top of page
Search
  • pursesforapurposes

Founder/CEO Shayna Rutman's Capstone for American University: Community-Based Research

This paper explores the complexity of the homelessness crisis in the United States. While there are assistance-based programs, homelessness persists because of structural failures from the government, contributing to under-resourced social services. To understand this issue more fully, this study combines a literature review of key issues and research-based practices with a short survey of one homeless outreach service organization in Washington D.C (Community Family Life Services, or CFLS). Through anonymous surveys, the survey reflects the clientele’s experiences and needs, specifically with the CFLS Drop-In Center’s services. Initial findings indicate CFLS has a positive impact on the respondents, with participants feeling heard and valued. Further, this paper analyzes with a multifaceted lens that considers the diverse and intersectional identities amongst the direct community. By amplifying the marginalized voices in research, prevention, and advocacy, this research will provide more effective methods of preventing homelessness to achieve social equity.


FINAL DRAFT Rutman 2024
.pdf
Download PDF • 430KB

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Audacious Changemaker: Community Service in the Bag

As founder of Purses for a Purpose, Shayna Rutman, SPA/BA ’24, MPA ’25, knows that a handbag holds more than spare change; it represents identity and autonomy. Rutman’s nonprofit—which has distributed

Purses for a Purpose opens their first DC chapter

AU sophomore brings her nonprofit to DC to help end homelessness Publisher: AU The Eagle Edited By: Mackenzie Konjoyan Published: November 18, 2021 https://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2021/11/purse

Comments


bottom of page