Link Roundup

Tuesday Link Roundup

Here are some links from around the web that might be of interest to New Hope readers:

  • RSS IconHousing Landscape 2012: The Center for Housing Policy released a study on the housing cost burden among working households. The study, which used Census data from 2008-2010, highlights the challenges that working families face with housing costs as incomes fall and rental costs rise, finding that 1/4 of working households spend more than 1/2 of their income on housing. (Note: The report is only available as a PDF)
  • Home for Good: The New York Times reports on an ambitious program to end chronic homelessness out of Los Angeles. The program follows a "housing first" model that focuses on stabilizing the lives of the homeless individuals they serve before treating their other issues. Over the last year, the shelter found permanent housing for 2,273 chronically homeless individuals and 874 homeless veterans.
  • What You Can Do to Increase Homeless Assistance Funding: While the President's budget for 2013 proposes some increases for services for the homeless population, it is not yet law, and can be changed. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is calling on people to send letters to Congress in support of this level of funding for homeless assistance programs. Check out their blog post to find out more about why this is important and how you can get involved.
  • Are Schools on Wheels an Answer to Child Homelessness? Mark Horvath has an article up at the Huffington Post about the Indianapolis School on Wheels: program. The program provides educational instruction to homeless children. The article is accompanied by a short video of Horvath visiting with the School on Wheels. Horvath argues that these programs are essential for helping children to overcome the challenges of poverty and urges those who can to support the programs.

Tuesday Link Roundup

Here are some links from around the web that might be of interest to New Hope readers:

  • RSS IconIndiana's welfare system is now fully 'hybrid': The Indianapolis Star reports that Marion County is the last county to switch to a welfare system that is a mix of digitized records and personalized service. Unlike the IBM system, which was fully automated, this hybrid system decentralizes case management by assigning welfare recipients to a team of case workers (instead of a single case worker, as in the past). The reported benefits of this system is that clients will get the personalization of dealing with a live person and the ease of decentralized records that can be accessed by more than one caseworker. We'll be interested to see how welfare recipients respond to this new system.
  • Homeless poet proud of newly printed copy of his works: Some good news out of Sacramento this week, where members of the community and a local library helped a homeless man prepare and bind his manuscript. Supporters are also helping the man, Mark Bell, pay to get an ISBN and Library of Congress catalog number so that his book will be accessible to more readers.
  • America's Poorest People Running Out Of Places To Live The Huffington Post highlighted a study last week about the shortage of affordable rental units for low-income Americans. With little money and nowhere to go, low-income households are going to need social services now more than ever.
  • The President’s Budget: How Poverty Programs Fare Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity has a review of how the President's proposed budget will affect important social services. The highlights: some agencies will get similar or greater levels of funding than last year, while some programs designed to help alleviate poverty will see deep cuts. Read more about which programs will or will not be see cuts on the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity blog.

Tuesday Link Roundup

Here are some links from around the web that might be of interest to New Hope readers:

Tuesday Link Roundup

Here are some links from around the web that might be of interest to New Hope readers:

Tuesday Link Roundup

Here are some links from around the web that might be of interest to New Hope readers:

  • RSS IconHomeless Shelter Helps Prevent Evictions: Great story about a shelter that fights homelessness by both giving the currently homeless a place to stay and using funds to prevent the near-homeless from ending up in their shelter.
  • Number of asset-poor Americans rising: 27% of households don't have enough money saved to cover basic expenses for three months. This has a devastating effect on households that suffer job losses or injury and don't have enough money saved to survive until these emergencies end.
  • State Homeless Resources Map The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness just released an interactive map that integrates Census statistics and statistics from their 2011 PIT estimates. The map shows that Indiana has about 6000 people without homes on a given night.

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