October 28, 2016

Tomica’s story: Putting a human face to homeless data

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Recently, I attended a panel discussion about the value of data in the effort to end homelessness.  While all the policy wonks gathered to digest the data, one young lady brought the data to life, and reminded me that all the numbers represent real people. Homeless since she was 11, the now 23-year old woman […]

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October 29, 2015

Point-in-Time Volunteering: A Window into the Work Still to be Done to End Homelessness

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While participating in the Point-in-Time count recently, I had a glimpse into the world of homelessness. I saw a variety of circumstances experienced by homeless individuals and learned that the journey to end homelessness in Richmond, Virginia continues. The number of homeless adults and children remains unchanged from last year but is down nearly 29 […]

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July 31, 2015

A Journey to Stable Ground

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Nick Heggan has had his share of ups and downs. In his teens, drug use led to an addiction to cocaine and heroin. Following several unsuccessful attempts at recovery, his family became overwhelmed with his addiction and kicked him out.

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June 5, 2015

All in on Ending Veteran Homelessness: We Stand Together

Crossed posted from blog.dol.gov from Secretary Julián Castro, Secretary Tom Perez, Secretary Robert McDonald and Matthew Doherty. Five years ago, the Obama administration set an ambitious goal: to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Many scoffed; many continue to scoff. In the face of such skepticism, we remain optimistic and focused, and know […]

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