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24th July
2009
written by naehblog

Happy Friday everyone!

So in the news this week –

A TON of articles about cities, states, and counties receive Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) money from the stimulus. It seems like every single there was a press release from a legislator, a news article from some tiny little community – and some not so tiny communities. Check out a few highlights on our Daily Clips page.

An article about the homeless situation in the District of Columbia. Darryl Fears, a metro writer for the Washington Post wrote a story last week about a council hearing dealing with the lack of shelter beds in the city – and the age-old debate rises again: shelter vs. permanent housing. But I dealt with that yesterday.

A sprinkle of stories about veterans and women – the ongoing themes of homeless veterans, homeless families, and the role of government…

And then a column in the Huffington Post by our very own Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

The article, which starts by referencing a housing program called HOPE VI – basically the program tore down dilapidated public housing and replaced it with mixed-income developments. HOPE VI, say the Secretarys, is an excellent model for further innovation in housing and development – giving lower-income families greater options and more choice for livable spaces.

In that spirit, Secretary Donovan and the Obama administration have introduced Choice Neighborhoods, a program proposed in HUD’s 2010 budget. This program, according to the editorial, would expand the range of activities eligible for funding (and thereby double the funding that exists for HOPE VI) and bring together local stakeholders in a discussion about sustainable housing, green development, school reform – and all the other elements that make neighborhoods clean, safe, and successful.

From our perspective – sounds like a great idea. But with an economy as precarious as ours and an administration with a pretty full plate – we’re not holding our breath until we see the proof in the pudding.

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