There were two interesting stories from National Public Radio (NPR) this week: the first one was about a study that came out of Urban Institute about the role that the Temporary Aid for Needy Families played during the recession (we wrote about it yesterday). We know that it’s mainstream welfare programs like TANF that keep very low-income families from sliding into homelessness – an important fact to think about when considering welfare policies.
The second is an article about housing for minorities.
Interestingly, a study found that African Americans and Latinos live in very different neighborhoods than white or Asian Americans with comparable incomes; in fact, African Americans and Latinos tend to live in poorer neighborhoods than their Asian American and white counterparts. The story goes on to explore the different reasons why and the role of Section 8 Housing Vouchers.
The Washington Post this week published an article about doubling up – noting that [unsurprisingly] the recession has caused an increase in the incidence of relatives to live with each other. Doubling up is an economic indicator of homelessness that we examined last year and revisited again when we published The State of Homelessness in America. Check our interactive map on doubled up for more information.
And finally, there were a couple of articles about veterans in the news. The Associated Press wrote about disability status among exiting troops and how a new exit system has caused some delays for veterans being discharged. While the new process is meant to expedite and streamline the process, it’s currently causing periods of time when a disabled veteran doesn’t know where he’ll end up, when he’ll be discharged, and how much he’ll receive in disability benefits. There was an article in TIME Magazine that discussed unemployment among veterans and how to help young veterans find work post-service.
These questions are important ones for veterans, especially as we know that veterans are at risk of experiencing homelessness when they return from conflict. With the VA’s commitment to end veteran homelessness in five years, we must take particular note of the transition process to ensure that veterans have a smooth and productive shift into civilian life.