Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2021

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Isaac Karikari


The prevalence of substance use and mental illness are significant factors to consider when attempting to effectively resolve homelessness in the United States. By providing stable shelter or housing, individuals experiencing homelessness have a better capacity to address these obstacles that have historically caused them to lose, or prevented them from maintaining, their housing or shelter situation. Many homeless shelters in the United States have taken an abstinence-based approach that has left many homeless individuals unsheltered, and this can reduce the capacity of these individuals who may be trying to engage in services to address their other concerns. Low-barrier homeless shelters are increasing in number across the nation, as Housing First, person-centered, and harm reduction principles have been shown to successfully assist individuals to obtain and maintain housing. Grand Forks, North Dakota, is one city that would greatly benefit from a low-barrier homeless shelter to address the homeless population in Grand Forks and the surrounding region. This paper presents the rationale for the need, as well as a grant proposal with details for establishing a low-barrier shelter in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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