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Newsletters | November 28, 2006

November 28, 2006    

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In the Media: New Orleans homeless face trouble as the winter comes


The Associated Press recently reported "New Orleans homeless [people] face trouble as winter comes.” Advocates for homeless people are concerned because the lack of homeless shelters after Hurricane Katrina will leave many people on the streets exposed to dangerously cold temperatures. Typically when the temperature drops below 38 degrees, the city tries to move all homeless people off of the streets into one of their six main shelters. Unfortunately, two of the six shelters are closed and another one is recovering from losing its roof. Biaggio DiGiovanni, director of the Ozanam Inn, one of the open shelters, is concerned because the planning and coordination that existed before Katrina to help get homeless people off the street and into shelter when it is cold does not exist any longer. A spokesperson for Mayor Ray Nagin said the city is aware of the problem and is trying to establish a plan. With at least 3,000 people homeless now, however, and the number growing everyday, the 450 beds the city currently has seems hopelessly inadequate.

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During the 2005 Medicaid reform debate, Congress asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to create a commission to review the Medicaid program and make recommendations for any future reform effort.

Recently, the Medicaid Commission finished its year- long effort and published final recommendations which include: increase state flexibility to select covered benefits, allow states to change eligibility criteria without submitting waivers to the federal government, allow the uninsured to acquire insurance through tax credits, re-evaluate the federal Medicaid match rate for each state, create a coordinated system of care for all Medicaid beneficiaries, and collect better data to evaluate the Medicaid program.

It is unclear whether Congress will move to adopt any or all of these recommendations.

New Report: Food Security in the US

The USDA recently released Household Food Security in the United States, 2005, a report detailing the most recent statistics on food security of US households, as well as how much money they spent on food and how many food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs. The report found that 89 percent of US households were food secure. Food security is defined as having access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining 11 percent of households were food insecure at least once during the course of the year—a decrease from 2004 when 11.9 percent of households had experienced food insecurity at least once. The rate of very low food security, however, remained the same (3.9 percent) from 2004 to 2005. Very low food security means the eating patterns of one or more household member were disrupted and their food intake was reduced at times during the year because the household lacked money or other resources with which to procure food.

National Low Income Housing Coalition Honors Journalists

The first annual Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Awards are designed to identify print journalists who do an exemplary job of illuminating the affordable housing crisis in this country. The awards seek to continue raising awareness about the plight of low-income individuals who lack access to safe and affordable homes while honoring those who have made efforts to bring these issues to the attention of the American people. The awards are named in honor of Cushing Niles Dolbeare, founder of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), who passed away in 2005. The awards will recognize three first-prize winners in two categories. The winners will each receive $2,500 and be honored during an awards event in Washington, DC. Honorable mentions will also be awarded.

NLIHC is accepting nominees until January 15, 2007.

Upcoming Audio Conference: Exploring Rural Homelessness

On Thursday, December 14, the Alliance will be hosting Exploring Rural Homelessness. Rural communities in areas across the country are successfully adopting a consensus building approach to creating plans to end and prevent homelessness. During this process, rural planners and providers are establishing new and often non-traditional partnerships with a wide range of local, state, and federal stakeholders. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is one of these partners, providing communities with planning tools and models that are effective in rural communities.

Exploring Rural Homelessness will focus on critical barriers and innovative solutions to approaching the problem of homelessness in rural areas. Speakers will include:

  • Mark Kudlowitz, Research Associate, Housing Assistance Council,
  • Martin Hammar, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Tri- County Mental Health, and
  • Neil Donovan, Director of Capacity Building, National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference Series is sponsored by the Sara Lee Foundation.

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

Dan Mudd
Take a five minute break from whatever you are doing to hear about emerging issues, new research, and personal stories from experts and leaders in homelessness and housing policy. This months expert is Dan Mudd, Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae.

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