“Getting back on your feet” is a phrase often heard by individuals experiencing homelessness whether it is from agencies, as the intended goal behind recovery and housing stability services, or from society, as its denounce on their apparent lack of self-reliance and “opportunism”.
On Chapter 3, our participants discuss the experience of navigating supportive services and employment landscape when homeless individuals in Arizona set out to “stand on their own two feet”.
Considering that some of the largest providers of homeless services, such as the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), put a great emphasis on employment as a gateway to the end of the individual’s homelessness and to the achievement of independence, special attention should be placed to the discriminatory policies instituted by prospective employers as well as to the ways in which the provision of their own services can be improved.
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