08/17/2012 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - August 13-17

LA's Historic Investment ot End Chronic Homelessness - Home for Good 

Yesterday USICH celebrated with our partners in LA the $105 million public and private investment in Home For Good, a collaborative initiative to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016. Home for Good is an initiative of the United Way of LA, the LA Chamber of Commerce, and spearheaded in the philanthropic sector by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This historic commitment goes to further the model begun in LA County’s Project 50 program, which focuses on Housing First for the most vulnerable LA residents experiencing chronic homelessness. This funding will now enable 1,000 residents experiencing chronic homelessness to have a place to call home with the supportive services they need to maintain stability. USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe spoke at the event, noting that “Los Angeles is critical in our national efforts to end chronic homelessness…The awards announced here today signal that collaboration works in LA. Let’s keep it working.” 

Learn more about this investment, including what organizations received funding from this collaboration, in the Los Angeles Times

Visit the Home for Good website for a full recap of the event

Series on Homelessness in Suburban Minnesota

Suburban homelessness is something that does not get widespread coverage in the media, but it continues to be a pressing problem nationwide. Dakota County, Minnesota, is one such suburban area that has been struggling with a rise in homelessness and an inadequate safety net to serve all those in need. This week, an online news outlet for smaller community news, chose to focus on homelessness in their communities from both the perspective of those struggling with homelessness and the community organizations working to house and serve those in need. You can search their full series of guest columns and staff articles, starting here.

The series also focused on the academic challenges associated with homelessness and unstable housing arrangements. 


Spotlight on Success in Chattanooga, Tennessee



This week USICH shared the work of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a community making progress on homelessness using strategies encouraged in Opening Doors Across America. Since 2007, Chattanooga has reduced chronic homelessness by 89% and reduced overall homelessness by 48%. This success is a result of collaborative work between service providers, the city of Chattanooga, and the public housing authority, as well as a strong commitment to setting targets and measuring results in their Blueprint for Ending Homelessness. USICH spoke with Mary Simons, Executive Director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition on their success and how they have been able to make progress. 

Read the full article about Chattanooga’s successful strategies

Check out more communities we've highlighted for their work

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