In August 2009, the City Manager’s office issued a news release headlined, “Worcester Nears Goal of Ending Adult Chronic Homelessness.”
In 2006, the Home Again collaborative identified 120 individuals in Worcester who had been homeless for an extended period of time, and asked The Health Foundation of Central Mass. to support a new way to address their homelessness through Home Again.
With Health Foundation funding, Home Again applied the housing first model, which had been successful in other cities across the country.
With the housing first approach, people who are homeless are helped to secure housing and provided with case management and support services necessary for them to function at their highest capacity and remain housed.
After the City Manager’s Office issued that news release, I, on Facebook, congratulated those in the Worcester community who have been working for many years to achieve such a goal.
Responding to my posting, was Raymond Bilodeau, a Worcester attorney who described himself as homeless – and whom I’d never met, until now.
Raymond took strong exception to claims that Worcester was about to eradicate adult chronic homelessness.
He facebooked, among other things, that living with relatives, for example, does not mean you’re no longer homeless.
On his Facebook page, Raymond describes himself as: “Semi-retired lawyer, homeless but trying to keep a practice going. Besides helping people with legal problems, I enjoy politics, real science fiction, arguing, people with a sense of humor, and puns.”
Join us as we talk to Raymond about what homelessness is – and why and how the business community can help to it.