In many instances, homeless women have had unfortunate experiences with social services and bureaucratic institutions, and therefore, are hesitant to trust them once again. For this reason, the case worker acts as the mediator between the two, seeking to reestablish trust and create a relationship that will last into the future.
The case worker works on a case by case basis and takes individual needs assessments, accompanying the women as they receive help and preserving their dignity in the process. The locker room itself is more than just a place to store belongings - it is a physical space that is conducive to establishing a connection between the case worker and the homeless women. The importance of this relationship cannot be overstated - it is symbiotic, and restores a sense of hope. It is a way to respect the women, see them as equal dignity and also empower the women.
Securing affordable storage has long been identified as a challenge for those experiencing homelessness. The loss of housing can result in a homeless individual or family disposing of their possessions or carrying personal items throughout the day. Other possible impacts include the loss/theft of personal property when stored in an ad hoc manner, as well as hindering the search for employment and housing.
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