I used the word "Lifer" for this phase because when people get here,J they now identify with being homeless full-time. This is when people are quoted saying, "I want to be homeless." It’s not that they want to be homeless, but it has become their identity. The same thing happens to people who have been incarcerated for a long time. They become institutional. This person on the o...

At this point, the person has been on the street a little while now. They know the routines: Where to go for food on Monday, where to get clothing on Sunday, and other basic necessities. This person is starting to get in a routine of being homeless, which is not a good sign. This is also the place where people start to learn about some of the other ways to survive on the street,...

Induction is the first phase of homelessness and can be very hard on the person who is going through it. This person probable won’t identify themselves as homeless. They might use phrases like "I’m in transition" or "currently in a bind" or "I’m between houses". The fact that they don’t currently see themselves as homeless is a good thing--if you can help them recover from the s...

It is often difficult to help people who are currently homeless because not all homeless people are the same, just as not all housed people are the same. However, the lack of understanding often leaves us frustrated and unsure of what exactly what we should be doing to help. Not only are we frustrated, but also the person we are trying to help is often frustrated. The problem is...

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