What is the problem that needs to be addressed? Please describe how it is related to mental health.
A significant problem in the homeless world is the lack of work options or income in trying to connect to housing. Very businesses are open to hiring the homeless, especially those with mental health issues. At the same time, the homeless population remains guarded in working with service providers or HCA clinic systems. How do we engage the homeless population with mental health issues, and find work options to procure income that would allow for rental housing to be procured?
Why is this a concern for Orange County? What can Orange County and other counties learn from this project?
The homeless population grows every day. Finding options for homeless individuals to connect to resources like employment and housing is a struggle for everyone. Engaging and training the homeless population in OC to mentor other homeless individuals struggling with mental health issues would create a cycle of education, stabilization, and income that could be used for obtaining housing. OC can learn how to engage the homeless population in a new way, and measure the impact of engaging homeless as mentors to encourage others into treatment, services, and housing.
What is currently being done to resolve this problem in our county and throughout the United States? If applicable: Is it working; why or why not?
I have not seen any situations where homeless were hired as mentors to work with other homeless individuals
What is new or different about this project idea? Please describe how this differs from what is already being done (Question 6). Please list any research that was done on this topic.
Many mental health programs encourage hiring of individuals with lived experience, but none hire homeless to help other homeless.
What is the project idea? Please describe how this project will operate.
A contractor will create a curriculum to hire and train a group of homeless individuals to mentor other homeless individuals to link to mental health services and housing. The hired mentors will work with the contract staff for support, and a percentage match of their salary would be used to procure rental housing stock for them.
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