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8th September
written by Anna Blasco

Before I get into this Thursday edition of our Friday News Roundup, I wanted to give you a heads up on some major events happening in the next few weeks:

If you subscribe to our Advocacy Alerts you already know that the House Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to vote on its fiscal year (FY) 2012 funding today and the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to vote on its FY 2012 funding bill tomorrow. These funding bills can have a big impact on homeless programs. Find out how what you can do here.

Also on the policy side, President Obama is planning to release a proposal for job creation tonight.

Finally, the Census Bureau will release poverty data for 2010 on Tuesday, September 13. Our research associate Pete will be on hand to analyze this information in terms on homelessness. If you are on Twitter, make sure to follow the hash tag #povertydata for analysis (if not, tune in to this blog!).

Now to our News Roundup:

  • Some states are attempting to balance their budgets by cutting benefits and cash assistance programs for already hard hit families.
  • Also from the Times, economists warn we may be headed toward a “double dip” recession.
  • Minnesota Public Radio interviews homeless youth about their struggles to find enough food. In this article an outreach worker discusses barriers service providers inadvertently set up for homeless youth that discourage them from seeking assistance.
  • A new report by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has become downwardly mobile.
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