Weekly Roundup: counts, affordable housing, and good blog reads

written by naehblog
January 14, 2010

Annual Point in Time homelessness counts are in the news again this week, as cities like DCNew York, and Kansas City recruit volunteers for their efforts. NYC is one city that’s also hiring decoys to help estimate how many people they’ll miss. For more on why we count, read about HUD’s Continuum of Care and check out our 2009 counts map.

There’s been a bit of buzz this week about affordable housing, including this story about moving families out of motels and into homes. Alliance president Nan Roman points out that this strategy works: 80 percent of homeless families who find housing don’t become homeless again.

Over on Inforumusa, Joel John Roberts asks: Do politicians use housing first as an excuse to only invest in the bare minimum? What do you think?

In other homelessness news this week, the Toronto Sun ran a heartwrenching story about Suburbia’s hidden homelessness, the New York Times covered the story of a California rancher arrested for housing the homeless – albeit in substandard conditions – on his property, and the San Francisco Library hired a social worker to reach out to its homeless patrons. (Thanks to Change.org’s End Homelessness blog for sharing such interesting stuff!)

I’ve followed blogs like Change.org’s End Homelessness blog and Poverty and Policy for awhile, but since I became the New Media Intern at the Alliance, I’ve been scouring the blogosphere for more good reads about housing, homelessness, and poverty. This week’s finds include the WRAP blog, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’s HPRP Q&A blog and the 13th juror.

Any other reading suggestions?