Last Tuesday, August 6, President Obama delivered a speech in Phoenix, AZ, on housing in which he acknowledged the significant progress that we as a country have made in reducing homelessness, particularly among veterans.
"We've got to keep going, because nobody in America, and certainly no veteran, should be left to live on the streets," Obama told his Phoenix audience, noting the reductions of homeless veterans that communities have achieved in Phoenix and around the country.
The speech focused largely on homeownership - its importance to individual homeowners and to the economy - and included a proposal to make mortgages easier to secure and refinance by replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a system to back home mortgages that relies more on the private market.
Obama also called for increased investment in affordable rental housing, and for states and localities to remove local barriers to rental housing development.
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) has released three new resources on the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness. The resources highlight successful responses to the unique housing needs of domestic violence survivors.
As part of the Alliance's effort this month to highlight noteworthy workshop materials from our 2013 National Conference, we look at an interesting presentation by Eric Rice from the University of Southern California in which Rice proposes a way of identifying homeless youth who are most in need in order to prioritize them for services.
When the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Continuum of Care (CoC) regulations in July 2012, they largely reflected the intent of the HEARTH Act to prevent and end homelessness more effectively. However, under these regulations, nonprofits are unable to administer rental assistance. In this post, we explain why this should change and what Congress is doing about it.
Since the administration first announced in 2010 its goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, we have made substantial progress toward ending veteran homelessness in America. In this blog post, we take a look at conference presentation that outlines that progress and we reflect on what we will need to do in the future to build on it.