Friday News Roundup: State of Homelessness, Secretary Donovan, and HUD funding
This week, we kept seeing more clips about our newest report, The State of Homelessness in America
! We’re so excited to see continued interest in the report and – as you may have seen – we’re going to continue to write about the report on this blog to explicate our findings, definitions, and other nerdy bits (latest installment: a post about data
from Pete) so stay tuned!
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan
also made the news this week with an opinion piece about a national effort to end homelessness
. Placed just in time to coincide with impending community point-in-time
counts, the secretary encourages communities to do their best to pursue accurate data, “But more collaboration alone won't restore confidence in government; we also need to produce results. And producing results requires smarter decisions based on sound data.” (What’s a point-in-time count? Glad you asked
HUD made news again
this week when they renewed funding for homeless assistance programs, spreading $1.4 billion nationwide to help organizations providing services for people experiencing homelessness. Local stories (like this one
) outlined specific amounts for their particular communities and many noted the pervasive need for such funding to provide assistance to their economically vulnerable friends and neighbors.
And in other news – today, the Alliance staff is off-campus thinking up ways to do our work better. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, don’t hesitate to comment, Tweet
, of leave us a note on our Facebook page