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.