November 12, 2014

We are ending homelessness

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Walking down the street, we see individuals and families, our neighbors, without a home of their own, living in our shelters or even on our streets.  Too often, we turn away or avoid acknowledging their struggles at all.   Whether it’s a veteran trying to keep warm on a cold night, young people sleeping on sidewalks, […]

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June 4, 2014

Every Hero Deserves a Home

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No one who has served America in uniform should go without a safe, stable place to call home. When HUD released its annual Homeless Assessment Report in 2013 it was estimated that roughly 58,000 veterans—enough to fill Dodger stadium—were homeless on any given night across the country. Though that figure represented an 8 percent decline […]

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April 21, 2014

We Can End Homelessness

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As a new intern in the Federal government in the winter of 1983, I was a junior researcher for a Presidential hunger commission.   One frigid morning I saw a man living on a heating grate near the White House.  His name was Saif.  I was stunned to see someone living outside and I sat down […]

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March 24, 2014

Making Progress for our Nation’s Families

Cross posted from White House.gov Shortly after he took office, President Obama created the White Housing Council on Women and Girls. Chaired by Valerie Jarrett, the council is charged with ensuring there is a coordinated effort between federal agencies of policies and programs that impact women and families. As a partner of the interagency council, […]

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March 10, 2014

Making a house a home for one Veteran

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As we continue to wind down our nation’s military conflicts abroad, more and more veterans will need housing and job training.  Addressing this need will require the combined efforts of government at every level as well as the private sector.  Local communities throughout Michigan estimate there are more than 11,000 persons who are homeless on […]

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