It’s been a week of local news about homelessness – local plans, NIMBYism all across the country, and community efforts to confront housing.
In Tempe, Arizona, there’s a project underway to target chronic homelessness – the Temple Pilot Project funded by the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing fund. The effort is part of Maricopa County’s effort to reduce homelessness by a notable 75 percent by 2020.
In Johnson County, Missouri, a more nascent effort is underway. Johnson County is seeking applicants to serve on a task force to find solutions – both long-term and immediate strategies to service people experiencing homelessness. Five representatives are expected to be selected and a report of finding and recommendations is due in early 2011.
News is less positive in other communities – NIMBYism seems to be a strong theme in some communities across the country. In Tulsa, OK and Dallas, TX, community members are strongly protesting the construction of a permanent supportive housing building and low-income housing complex. Despite calls from advocates to demonstrate support for their most vulnerable friends and neighbors, riled residents are thus far compromising progress.
From Colorado, there was a great article explaining how a community effort to end homelessness is not just a moral issue, but an important economic issue. The article goes on to discuss how Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper presented his case at the 2010 United Way Community Luncheon and extolled the virtues of the community Road Home program, Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
And while we’re on that note, that’s something that’s been trickling into our thoughts and minds this week – the Ten Year Plan. In 2000, the Alliance launched the idea of a Ten Year Plan – an innovative, community-based strategy to end homelessness. At it’s anniversary, we’re taking a moment to see where we’ve been, evaluate where we are, and decide where to go next. While homelessness continues to persist in our country, there’s little question that we’ve come a long way and now – confronted with 21st century challenges – we’re considering our next steps.
What do you think they should be? Let us know!