December 17, 2013

I Believe in Human Rights: My Personal Commitment to Ending Homelessness

Cross posted from USICH.gov One of the most important experiences in my life was the time I spent volunteering at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter while in college. My shifts there, including many from 3:00 to 5:00 in the morning, opened my eyes to the joy of service in ways I had never experienced before. […]

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December 17, 2012

Housing our most vulnerable homeless population

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Homelessness affects thousands of people across our Nation.  Many may think that homelessness is impossible to solve.  Not true.  As long as we come together as a country and combine federal resources with those at the local level, ending homelessness IS within our reach. The 100K Homes Campaign is a grassroots movement bringing communities together […]

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September 14, 2012

Joining Together to End Veterans’ Homelessness

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Last night two incredible teams were honored with the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal by the Partnership for Public Service at a gala in Washington, D.C.  One team comes from HUD and the another from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Along with Mark Johnston, HUD’s team includes Ann Oliva, Acting Deputy Assistant […]

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May 7, 2012

Caring for our Nation’s Veterans

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According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate of young male veterans returning from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars is at a startling 29 percent.  With statistics like this, it is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure we connect our veterans with jobs and decent, affordable housing. In a recent Washington Post Op-ed, […]

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Above and Beyond

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As I walked into work one morning under a railroad bridge near HUD, I noticed Mark Johnston talking to a homeless man.  As HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Special Needs Programs, Mark manages over $2 BILLION in grant programs for homeless individuals and families as well as HUD’s HIV/AIDS housing program.  As the Secretary’s […]

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