Combating homelessness in the Quad Cities

Humility Homes and Services figures prominently in facing the homelessness issue in the Quad Cities area. KWQC recently produced a two-part news segment that highlights both the local reality and the measures local people take to reduce the human impact and suffering homelessness brings.

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Christie Adamson, COO of Humility Homes and Services, says that people are sleeping in unsafe places in our area: “Under a bridge, underneath the pavilion, sometimes it can be as close as a park down the street from us.”

News coverage goes on to describe our outreach efforts:

“So close yet still not within reach for these two disabled men, so Christie Adamson with Humility of Mary had to come to them. She says as a community it takes coming together and understanding the root of the problem.

“The problem we are having here at the shelter is that we are taking people in and then we are struggling to find places to put people because there is not enough affordable units for people, who are very low income,” said Adamson.

In the seven years, that Adamson has worked for Humility of Mary. She says homelessness has not gotten any less.

“Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in new faces said Adamson. “Meaning that people are sort of entering the homeless system that haven’t before,”

Experts have answer to Quad City homelessness problem

The expense of homelessness drains a community’s resources. Knowing the solution to this chronic problem is vital for the ongoing growth of any urban center. Part 1 of Local Channel 4 WHBF’s three part series addresses the costs and the solution of homelessness. Humility Homes and Services COO, Christie Adamson, explains the local situation to reporter Tahera Rahman in this segment: Growing problem of homelessness costs the QC more money.

Researcher Maya Brennan, senior policy associate at the Urban Institute, demonstrates the local need for affordable housing as a solution to homelessness: “The Quad Cities metro area has more than 11,000 extremely low income renter households and they’re competing for fewer than 2,400 places.”

READ THE REPORT AT OURQUADCITIES.COM to learn the scope of the local homelessness problem.

Report, Part Two: “We’re homeless, not hopeless.”

Report, Part Three: “Stuck in the System: What’s hampering homeless help in the QC”

Reach out to a US Veteran who has no QC home

thank a veteran

Show your appreciation to a Quad City veteran for Veterans Day. We’ll make it easy for you.

We’re commemorating Veterans Day on Friday – Sunday, November 11 and  Monday, November 12.  Humility Homes and Services offers housing and supportive services for 25 Veterans and their children through our Veterans Accessing Long Term Opportunities and Resources (VALOR) Program and 13 Veterans at our Shelter.  We pray for the safety and well-being of all current members of the armed services and their families.

We also encourage you to reach out to Veterans participating in HHSI housing programs.  Please send a card of thanks, support, encouragement, solidarity to our Veterans. You can send cards to “Dear Veteran” c/o Humility Homes and Services, 1016 W. 5th St., Davenport, IA 52802 ATTN: Christie Adamson, COO.

Brighten the Holidays for Someone Who Has No Home

Christmas giving

Our Christmas giving program gives you the chance to made a difference for someone at Christmas time.

Due to the merger of our agencies to form Humility Homes and Services, this holiday season we can include all program participants in the Christmas giving program. Our new Santa’s Secret Shop gifting program will ensure that all children and adults, even though they have no home at present, will have something to brighten their Christmas.

By expanding our Christmas program to support all of our participants we are striving to ensure every participant has a memorable Christmas
experience. We greatly appreciate your continued donations that will make this possible.

This year we’re welcoming the following donations:

Suggestions for Children:

Unwrapped new toys,
Books and games (all ages, all genders)
Family outing gift cards to the zoo, etc.

Suggestions for Teens:

Books, games or
Gift card for movies, restaurants, or electronics

For Adults:

$20 gift cards for Dollar Tree Stores (Dollar Tree doesn’t sell alcohol or tobacco). We need more than 100 gift cards, so that each of our adult participants will receive a gift.

Call Patti for details and to volunteer your gift: 563-326-1330.

All donations can be dropped off at 3805 Mississippi Ave. Davenport Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. We would like to receive your donations by Tuesday, December 11 at 4 PM. We distribute family presents before Christmas so parents can wrap their children’s gifts.

Homelessness: Before and After

homelessness essay

Homelessness can be a rough life and has been over the last twenty years
of my life. But in different ways it can be a rewarding life too. Getting
one with God’s nature, opening up your heart and eyes to surroundings
of God’s nature and beauty He put in front of us.

Whether it’s rescuing a baby wood duck from the river or sitting on a
bench and watching a tree branch fly off, then I looked again. It was a
grey stork perched on the trashcan by the tree or walking along in the
winter time seeing snow spiders dance in a circle on the frozen ground
or just sitting at the prayer table outside the center and having talks with
God.

Making yourself a flintstones home on the Mississippi river in Rock
Island. God provided everything, just had to work hard. They are
probably still wondering how I moved a twelve foot sidewalk down the
hill.

Homelessness is a very hard life to live but having a place to live is
even better. I can get up in the morning and make a pot of coffee and it
will be done by 8 am. Just push the switch and coffee will be done.
Being homeless, you chopped the wood, get the coffee pot on when the
fire is finally going, then coffee will be done by noon. Now all I have to
do is turn on the stove and the burners light. No more chopping wood to
cook something to eat.

A nice soft bed to lay my head to fall asleep instead of laying on the
cold hard ground and sometimes rain will get you all wet.
I have a fridge to keep my food in and not a cooler to have spoiled milk
kept in.

Now I live upstairs to lay my head to stay dry and warm.

Voter Registration Event in Davenport September 25

voter registration eventScott and Rock Island County voters, Tuesday September 25 is your chance to update your voter registration, pick up an absentee ballot request, send a loved one or new neighbor to register to vote for the first time.  It’s all available Lafeyette Park, Davenport Iowa from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Attend Our Voices, Our Vote, You Matter!


Voting is the Poor’s Best Defense: Voter Registration Event

by John De Taeye, HHS Development Director

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz recent op-ed, “A Day to Celebrate Your Right to Vote,” invites us to update our voter registration information on Tuesday at Lafayette Park in Davenport.

In his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond writes, “Our cities have become unaffordable to our poorest families, and this problem is leaving a deep and jagged scar on our next generation.” The Princeton University Eviction Lab ranks Davenport’s 2016 eviction rate at 2.11 evictions per day — the highest in the state of Iowa and 44th highest in the US.

Remember this number 17 to 1. In Scott County, there are 7,155 households earning $20,000 and less. For every 17 households there is only one affordable home. The absence of a living wage and the shortage of affordable homes is having ominous consequences for the health, education, public safety, and overall well-being of our kids and families. Safe and stable housing for all is an essential foundation from which to build a strong, vibrant region.

Each election, persons with low incomes and experiencing extreme housing instability vote at lower rates than people with higher incomes and housed, despite the fact that many policy decisions directly impact the economically disenfranchised. We can attend rallies, share posts on social media, and even write letters to the editor, but there is no substitute for voting.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz recent op-ed, “A Day to Celebrate Your Right to Vote,” invites us to update our voter registration information on Tuesday at Lafayette Park in Davenport.

In his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond writes, “Our cities have become unaffordable to our poorest families, and this problem is leaving a deep and jagged scar on our next generation.” The Princeton University Eviction Lab ranks Davenport’s 2016 eviction rate at 2.11 evictions per day — the highest in the state of Iowa and 44th highest in the US.

Remember this number: 17 to 1. In Scott County, there are 7,155 households earning $20,000 and less. For every 17 households there is only one affordable home. The absence of a living wage and the shortage of affordable homes is having ominous consequences for the health, education, public safety, and overall well-being of our kids and families. Safe and stable housing for all is an essential foundation from which to build a strong, vibrant region.

Each election, persons with low incomes and experiencing extreme housing instability vote at lower rates than people with higher incomes and housed, despite the fact that many policy decisions directly impact the economically disenfranchised. We can attend rallies, share posts on social media, and even write letters to the editor, but there is no substitute for voting.

Celebrating Ten Years of Humility Shelter

10 years humility shelterThe QC Times articles below tell a story of vision and faith amidst crisis and fear.

In September, 2008 the world’s financial markets were collapsing – – families, small businesses, multi-national corporations lost trillions of dollars. The crisis impacted every aspect of life – – housing, health care, education, transportation, employment. The 2010 US Census reported a record 46.2 million people were living in poverty.

Here locally, at the very same time, John Lewis Community Services was experiencing extreme financial challenges and was facing closure.

At a time of world-wide financial fragility and local uncertainty, Quad City leaders looked to Humility of Mary Housing to assume financial and administrative responsibilities to keep the Shelter’s services and housing programs functioning.

Ten years later – – we honor our individual and collective vision, faith, and commitment to be with the most vulnerable in our community. We mark ten years of uninterrupted, continuous – – and expanding services at the Shelter to meet the housing needs of our community.

Please make plans to stop by the shelter next Friday, September 21, any time between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for an Open House honoring and renewing the commitments made ten years ago.

Global Financial Catastrophe

https://qctimes.com/news/local/radical-rescue-hundreds-of-billions-for-bailout/article_13a31e90-df7d-5932-86fc-0ac0513b6e0b.html

Humility of Mary Shelter

https://qctimes.com/news/local/humility-of-mary-housing-to-take-over-john-lewis-emergency/article_35d01166-0e8a-59d3-883e-83d7882127d3.html

https://qconline.com/news/local/humility-of-mary-will-assume-some-jlcs-services-for-homeless/article_c801bddc-7a79-5fba-9b54-d49cfe2eb6d4.html

Support Technology Upgrades at Humility Homes and Services

contestHumility Homes & Services, Inc. is participating in RK Dixon’s Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest for a chance to receive an office technology makeover. By voting for us, you can help us win! Better office services will help us end homelessness in the Quad Cities.

Click here: RKDixon.com and vote for Humility Homes & Services, Inc. through September 20 at 5 p.m.

We’re listed on the left hand column or search for “Humility.” RKDixon will send you an immediate email confirmation registering your vote.

You can vote once per day per any distinct email address.

Thank you so much for casting your votes to help people who lack homes!

Community Meetings for Quad Cities Fair Housing Study

The Cities of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island are preparing a regional fair housing study. This study, called “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” will discuss patterns of race, housing, and poverty; access to opportunity; and housing barriers in our local Quad Cities area. It’ll also outline strategies the cities may take to improve housing choices for their residents.

The opinions and perceptions of local residents are an important part of this study. To provide input, all residents are invited to attend one of three public meetings and participate in a survey. Meetings will be held at the following dates, times, and locations, and are open to the general public. Refreshments will be served and children are welcome.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Greater Antioch Baptist Church
    929 14th St
    Rock Island, IL
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Roosevelt Community Center
    1220 Minnie Ave.
    Davenport, IA
  • Thursday, Sept. 20
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    *With Spanish Interpretation*
    Esperanza Center
    335 5th Ave
    Moline, IL 61265

These issues would be relevant to the discussion:

  • What types of housing are available in your community?
  • Does your neighborhood have access to good schools, jobs, transportation, healthcare, and grocery stores?
  • What barriers limit the range of housing option available to you?
  • Do you know what to do if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination?
QCA Fair Housing Study

Information about the Fair Housing Study input sessions–open to the public. Join us and create fair housing in the Quad Cities.

The study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for jurisdictions that receive certain community development and affordable housing grant funds.