Friday News Roundup: Female vets, aging, and urban plunges

written by naehblog
March 19, 2010
This was the week the media focused on female veterans experiencing homelessness, an issue we’ve had our eye on for some time. We’re encouraged by examples of assistance programs that serve women who have served, like Malachi House in VA, US Vets in CA and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.
Thanks to all who called Congress this week to ask for an increase in McKinney-Vento funding! Stay tuned to this blog to stay involved in this campaign.
Over at the National Housing Center’s Open House blog, Alayna Waldrum of the U.S. Association for Homes and Services for the Aging guest blogged in defense of the Section 202 capital advance development program that was cut in Obama’s FY2011 budget proposal. We’re also thinking about how to house the aging population, and we’ll be coming out with a publication in the coming weeks.
In Portland, Street Roots argued for a reframing of the issues of homelessness from a public health perspective.
Diane Nilan was loud and clear on this week when she echoed an argument we’ve been making as well: If the HPRP program is going to work, assistance providers need more money. She writes
Although the $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds called Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, should help some renters stay in their apartments and move some families from homeless situations back into housing, it’s too little money and distribution networks need to be ramped up. The capacity to distribute funds in many places is stymied by previous staffing cuts. Lest Congress think the slow funneling reflects lack of need, think again.
You may have heard of Paul Bowers, a student who chose to spend his spring break experiencing homelessness. Meanwhile, I read this piece from the Street Roots blog called The Unreality of Urban Plunges.  Do you think these are opposing viewpoints? Which would you side with?