Asking the Right Questions

In the past five months as the agency’s director, I have found myself having to ask a lot of questions. Questions allow us an opportunity to pause and think about the issue at hand. Sometimes this pause can be the difference between an idea succeeding and failing.

Part of the goal of this blog is to help our readers understand how we as an agency view the issues of homelessness and from that point-of-view how we work to address the many factors that play into keeping people on the streets. 

With that being said, I think that it’s only appropriate for my first entry in our blog be me sharing some of the questions that I have when it comes to looking at any proposal that involves the issue of homelessness to help give you a glimpse into how we explore ideas that are aimed at ending homelessness. These questions are:

  • Will it increase the amount of affordable housing available to individuals and families in the Central LA area? 

  • Will it increase the availability of supportive services to our homeless community?

  • Will it increase awareness of the factors that cause homelessness and keep individuals and families homeless?

  • Will it help our program participants thrive?

At the end of the day, I believe that if anyone has an idea that can answer “yes” to any one of these questions then I think that it is an idea that is worth exploring. The good news is that homelessness is an issue that we can solve. It just takes us asking the right questions to ensure that we are providing the best possible services to those who we, well, serve. 

If you have any other questions or comments on what you would like us to cover in future posts feel free to leave us a comment and be sure to share this with your friends. Together we can end homelessness in Central Louisiana!

-Joseph Buzzetta MSW, LMSW

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