Happy, happy holidays!
Since we missed Friday news roundup last week, I thought we’d do a makeup today.
Some of our own American heroes, as Amanpour discusses, are returning stateside to homelessness and poverty. And while the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary Eric Shinseki did pledge to end veteran homelessness in five years, this piece shows us how real the problem is and how much work lies ahead. Read the full article (plus video!) and check out the Alliance’s resources on veterans homelessness.
Up next: families. Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and good friend of the Alliance offered her perspective on the perceived increase in the number of homeless families experiencing homelessness and what we can do to alleviate and curb this worrisome problem. Check out the article on NPR and learn more about solutions tofamily homelessness.
And now, zooming in: the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) has been a great program offering cash-strapped states, programs, and communities a way to provide financial assistance, housing programs, and other necessary tools to curb and end homelessness resulting from the recession. But as the Denver Post rightly points out, the funds won’t last forever. And when HPRP finishes it’s thee-year run, there will still be people and families in need of our assistance. Check out the article and help us out: what can we do after HPRP to continue our work toward ending homelessness?
And finally –a confession: I’m a podcast junkie. And Chuck and Josh of Stuff You Should Know did their last episode on “How Homelessness Works.” And – let me tell you right know – there’s plenty of stuff they get wrong but they get the major points across: homelessness is largely a function of housing affordability, homeless people are not all addicts and ill, and (most importantly!) we can end homelessness together. If you have a free half hour, check it out!