This week, we saw a little news about homelessness data. Erin Meyer of the Chicago Tribune wrote about LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago – echoing the concern around the issue that’s arisen in the last few months. In this article Nan Roman, president of the Alliance, notes the dearth of data around the population which is necessary in order to fully understand the situation and take substantive action. Similarly, in a story about unsheltered homeless people, Jennifer Lin of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about the number of people experiencing homelessness on the street and what the city is doing to address the situation.
Yesterday, Marcia Davis at the Washington Post wrote about a guide released by the Department of Labor to help direct service providers serve veteran women experiencing homelessness. The guide, focused on trauma-informed care, noted that veteran women are at high risk of homelessness than their male counterparts, a notion we reiterated on the blog yesterday.
The state of Massachusetts is considering a new program to integrate supportive services and affordable housing for disabled, elderly, and homeless families, according to the Boston Globe. The bill would create 1,000 units of supportive housing for the hardest to serve homeless people. L
Great steps are also being taken by our neighbors to the north, says The Globe and Mail. The city of Vancouver unveiled their plan to end street homelessness by 2015 this week.