Friday News Roundup: TANF, poverty measurement, and blogs all around!

written by naehblog
March 5, 2010

Before you read on, stop and sign this petition asking Congress to extend the TANF Emergency Fund. As the recession hits more and more families and states slash budgets, the need for federal funding for Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) becomes more and dire. This assistance is crucial for families at-risk of homelessness. For more background, read this stellar piece from’s Poverty in America blog about why Congress must extend the TANF Emergency Fund.

We might remember this as the week the federal government finally announced that they’re revising the poverty measure. It’s about time. We’re definitely keeping track of developments, so stay tuned to our blog for more.

From the Huffington Post to the Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness blog, seems like the blogopshere is just getting better and better.

And bigger and bigger: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty launched a new blog, where they’ve been talking about the right to housing and covering the Universial Periodic Review of the U.S.’s accountability to human rights standards this past week at the UN. The New York Times blog also reported on the process.

Speaking of bigger and better, the North American Street Newspaper Association has redesigned their blog and it looks awesome! Check it out here.

Over at the Funders Together blog, Bill Pitkin reports back on a meeting last month in LA, where experts like our own Nan Roman discussed how the private and public sectors can work together to end homelessness. He emphasizes that collaboration and long-term thinking are essential:

Public and private actors each get pressure to provide short-term answers for immediate needs, but long-term, sustainable change can happen only if they work together to provide the right housing and service solutions that will ultimately make homelessness unnecessary.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Open House, the National Housing Center’s blog, shared some common sense analysis about why it’s cost-effective to green subsidized housing. The always-excellent blog put out by Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida has a summary of how they serve clients struggling with mental illness.

The online discussion of homelessness and poverty is so in-depth and interesting, it’s no wonder the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has asked for our feedback on the Federal Plan to End Homelessness. Weigh in here: you have until March 15!