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Homeless in Seattle
Melissa Elliott
PAD 500 Dr.MCCue August 17, 2012

Abstract The epidemic of homelessness has taken a great toll on our society as we know it. America has been noted as the land of great opportunity and provision for one who wants to get ahead in life, it is often times referred to as the land of milk and honey. How did America get in such turmoil in housing its own citizens? America is noted to help other countries with all types of aid food, clothing, protection etc. .We must get back to the basics and create a solution to house our homeless population.
Homeless is defined as a person or people not having a permanent residence or dwelling place.
Mayor Schell’s Zero Homeless strategy was written to help combat the serious issue of homeless citizens in Seattle. Mayor Schell’s declaration was very pure ad heart felt concerning the homeless. He made decree that some may have viewed as an unrealistic goal. His firm decree declared that by Christmas of 1998 there would be no homeless families with children or single women out on the street. This was a great goal for a six month period and definitely not attainable. There are several reasons, taken from the public administration literature, why the strategy is not likely to be appropriate in this case. Principally, as Ring & Perry (1985) concisely state, “ambiguity in strategy…may be an asset” in public organizations; therefore it was not prudent in this case to state the pledge explicitly. Firstly, whilst it may be true that private sector directors do not commonly have to involve constituents in the plan formulation process, in public organizations, the multiplicity of stakeholders and constituents and the need to build political…...

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