Updates of Homeless News Stories

Akron man convicted of murdering homeless individual. Dimitry White killed Anthony Thomas because he was angry that Thomas was charging $5 to enter a house.  Amazing, that a person is killed over trying to make a buck or actually five bucks. 

A judge has prevented enforcement of the Ft. Lauderdale feeding ban.  This is great news for the social justice crowd.  The city has received international bad press for the feeding ban including a threat from the hacker group Anonymous. 

Madison Wisconsin officials are struggling with how to shelter all those who request shelter.  They are also struggling with opening of a day center.  There are issues that the shelters do not open until it gets below 21 degrees and there are capacity issues.

Chicago has an out of control waiting list for housing.  The waiting lists have not been open since 2008 and 2010 for the voucher and public housing.  They have combined the two lists into one application and 282,000 asked to get a spot on the wait list.

Hospitals in Texas are struggling with how to serve homeless people.  They often put people back in the woods and they show up in the emergency room within days.  Texas is one of the states that have not expanded Medicaid that would provide incentives to get the lowest income enrolled in health insurance.

Brian Davis

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Don't Miss the Editorial in the New York Times

On the day we find out that our own local paper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is planning to fade deeper into obscurity by laying off another few dozen reporters, the New York Times had a wonderful editorial about the sad state of affordable housing in America.  We have copied it for posterity on our member site (need a login as a member to access our member site.) Here is how the New York Times characterized it as:

These programs provide decent housing for about only a quarter of the low-income families who qualify for them. And with nearly nine million households teetering on the verge of homelessness, the country clearly needs more support for affordable housing, not less.

This is the basis for the affordable housing crisis in America that the New York Times references.  They make two solid recommendations that we certainly have advocated at the national level.  Those include funding the National Housing Trust in order to preserve and expand housing and the Affordable Housing Self Sufficiency Improvement Act which would allow major cost savings in the current programs.  The National Housing Trust is the single most important piece of legislation that needs some funding as soon as possible.  The trust was created, but with the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had no funding.  There are a few problems with the current AHSSIA bill, but the core legislation is solid and deserves passage.  From a city that saw 64,000 people apply for a housing voucher in 2011 and only 10,000 names were selected, Cleveland is the prime example of why we need additional resources for the Housing Authority and for private non-profits to develop new opportunities for low income workers to move out of the shelters. Most of the affordable housing waiting lists in Cleveland are 5 to 7 years long.  Paying the emergency housing costs of all of those individuals including food, shelter, and the additional health care costs is a lot more than the cost of providing a housing voucher. 

Brian Davis

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