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