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Are the Mentally Ill Homeless Falling through the Cracks of Society?
by Paula Albertolli (SSU group)
Thursday Nov 30th, 2017 10:34 AM
Did an investigative research project for Sonoma State University’s Investigative sociology class. Our topic was the social problem of homelessness. However, we mainly focused on a specific group of the homeless community; those who suffer from mental illness. The mentally ill homeless seem to have fallen through the cracks of society. We looked for a possible resolution to issue of mental health among the homeless population, and looked into what is already available.
Without possibly knowing that the recent tragic events would have occurred with the loss of homes for many, the issue of homeless people and the housing crisis in Sonoma County continues. In doing an investigative research project for Sonoma State University’s Investigative sociology class, our focused topic was the social problem of homelessness. However, our main focus was to look at a specific group of the homeless community; those who suffer from mental illness. The mentally ill homeless seem to have fallen through the cracks of society. We chose to look for a possible resolution to issue of mental health among the homeless population. We ask ourselves a simple question: Where do they end up? And, how are public services providing aid for the homeless population suffering from mental illness in Sonoma county? And finally, what do service providers recommend as a solution?

After experiencing a historical tragedy that affected our data, and working with evolving current events that blew out of proportion for only six students to handle, we faced a lack of adequate services and resources that specialized in the issue of providing aid for those homeless individuals with mental health issues. Carrying out a semester long project in the midst of the tragic fires, the attempt was to highlight what occurs with the mentally ill homeless population and what possible solutions were offered through the first hand experience of the people who work directly to help these afflicted people. We feel that it may be of some interest to be read.

Yours sincerely,
Paula Albertolli from Sonoma State University’s Investigative Sociology Course 336.
§Homelessness Awareness
by Kelly Cruz Wednesday Dec 6th, 2017 1:37 PM
Homeless research accumulated in order to fine and obtain awareness of what communities in the North Bay are doing to those on the streets and what circumstances they are being put under to get shelter for themselves.

Homelessness has been an over growing dilemma all around; from driving past them on the streets, seeing them in clusters of each other and even under highway tunnels. But with sweeps occurring around Sonoma County there is concern of the new whereabouts of where all those people are going. The research conducted by my group has fulfilled new outcomes of how these sweeps and impacts have done to the homeless community, finding various ways to move around from hospitals to homeless shelters and mental facilities that have caused a revolving door affect or programs to assist them into a better way to adapt into society ways. But with an unexpected change of events had taken a great shift into our data when fires began around Sonoma County, putting us behind in more than just contacting facilities but getting things back on track with all the chaos that occurred. As new development plan has began to uprise, there also has been holds put on in the construction on any homeless households to be done in the future.