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Newsletters | February 12, 2008

February 12, 2008    

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700 Gather in Seattle to End Family Homelessness

Approximately 700 homeless advocates from across the country, including agency leaders, government officials, service providers, business community members, and homeless people, gathered in Seattle, Washington on February 7-8, 2008 to participate in the National Alliance to End Homelessness' fourth annual National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness. Bill Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, made keynote addresses at the conference.

"When most of us think of homeless people, we think of individuals and adults. We don't think of the families with children that struggle to find a place to sleep nightly," said Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

"We're gathering to end family homelessness by sharing the solutions that work - solutions like permanent, affordable housing partnered with supportive services to get families back on their feet," Roman said.

Keynote Address by Bill Gates, Sr.



Hearing on HUD Appropriations
On Wednesday, February 13, at 9:30 AM, Rep. John Olver (D-MA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development of the House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on the FY 2009 HUD Appropriations bill. The hearing will be in Room 2358-A of the Rayburn House Office Building. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson is scheduled to testify.



Alliance's Analysis of the Administration's FY 2009 Budget Request

Congress on Recess
Next week both the House and the Senate will be on recess for the President's Day Holiday. Congress will return on Monday, February 25.

Urban Institute: Economic Mobility and the Federal Government

Efforts to encourage economic mobility are undermining the ability of lower-income Americans to raise their economic status, according to a February 4 report by the Urban Institute. The study examines the results of tax subsidies and government spending designed to help citizens raise their incomes, accrued wealth, and earning potential. Despite the $746 billion spent on such programs in 2006, the report indicates that the result is often detrimental to poor and low- income Americans. The majority of these funds, aimed at the middle class, inflate "key asset prices," such as housing and tuition costs, pushing them further out of reach of lower classes. Programs aimed at income maintenance for low-income groups were often found to reduce economic mobility by discouraging working and saving.
Seattle Post Intelligencer wrote an article on the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness, held last week in Seattle, WA. The article outlines the need for increased affordable housing and mainstream supportive services to address the underlying needs of homeless families, as well as public awareness that these are the real solutions to homelessness. The national conference brought together service providers, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and others and encouraged them to share their solutions to the problem of family homelessness through a series of interactive workshops.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

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