Tag: Homelessness

Just as I Suspected, Paying Rent Is Racist

Every month millions of Black Americans hand over half of our livelihood to the descendants of those who forcefully brought our ancestors here to work for free. Essentially, America is in the business of charging its captives rent.

7 Policies to End Family Homelessness

Improving the well-being of homeless children and their families led Enterprise Community Partners, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, and New Destiny Housing to convene a Family Homelessness Task Force comprised of over 40 organizations.

More Than a Fad: Tiny Houses Save Lives, Provide Dignity

After seven years of advocacy from housing activists, the city of Seattle unanimously passed an ordinance permitting tent encampments or tiny house villages on city-owned or private property.

Who Counts as a “Homeless” Child? It Matters

Are children in foster care homeless? It might sound like semantics, but it really makes a big difference. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the...

How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the...

Homelessness Is Falling Despite Worsening Conditions. Why?

Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts from the keynote speech given by Nan Roman, the executive director of the National...

Could an Anti-Homelessness Program Also Stabilize Affordable Housing Supply?

Periodically in the affordable housing world, a few of us acknowledge the fact that the vast majority of low-income people live in unsubsidized rental...

Did Amazon Really Just Create a Pop-up Homeless Shelter?

As cities around the U.S. scramble to figure out how to address the housing affordability crisis, one of them...

From Homelessness to Homeownership in Nine Months. It’s Possible

Earlier this month, I had the chance to speak at the 14th annual conference of an organization new to...

Socially-Blind Urban Planning

The contrast between prosperity and poverty is most dramatic in the harshness of inclement weather. In San Diego this...

The Perfect Solution to Homelessness

The past month has seen national media stories on rising homelessness in New York City, San Francisco, Madison, Los...

Cross-Community Collaboration on NYC’s Municipal ID Program

Lack of identification hurts many different groups in different ways—from the homeless to immigrants, and they all need to be considered in the fight for an alternative.

Accounting for Our Sometimes “Hidden” Homeless Veterans

Ensuring that veterans have access to safe, secure housing is critical, and President Obama and the U.S. Department of...

Close to Home

It’s time for more coordination between the community development field and veterans groups.

Ending Veteran Homelessness: A Goal with a Plan

The 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.

Serving Those Who Served

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.

Salt Lake City Walks the Collaboration Talk to Serve Vets

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.

One Mission, One Stop for Veterans in Denver

Service providers come together around an ambitious goal to end veteran homelessness in the Denver metro area.

How Can We End Homelessness?  Let’s Start—and Finish—With Veterans

We are so close to this goal. We should not change our focus before we meet it.

We Served Too

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.