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Guest Blog: Perla Ni, GreatNonprofits
December 08, 2009
This morning, we’re thrilled to host Perla Ni, former publisher of the the Stanford Social Innovation Review and founder of GreatNonprofits on our blog! She’s writes today about our partnership to promote awareness of great organizations benefiting the poor and homeless. A Proud PartnershipGreatNonprofits and the National Alliance to End Homelessness Team Up for Hunger and Homelessness AwarenessWhen Hurricane Katrina hit, I was the publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and we wanted to write a story about how nonprofits were helping the victims. Even though we had access to far more information than the ordinary donor or volunteer, we found it difficult to find out which nonprofits were doing a good job of helping those in need.We only started to get a clearer understanding of which nonprofits were actually rising to the challenge when our former managing editor, David Weir, flew out to Biloxi, Miss., and walked up and down the streets, asking people which nonprofits had been out there helping them. The locals told him about several excellent small, local nonprofits that provided supplies and help. One guy told him how he had broken his leg and had been living in his car until volunteers from a local nonprofit came and found him and took him to the doctor. The local nonprofit in that case was unknown to the larger world and received little public attention or funding. .It struck me, as I struggled professionally to find great nonprofits for our magazine to write about, that there needed to be an online Yelp, or Amazon Reviews-type site, where clients, volunteers, donors, and others with first-hand experience with a nonprofit can share their experiences. . Fast forward two years. An average of 56,000 people per month are now coming to GreatNonprofits.org (and GuideStar, where the reviews are mutually shared), to write reviews about nonprofits and to find nonprofits based on these reviews. But we don’t consider our job to be done. We know there are still thousands of nonprofits out there doing important work that no one has heard of, and it is our mission to find them and give them, and those involved with them, a voice. Right now, during the holiday season, we’re focusing on nonprofits that provide food or shelter to those in need. Teaming up with the Alliance seemed like a natural thing to do- and we are lucky to have such a great partner for the 2009 Food and Shelter Awards. The campaign will highlight nonprofits making a difference in this sector and give them exposure to potential donors. Are you trying to get your stories of impact out to donors and supporters? Well here’s a free and easy opportunity. You can encourage your volunteers, clients, and donors, to write reviews about your nonprofit. If your nonprofit has at least 10 positive reviews (four or five stars), you’ll get included on the Top Charities List promoted on GreatNonprofits as well as on GuideStar, the premier site for philanthropic research on the Web. Plus this is a great opportunity to engage your stakeholders. Your clients, volunteers, donors, and board members who write a review about you are likely to become more ardent supporters. You’ll gain powerful, authentic stories of your impact that you can use in your internal and external communication. Your stories of impact will inspire your staff and inspire your supporters. Here some examples of nonprofits and how they’ve used their reviews: North Hills Community Outreach, which provides ... Read More »
The Alliance Story Bank: Sasha - New Haven, CT
December 07, 2009
The Alliance would like to congratulate Rachel Lynch with New Haven Home Recovery in New Haven, Connecticut for winning the Story Bank drawing for a free registration to the Alliance’s February Conference on Ending Family Homelessness. Ms. Lynch shared the story of a mother with two small children who experienced a housing crisis while overcoming several hardships. She was able to move into permanent housing by working with New Haven Home Recovery. The Alliance is collecting stories of rapid re-housing, homelessness diversion, and HPRP application through our Story Bank. You can read more about the collection on our website. Please feel free to submit a story about your program and your successes! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Alliance staff. One Woman’s StorySasha: The fire destroyed everythingSasha’s life changed in the time it took for a fire to flare up in her house and spread through her apartment. She was working the cash register at her job at a dollar store in downtown New Haven when her mother, who was babysitting Sasha’s 4-year-old son, called to tell her that smoke was billowing into the rooms. The news took a moment to sink in. Then, tears streaming down her face, Sasha jumped on the bus and made it home to find her mother and son on the street, watching flames shoot out of the apartment windows. The fire had started in another part of t... Read More »
Friday News Roundup: Family Homelessness
December 04, 2009
So today, the Alliance had a Congressional Briefing on Family Homelessness. I've never been to one of these myself (at least, not one hosted by the Alliance) so I wasn't sure what to expect - but things clarified about ten minutes into the briefing.It was a reasonably packed room - no place to sit for the whole staff, and we invited speakers from all over the country to discuss state, community, and local solutions to end homelessness among families.So here's where we start: family homelessness is a problem.That's been clear for a while now. News reports have (as of late) fixated on student homelessness - and while youth homelessness is nothing less than a critical problem - there's usually an entire family there that deserves our attention. Authors of the latest Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will argue that family homelessness is up 4 percent from 2007 - 2008 (that's the latest data we have).The numbers are fuzzy, but between unemployment and poverty rates, enrollment in social services, use of food stamps, and other indicators - it's pretty clear that need is up.At our briefing, I had the privilege to listen to three representatives from three states:Bob Pulster, of the MA Department of Housing and Community Development;Kay Moshier McDivitt of the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness in PA;Kathy Wahto, of the Serenity House of... Read More »
Rate the Alliance on Great NonProfits!
December 02, 2009
Hi!My Name is Elizabeth Doherty and I am the Admin + Development Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. I would like to tell you about one of our recent and very exciting development ventures! The Alliance has partnered with Great NonProfits on their 2009 Food and Shelter Awards Campaign. What that means is for the month of December, Great NonProfits is featuring Food & Shelter nonprofits (like us!) and asking YOU to share your experiences and rate the organizations. Have you ever attended an Alliance conference? Received a scholarship or technical assistance from the Alliance? Donated to support our work? If you answered yes to any of those questions or others, we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think and rate the Alliance on Great NonProfits. I also invite you to share your experience with local, state or national organizations that do great work but might not get the attention they deserve. This campaign is all about highlighting the great work that organizations in our field do to fight homelessness and hunger. A little background info on Great NonProfits: It’s kind of like GuideStar meets Yelp. They’re looking to provide information about charities and nonprofits from the point of view of consumers, volunteers and donors – that is, they want YOU to rate charities based on your experiences with them. Other cool features include:Ability to register for your own account that tracks your nonprofits and revie... Read More »
Housing as Medicine for HIV/AIDS - About HOPWA
December 01, 2009
It should come as no surprise that today is World AIDS Day. It may, however, come as a surprise that there’s an Office of HIV/AIDS Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More surprising, maybe, that the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing at HUD runs a program called Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, abbreviated HOPWA. Research has shown that it’s hard for people – especially people with more economic challenges – to take the necessary steps to manage HIV/AIDS. This probably doesn’t come as a galloping shock – managing HIV/AIDS requires a strict regimen of a combination of retroviral agents (often three or more). Many people lack the capacity to access treatment, follow the required schedule, or have psychological and physical limitations that prevent them from properly treating the disease. People are also deterred by the various side effects of the treatment, which include lipodystrophy, dyslipidemia, the risk of birth defects, and insulin resistance. Perhaps most notably, the treatment is quite costly, and prohibitively expensive to most of the world’s HIV/AIDS – afflicted population. Research has also confirmed that stable housing, coupled with supportive services that are responsive to their complex needs, increases the ability of people living with HIV/AIDS to access and comply with HIV/AIDS treatment. This is especially true for poor and low-income people. According to the National AIDS Housing Coalition: It has been estimated that as many as half of all ... Read More »
"One Paycheck Away" at Thanksgiving
November 25, 2009
The time has rolled around again for us to give thanks for all our blessings, and the Alliance thought it might be helpful to take a sharp look at those who are less fortunate. Thanks for reading our wandering thoughts - and have a happy Thanksgiving!It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins retreat as the mercury plunges, and we’re seized with the charitable desire to be kind to those less fortunate. Suddenly, those on the economic brink of society – those just “one paycheck away” from homelessness – have taken center stage in our national conscience.It’s a shift as sure as the season – and this year, it’s one that resonates all the louder. While homelessness has long been the exclusive plight of Americans living in poverty, its reach is climbing up the socioeconomic ladder. Increasingly, middle-class Americans are seeing the distance from one paycheck to the next get shorter and shorter while their incomes – and savings – dwindle. Combined with cash-strapped states cutting back social services and a continued rise in unemployment, the reality of homelessness comes sharply into focus.This holiday season, there will be far more families living just “one paycheck away.”The good news: this is not news. The ravaging effects of the economy and it’s impact on those living in poverty has not been wholly overlooked. An important federal stimulus initiative known as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) is one of the few Congress-fun... Read More »
Notes from the Board Room
November 24, 2009
Every Tuesday, the Alliance staff gets together and discusses the major projects on our plate. It's a weekly habit for the staff, but it's always been helpful to me - in my generalist capacity - to catch bits that sound interesting that I can share with you guys. So here are a few highlights: In the month of October, the Alliance will lead two meetings: a capacity-building summit for service providers in the D.C. metro region in Georgetown, D.C. and a research council meeting during which the council may realign their research goals to current interests and needs. We're looking to identify two promising new strategies for family homelessness - best practices, diversion methods, and supportive services are all game. We're working on hammering out some of the ramifications of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, and sharing what the ramifications of this might be to existing programs, including the McKinney-Vento assistance programs. We're noting that it's is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. More on that later. That's what's happening in our neck of the woods!... Read More »
Public Enemy visits Sasha Bruce House…and magic ensues…
November 19, 2009
Last night, around 7 p.m., I found myself in a brightly painted community room surrounded by camera operators, photographers, and a bunch of boisterous, energetic young people (alarmingly nonplussed by the presence of all the media). It was quite the motley crew. I was at the Sasha Bruce House in Washington, D.C. The homeless youth shelter was playing host to legendary rap band Public Enemy, who – with the assistance of Virgin Mobile USA – was paying a visit to the shelter to raise awareness about youth homelessness. The Alliance – as a leading authority on homelessness policy, trends, and research – was invited to attend and give a few remarks. In preparation to attend this event, I tried to brush up on my facts. How many homeless youth are there? Who are they and where do they come from? How do they become homeless? What can we do about it? What are the best strategies to make sure that our youth remain safe and housed? Turns out, there’s some discord about this particular topic in the homelessness field. There’s a noticeable dearth of information about youth homelessness and upon giving it some more thought, it’s not hard to understand why. Some of the most accomplished advocates and researchers gathering data on homeless people will testify to its trying difficulty. Collecting data on homeless youth, then, is likely only harder, as youth are even less likely to seek out or be aware of s... Read More »
Dan Schulman: Working Together to End Youth Homelessness
November 19, 2009
In recognition of Homeless Youth Awareness Month and the work of Virgin Mobile USA – the Alliance’s 2010 recipient of the Private Sector Achievement Award – a few words from Dan Schulman, CEO of Virgin Mobile USA. All of us at Virgin Mobile USA are honored to accept the 2010 Private Sector Achievement Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, recognizing the strides that Virgin Mobile has made over the years to raise awareness for the issue of youth homelessness. The Re*Generation, established in 2006 with the support of Virgin Unite, Virgin Group's charitable arm, is Virgin Mobile's initiative to address the issue of youth homelessness and empower a generation to help its own. http://www.virginmobileusa.com/regeneration.Virgin Mobile has been a consistent voice in raising awareness of this issue by fundraising and implementing easy ways for the public to engage and show support since the launch of The Re*Generation. In June 2007, we worked with legislators from both the House and Senate to have Congress officially declare November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month with the support of singer-songwriter and former homeless youth, Jewel. Over the past three years, Virgin Mobile has continued to expand its efforts in this area and, in light of the current economic situation in the U.S., we decided to make our annual Virgin Mobile Festival free this past summer. The energy surrounding FreeFest was inspiring and we expanded on this positive energy by annou... Read More »
Partnerships for Progress: Great NonProfits and Virgin Mobile USA
November 16, 2009
Happy Monday, everyone! Here at the Alliance, a bunch of us are coming down from our big push of the new Data Update to the veterans report (see Sarah’s post). We had terrific time working with local leaders and direct service providers, hosting our very own press call about the release of the report, and – over the course of the last week – seeing the fruits of our labor. There’s nothing that can take away the fact that there are 131,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given night – but thanks to the hard work of our partners, community members, and some very dedicated reporters, hopefully you have a better idea of what the problem is and what you can do about it (again, see Sarah’s post). It’s one of the perks of working in the research department of the Alliance – we get to put out data and watch as people consume that information. Occasionally, we’re privileged to see how our work inspires action – action that can make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the country: an improved rapid re-housing program, federal legislation expanding homeless services, a well written, thoughtful perspective on solutions to homelessness in your local paper. In that spirit, the Alliance has engaged in two new partnerships this year that I hope you notice: Great Non Profits This awesome new site follows in the footsteps of standard-bearers like Guide Star and Charity Na... Read More »
Veterans Media Campaign - thanks to all our supporters!
November 16, 2009
In honor of Veterans Day, the Alliance rallied our troops to engage in a national media campaign! We encouraged all our partners to reach out to local press to share their community efforts towards ending homelessness for veterans, as well as to announce the Alliance’s release of a data update to the veterans homelessness report.Sarah Kahn, Director of Field Mobilization, lead the charge on this campaign. She writes about it below.Great work everyone! Last week’s media campaign was a great success!Thirty-two Alliance partners from across the country participated in the media release of the 2008 Data and Policy Update to Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veteran. So far, our collective media outreach efforts have achieved around 100 national and local press hits, including published articles, editorials, and TV and radio news segments. What’s more is that many of these articles went beyond the regular data post – several articles made references to policy solutions, explored the causes and effects of veterans homelessness, and called on elected officials to take action to attack this problem. So, what’s next? We now have an opportunity to leverage our accomplishments as Congress considers key policy issues in the coming weeks. How do we do that? Show them that homelessness is an issue that’s important to your community; show and send them the articles about veterans homelessness in your state. Email the Senate offices pointing them to the veterans media coverage, a... Read More »
Friday News Roundup: Veterans Edition
November 13, 2009
So what was in homeless news this week? That’s right: veterans. On Wednesday, the nation celebrated Veterans Day,/a> – a moment to remember, recognize, and honor those who have served in defense of the country. Data shows that an alarming number of these soldiers face homelessness after their service; the most recent data suggests that veterans are twice as likely to experience homelessness as someone who has not served. Veterans often experience a host of emotional, physical, and psychological issues that prevent then from successfully acculturating back into civilian life. These key issues were explored in the last week of news clips, with old, new, and alternative media outlets covering the different aspects of veterans homelessness. New America Media included the story of David Harness, a veteran experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Using his experience as frame in the a story about the administration’s commitment to ending veterans homelessness and the findings of the Alliance’s recent Data Update, writer Aaron Glantz highlights the reality of the problem that exists today. The Christian Science Monitor offered a roundup of federal steps being taken to address veterans homelessness – these include a national summit on ending veterans homeless, several bills in Congress, as well as an executive order establishing a new Interagency Council on Veterans Employment. An editorial in the Los Angeles Times brought attention to the rate of mental illness among veterans, and specifically veterans of our current conflicts. The artic... Read More »
Ending Homelessness for our Veterans
November 10, 2009
Today, the Alliance officially releases our 2008 Data Update to Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veterans!You can find the official report on our website, and check out our (very first!) social media release on the report, complete with links to the older reports, a video explaining data, and a couple of pictures, too!So what does the report say?Well, the headliner is the number: 131,000 homeless veterans on a given night in the United States. At first glance, that's good news - last year the number was 154,000. But the decrease is being mostly attributed to methodology, and not an increase in effective programs, prevention, or intervention. In fact, community counts of homeless veterans as well as the numbers kept by VA medical center of homeless veterans served both show increases.The report also highlights some interesting demographic data: as we've all seen in news coverage of veterans, we're seeing an increase in homeless women veterans, as well as difficulties in handling the specific needs of the female homeless veteran population. And here's something else I learned yesterday: The veteran population is 85 percent Caucasian and 10 percent African American. The homeless veteran population is 46 percent Caucasian and 45 percent African American. The other races and ethnic groups that make up the rest of the population - around ten percent - show marginal difference between the veterans and homeless veterans groups, but not enough of a different to make a whole lot of hay.... Read More »
Veterans Day: Understanding Veterans Homelessness
November 05, 2009
Greetings, everyone! Veterans Day is just around the corner and we at the Alliance are furiously working on issues related to veterans homelessness. There’s been some jabber about new numbers of homeless veterans, activity on the hill, proposed legislation – it can all be difficult to digest. So the Alliance's own intern - Grace Stubee - thought she’d shed a little light on the issue.Veterans are over represented in the homeless population. In 2005, a report by the Homeless Research Institute concluded there were 194,254 veterans living on our nation’s streets on any given night. Not only that, but according to the same report, homeless veterans accounted for 26 percent of the total homeless population While veterans on the whole only represent 11% of the civilian population. New data shows that the situation seems to have improved. The latest numbers – representing data collected in 2008 – suggest that there are now 131,000 homeless veterans accounting for about 20 percent of the overall homeless population. While that might seem like good news, the decrease is being largely attributed to methodology, and not a real decrease in the number of homeless veterans. This rings especially true when you consider that community counts of homeless veterans and the number of veterans served by VA medical centers has gone up. The good news: This is not an inevitable problem plaguing our country. Experience with promising community programs and evidence-based research has given us the know-how we need to address this proble... Read More »
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley increases city funding to battle homelessness
November 03, 2009
Good morning, everyone!This morning, we're featuring a great little article from a Chicago Tribune blog - evidently Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has committed more of the city's resources to battling homelessness.Last week, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley highlighted his plan to increase funding for programs aimed at ending homelessness by $1.4 million next year. This funding would be in addition to the approximately $40 million in federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds expected to spent over the next three years in Chicago. The January 2009 point-in-time count found that homelessness has fallen 10 percent in Chicago from 2007, but Mayor Daley noted that there has been a recent increase in the number of people presenting at shelters - indicating that despite the decline, there is no shortage of Chicagoans requiring assistance. The new funds are expected to come from parking meter lease proceeds. They would be used to increase capacity at homeless shelters, provide homelessness prevention services, and provide other supportive services to people experiencing homelessness. His budget proposal is currently being debated by aldermen. Our best to Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago in their continued efforts to prevent, curb, and end homelessness. ... Read More »
Friday News Roundup: 38 percent drop in homelessness in Los Angeles, California
October 30, 2009
Without question, the news of the day is the reported 38 percent drop in Los Angeles, CA.
In a year when everything seemed to present endless challenges for the homeless and homeless advocacy community – rising unemployment, stifled state budgets, increasing homeless counts, reduction of public services, and the rest – it seemed incredible that the city with the largest homeless population in the country saw such a pronounced decrease in their numbers. The Los Angeles Continuum of Care (CoC) is a solid ten percent of the entire homeless population in the country – so any significant movement in their number would represent a notable change in the nation’s homeless population.
All to say – we definitely noticed.
And the inevitable question that rises from such a report is this: how?
Alliance staff has ruminated about the data for the last couple days. Together, we discussed the drop in the sheltered count (down by 19 percent), rental unit vacancy rates for the last five years (up by 3 percent), the unemployment rate (up by 5 percent), the Consumer Price Index (down by 4 percent), and – of course – methodology. We compared Los Angeles to New York and the nation, comparing numbers and rates and population, noting the general difficulties in counting homelessness people – especially the unsheltered (67 percent of the homeless population in LA is unsheltered.)
Of course, all these variables could play a role in determining how and why the count went down as significantly as it did. The rate of rental ... Read More »
Research Council Notes - What's Next in the Field of Homelessness Research?
October 28, 2009
Yesterday, the Alliance hosted a convening of the Research Council – a handful of leaders in the homelessness research field – to discuss the direction of homelessness research. After a few moments sharing new and innovative projects that each member was working on, the group went forth to discuss three major points:
What has been achieved from the last agenda?
What is the future of homelessness research?
What are the policy implications of our research?
In the last Research Agenda, the council attempted to answer some of the bigger questions facing the field:
What programs and policies are effective in preventing chronic homelessness?
What mix of housing assistance and services prevents and ends homelessness?
What characteristics distinguish those poor, at-risk families who become homeless from those who don’t?
As the voices of these research heavyweights whirled around the room, I furiously took notes on the questions that seemed to resonate loudest. It became clearer and clearer that as much as we have learned about homelessness, there is even more that we don’t know. Now that the foundation has been laid on the issue of homelessness, the charge – it seems – is to dig deeper and deeper until homelessness is no longer the social problem we know today.
But in this economic climate and at this particular point in time, there are a few questions that rose as the obvious questions we need to answer soonest:
1. What is the impact of the recession o... Read More »
Roundup of Helpful HPRP Resources
October 26, 2009
HUD has recently posted several resources to help communities implement their HPRP programs. The resources include:
Case studies of seven communities that have implemented homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs similar to those that can be funded through HPRP:
The HomeBase prevention program in New York City
The Ohio Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot
Chicago's Housing Locator program
The Family Housing Collaborative and rapid re-housing program in Columbus, OH
Hennepin County's rapid re-housing program, Rapid Exit
Shelter to Independent Living, a prevention program in Lancaster, PA
The Rural Homeless Initiative of Southeast and Central Ohio
A guide to designing and delivering financial assistance, including rental assistance
A description of the role of case management in preventing homelessness and in rapidly returning homeless individuals and families to housing stability, including specific information about case management within HPRP and useful information for system planners
Strategies for connecting HPRP with mainstream workforce programs
A presentation of HUD's vision for HPRP
Several resources to assist with documentation and certification, including a Habitability Standards Checklist and description of HPRP unit inspection requirements, and tools to assist with income and housing status determination
A sample sub-recipient agreement
These resources and others can be found in the HPRP Resource Library on HUD's Homelessness Resource Exchange.
Please note that these resources are posted to HUD's Homelessness Resource Exchange, and they come with the following disclaimer:
All peer-to-peer resources shared on www.HUDHRE.info have been provided by the community... Read More »
HIV/AIDS in DC and housing
October 21, 2009
Recently, the Washington Post launched a series about HIV/AIDS funding in the District of Columbia. The series shed light on waste, mismanagement, and neglect – hallmarks, it seems from the story, of a program intended to serve those desperately in need of services. DC, as the story confirms, has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country; higher than some West African countries.
As I was reading this well-researched expose, I was struck at the intersection of HIV/AIDS and housing.
I was particular taken with the profiles of two people: a homeless man afflicted with HIV named Alexander Harrington and a [housed] single mother of two named J’Mia Edwards.
Harrington was an ex-offender who, upon his release, sought out assistance from an AIDS service center that promised counseling, a lead on permanent housing, and job training. Shortly after his stay there, he was pushed out with nothing to show for his time.
J’Mia Edwards is an outreach worker, attempting to ensure that her friends and neighbors are educated about HIV/AIDS, all the while caring for her two young children.
Resonant throughout the stories of these two was their deep desire for stable housing.
J’Mia Edwards go so far as to remark,”…if I don’t have adequate housing, I’m not gonna worry about taking my medication…a part of my prevention is my housing.”
And these deliberations by people who are presently experiencing this need only soli... Read More »
Notes from Nan: The Healthcare-Homelessness Connection
October 19, 2009
Happy Monday, everyone!
In case you didn't catch it, we're posting Nan Roman's Huffington Post blog on here, entitled "the Healthcare-Homelessness Connection," - a look into how the current health care debate is affected by homelessness, and vice versa.
The Healthcare-Homelessness Connection
While health care reform is being hotly debated across the nation, one of the groups most likely to be affected by reform has been characteristically silent: people who are homeless.
It's a common misconception that everybody living in poverty is eligible for Medicaid -- in truth, there are many poor people who are not currently eligible for Medicaid. Non-disabled, childless adults -- even those with health problems -- are often not eligible. The same applies to mothers with health conditions whose children have been placed in foster care, and young adults aging out of the foster care system.
In fact, a 1996 nationwide study of homelessness found that only 25 percent of homeless single adults were enrolled in Medicaid.
It's not always easy to see, but homelessness and health care have a clear -- and cyclical -- relationship: poor health can lead to homelessness, and homelessness can aggravate poor health. And both can be a burden on our health care system.
Many people become homeless due to a lack of health care. Untreated illnesses can lead to disability and job loss -- and unemployment remains one of the leading causes of homelessness. It's worth noting here that the leading cause... Read More »