BHSH 485 Persuasive Presentation for Developing a Homeless Shelter

Persuasive Presentation for Developing a Homeless Shelter



IntroductionConsensus vs. Community OrganizingWhy the Project is SustainableStrategic Principles and How They Relate to the Community ConclusionReferences


Homeless stay in their communitiesAbout 42% to 77% do not receive public benefits to which they are entitled.20% to 43% are in families, typically headed by a single mother.An estimated 20% are physically disabled.41% of adults were employed within last year.About 25% are mentally illAs children, 27% lived in foster care or group homes33%-66% of single individuals have substance abuse issues.

Consensus vs. Community Organizing

Consensus Organizing Power creation based on mutual self-interestParallel organizing among residents and power structureBuild relationships and partnershipsBonding and bridging Role of Practitioner: Facilitator, analyst, strategist, broker, connectorTangible results

Community OrganizingStrengthen the social fabric; connect to outside resourcesDevelop legitimacy; build on the assets of the communityRebuild community w/comprehensive plans/programsBridging social capital Coordinator technically skilled leader, teacherVehicle for comprehensive planning; impact public priorities


Keeps the homeless off the streetsProvides jobsStabilizes familiesGives opportunities to peopleJob training for the homelessProvides food to give them energyWithout homeless shelters poverty rates will continue to riseBrings the community together

Strategic Principles

Prevent episodes of Homelessness for individuals and familiesTracking of progress in preventing, reducing, and ending homelessnessHelping with resources health, social services, and jobsHelp the community and partners in community to communicate with individuals and families who are homeless

Strategic Principles

Identify the Need of the CommunityFind a leader that people appreciate and respectGain trust of the communityEngagementBe open to the communities viewpoint and information ResultsSolve a small ongoing problem


By drawing on the strengths of the individual community we hope to be able to not only empower those struggling with homelessness but also involve fellow community members. This will help create a sustainable solution because it enables citizens to take ownership of their community by uniting to address homelessness.


Ohmer, M., & DeMasi, K. (2009). Consensus Organizing A Community Development Workbook. Retrieved from TheUniversity of Phoenix eBook Collection.Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness. (2016). Homelessness is… Retrieved from: