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9th December
written by Sam Strike

In the news this past week:

  • Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance, was quoted in an article on Virginia’s plan to end homelessness.  The State’s Office to End Homelessness recognizes that rapid re-housing and stable housing will help truly end homelessness in the Commonwealth.
  • An editorial in the New York Times this week points out a provision in the Section 8 Savings Act that would increase rents for Americans in poverty, possibly forcing them into homelessness.
  • The Washington Post reported that, due to high youth unemployment, the rate of young people, teens, and families with young parents who are homeless has risen in recent years.
  • Google is investing in affordable housing in a number of locations across the country, including near their headquarters in Mountain View, California.
  • The camps set up by the Occupy Movement are continuing to attract homeless people.  The camps offer relative protection from theft, violence, and police harassment, compared to living without a home elsewhere.
  • The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) federal welfare program is facing severe budget shortages, leaving poor families without desperately needed assistance.  The State of Washington has reduced funds and enacted stricter eligibility thresholds in the face of sharp increases in applications.

For last week’s News Roundup Poll, we asked you if you were planning on donating your time or money to a nonprofit organization benefiting the homeless at some point this holiday season.

Almost all of you said that you would, which is outstanding.  Since winter is coming, and the economy is only creeping forward, it is more important now than ever to make sure that the most vulnerable members of society have a safe and stable place to live.


  1. jewel Buchanan

    Hello\ my Name is Jewel Buchanan, And I have A Story To Tell About Families That’s in A Bad Situation,where No one can Help, Cause There is No Help!!!! I Tried section 8, I tried The Housing Authority can’t go To A Shelter,Cause I’m Disable And on a Walker. I’m living in a House I’m Living in a House where The Fence Don’t work,and useing A stove and Electic Heater in the Rooms Too Keep my 10 year old son, And my Daugther,and my Dog.I Can’t use The Sink Cause iTs Broke, I have To use The Tub! And Not To Mention The Toilet iS About to Fall Throw The Floor. I’m on Social sercuity For The rest of my Life. I Need Help!!! I Need A House For Me and My Family. I Can Not Walk Without That Walker Due To My Spine was Compress. I’ve Been Looking And Can’t Fine Nothing That is Decent.My Son Who has a Learning Disable. I Feel The Communty Has Faied us. Who is Really in Need. Thanks!!!!!

  2. jewel Buchanan

    I’m Back on Here, And I see Nothing has change From last night. So where Do I Go From Here. Who’s out there To Listen who do I Send This Too, I’m Really in Need For help or maybe someone out there can Let Me rent a Decent House!! This is Something I Don’t won’t To post on Face Book. This is A True Story. I’ve been Living here in This House For 15 years, But BeFore it wasn’t Like This, The person who is in charge just Let iT go down.So again my Name is JewelBuchanan.