Safety Under Roof for Everyone:
Breaking a Hopeless Cycle
Frederick has a number of excellent programs in place to serve those who are housing-insecure. However, recent years have seen an increase in demand for these services, and there are always some individuals who fall through the cracks. These people may become trapped in a cycle of arrests and incarceration, resulting in a disproportionate drain on city resources.
We propose the creation of Safety Under Roof for Everyone (SURE) to augment existing services and provide a way of breaking the cycle of homelessness. Ideally, this initiative would be carried out in cooperation with one or more of the existing non-profit organizations currently serving Frederick.
It would involve a two-pronged approach:
- SURE Shelter: open to all comers without restriction or requirement
- SURE Village: a transitional housing community
Setting up such a program in Frederick would benefit the city itself, as well as its unhoused population.