Friday News Roundup: The Components of Homelessness
This week the news media has focused on the essentials of our field: housing, data, populations, and public policy.
Let’s start right in the District. In her column
, Michelle Singletary cited our own report
to discuss people spending more than 50 percent of their monthly income on rent - what is called a "severe housing cost burden" - a situation that can put people at risk of homelessness.
From Tiffin, OH, the Advertiser-Tribune
discussed a sticky situation concerning data collection, showing that data collection methodology should be examined as it affects count accuracy. Perhaps a dry topic for a news article, but methodology is a central component of learning about homelessness, especially at the community level.
Then there was a flurry of reports about different populations experiencing homelessness.
Both the Sacramento Bee
CNN covered veteran homelessness
. The Bee zoomed in the challenges specific to women returning from combat and CNN took their turn examining the potential ramifications of federal budget cuts to vulnerable veterans (stay tuned). The Medill News Service
also took a crack at state budgets and the potential impact reductions will have on homeless youth
. (They’re projecting pronounced increases). And New America Media
traveled to the other end of the spectrum writing about elderly people living in poverty, at risk of homelessness, while raising their own grandchildren. (Which comes as no surprise
Predictably, there were scant few articles about solutions
but there does seem to be good buzz from community leaders about the awareness of and dedication to the issue. An editorial
from Maine shared some good notes about HPRP
Associated Press reported that RI will reconvene the state’s Interagency Council on Homelessness to address the issue, and MA Governor Deval Patrick said he’ll commit nearly $40 million
to overhaul the state’s emergency homeless assistance program.
Not a bad week, all things considered. Did we miss anything in your town?