Friday News Roundup: Research on chronic homelessness, youth, vets

written by naehblog
January 22, 2010

Organizations across the country are looking to fill their volunteer rosters for annual Point in Time counts next week. Volunteer in your area and look forward to a more detailed look at counts on this blog next week.

Otherwise, a variety of interesting, important research pieces have come out this week. Here's a handful of highlights:

Results of a study on youth homelessness in Oregon came out this week. While we're always glad to see data on youth homelessness, it looks like numbers of youth experiencing homelessness are increasing pretty dramatically, service providers say.

A University of Birmingham professor Jeffrey Michael Clair spent two years interviewing Birmingham's chronically homeless. His conclusion? "Public policy should be oriented more toward enabling people to work and to secure a dwelling." Agreed. (Found this one through Inforumusa.)

The Corporation for Supportive Housing's Richard Cho was featured on the Funders Together blog this week with research from the Frequent Users Forum. Their work shows why permanent supportive housing is a cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness: case management combined with permanent housing for those stuck in the "institutional circuit" reduces time and public money spent in hospitals, jails and shelters.

The Department of Veteran's Affairs recently reported on the ways they're shifting medical systems to better serve veterans who are homeless, including integrating health care and other services, like job training and housing. Though many of the 131,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. struggle with addiction or mental illness, researcher Robert Rosenheck emphasizes that "homelessness is clearly a function of two things: low incomes and high rents."

If you haven't already, check out this in-depth piece in New York Magazine about Cedar Bridge, a tent city in the woods in New Jersey. And don't miss the photos!

I'm still seeking - and finding - new places in the homelessness blogosphere. This week, I've found the Cleveland Homeless blog has a great mix of news and commentary and the Street Roots blog For those who can't afford free speech had fantastic coverage of the action on housing in San Francisco. And I've still got goosebumps from my first visit to Signs of Life, the exquisitely written blog by Unity of Greater New Orleans.