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Newsletters | February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008    

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2007 HUD/HHS Research Symposium Papers Available

On March 1-2, 2007, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsored the second National Symposium on Homelessness Research. The 2007 Symposium focused on lessons learned from research and practice. Teams of authors consisting of leading researchers and practitioners were commissioned to prepare 10 papers for discussion at the Symposium, all of which are now available to the public:

 

Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research

 

 


House Holds Hearing on FY 2009 HUD Budget; Senate Hearing Scheduled
Last Wednesday, February 13, Rep. John Olver (D- MA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development of the House Appropriations Committee, held a hearing on the FY 2009 HUD Budget. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson testified. Members of Congress expressed their strong support for McKinney Homeless Assistance Grants, as well as mainstream HUD programs targeted to very low income individuals, and indicated they hoped to increase funding for these programs above the Administration's FY 2009 budget request.

Next Tuesday, Febrary 26, at 10 AM, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a similar hearing, entitled, "Oversight of HUD and its Fiscal Year 2009 Budget." Secretary Jackson, as well as a number of other witnesses, will testify. The hearing is scheduled for Room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Congress on Recess
The House and Senate are both on recess this week for the President's Day holiday.

Helping America's Youth, will build upon the Community Guide to Helping America's Youth. The Working Group will also promote initiatives that "merit strong interagency collaboration because of their potential to offer cost-effective solutions to achieve better results for at-risk youth."

Housing Solutions Week 2008

From January 29 to February 1, the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the Center for Housing Policy (the Center) hosted Housing Solutions Week 2008, a week-long series of events focusing on solutions to solving the nation's affordable housing challenges. The launch of HousingPolicy.org, on January 29, started the week and included a two-day online "Expert Chat" series hosted by KnowledgePlex, as well as a panel discussion on developing a comprehensive and effective housing strategy. In coordination with the official launch of HousingPolicy.org, NHC and the Center released the study Paycheck to Paycheck: Wages and the Cost of Housing in America. The study compares the latest data on the cost of owning and renting a home with the wages for more than 60 occupations in over 200 U.S. metropolitan areas.
New York Times recently reported that violence against homeless people is rising, and the attackers are mostly teenagers and young adults. Last week, an article was published about Warren Messner, an 18-year-old who is currently in a maximum security correctional institution for what he describes as a "stupid" and "senseless" attack on a homeless man. According to a preliminary count by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, most of the more than 142 unprovoked attacks on homeless people in 2007 were in Florida. Nationwide, such attacks rose about 65 percent from 2005. Advocates for homeless people "blame a society that they say shuns the homeless population and no longer treats them as people through laws that criminalize sleeping in parks, camping, and begging. " Alaska, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, and Texas have introduced legislation to add homeless people to hate-crime laws. Legislation is also pending in Congress.

 
 
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