If you’ve never read UNITY of Greater New Orleans blog Signs of Life in Greater New Orleans, do it now. This post highlights the complex issues many chronically homeless people face, as well as their dedication to finding each and every person a place to call home. Last week, UNITY GNO took home our Nonprofit Achievement Award and this week, let’s continue to celebrate their work.
Although we’ve been discussing programs like the National Housing Trust Fund and the Housing and Services Demonstration Program, our key federal priorities are still on our minds. Here’s some updates:
- The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program is one with transformative potential, and an initiative we’ve covered extensively on this blog. The latest on the significance of HPRP comes from from Change.org’s End Homelessness blog. Blogger Steven Samra writes:
The beauty of HPRP over the few other sources of assistance available is that agencies participating in HPRP are able to help remove the huge barriers to housing that people who are newly homeless often face.
- We’ve been paying particular attention to the struggles facing female veterans experiencing homelessness, and it looks like the federal government is, too. The Department of Labor announced a $5 million dollar grant for reintegration initiatives this week, while one former servicewoman in Florida moved into her new home.
- We’re also keeping a close eye on data released from January Point in Time counts. This week Dallas announced that despite national economic woes, their homeless population decreased slightly and they saw significant decreases in the number of chronically homeless people.
In other news, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities discussed the importance of the Housing Voucher Choice Program and its role in ending homelessness on their new blog Off the Charts. THe post also provides some useful historical context.
Finally, we’ll have a full report next week, but we’re excited to announce the formation of a Congressional Homeless Caucus! Stay tuned for more details.