Hi, my name is Reema! I’m very excited to have the opportunity to conduct community-based research during my first year here at William & Mary. The community of interest for this project is the District of Columbia. D.C is currently facing a crisis with not only an increasing homeless population, but also an increasing sub-population of mentally ill individuals, despite allocating significant funds and resources towards homeless-intervention programs. Recently (in 2015), the mayor of D.C., created and began the implementation of a 5-yr plan, Homeward D.C., aimed at ending long-term homelessness in the region by the year 2020. Since the program’s inception, its support has considerably eroded, due to the underestimation of required expenses and resources, as well as a lack of visible progress.
Abstract: Exploring and Evaluating Organizational Efforts to Help D.C.’s Mentally Ill Homeless Population
(Because of limited internet in Perú I wrote my journal/posts on paper, and am now typing what I wrote during the actual experience.)
After work began back on campus this summer, I began pouring through both the data from my surveys and the responses from the Comité de Salud’s health census that they had given to me while in country.
After spending the past few days working in the community the SOMOS summer team has set some lofty goals but I truly believe that the team has risen to the occasion. During our time here, we have ran trouble-shooting interviews (which have provided us with sufficient information as to how to edit the questions so as to be understood by respondents), held a community wide meeting, and held a meeting of the Comité de Salud (Health Committee).
Salutations! Thanks for stumbling upon this post (or seeking it out if you are one of the kind-hearted souls that has), hope you enjoy.