Home Again: Only a Home Ends Homelessness
Corey Dolgon- Chair, Worcester State College Department of Sociology

Corey Dolgon, chair of the Worcester State College Department of Sociology has been and activist and researcher on  issues of homelessness and poverty for many years.  Corey and his students conducted the department's "Mending Fences" study showing that group homes and social service agencies do not have a negative impact on Worcester's communities.

 

Corey was approached to serve on the Home Again Advisory Council because of his research and commitment to issues around homelessness. It was the Council's fact-based approach to solving homelessness that appealed to him.  "Home Again promises to take seriously the research available on issues of poverty and homelessness," says Corey.

 

Corey is also a part of the Home Again team because of its emphasis on providing stable housing saying, "Home Again recognizes that when people need health care, training, or counseling that very few can take these positive steps without a stable place to call home."

 

After studying communities for years, Corey says that working on the Home Again project with a group that truly represents a cross-section of Worcester has been a great experience.  "The best part of the process in creating the Home Again model has been the opportunity to bring together people from around the community representing many different organizations, populations and interests."

 

From his research, Corey also knows the impact homelessness has on a community. "When people are not able to fulfill their capacity to participate in the community, the community as a whole suffers," says Corey.  "But we all benefit when people are given the opportunities and support to achieve self-sustainability and contribute to the overall welfare of the community."

 

Corey strongly believes that overcoming stereotypes about homeless people will contribute to the success of the housing first model being used by Home Again.  "The most devastating stereotype is that homeless people don't want permanent, stable housing.  But it's been proven that once given support, people who were once chronically homeless thrive in permanent homes."

 

Read the report by Corey and his students on social services and group homes in Worcester here:

Mending Fences- The report by Worcester State College Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement 

 

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