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Ending the Cycle of Homelessness

It seems to me that if average American wages are not high enough to pay for the average rent—in the long run, all of our efforts to house those who are currently homeless will not end homelessness. We will simply be treading water.

Homeless Counts: Just Like Counting Sheep?

Four years after my homeless count blog post, sadly, we are still counting individuals and families living out on the streets that have fallen through the cracks of society.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014 in Ending Homelessness

For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year 2014 actually gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014:

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

What do these actions really mean for America? Are we giving up on ending homelessness for all?

Tough Love or Tough Luck?

Those of us who have been operating emergency homeless programs for decades sometimes still struggle with the idea of letting people get a “free ride.” But, if our true mission truly is to house people no matter what, then softening the toughness in our love for people on the streets is simply the best approach.

Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles: Top 10 Highlights from 2013

10 signs that angelic efforts are on the way in Los Angeles to reduce homelessness, despite the debate over public feeding, homelessness in their public libraries and Union Train Station, and the fact that the region has 58,000 people who are homeless.

Are Homelessness Agencies the New Future?

The future is homelessness service providers stepping up as the adaptive initiators that just might finally end homelessness, like so many policymakers and think-leaders set out to do ten years ago.

Who Should Win The Housing Lottery?

Securing one of the limited permanent supportive housing units in the U.S. is a bit like desperately trying to win that golden ticket in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Millions of people are in need of affordable housing, and only a handful of apartments are subsidized by the government.

If you are homeless, the odds of accessing an affordable apartment with support services are probably worse than winning a money lottery. Of course, some cities, like Los Angeles, set aside rental vouchers for people who are homeless, but with 50,000 Angelenos homeless, the vouchers are never enough.

So how should society determine who gets a coveted subsidized housing unit?

Ten Years Later: Did America end Chronic Homelessness?

I remember sitting in a large meeting room in downtown Los Angeles with about 60 other community and political leaders who were all connected in some way to working toward addressing homelessness in Los Angeles, what many still call the “Homeless Capitol” of America.

The year was 2003, and most of us on this Blue Ribbon panel thought at the time that the buzz of excitement in the room signified a new era in solving L.A.’s dismal struggle to address homelessness. Our task was to create a “ten year plan to end homelessness” in Los Angeles.

Homeless Counts Should be Counting Backwards

In the darkness of early morning, the counting can be monotonous, an exercise that almost puts you to sleep. I have written before about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated homeless counts that occur throughout this country during the month of January. Municipalities have to count their homeless population at least every other year, or they will lose their HUD funding. Some cities count every year.

Counting how many people are languishing on our streets, however, is good. How can we address a sad human tragedy without knowing the extent of the problem? How can we know if we are successfully reducing the number of people on our streets without regularly assessing our work through counts?