Homelessness issues paramount for PI-GRO
PI-GRO continues to work closely with the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness (TFPCEH) on dissemination to Congress of their report, Helping People without Homes: The Role of Psychologists and Recommendations to Advance Training, Research, Practice and Policy. The report recommends advocating for legislation that funds housing and provides services to the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness. PI-GRO supports the Services to End Long Term Homelessness Act (H.R. 3636/S. 1523) sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and increased funding for supportive housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Psychologists can assist in ending homelessness by providing:
culturally competent psychological assessments;
intensive case management;
assertive community treatment; and
critical time intervention and ecologically based family therapy, which includes siblings and extended family members.