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23rd April
2010
written by naehblog

From the resignation of NYC Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Rob Hess’s to HUD’s proposal for a new definition of homelessness, from the deadline for Senators to support a $2.4 allocation for McKinney Vento programs in the FY2011 federal budget to our Annual Awards Ceremony last night, it’s been quite a week here at the Alliance.

While we recover from last night’s festivities, check out some of the coverage of our Awards Ceremony from across the country:

  • Folks in New Orleans joined us in recognizing the re-housing and prevention efforts of UNITY GNO. In particular, this piece notes that the organization got 500 homeless people in their own apartments over eight months after Hurricance Katrina.

  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer heralded the success of congressional ally Senator Patty Murray, as well as baseball-player-turned-affordable housing champion Mo Vaughn.
  • The Boston Globe shouted out to hometown hero Mo Vaughn.
  • In the Huffington Post, Alliance President Nan Roman wrote about our awardees:

    These leaders have proven that through innovation, creativity, and unyielding allegiance to the cause, we can make progress on the greatest social challenges. Their examples show that we can aim towards a time when everyone has a place to call home.


    This is what we aspire to tonight, as we gather to recognize the achievement towards our collective goal. This is what we honor, the persistent hope of a country without homelessness. This is what ending homelessness looks like.

And finally, the New York Times painted a complex picture of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – something we’ve covered extensively on this blog. We think it’s a transformative initiative, but the Times points out some of its drawbacks. What do you think?

1 Comment

  1. Paul Selden
    24/04/2010

    I thought the Times article trotted out the same old stereotypes about homelessness that we hear year in year out. In normal times, they seem to say, only crazy people and drunks are homeless, but these are extraordinary times when an economic downturn sweeps up the middle class. You may agree, but I don't. Homelessness is a product of a housing development system run amok. A system that cannot on its own produce anything like the range of housing needed by our economically diverse population. This is now the case and has been the case whether the economy is experiencing a bubble or a recession. In fact, during the good times, displacement and gentrification are often much more likely to produce homelessness than during recessions. The only difference between recessionary and expansionary periods is that middle class people are more likely to be dragged into homelessness during recessions. Sadly that makes it more notable to the Times.