A little housekeeping: It’s T – three business days before the start of the National Conference to End Homelessness! All of us at the Alliance are busy preparing to offer informative workshops, inspiring plenary sessions, and a great time overall. We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!
In the news this week: This morning, I ran across an opinion piece Rosanne Haggerty penned in the Huffington Post. The title, “Homelessness is a Solvable Problem” is exactly the message the Alliance has long been trumpeting – that with the right solutions, strategies, and dedication, we can ensure that everyone has a safe, stable place to call home. Our kudos to Roseanne and Community Solutions for reminding us of this simple, radical concept.
Our friend Pam Fessler of National Public Radio showed us people who have experienced homelessness sharing their stories this week. The National Coalition for the Homeless runs a speakers bureau of people who have experienced homelessness and are willing to inform others about the realities people face when confronted with dire economic circumstances and very tough decisions. Often times, Pam notes, the goal of the storytelling is the get people to change their perceptions of homelessness and homeless people.
A similar story came out of South Carolina this week. In The State, writer Adam Beam writes about the growing number of homeless families in Columbia and across the Midlands. He starts the story with a 14-year old boy who asks his father about going back home, to which his father replied, “Son, we don’t have no home.” Adam includes a number of other families faced with homelessness.
This morning, I ran across NYT writer David Brook’s column entitled, “The Unexamined Society.” In it, he encourages investment in understanding human behavior and using that understanding to improve public policies aimed at solving problems like poverty and homelessness. It’s an interesting read, like these others – you should check it out.