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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December 10, 2012

HUD’s 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness

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On a single night in January 2012, cities across the country walked through their communities to do a one-night count of their homeless population who live in shelters and on the streets.  This annual point-in-time count aims to measure homelessness over the course of one night every January. Today, HUD reports the results of the […]

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October 16, 2012

Open your eyes to homelessness

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They say homelessness is invisible, largely because most folks choose not to see it.  I recall that old Roy Orbison ballad “Pretty Paper,” which tells the story of busy holiday shoppers consumed with their own lives, blind to the homeless man on the sidewalk right in front of them.  Today, in the pages of the […]

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January 18, 2012

Homelessness on decline in Carroll County, Maryland

According to the 2011 Point-in-Time count, homelessness in Carroll County, Maryland was 179 compared to 211 in 2010.  This is a 15 percent reduction.  Their commitment to the Opening Doors plan and permanent supportive housing have been key to the decline in homelessness. Though the homeless population in Maryland and Carroll County declined between 2010 […]

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