January 12, 2012

Ending Homelessness in Our Time: Why Smart Government Is Key

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President Obama has vowed not only to reduce homelessness but to end it once and for all.  In article featured on Public Manager.org, Secretary Donovan talks about what the Administration has done so far to reduce homelessness and what lies ahead.

In the current political climate, the debate over government’s role has often been about “more versus less”—more government services, programs, and taxpayer dollars, versus reduced services, fewer rules, and less federal investment. But my two decades of experience in the public and private sectors tells me that families sitting around the kitchen table and sending their kids to school every morning aren’t interested in abstract theories about whether government should be big or small. They simply want to know whether it can be smart and whether their tax dollars are producing results that impact their lives and communities in a positive way.

Continue reading Secretary Donovan’s article on PublicManager.org.

2 Responses to Ending Homelessness in Our Time: Why Smart Government Is Key

  1. Hello, my name is Brenda Newman….i am a 19 year old female, i have a 4 month old daughter, an currently i am homeless, going from house to house. I have no job, no car, and i am really really struggling. I am mentally, finacially, and emotionally distressed. I am currently on welfare, getting $307 a month, and $317 in food stamps..i have absolutely no resourses to help me, an right now i have no way to get around or no one to help me with child care while i go out to find a job. I really really need some help, i am more than willing to help myself, and if its possible if any one could reach out to me as soon as its possible, i would really appreciate it.
    Thank You, and have a nice day.

  2. My name is Lynn Thomas-Browning. My Husband and I have been on the DC Housing Authority’s Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher waiting list since 2003. This DC Government Agency once soley run by the DC government, but turned over to a Non-Profit, has a waiting list dating back to 2002. We are both disabled, with only one of us currently receiving SSI/DI benefits and are living in a home with too many Housing Code Violations to mention, and Inspection Reports showing that the home is not truly condusive to
    of our health conditions as we both are living with HIV/AIDS. No one at the DC Housing Authority can tell us wher/why we are still waiting on a Housing Choice Voucher, and contact with anyone in Upper impossible. Should anyone still be on this list after nearly 10 years, wiAth their current living conditions only getting worse? And why is there no visible movement of older applicants seeming to take place. Who Do We Turn too for help in our Emergency situation, when the DC Housing Auhority and even City Officials seem not to even want to address our issues, concerns and questions. Are we to either Die in this home with of these housing issues, before it goes public or are we to be put onto the street, because of the Landlords neglect and become homeless.
    Who do we address our long waiting period with at HUD for investigation into how they are not moving emergency cases off the list?

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