Homeless service providers get firsthand look at their clients' transitional homes

Homeless service providers get firsthand look at their clients' transitional homes

The homeless situation in the Midlands, particularly for families, is improving. A report from United Way of the Midlands shows the number of homeless going through transitional housing has decreased.

People who work with the homeless got a firsthand look at how some of them are working to get back on their feet again through a roundtable event. Lila Anna Sauls is president and CEO of Homeless No More, an organization helping families become independent.

"Some families have a long list of issues they need to work on in their two years and some don't. Some families may stay for 6 months and others may stay for the full two years," says Sauls.

It starts with churches, agencies and sometimes families themselves making the first call to housing communities. Places like St. Lawrence Place aim to help thousands of families break free from poverty. Many service providers never see firsthand where they're placing their clients.

"We help take care of the fires that are burning so they can concentrate and breath and really fix the issues they're facing," says Sauls.

Sauls says before Tuesday, service providers didn't have these conversations to talk about how to work together to best serve families at-risk.

According to Homeless No More, roughly 4,000 people in the Midlands escaped poverty in the last decade thanks to family homeless services.

The group will meet again on November 28 to further review their observations from today, following a panel looking at affordable housing options in the community.

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