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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The letter that I received from the sister of Barbara Hilleque after Barbara’s unfortunate and untimely death
By Tammy Modic - NATH Executive Director | Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2014 8:00 am


Barbara saw several watercolors that Alex had completed. Many of them of homes or buildings.Back in April we talked by phone and she mentioned Frederick Place, suggesting that Alex consider doing a watercolor of the house, that could be used as a fundraiser to help the shelter. Alex requested that she take and send photos that he could work from. On June 3, 2014 she e-mailed the photos she had personally taken. On June 23, 2014 she wrote: "Please tell Alex thanks again and don't feel rushed. I will be thrilled whenever he gets it done. His latest picture on your Facebook page is tremendous. He has such great talent."  Can't wait to see you all in September.


Alex Portrait of Frederick Place
Picture left to right: Cal Knaide VI – Rita’s grandson; Cal Knaide V – Rita’s son; Rita Lennox – Barb’s sister; Alex – Barb’s brother-in-law (artist); Susan Holt – Barb’s sister; John Holt – Barb’s brother-in-law

Alex was just completing the watercolor when we received the news of Barb's accident. We knew then that we would present it to you ourselves in Barb's memory. I had posted your photo of Barb painting Frederick Place (July 5, 2013) on my Facebook page on June 22, 2014. I wrote, "My sister Barb Hilleque, you make me proud, of your involvement with the Frederick Place and your surrounding community events." Attending her wake and funeral I saw first hand just how much she gave.

Sincerely, Rita and Alex Lennox

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex and the rest of Barb’s family and was amazed by their willingness to share this beautiful watercolor with us. The framed watercolor is currently in the office at Frederick Place and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

In the coming months NATH Board of Directors will determine how to continue to honor Barb and her family for all that they have done to support NATH and Frederick Place. Barb and her memory will continue in my heart as well as all of those who she touched.

Tammy Modic
- NATH Executive Director