Previously, on the News Roundup Poll, we asked you if we could end veteran homelessness in five years. The majority of you said that we could:
- The Alliance is observing National Homeless Youth Awareness Month by featuring our policy and program analysts Andre Wade and Sam Batko, as well as other members of our excellent staff, in recent youth-centered blog posts. If you have any questions or concerns about youth homelessness, let us know so we can address them.
- The New York Times reported on the new “supplemental poverty measure” released by the Census Bureau on Nov. 7. The measure includes a number of important non-cash benefits from government programs, such as SNAP (food stamps) and the earned-income tax credit, but also includes expenses, such as child and health care, and taxes. These more focused calculations reveal that more Americans are living in and near poverty than under the official standard, which will still be used to administer programs.
- Part of the benefit of this measure is that it takes into account the “sharp increase in the food stamps program” that has protected those thrown into unemployment by the recession. The program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, has been expanded twice since 2007, doubling the amount of assistance going to needy families.
- For some good news: the Fresno Bee published a story on the success of their Housing First-based plan to end homelessness. The Fresno Housing Authority has been working with nonprofits and matching private donations to place 58 people in housing and prepare for the construction of a 70-unit complex of affordable housing.