This week marked a big step in the fight against homelessness. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, a new federal strategic plan geared toward preventing and ending homelessness today. Everybody has been talking about it all week.
Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, offered her positive review, while the National Coalition for the Homeless took the seemingly more common reaction of cautiously optimistic. Goals were praised all around, but the question of where funds would come from seemed to be on people’s minds.
With the advent of this new federal plan, we’re hoping that there will be a renewed national interest in eliminating homelessness – and this piece examining the link between housing problems and policy is keeping our hopes up!
On a more local level, we’re still seeing stories about the implementation of HPRP. Detroit seems to be having trouble distributing funds efficiently and effectively, but there seems to be light in Boston as communities embrace one of the principles of ending homelessness: housing first.
And last but most certainly not least, TANF takes the stage. As legislators continue to dwell upon the passage of the Tax Extenders Bill (which we’ve discussed on this blog) LaDonna Pavetti, Director of the Welfare Reform and Income Support Division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, discusses the huge positive impact that the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund has had since it was extended – and why we should do what we can to keep it around.