Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Discipline

Community Psychology

First Advisor

Tiffeny Jimenez

Second Advisor

Bradley Olsen

Third Advisor

Ericka Mingo


We may not all agree that the homeless community is increasing and that their essential needs to survive such as food, healthcare and housing are quality of life rights for everyone. We must adopt the compassion of the medical industry and understand the importance of how community programs and services impact their survival. The sense of urgency to address the issues of homelessness does not appear to be moving as fast as other government agendas hindering families and individual’s ability to achieve self-sufficiency. It is expected that the priorities within this population are addressed immediately, it should be understood that all homeless are priority.

Studies show that there is a focus on services for special groups within the homeless community. Individuals with various disabilities, women, and children just to name a few are groups that shelters, and homeless providers work with first. They create case-plans supporting them with services, housing placement, and programs. The case plan is to ensure that after an intake and assessment, participants are connected to programs, resources, and services that should encourage and help them on their path to self-sufficiency and sustainability. The plan is a network of organizations forming support systems that include housing, community organizations, hospitals, and other organizations serving homeless clients using collaborative efforts. To understand their relationships and how they support the homeless community; this study explores the network of service systems, the levels of organizations networking together, and how service providers create comprehensive wrap-around services addressing the needs of the homeless.


All Glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Blessing and keeping me through the life changes that I encountered after I started this program. Thank you to my friends, family, and co-workers that supported me after I shared that I was returning to school. I want to thank my church family for praying for me as I took this journey. To my new sisters, Cohort 12 for the bond and unity that we developed, I could not have remained as balanced as I did without your support. Finally, thank you to my exceptional Community Psychology Professors: Dr. Tiffeny Jimenez, Dr. Brad Olsen, Dr. Ericka Mingo for your continuous support through this process. Your flexibility, your expertise in drawing out information from your students, and showing us how to use our craft on the academic level was excellent. It was a pleasure to gain the great knowledge of Dr. Kent, Dr. Fromm-Reed, Dr. Legler, and Dr. Viola, thank you.