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1 Centralized HomelEss Service System - CHESS By: Keith Barth CS410 - Brunelle

2 The Homeless Population The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is nine years old. 1 in 5 homeless people in the U.S. have a mental disorder. 40% of America’s homeless population consists of Veterans of the Armed Forces. 25% of the 3.5 million Homeless Americans are employed.

3 What is the Problem? Inefficiency of charitable service –Hours are not always conducive to work schedules –Organizations do not create sufficient opportunities for self betterment –Dissociated services can result in a poverty cycle

4 Current Solutions Serving hot food to the homeless Donating old clothing Passing out bagged lunch Temporary housing programs Mayor Fraim’s Plan

5 Solving the Problem CHESS –Database with homeless registry –Scheduled/Regular services provided through organizations –Electronic self-betterment clinics –Convenient “homeless vending machines” –Point rewards system

6 Necessary Hardware Fingerprint recognition devices Server to host the database Vending machines Low Budget Computers

7 Software Requirements Interactive software for educational program. Program that access and manipulates information from the database –Track point system –Monitor course completion and public service –Document demographic information

8 Who and How Much? Target Audience: Local & State Government Cost: Fingerprint Readers$35 + Low-Budget Computers$200 + Vending Machine/Kiosks$2000 +

9 Pros Doing good deeds for people in need Gives the city a cleaner and more desirable appearance Vending kiosks provide convenient access to food and information Database tracks demographic information and records productive activity Centralized services work together to meet all needs Point system increases societal contribution but caters to mentally or physically incapable

10 Cons Database must be up and running at all times for vending kiosks, food lines, and point systems to work High risk of computer illiteracy or even reading illiteracy Not all homeless people will register Government/Politicians might not want to endure the cost

11 Conclusions A feasible plan to aid in the elimination of homelessness People Requirements: –Volunteers’ Time –Government’s Financial Commitment –Politicians’ Agreement of Merit

12 Works Cited Las Angeles Homeless Services Consortium. states-homeless-statistics/ Boland, Tom. “Ex-homeless person on Norfolk, VA Task Force on Homelessness.” The Virginian Pilot. 1998. Messina, Debbie. “Norfolk officials say count shows fewer homeless.” The Virginian Pilot. 2007. “Theory and reality on ending homelessness.” The Virginian Pilot. 2005. Norfolk Homeless Consortium

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