Conversations: Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness

In America, $11,000 a Year Is Not Poor

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Besides being generally outraged that our country is failing to provide for so many of our citizens, let’s examine the real absurdity: The poverty line is $10,830. A year. For a family of four, the poverty line is $22,050, which is even worse. The idea that, statistically, we are comfortable calling someone making less than $20,000 a year anything other […]

Poverty in the U.S. spikes

Friday, September 17th, 2010

NEW YORK ( — The nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994, and the 43.6 million Americans in need is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping, the government said Thursday.   For more click here:

Is Your (Housing) Partner Faithful?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

by Joy Eckstine September 09, 2010 06:00 AM (PT) Topics: Housing   Is the Housing First program in your community faithful to the principles of the theory?   This is a more important question than you might realize. After all, Housing First programs  have data going back at least 10 years which shows both incredible cost savings and better personal outcomes for the homeless individuals who participate. Housing […]

Project would give vets homes (in Omaha)

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

“The building would have 50 studio apartments, and most of the other units would have one bedroom, said Linda Twomey of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. There would be several two-bedroom units.   The housing would be primarily for homeless veterans but also for other low-income veterans, she said.   One floor of the building would have office […]

To fight homelessness, turn Project 50 into Project 10,000

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The pilot program that puts the 50 most chronically homeless into supportive housing is a success. L.A. should follow New York’s lead and turn Project 50 into real policy.   In 2007, Los Angeles County launched a pilot program, Project 50, intended to provide “housing first” — no treatment or sobriety required — to the worst 50 cases of homelessness […]

Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty   She does a great job talking about the importance of reminding us that poverty isn’t a category or a group of people.

Homes for the hardest of the hard-core homeless

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

L.A. County workers identify the 50 people likeliest to die on skid row’s streets and find them housing, with no requirement that they quit drugs, stop drinking or seek psychiatric help.   August 01, 2010|By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times   The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold.   They […]

‘Housing first,’ help that lasts

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Deborah’s Place celebrates 25 years of helping single women find and keep a secure place to live   By Pat Dunnigan, Special to the Tribune July 30, 2010   For Jacqueline Parker, the road to homelessness was dazzling and well-lit. The 63-year-old Mississippi native had an apartment and a job when she began accompanying a friend to a Chicago-area casino […]

Five myths about America’s homeless

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Five myths about America’s homeless   By Dennis Culhane Sunday, July 11, 2010   Last month, the Obama administration released a plan designed to end homelessness in 10 years. The goal reflects new optimism among academics and advocates that homelessness is not an intractable feature of urban life, as it has sometimes seemed, but a problem that can be solved. This belief […]

The face of America’s homeless youth

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Denver, Colorado (CNN) — When the sun dips below the Rocky Mountains and the streets of Denver go dark, Lokki, his girlfriend Magic and their friend Tripp head home. They climb in between the rafters of a highway overpass, crouching as they sit under the concrete structure that rumbles with every car that crosses overhead. It is where they will […]

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