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It has been just over a year since I penned “Housing Gone Wrong – The Life (and Death) of John Chadwick“. You may recall that I was contacted by Dee Bonnett in Maidstone, England whom altered me to this tragedy: John Chadwick, formerly homeless for 10 years, was evicted from his housing due to a change in ownership. John was offered accommodation at a bed and breakfast (B&B) however he would have to give up his dogs Theo and Tinkerbell, and a cat, Gizmo. He ended his own life rather than give up his pets. I have found that the homeless
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The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida will be hosting the International Association of Chief of Police (#IACP2018) conference from October 6-9, 2018. This is the largest police conference in the world, attracting 15,000 police executives from over 150 nations. I am happy to announce that I will be offering my latest workshop “The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team (and How)“ on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (click here for details). I developed this idea after several conversations with Antoinette Hayes-Triplett, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI). She remarked that after a
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I am honored to have been selected as one of seven Public Service Exemplars by the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA). A Public Service Exemplar is a person dedicated to serving the public with the highest level of performance, integrity and pride. An exemplar’s conduct serves as a model for public and non-profit employees (Source: Suncoast Chapter, ASPA). When I started police homeless outreach in 2012, I never expected this program to become so successful. My colleagues and I have housed hundreds of homeless clients. I have even arranged a wedding for one couple that has been
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Thank you to Sonny’s BBQ, Bags of Brotherly Love and Brandon Elks for honoring all of us today that work in Tampa and Hillsborough County (Florida) to end homelessness. When I started in police homeless outreach in 2012, I never thought in a million years that my program would have gathered so much support. It takes a community to solve complex social problems such as homelessness and I honored for the opportunity and support to do my part.
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At this time tomorrow, I will be on a Boeing 777, traveling about 5,015 miles to Buenos Aires, Argentina. My brother and I will be celebrating his 50th birthday. As is customary, in our family, turning 50 earns us an AARP membership card and the right to pick the bucket-list-venue-of-choice for their birthday. As my brother is a Navy reservist and Afghanistan veteran, he chose to sail around Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America), then visit Antarctica. This is major “cred” if your’re a sailor, and a pretty good holiday if you’re not (such as myself). I chose
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Note: This blog is based upon real events. In this case, John Chadwick ended his life after being separated from his pets. The system failed John. Please read my post. If you agree (or even if you don’t), please consider signing Dee Bonett’s (John’s best friend) petition to prevent future tragedies: Please click here to sign this petition: Introduce pets as support systems for the more vulnerable members of society On October 27, 2017, the Manchester Evening News reported that John Chadwick, 52, from Salford, died after being separated from his pets. John was homeless, and had been staying in a bed
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Please read this story for the full context of my comments: Leading homelessness expert calls Operation Rio Grande a ‘disaster’ Utah, once a shining star for housing first, is now suffering the consequences of the Marbut-ization of it’s homeless policy. You cannot arrest away homelessness. To make my point, I’ll discuss “Billy”, the most prolific offender in my county: He has been arrested over 170 times since 1995. Has has spent an aggregate of over 10 years behind bars – 30, 60 or 90 days at a time, running up an incarceration bill of over $500,000. Perhaps you have heard of
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Note: I am specifically referring to plans to open a navigation center shelter in New Port Richey, FL, however the concepts I discuss also apply to other communities. Opening a homeless shelter will usually involve compromise. It may with the physical plant, funding levels, expected outcomes, or in this situation, the location. Building a shelter from scratch is challenging due to costs. So alternatives (usually re-tasking an existing building)  have to be evaluated. In this case, a vacant boys and girls club was chosen, creating the classic NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) response. This is common, almost expected, when there is a less-than-desirable-but-necessary
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I recently spoke to the Municipal Association of Pasco (FL) with my thoughts on homelessness, and why now is the time to affect positive changes: Municipal Association of Pasco Remarks St. Leo, Florida – August 3, 2017 Good evening…my name is Daniel McDonald. I’m here tonight to talk about homelessness, and why it’s important, and why it’s important right now. About me: I’m originally from England I was awarded an MPA degree from USF in 2010 I’m a 25-year law enforcement veteran I can juggle I know Morse code I solve homelessness for a living. I work full-time as a
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I’ve been privy to some crazy ideas over the years about solving homelessness. The one that always get a chuckle was when I was asked if I owned a farm. And if I did, was I enslaving the homeless and forcing them to work against their will. And if it is true, did I have any room? Here is the text of the actual e-mail that I received: To: Daniel McDonald Subject: farm? Hi Dan, I hope this finds you well. I have the strangest question to ask you. One of my homeless friends was telling me that you personally own
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