This week, the Examiner reported that Washington, DC is falling far behind its goals of creating more affordable housing. The Huffington Post found that the working poor in Texas are increasingly unable to afford the rising costs of housing. The Center for American Progress examined the racial disparity of children in the foster care system as a result of targeting poor families. And more than a few homelessness and housing organization rung their hands over the debt ceiling deal.
On top of all that, Washingtonians were greated by this graph on the front page of the Washington Post this morning as they walked to work, like I did:
There are some weeks when gathering the news for this roundup can be a discouraging task. This was one of those weeks.
To counter my glum feelings, I have to remind myself that all is not lost, and we still can make a difference in light of economic depression and uncertainty. Here at the Alliance, we tried to make sense of what impact the debt deal and looming state and local budget cuts would have on homelessness. We asked our advocates across the country to set up meetings and site visits with their Members of Congress while they are on recess.