Ending Homelessness Today — Staff
3 Things I’ve Learned from Working at the Alliance
July 27, 2015
It is with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I write this “goodbye” blog post for the Alliance. After more than five years here, I am ready to take on the challenge of grad school, but I will miss working with passionate and driven people across the country dedicated to such an important topic.
In my time here, I’ve learned a few things – well, I’ve learned a ton of things, but for the sake of this post, I’ll narrow it down to just the big ones.
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How Long Has Rapid Re-Housing Been Around?
April 22, 2014
Often-times, someone will say to me, “So, tell me about this new rapid re-housing model,” not realizing that rapid re-housing is far from new. Rapid re-housing is a Housing First intervention that prioritizes moving homeless families or individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. It first emerged as a promising model decades ago when a number of programs like Beyond Shelter in Los Angeles; Rapid Exit in Hennepin County, Minn.; and the Shelter to Independent Living program in Lancaster, Pa. began practicing it.
Still, it’s hardly surprising that many people are under the impression it’s a new model. Only relatively recently, the federal government made rapid re-housing a federal priority. In 2008, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dipped a toe in the water by announcing the Rapid Re-Housing Demonstration Project, which eventually distributed $25 million to 23 communities to pilot rapid re-housing.
Then, in quick succession in 2009, Congress appropriated $1.5 billion for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program (HPRP) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and enacted the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, which reauthorized the McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs administered by HUD. HPRP served an estimated 1.4 million people with prevention and rapid re-housing assistance over three years. And, the HEARTH Act recognized rapid re-housing as a newly eligible activity proven to be effective at reducing homelessness.
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Our Summer Interns Say Goodbye
August 16, 2013
As we near the end of summer, we must bid a fond farewell to our hard-working summer interns. They have done so much for the Alliance, and made all of our lives so much less stressful and more productive than they would otherwise be, while also somehow managing to be fun about it. Goodbye guys! We will miss you.
Meghan Foley, Communications and Development Intern
For the last three months, I’ve had the (absolutely wonderful) opportunity to serve as the Alliance’s Development and Communications intern. Today is my last day so, along with revisiting the neighborhood burrito cart once last time, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on my time here. I remember during my very first staff meeting, I was introducing myself to Steve Berg and he asked, “So, you’ve been here a day already. How many fewer homeless individuals are there because of you?” He was joking, of course. But looking back, it strikes me as being an accurate description of the approach the Alliance takes. There is a great sense of optimism. Yes, this is a complex and challenging problem. But we learn a little more every day about how it can be ended.
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Meet the Alliance’s New West Point Fellow
July 29, 2013
I have a particular interest in helping people and seeing that our society is fair. That being said, I joined the Alliance under the presumption that homelessness wasn’t a major issue among our veterans. I was wrong, more wrong than I was at first willing to admit.
The Alliance opened my eyes in mere days at their 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, where I had the opportunity to meet with advocates and officials and learn from 1,600 people from around the country who are working every day to end homelessness. I gained an understanding of veteran homelessness that prepared me to be part of their effort.
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Meet the new assistant to the Alliance President
September 07, 2012
Today’s post was written by Julie Klein, the Alliance’s new assistant to Alliance President and CEO Nan Roman.
I lived in the Philly suburbs in Pennsylvania for my entire life (until now!), and recently graduated from Muhlenberg College with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. My passion for ending homelessness was sparked on a poverty-focused advocacy trip to DC, and I have since dedicated myself to the cause. Academically, I researched housing policies and completed a senior thesis on perceptions of homelessness.
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