• Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

Back Bay Mission brings attention to mental health needs of displaced homeless community

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Jun 12, 2024

Back Bay Mission in Biloxi is dedicated to serving the unsheltered population in the community, especially those who are new to the area. Executive Director James Pennington emphasizes the importance of understanding and familiarity for individuals experiencing homelessness. He notes that when people are moved to a new location, their mental health can be greatly affected, making it difficult for them to adjust.

Pennington mentions that certain areas like Division Street are familiar and safe for many unsheltered individuals in Biloxi. They are aware of the resources available in that area, such as the center for non-violence, healthcare facilities, and organizations like Back Bay Mission. This familiarity can provide a sense of security for those who are homeless.

Transitioning from the streets to a housing situation can also be challenging for individuals who are not accustomed to being housed. Economic changes, including increases in housing and utility costs, can further complicate the situation. Back Bay Mission offers alternatives like tiny homes or housing units for homeless veterans to address these issues.

In order to address homelessness in the city, Pennington emphasizes the need for conversations about affordable housing and proper healthcare for the homeless population. He stresses the importance of making healthcare and mental health resources accessible and affordable for all individuals in order for them to not only survive but also thrive. By addressing these critical issues, communities can work towards a sustainable solution for homelessness in the area.

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