Prioritizing Chronic Homeless Vets: Are We Giving Up on Ending Homelessness for All?

By | Jul 21, 2014

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Fourteen years ago, when the goal to actually end homelessness was proposed by a national homeless group, the idea of zero homelessness seemed lofty. Back in 2000, there were 700,000 people who were homeless in America.

That lofty goal, however, prompted a powerful movement to redesign how this country approached housing its homeless neighbors.

Two years later, in 2002, the federal government decided they would challenge every city and jurisdiction in the country to create a ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness.

Note the insertion of “chronic” into their goal. Chronic homelessness is a smaller subset of the general homeless population, which includes people who have been homeless for a long time—or who have been homeless repeatedly—and are living with a disability.

Did federal leaders, even back then, realize that housing the entire homeless population might be too lofty? Read More »

Political Homeless Numbers: Can We Count On It?

By | Jul 8, 2014 | Comments Off

In a city filled with hundreds of thousands of millionaires, does it really matter that instead of 54,000, we have 36,000 people squandering on our streets like animals?

By | Jul 1, 2014
Back in the 1980s, when the original founders of PATH created a small program to help people who were homeless on the Westside of Los Angeles, they never imagined that they would still be in business 30 years later.
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Photo: Andrew Horton/Twitter When I was studying architecture, the design projects we were assigned typically involved creating spaces or products that benefited people.
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There is a busy street just on the edge of downtown Los Angeles that is becoming well known.
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