Community organizations, including some that are not veteran-specific, are figuring out how best to reach and serve an increasing number of veterans in need. ·
Veterans tend to have many job skills—but translating that into civilian employment is often harder than it should be. ·
The Obama administration’s campaign to end veteran homelessness involves unprecedented cross-agency collaboration, a willingness to embrace new methods, and substantial resources. It’s a combination that just might work. ·
Surprising insights on messaging from the front lines of NIMBY ·
Some statistics about the state of veterans in America.
When Salt Lake City committed to ending veteran homelessness, its agencies had to be willing to change and work together in ways that weren’t always easy—but were always worth it. ·
By Brenton Hutson, Jay Krammes, Melanie Lewis Dickerson, Heather Powers, and Daleena Scott.
Service providers come together around an ambitious goal to end veteran homelessness in the Denver metro area. ·
We are so close to this goal. We should not change our focus before we meet it. ·
Federal funding to end veteran homelessness has had a real impact, but a nationwide shortage of affordable housing could make its success temporary. ·
The changes that stimulus funding made in Lane County, Oregon’s homelessness prevention will last past the funds themselves—but they could have a lot more effect, especially for veterans, if federal funding continued. ·
A look at what HUD-VASH supportive housing vouchers can do, from the perspective of one of the agencies administering them. ·
VA home loan guaranties and community land trusts are perfect partners—but not everyone knows that yet. ·
Women are an increasing percentage of veterans, and of homeless veterans—but their experiences of homelessness differ from their male counterparts, and so must the solutions. ·
Michael Powell’s journey from childhood poverty to military service and subsequent struggle with addiction is probably not unlike thousands of others who have served; but in listening to his story, you realize that somewhere along the way it may have become more complicated than it needed to be. For people who are struggling with these demons, a clear lifeline to help is often the key that can be the difference between a struggle that lasts one year, five years, or a lifetime. ·
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Times Books, 2013
When Julian Castro, then-mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was picked to be the new Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development last year, the city council voted in Ivy Taylor from among their ranks to replace him. The first African-American mayor of the largely Latino and Anglo city, and strongly identified as an urban planner, Taylor casts herself as someone interested more in getting work done than leaving a political legacy. However, she has not shied away from controversial positions, and her initial position that she would not be running for re-election fell by the wayside as she announced her candidacy on February 16, less than two weeks after this interview. We spoke with Mayor Taylor, who has a background in affordable housing, about what it’s like to move between the community development sphere and city government, some of her difficult decisions, and her vision for stable, mixed-income neighborhoods in the city she is serving.