The town of Danbury, Connecticut has recently declared war in the fight against homelessness, what was previously a town known for its homelessness issues has since made a significant change towards providing homes for those who are less fortunate. Both the residents and governors of our small town have started various initiatives to help provide high-quality support and shelter for those who are unfortunately left to fend for themselves on the streets. In a comment from the town hall today stating that the issue had been going on untreated for too long now, it is nice to see our official organizations taking the right steps to help end homelessness in this town.

Thanks to a recent drive in increasing donations from the public as well as increased government funding, Danbury now has the resources it needs to help the unfortunate citizens who currently find themselves without a home. Homelessness has been an issue for many years now with specialist cases of people from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances, with limited resources finding these people help was very difficult and the many charities and organizations designated to offer respite were placed under a lot of pressure. Thanks to the current increase in funds we can now start putting steps in motion to help get the homeless the assistance and the homes they require.

 

Increased Funding

Danbury’s recent focus on encouraging both the town’s council and the public to help raise money to support the various charities and organizations that are currently in place, previously these organizations were under major pressure thanks to having limited resources so it is amazing to see so many innovative ideas from the public to raise additional funds. From sponsored events at schools to people taking it upon themselves to hold bake sales and other charity events. Thanks to this huge surge in donations we can finally begin the process of putting more permanent measures in place to protect and house the homeless.

 

Extra Resources For The Homeless

Now that money is not an issue in the fight against homelessness Danbury has pledged to make sure that the resources currently available for the homeless are up to scratch and that they have everything they need to keep providing aid. Five more soup kitchens have been opened with help from volunteer staff so that the homeless have more safe places that they can visit for warmth and a hot meal. With the new funding therapists and trained social workers have also been appointed at the new soup kitchens to see if more help can be provided than just a meal, it has been stated on numerous occasions that we should be focussing on seeing what can be done to solve homelessness in the long run, rather than just offering temporary relief.

 

Housing

As mentioned previously the new resources we now have available have been put towards the creation of more permanent protective measures for the homeless in the form of shelter and housing. Thanks to the generosity of a local construction agency the process of building multiple accommodations all to help the homeless and provide shelter from living on the streets. The building agency in question has asked to remain anonymous but thanks to their ability to put together multiple accommodation pods a day they have done a serious amount of work in order to help end homelessness. They said ‘in danbury we constructed a new roof that is cheap but effective in providing reliable shelter from the elements, this development has seriously changed the way that these accommodations are made.’

 

Emotional Support For The Homeless

Although it cannot be stressed enough that the relief provided from an increase in resources has been truly life-changing for these vulnerable people, it is often overlooked that many homeless people have gone through significant emotional trauma. It is not always talked about that many homeless individuals suffer from mental health issues that have not been addressed for some years. With this in mind, our homelessness charity organizations have started to address these issues by increasing the amount of trained staff that are appointed at places like soup kitchens so they are available to help with any emotional issues.

By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.