June 4, 2014

Every Hero Deserves a Home

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Point in Time

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 in veteran homelessness from 2012, the number of veterans sleeping on the streets remains simply unacceptable. Continue reading

June 3, 2014

Reducing Carbon Emissions Helps Create Healthier Communities

coal power plant

As President Obama said in this year’s State of the Union address, “climate change is a fact.” And he was right.  Recent extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, record setting heat waves, wildfires, and droughts remind us of our vulnerability to a changing climate and its effects on our daily lives. Addressing the issue of climate change has been a top priority for President Obama, as he believes we have a moral obligation to leave our children a cleaner and safer planet. Continue reading

May 22, 2014

National Resource Network: Helping Cities Help Themselves

Memphis, TN skyline. Memphis is one of the first 50 communities eligible for "311 for Cities."

When people think about municipal or local government services, they probably think of police and fire departments, trash pick-up, water systems, street maintenance and other specific services that impact their daily lives. What many might not consider is the vital role that local government plays in decisions that impact the physical and economic future of the city: where affordable housing will be built, what kind of businesses come into the area, and how neglected business corridors are revitalized. These combined planning decisions, and the public and private investments that follow, help determine the long-term economic health and social wellbeing of a community. Continue reading