Archive for October 28th, 2011
Last week we asked, “Do you think the news adequately reflects poverty and homelessness in your community?”
Once again the majority of our respondents were in agreement. Ninety-two percent of you thought that the news was not an adequate reflection of homelessness and poverty in your community.
A follow up question, and the news the week, below:
- The New York Times published an editorial we couldn’t agree more with, arguing that now is not the time to cut funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you read one article in this news roundup, let it be this one.
- With Veterans Day drawing near, the plight of veterans experiencing homelessness was covered in a number of local papers:
- The experience of homeless female veterans was covered by the Kansas City Star and the Los Angeles Times.
- My alma mater’s radio station, WAMU at American University, ran a short piece on homeless veterans in Washington, DC.
- Arlington is one of many communities across the countries that are facing the end of funds from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP). Sustaining rapid re-housing programs after the end of this funding is a topic we have covered in the past.
- Homeless students have a right to attend their original school or a school near their shelter. In New York City, however, only 35 percent of students are being placed appropriately.
- A Housing First approach seems to be working in Buffalo, NY.
- In Obama’s sweep of the West Coast, he announced a program in Las Vegas that would allow homeowners to refinance at lower mortgage rates.
- A familiar debate is being waged in downtown Denver. Despite reductions in homelessness, there are still people living and sleeping outside Denver’s most popular tourist attraction, the shopping street known was the 16 Street Mall. A Denver Post editorial agrees that something must be done, but argues that what is needed is more housing, not the civilization of homelessness.