If you were walking down the streets of NYC this week, you might have run into a digital “homeless person” along with a message asking you to donate to Pathways to Housing’s programs. It’s a pretty innovative use of technology, but will it work? Not only for raising money, but inspiring compassion? Check out the video and let us know what you think…
Here at the Alliance, we released the fourth part in our Geography of Homelessness Series this week. You can check out the major findings and download the whole report here.
We’re also gearing up for our 2010 Annual Awards Ceremony. Register here! Recipients include Unity of Greater New Orleans, and if you’ve been following our blog, you know we’re big fans of Signs of Life, where their outreach team reflects on their daily work.
Following last week’s announcement that the federal government is revising the poverty measure, Change.org and Politico posted analyses of the move. There’s consensus on one point: it was a long time coming, and a welcome sign that this administration wants to work on solving poverty.
Finally, there’s a fantastic piece on the Street Roots blog by Heather Lyons this week: it weaves together personal anecdotes and policy goals. She writes:
I wonder when people who lead, politically and bureaucratically, will make the connections and do the right thing and not the expedient thing. When will people start making systemic changes to give chronically poor, un- and underemployed, and unhealthy families opportunities…? If that doesn’t happen, no matter the greater economic issues of our time, we will never prevent future generations of homelessness and chronic homelessness.