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Guest Blog: Poverty in Chicago
August 11, 2009
Afternoon, everyone! Apologies for the break in info - had some family in town and they required by strict attention (and tourist-guiding techniques).
No worries, though, we're back on the horse now!
A few pieces of business to wrap up:
Pictures from the Conference (172 of them!) are up on our Flickr account. Check it out and see if we snapped you up!
We didn't have a Friday news roundup, but I did notice this morning that there are a LOT of stories about the recession, a decline in services just as there's increased demand, and - as always - trickling stories about HPRP funds. Keep an eye on those daily clips to stay on top of the news.
We'd love to hear from you! Tell us what you want more information about - shoot us a comment, follow us on Twitter (@naehomelessness) or shoot me an email with an idea, request, whatever. This is all about you - really! (For me, it's just an exercise in writing concisely.)
Last week, I got an email from a woman at The Documentary Channel. They've created a piece on homelessness in Chicago, specifically looking at the role of addiction in homelessness. A spokesperson wrote to us, "Chicago filmmaker Brian Schodorf takes a raw and real look at the men behind the statistics with poignant testimonies from the streets and expert interviews inside elite university offices."
It's a long one - trust me, you'll have to put aside a solid chunk of time. But it's a poignant and interesting look into homelessness in one of the country's biggest cities. Check out Poverty In Chicago and let me know what you think!... Read More »
Five Things I Learned at the Annual Conference
August 03, 2009
It's August 3, 2009 - the Monday after the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C. The staff is back, almost recharged (Mondays are hard), and going over the last few days.
Here's how it broke down:
1200+ participants from across the country;
Almost 250 speakers sharing about housing strategies, best practices, and the newest data;
62 workshops about matters ranging from housing, federal policy, best practices, and communications;
Six remarkable keynote speakers, including HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, White House Director of Urban Affairs Policy Adolfo Carrion, Jr., Senator Jack Reed, and a very boisterous account from Congressman Al Green.
This was my first conference - and I was overwhelmed with the response of the attendees. I learned a lot, but highlights included:
1. There are a LOT of us!
The fervor and passion and drive of service providers, policymakers, and advocates from far and wide was a moving testament to the goodwill that still exists in all of us - even in these trying economic times. More than once I heard of organizations "breaking the bank" so that their partners could benefit from our conference. We're very touched - and much obliged.
2. We're making some noise.
This was my first opportunity to see the new HUD Secretary live and in-person, and his carefully thought-out address may not have alleviated all my worries - but it did let me know that the federal government hasn't turned a deaf ear to those most in need.... Read More »
Annual Conference - End of Day One
July 29, 2009
That was an incredible day - opening session with Nan Roman, followed by roughly 25 different workshops until about 5 p.m. We're just about to start the fun part - reception! - after a very productive day of presentations, panels, and exchanging ideas. I personally attended a workshop about data (with Dennis Culhane!) and one about prevention techniques (with VERY engaging speakers Matt White of Ohio and Mellisa Mowery of New York). HPRP must've been the word of the day, cuz that second workshop had about 150 people in with seats filled and people standing around the edges!
Tomorrow features Secretary Donovan, new White House Director on Urban Affairs Policy Adolfo Carrion, 75 more workshops, and a ton of other information.
I'll post reception pictures later! Until then, some workshop pics.
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