Archive for February, 2011

Shelters Stand in the Way of Ending Homelessness

February 24, 2011

Our journey to demonstrate, that homelessness could be prevented in communities, in concert with mainstream and community agencies, has been a hard road. In the 29 years since our founding, a massive and expensive shelter system, not a rehousing system, was created. Yet, ONLY housing ends homelessness.  Sadly, A generation or more has accepted shelter [...]

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Fighting Homelessness Through Interactive Games and Tech

February 11, 2011

Urban Ministries of Durham and the McKinney advertising agency have teamed up to launch the online game SPENT, which uses interactive gaming and social media to educate people about poverty, homelessness and the non-profit organization. To play, log onto http://playspent.org. Gamers will be challenged to make it through the month on their last $1,000, after [...]

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Massachusetts Embraces Housing First

February 10, 2011

“Forced to address historic budget challenges, Governor Deval Patrick is proposing the state dramatically alter the way it helps the neediest families, those seeking emergency shelter and assistance.” From Boston.com: Patrick offers change in aid.

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European Conference Agrees: Homelessness Must Be Ended, Not Managed

February 9, 2011

As usual when it comes to social policy, and especially homelessness, Europe is miles ahead of the United States in their understanding of what it is and what needs to be done about it. At the recently convened European Consensus Conference on Homelessness, European decision-makers have reached a coordinated strategy to tackle homelessness that makes [...]

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Housing Must Come First

February 8, 2011

Our Mission: Stabilize families who are facing homelessness in an affordable home to help them re-connect with society – before they land in institutional shelters, make-shift housing, or worse. Housing First, Services Second: We keep families together, stabilize them in a safe environment, and then work with them to link with services and resources needed [...]

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The Silence Amongst Many

February 2, 2011

On December 23rd, 2010 a two month old baby boy who resided in shelter died due to malnutrition and dehydration. The facts of this story have been heard throughout the nation but has anyone really looked at this story with a truly bleeding heart? Quasir Alexander was the two month old baby who resided his [...]

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