Hearing stories about homeless men is a constant theme as I meet one-to-one with men at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Prisoners for Christ Outreach Ministries and other outstanding ministries
What is really going on?
Is the problem overblown in my thinking?
My writing collaborator added this anecdotal reference:
Jim is 52 and was recently released from Monroe. He had been able to get a temporary spot in a group home in Tacoma. Though he was from Vancouver (where all his relatives are) the DOC would not send him there because he could find no place to stay. Release day came and they loaded his three boxes of belongings into a van and drove them - and him - to the Metro bus depot with his check and a bus ticket.
Metro would not take his boxes aboard. The struggle was long, but he finally got to Tacoma on Greyhound and walked his way (ferrying his three boxes one by one) to the group home a mile away.
|homeless are young, too|
I did some research, noted my sources, and invite you to read carefully, here:
"The rate of recent homelessness among U.S. jail inmates was found to be very high (15.3%), approximately 7.5 to 11.3 times higher than that found in the general population...
|real people under the bridge|
"Past studies of individual jails and city jail systems have found higher rates of homelessness than we did, ranging from 7.8% to 20% of persons who were homeless at the time of incarceration and 25% to 33% of persons who had an episode of homelessness in the two months before incarceration."
Jail Incarceration, Homelessness, and Mental Health: A National Study by Greg A. Greenberg, Ph.D. and Robert A. Rosenheck, M.D., Psychiatric Services website, February 2008.
Here is another study:
The rates are also higher for those returning to major urban areas...
49 percent of homeless adults reportedly spent five or more days in a city or county jail