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Facing liability, Broward changes course on helping homeless in mental health court

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Brandishing research into federal law won Broward County Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren what she wants: a unified approach to sheltering homeless people who appear in her mental health court.
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Broward Outreach shelter yanks welcome mat for mental health court referrals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
When homeless people turn up in Broward County’s mental health court, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren does everything she can to keep them out of jail. One of the court’s few options was sending them to a Broward Outreach Center homeless shelter. But earlier this month, days after BOC told the judge it would no longer accept her referrals, she had visions of rootless, disturbed people being forced to grapple alone with a tough, lottery-like system to apply for a bed.
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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Homelessness on rise as agencies go underfunded

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

There are more than 600,000 homeless people in the U.S. on any given night, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says. Most have shelter or some sort of transitional housing. More than a third live in cars, under bridges, in alleys, the woods, or in some other way unsheltered. The homeless have untreated health problems, poor nutrition, and limited access to services without a permanent address.
HUD reports that more than 138,000 homeless people are younger than 18.  Thousands of homeless children are on their own. U.S. schools suggest 1.3 million homeless students attended school in the 2012-2013 school year. During that period 69,956 homeless students attended Florida schools. The problem may lay in the definition of homeless by HUD versus public schools’ definition.
Veterans represent 9 percent or 57,000 of the homeless population. Five thousand are women. About 90 percent of all homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and the escape from that abuse is a primary reason for their situation.
Severe mental illness affects 20 percent of the homeless. They typically are lost to treatment and wander the streets suffering from paranoia, schizophrenia, and myriad other psychiatric disorders. They may be a danger to themselves and their communities, and their need for services is especially critical.
The official definition of homeless is “an individual who lacks housing, including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.” The person may be deemed homeless if he or she lives with a series of friends or family.
The definition of homelessness may differ from agency to agency or within communities. That results in soft and undercounted totals. Increasing the homeless count is the loss of low-income

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