Sometimes creating solutions to difficult problems just requires a bit of common sense. If you need to reduce credit card debt, design a personal budget where you spend less than you earn. If you want to lose weight, create a diet where you burn more calories than you consume. On a national level, the same [...]
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In England, they are called Social Impact Bonds. Here in the states, they would be called Pay For Success Bonds. The simple explanation is that the federal government would issue “social bonds” that private investors could purchase. The money would be invested in social programs that show a cost savings to society. If programs meet their goals, investors get a return on their investment.
I wouldn’t want to leave the impression that the House Agriculture Committee’s attack on the food stamp program was the only threat to low-income people spawned by the Republican majority’s effort to protect defense spending.
The Ways and Means Committee also had to find more savings — $53 billion over the next 10 years. And it too met its target by shifting costs to low-income people. But they’re not the only ones who’ll be harmed by what it’s come up with — far from it.
It’s sad when nonprofits that advocate for the same cause openly fight with one another.
That’s what we’re seeing now as organizations dedicated to improving services for homeless people take opposite sides on a bill pending in the House of Representatives.
Last Friday, the House Republican majority approved Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan for next year’s federal budget. Most of the coverage has focused on the plan to privatize Medicare and convert Medicaid into a block grant. A less noted, but also alarming part would cut federal funding for SNAP (the food stamp program) and convert it [...]
Some time this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a budget resolution developed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee. You may have read about it because it’s a radical scheme that makes the spending cuts just agreed on look like chump change. The Ryan plan would shred [...]
In November of 2009 a United Nations rapporteur visited the United States to evaluate the state of housing and homelessness in our country. The rapporteur concluded that “real affordable housing and poverty is something that hasn’t been dealt with as an issue.” She was right. But just this last week the United States took a [...]
Enough — at least for the time being — about radical spending-cut plans in Congress. Here’s some good news. The Coalition on Human Needs and allies have launched what promises to be a massive campaign against the cuts. It’s called SAVE (Strengthening America’s Values and Economy) for All. SAVE for All is a large and growing coalition [...]
House Republicans have put their green eyeshades on. We’re told we should soon — at long last — have the specific cuts they propose to roll back federal spending. As a first step, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has produced his mark for the continuing resolution Congress will have to pass in March to [...]
This past week, I sat in public meetings to negotiate an affordable housing development in a large urban community. At the meeting I heard the usual neighborhood responses. Fearful neighbors said: “I am not against helping homeless people, just not in my neighborhood.” “We have children in the area. This project is not appropriate here.” [...]