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On Monday, we highlighted new partnerships established to help Veterans experiencing homelessness find housing in San Francisco. These partnerships follow Mayor Ed Lee’s promise that his administration would house 50 veterans experiencing homelessness. To date, his administration has housed 54 Veterans experiencing homelessness. In addition, Mayor Lee’s administration has cut down the average wait time between receiving a federal housing voucher and finding housing from 270 days to 83 days.
As the city of San Francisco makes progress to address veteran homelessness, its service leaders and providers continue to innovate in order to provide more housing opportunities for Veterans. The city is trying to tie more federal housing vouchers to projects such as Veterans Commons, and the administration anticipates that another 33 Veterans may be housed soon.
In addition to San Francisco, the topic of Veteran homelessness was a point of discussion at the national level this week too. On Tuesday, November 27, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 6328: Clothe a Homeless Hero Act that allows unclaimed clothing left by passengers at airport security checkpoints be distributed to Veterans experiencing homelessness and their families. The bill requires that the Transportation Security Administrationwork with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsand local charities to distribute the clothing. Its companion bill was introduced to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, November 28.
This week on the USICH blog
Our blog featured a joint-post written by Joshua Bamberger, Special Advisor to the Executive Director at USICH and Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Programs at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty discussing homelessness and human rights.
The blog documents an ongoing conversation between USICH and other agencies at the international level. In 2010, HUD for the first time recognized homelessness as a human rights concern at the Universal Periodic Review before the U.N. Human Rights Council. In 2011, USICH echoed this recognition in its first year follow up report to the federal strategic plan to end homelessness. This year, USICH’s Searching Out Solutions report received praise for its position on human rights, which recognizes that criminalization of homelessness may not only violate constitutional rights, but also the U.S.’s human rights treaty obligations.
Homelessness takes center stage on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams
Last night, the NBC broadcast of Rock Center with Brian Williams featured an interview with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. The interview shed light on the working poor, family homelessness, and the growing number of children experiencing homelessness in our country.