We started the week with Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who sacrifice so much service to our country. Our own Corey Frost – Alliance policy intern and West Point student – wrote his thoughts on veteran homelessness on the blog for Memorial Day, check it out.
The issue of LGBTQ homeless youth is still hot in the news. Our thanks to Huffington Post reporter Jason Cherkis who wrote a comprehensive article on the issue, including information about the federal response to LGBTQ youth homelessness, city and state reform efforts, and foster care. For more information about LGBTQ youth homelessness, check out our website.
The impact of natural disasters on homelessness is also still popping up. We noticed new information in the Times-Picayune just this morning about new homeless numbers coming out of New Orleans and we also read about tornados in Minneapolis in the Star-Tribune. We wrote about the relationship between natural disasters and increased homelessness on the blog last week; let us know if your own communities are affected.
A little economics to round out the week: yesterday, there was a piece from the Associated Press about unemployment numbers positing that weary job seekers who have given up the search are shifting the data to suggest that unemployment is down. We examined unemployment and its relationship to homelessness in our first State of Homelessness report; a dwindling labor force and persistent joblessness is something we’ll be keeping an eye on for the next one.
And on a final note, today we bid farewell to M William Sermons, director of the Homelessness Research Institute and a guiding force behind this blog, our Twitter account, the Facebook page, and all ways we now talk to you online. He’s been a tremendous leader, colleague, and friend and while we wish him the best moving forward, his presence at the Alliance will be sorely missed.