It’s that time again – Friday!
And this Friday, we’re not snowed in by the great snowpocalypse of the east. In fact, it’s pretty nice here in Washington, D.C.
Which is good news for our beleaguered Alliance staff, who made it back this week from beautiful southern California and the 2010 Conference on Ending Family Homelessness. Amanda Krusemark, program and policy associate at the Alliance offered dispatches from the conference, covering her own workshops, keynote speeches, and the transportation trials due to snow.
Also in the news this week was an article from the AP, penned by Frank Eltman, that discussed the posited rise in homelessness among suburbanites, specifically a rise in the number of homeless women and families. Eltman cited last year’s HUD survey, which suggested that suburban homelessness rose from 23 to 32 percent over the course of the year. This question – about the geography of homelessness – seems to be gaining more traction. Luckily, we’re prepared for the speculation! Check out the Alliance’s own Geography of Homelessness – a four part series examining where homelessness exists.
What you’ll find in that study is that Detroit – oh, Detroit – tops the lists of both communities that have the highest number of homeless residents and the highest rate of homelessness per 10,000 people. There was a quick piece in the Detroit News about the city “straining” to help homeless people as rampant unemployment and job loss meet frigid temperatures and declining services. Writer Catherine Jun chronicles the rapid rise in demand for services and the increasing number of those “on the verge” of homelessness.
And it wouldn’t be a week of news without a celebrity citing. Prince William posed with a formerly homeless person for a British magazine to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness. Check out the story from CBS.