12/21/2012 - Social Media Wrap up December 21, 2012


Social Media Wrap up

Today is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB), and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) has co-sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price. Events will occur all over the country.

Learn more about this day and how you can get involved here.

In addition, here’s what we were talking about on social media this week:

USICH featured in The New York Times

An article in The New York Times detailed the problem of youth homelessness, even for young adults with employment histories and some college credit. Susan Saulny spoke to USICH Executive Director, Barbara Poppe about this population and our Youth Count! initiative that aims to get a more confident estimate of youth experiencing homelessness. 

Read the full article here.

USICH reports to Congress on Veterans Homelessness

USICH released a report to Congress on the status of Veterans experiencing homelessness in this country. According to the 2012 PIT count, through interagency collaboration, strategic investment, and the adoption of proven tools, we have made particular progress in reducing the number of homeless Veterans—witnessing an 18 percent reduction between 2010 and 2012. The report assesses the performance of the HUD-VASH program and details the programs that serve Veterans in rural areas and Native American reservations.

Learn more, find the report here.

This reduction in Veterans experiencing homelessness can be attributed to programs like HUD-VASH and SSVF. Check out our new Veterans Homelessness in focus subpage, Ending Homelessness for Veterans and their Families: the Importance of SSVF.

USICH Executive Director, Barbara Poppe, featured on the Blog

Read the new blog post by USICH Executive Director, Barbara Poppe, in which she recaps her experience at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD)Integrated Services and Housing Consultation in Paris, France.

More news

The LA Times covers the decrease in homelessness in LA County reported in the 2012 PIT estimates

Read the article

Governor Christie’s Administration announced a $400,000 grant to support homelessness prevention in New Jersey.

Read about the announcement here.

Fannie Mae’s “Help the Homeless” Program raised $4.5M in its first year.

Learn more about the program here.


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