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02/06/2014 - Fireman Foundation Finds that Rapid Re-Housing, Economic Opportunity are Key to Ending Family Homelessness
Susanne Beaton, Director of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, shares how a "new vision of stabilization for families" led to the creation of the Secure Jobs initiative, a collaboration between State and community partners that brought promising results.
02/05/2014 - A Paradigm Shift: How Fairfax County Made Significant Gains in Ending Family Homelessness
Dean Klein, director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness in Virginia, relates how a shift from managing to ending homelessness led to innovative practices, strong collaborations, and truly incredible results.
Deputy Director Laura Zeilinger discusses the vital role mayors across the country play in ending homelessness, reminding us that to reach our national goals we must first act locally.
Beginning from Secretary Shinseki's promise to give all Veterans "a hope, a home, and a future, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker, chronicles the amazing journey of committing and then successfully ending chronic Veteran Homelessness in his city.
Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix shares that through implementing coordinated partnerships and a "housing first" strategy, his city was able to successfully end chronic Veteran homelessness.
Regional Coordinator for USICH Amy Sawyer closes out our Human Rights series by reflecting on the stories that have been shared and reminding us that now is the time to act to ensure human rights for people experiencing homelessness.
Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, praises Federal progress on homelessness while outlining the neccessity of ensuring that everyone is able to maintain their basic human dignity, which is impossible when someone is experiencing homelessness.
01/15/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Homelessness is Criminal—People Experiencing Homelessness Are Not
Discussing the issue of criminalizing homelessness, Maria Foscarinis of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty explains how punishing people experiencing homelessness in an attempt to hide the issue of homelessness raises human rights concerns while detracting from actual efforts to solve homelessness.
Maha Jweied of the U.S. Department of Justice describes how the criminalization of homelessness not only attempts to hide the issue of homelessness instead of addressing it but also violates the fundamental rights of people experiencing homelessness. Therefore, while the criminalization of homelessness continues, the right to counsel is a critical defense for those experincing homelessness.
President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless Kevin Lindamood explains that bringing a human rights approach to public policy regarding homelessness may be our only chance of ending homelessness in the United States.