdictions to share in funding homeless services. The next six months promised to keepAlan Painter very busy.
This assignment is about Mayor Paul Schell’s pledge for homeless families in Seattle, Washington. Mayor Schell on June 2, 1998 spoke to the press and pledge that there will be no homeless families with children and homeless single women on the streets of Seattle by Christmas 1998. This assignment will analyze the policies, strategies, and programs within his administration and the impact on them by his pledge. It will also study the implementation of the program. In addition, it will discuss the importance of the assessments prior to the implementation.
Analyze four (4) policy choices of Mayor Schell that were made as part of the strategy for the homeless. [Show Less]