Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Public libraries: Why they are becoming homeless shelters


Recent reports are showing an increase in the mentally ill and homeless population utilizing libraries as temporary shelters during the day when public traffic increases on the streets. As a result, many librarians question whether this pattern will cause frequent visitors (children, teachers, classes, families, individual, etc.) to avoid coming to the public libraries for fear of being assaulted or victimized, offended, or inconvenienced.

Sadly, libraries are safe havens, warm in the winter and cool in the summer when streets are dangerous, threatening, uncomfortable, and lonely.

If you find that you are facing a very similar dilemma with a loved one or friend, I encourage you to try the following:

  1. Check on your loved one: If you have a loved one who is suffering from a severe or untreated mental health problem or has been homeless in the past, check on them. Check to see if they are need of resources, support, or help.
  2. Learn about the Housing First program The Housing First program was designed to:

“Focus on helping individuals and families access and sustain permanent rental housing as quickly as possible without time limits, [focus on] a variety of services delivered to promote housing stability and individual well-being on an as-needed basis; and [focus on] a standard lease agreement to housing – as opposed to mandated therapy or services compliance.”

  1. Look into HUD & other subsidy programs: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. Housing assistance,  housing counseling, food bankssupplemental income/food stamps, and government  medical benefits can all be helpful for your loved one.
  2. Offer your support and resources: Offer to provide a roof until the individual can do      better. If this is not an option, offer to help that person find help and      tap into sources you know can help.

To read the 3 reasons why this issue is important for us, visit my 2nd site: Caregivers, Family, & Friends

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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