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
Tàmara 
 
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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.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

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Thank you

Tamara

 

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

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

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