The Importance of Government and Social Service Agency Collaboration in Providing Seamless Services to the Homeless

Homelessness is a complex and multi-faceted social problem. It affects millions of Americans every year and the numbers continue to grow. This thesis was designed to look at the importance of (a) agencies focusing on the clients‘ perceived needs, (b) current agency collaboration and the effectiveness of in-place systems, (c) the perceived effectiveness of the 2007 Heading Home Hennepin benchmarks, and (d) the financial implications of the homelessness to society and the individual homeless person. Collaboration is essential in identifying and determining the needs of the homeless community. By identifying the needs of the homeless community, government and social service agencies will be able to assess current social programs and funding to determine which programs are meeting the homeless community‘s needs and the current gaps in service. It is crucial that agencies do what they can to coordinate services appropriate to each homeless person.

Jamie Lee Boerboom
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