To start, I thought I’d just point out that in this week’s episode of , the song-singing cast decides to donate presents and money to the McKinney Vento Program for Homeless Kids – or some variation of those six words.
So they didn’t get it exactly right, but it was awesome seeing the all-important McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, the federal government’s largest investment in homeless assistance, get a shout-out on such a hit show. First Glee – then the world!
In more down-to-earth news, youth homelessness is at it again. There were three stories, an opinion piece in Oregon’s Statesman Journal, a news article from the Associated Press, and a Boston Globe piece (quote our own Nan Roman!) going over the purported rise in youth homelessness across the country. Just last week, we were discussing in the office the ascendancy of this issue in the news media – more evidence that the time is ripe to act on this important topic.
New York is under fire again. A controversial new study evaluating the effects of prevention has reached front page status in the New York Times. I know advocates across the country are feverishly discussing this new study – and whether or not it’s the right thing to do. What do you guys think about the New York study?
Prevention does seem to be doing something in Salt Lake City, UT. Our good friend Julia Lyon at the Salt Lake Tribune wrote a swift little post about the effects of HPRP in her community. Keep up the good work, guys!
And speaking of good work, the federal government is trying to make some strides with homeless veterans. The Navy Times reports that the number of homeless veterans is down 18 percent, and just this week, the VA hosted a meeting about the problem (which our own Nan Roman attended). It seems like all the pieces are in place: political will, financial support, human resources, interagency collaboration. Now it’s time to put it all together.
And finally, a piece about the basics. This week in Affordable Housing Finance, our pal Donna Kimura interviewed Sam Tsemberis, one of the fathers of Housing First. If you have a minute, you should definitely check it out.
And that’s it for the news of the week – have a great weekend!