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First Steps in the Effort to Help Augusta’s Homeless



The effort to find an answer to homelessness in Augusta got a financial boost from the Augusta Commission.

Commissioners approved putting $3.5 million dollars toward creating and operating a non-congregate shelter, creating individual living areas for homeless individuals and family groups.


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  1. Quite a few people are working to help mitigate the issues that present themselves as homelessness. The first step is to adopt a realistic view of the problems. Homelessness is a symptom of several deeper problems. These must be addressed in order to assist people in moving from homelessness to independence or at least only semi-dependence. Merely providing housing, particularly on a permanent basis is problematic at best. Emergency housing will no doubt be a continuing requirement in this battle, but until emergency housing per se is backed up with the necessary retraining/enculturation we are wasting huge amounts of human potential and are probably doing more long term harm than good.

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