SHERMAN HAGGERTY

Hope Disappearing

Thousands of people in this country remain homeless, and the unhoused population continues to grow in spite of the increases in the public dollars being spent. Many are losing their chance to leave homelessness behind to become respected, contributing members in their community. For those who find themselves without a home, their future prospects and capacity for upward mobility are being limited by policy changes at the federal level. This book focuses on how the chance to become self-sustaining citizens, which at one time seemed within reach, is quickly disappearing and preventing those caught in the homeless trap from achieving independence. As these opportunities disappear, so too does the opportunity to interrupt generational poverty. With few avenues available to reduce the size of the existing homeless population, and little or no emphasis on slowing the influx of new people becoming homeless, the problems facing many of the largest urban areas in our country have already reached an unprecedented magnitude.

Book Summary

Thousands of people in this country remain homeless, and the unhoused population continues to grow in spite of the increases in the public dollars being spent. Many are losing their chance to leave homelessness behind to become respected, contributing members in their community. For those who find themselves without a home, their future prospects and capacity for upward mobility are being limited by policy changes at the federal level. This book focuses on how the chance to become self-sustaining citizens, which at one time seemed within reach, is quickly disappearing and preventing those caught in the homeless trap from achieving independence. As these opportunities disappear, so too does the opportunity to interrupt generational poverty. With few avenues available to reduce the size of the existing homeless population, and little or no emphasis on slowing the influx of new people becoming homeless, the problems facing many of the largest urban areas in our country have already reached an unprecedented magnitude.

Drawing from the author's experience as a Pastor, social worker, and director at Volunteers of America operating local homeless programs, this book explores ideas on how we can begin to approach these issues with resources that will once again create opportunities for our unsheltered citizens to leave this cycle of poverty. Creating an exit plan for many of our homeless can ultimately create a humane approach to turning the corner on what is becoming the most pressing social issue in our nation.

About the Author

SHERMAN HAGGERTY

Sherman Haggerty served on the Volunteers of America (VOA) board of directors for almost a decade before becoming the director of Mather Community Campus near Sacramento. In 2019, he completed the work to become an ordained minister with VOA. Sherman has a master’s degree in management the Drucker School of Management at Claremont College. He spent 30 years as a homebuilding executive and was voted into the California Homebuilding Hall of Fame in 2011 based largely on his commitment to his work in community service.

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