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Safe Space Shelter 2015/2016

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Transcript of Safe Space Shelter 2015/2016

Safe Space Shelter 2015/2016
& Implications for Social Service Delivery

Safe Space Winter Shelter 2015-2016 Season
A Brief History of Safe Space

The Project:

Considering the limited resources available in the Chico community, what can be learned from models such as the Safe Space Winter Shelter to aid in the city’s search for permanent and sustainable solutions for the issue of homelessness?

Mixed Methods Research Design
Surveys
Focus Groups
Census Data

Organizational Structure

"Everyone has the right to ... food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services"
The rental prices in California have been historically higher than the national average since the 1940s, making it particularly difficult for households with lower incomes to compete for housing (LAO, 2015).

Lippert & Lee (2015): The causal link between mental health disorders and homelessness is likely bidirectional, with psychological disorders appearing both before and after an individual first experiences homelessness.

The researchers Ha, Narendorf, Santa Maria, and Bezette-Flores (2015) identify two categories of barriers to young adults accessing shelter services: access and attitudinal.
A Look at the Literature
What is Oppression?
"A systematic, invisible, group-specific and exploitative social structure, meant to keep one group in an inferior or submissive position" (Frye, 1998: 49)


Kyriarchy
The theory of kyriarchy is that individually we are all oppressed while we are all oppressors. The idea is that no single oppression holds more weight than another, and that we all have a role in combating oppression and unequal power dynamics.
Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Key Concepts of Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice:

Community and Culture
Diversity, culture, cultural competence, competent community, inclusion/exclusion, advocacy, community action
Power and Empowerment
Choice and freedom, political correctness, advocacy
Equality and Anti-Oppression
Social justice, discrimination, restoration, privilege, social devaluation
Identity and Relationships
Survivorhood, relationships
Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Implications for Social Workers

Where can we see oppression in the Safe Space Winter Shelter Case Study?

Are charity models forms of oppressive practice? (i.e. Food Banks)

What does anti-oppressive social work might look like at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels?
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