Understanding Homelessness In Our Community
By Tammy Modic | Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 2:00 pm
Homeless In Our Community

Ending homelessness must begin with the understanding that people who are or have been homeless are our neighbors and members of our community. Public perceptions and attitudes toward persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless need to change in order for positive, long-term solutions to be realized.

Most Americans rarely interact with people who are or who have been homeless. The lack of interaction between different groups of our society, combined with impersonal or inaccurate descriptions of homelessness posed by the media and public officials, contributes to a distancing of those who have housing from those who do not. As a result, homelessness is perceived as an abstract social problem.

Those who experience homelessness are seen as the sources of their own misfortunes, and the socio-economic policies and practices that give rise to homelessness are then too easily ignored. This abstraction, in turn, lessens the degree of urgency and commitment needed to work strategically and consistently toward solutions to end homelessness that are long-term, outcome-based, and not simply responses to crises.

Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing wishes to teach and challenge tomorrow's leaders as well as empower those who have experienced homelessness first-hand, that by fostering an environment of self-worth, respect, and understanding for all people, we can and will end homelessness.

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Stable housing and supportive services are critical
From the National Alliance to End Homelessness

About half of people experiencing homelessness suffer from mental health issues. At any given point in time, 45 percent of homeless people report having had indicators of mental health problems during the past year. About 25 percent of the homeless population has serious mental illness, including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

People experiencing homelessness also have a high rate of substance use. According a 1996 survey, 46 percent of homeless respondents reported having an alcohol use problem in the past year,

and 38 percent reported a problem with drug use in the past year. Mental and physical health problems are exacerbated by living on the streets and in shelters. Health conditions that require ongoing treatment — such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and mental illness — are difficult to treat when people are living in shelter or on the streets. Medication can require special steps, including refrigeration or special storage, that can be difficult to execute for people experiencing homelessness. Preventative care can also be difficult for this population to access due to its often prohibitive cost, so people experiencing homelessness may wait to seek medical care until a trip to the emergency room is necessary.

These mental and physical health conditions should be considered when designing effective, efficient strategies to end homelessness. Permanent supportive housing provides stable housing coupled with supportive services as needed – a cost-effective solution to homelessness for those with the most severe health, mental health, and substance use challenges.

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Frederick Place - 4 Year Anniversary
By Tammy Modic - NATH Executive Director | Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015 3:00 pm

Today marks the 4 year anniversary that Frederick Place opened its doors. Many different people have walked through the doors of the Victorian house located at the corner of Arbutus and Frederick Streets in Rhinelander.

Over the course of the past four years we have shared with you stories of the residents who have called Frederick Place home but today I am going to focus on the individuals have come together to share the NATH vision and mission and serve on the NATH Board of Directors.

Directors are elected to the Board in part for the purpose of bringing to the “table” the experience and knowledge of their personal and professional lives. The number of Directors on the Board is between seven and twenty. Currently NATH has eighteen Board members. A Board member is nominated by the Nomination Committee and elected by a majority of the current Board. Approximately one half of the total number of Directors are elected each November and serve for two year terms. There is no number of terms defined that at Director may serve. Regular meetings of the Board are currently held every other month starting in January. Each Director is asked to serve on at least one of the current six committees (Facilities, Community Outreach and Fundraising, Finance, Grants, Personnel and Bylaws).

The 2015 Board of Directors comes from all walks of life. There is a retired police chief, a retired pastor, retired teachers, retired nurses, retired and current business managers/owners, an elementary principal, a radio station manager and retired human service director.

The 2015 NATH Board of Directors

Executive Committee Members are as follows:

President - William D. Miller, Sr. Treasurer - Debra Berns
Vice-President - Dale Bishop Secretary - Amber Welden

Members of the Board of Directors:

Sue Bartels Bev Geske Ginger Chrobak George Allen
Jule Henry Barb Mather Pam Pedersen Bob Wolf
Carol Miller Jackie Schmieder Mark Strosahl Peter Rasmussen
Jeff Wagner Kelly Huseby Carol Scott  

I would like to take the time to publicly thank this wonderful group of individuals for their vision, dedication and many hours of service to NATH and Frederick Place.

Tammy Modic
- NATH Executive Director