Specific Population and the Advocate Role Paper and Presentation Justine Teeple
University of Phoenix
Instructor: Linda Latson
May 6, 2013
Specific Population and the Advocate Role Paper and Presentation 2 The purpose of this paper is to address the issue of advocacy in the human services field. The paper will examine a specific population of clients who have special needs; the population that will be examined is the homeless. A personal perspective on how I, as an advocate, can assist with problems this client group has such as: food, clothing, shelter, job training, and transportation needs will be included. Specific Population: Homeless
"The most proximate cause of homelessness in America is poverty" (University of Richmond, 2003). Today there are between five and six hundred thousand people considered to be homeless in the United States; to be homeless means that a person does not have a permanent place to live. Along with the problems of homelessness come poor nutrition, unemployment, illnesses, drug addictions, and violence. Homelessness is rising higher each year and experts have realized that new programs and aid must be given to these people; not only to maintain the current population of homeless but also to prevent the population from growing. Assisting the Client
"Advocacy refers to influencing decisions that affect the welfare or interests of another individual or group" (Barsky, 2000, pg. 219). As an advocate for the homeless it would be important for me to empower the client to change their situation for their own benefit. Advocating for the homeless could involve tasks such as: helping the client set goals, educating them about available resources, helping them locate resources, and working to change policies that limit their abilities.
Specific Population and the Advocate Role Paper and Presentation 3 The best way to advocate for the homeless would be to...