The Concept of Program Reengineering
Based on the Case Study:
Mayor Schell’s Zero Homeless Family Strategy
Modern Public Administration
By – Ambika Jammula
On June 2nd, 1998, Mayor Paul Schell spoke to the press about the needs of homeless families, women and children. He asked for the City Council’s support in providing “immediate emergency assistance to homeless families and single women, a critical step in providing lasting housing solutions for these families and individuals.” He noted that “the problem continues to grow and we absolutely must find better ways to help people find and keep housing.” He closed his remarks with a firm pledge that ...view middle of the document...
This assignment will analyze the policies, strategies, and programs within his administration and the impact on them by his pledge. It will also study the implementation of the program. In addition, it will discuss the importance of the assessments prior to the implementation.
Analyze four (4) policy choices of Mayor Schell that were made as part of the strategy for the homeless.
Mayor Paul Schell has several options to make to create a strategy about the homeless situation in Seattle. In the city the county committee had created its own strategy to attend the homeless condition. Even though, the county program has been in place for several years already their focus is in continuing supporting the existent shelters and services provided to the homeless, not to expand the capacity of them.
Based on that, four policy choices Mayor Schell could had made as part of his strategy for the homeless are:
1) Convene a housing summit – “Schell promised to convene a housing summit immediately after his inauguration to develop strategies to address the unmet demand for affordable housing” (Hallway, 2010, p.5). The lack of affordable housing is one of the main reasons for the increasing numbers of homeless people in Seattle. Attacking the source of the problem is an assertive way to solve the problem.
2) Create more shelters or housing options for the homeless – the existent strategies of the King County Community Homelessness Advisory Committee did not provide for the expansion of the services. “These plans emphasize services to homeless people rather than just providing beds” (Hallway, 2010, p.1). Therefore an immediate plan needed to be put in place.
3) Support and expand the housing programs for homeless and people in need – the homeless population was affected by different factors. “The three major factors contributing to homelessness in King County are inadequate income, the high cost of housing, and personal or family problems, such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse or mental illness” (Hallway, 2010, p.2). For that reason the continuous support to the programs that provide services to them, or even the expansion of these services at certain point needs to be considered as part of the solution.
4) Keep strengthening the support programs for transitional housing families – After these families and individuals are brought to the transitional housing programs the right support and guideline could make the difference between succeeding and keeping a permanent housing, or going back to the streets. As mayor Schell expressed “a critical step in providing lasting housing solutions for these families and individuals” (Hallway, 2010, p.1). Providing lasting housing, not only provisional housing should be the goal.
Analyze the Pre-Implementation and Design Strategies of Mayor Schell and interpret four (4) practical outcomes of his choices.