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Jean Michel Giraud

Who Will Champion Child Homelessness in America?

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Recent reports show that children seem to be falling through the cracks of an otherwise strengthened system nationwide, becoming homeless at an alarming rate and with no immediate relief in sight.

First Lady, National Leaders Champion the Fight Against Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.08.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

All eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama last Thursday when she entered the stage at the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness at Washington's Renaissance Hotel. Everyone stood as she walked toward Leon Drake, the Vietnam-war and OIF veteran who had introduced her, and gave him a hug.

Housing First Is a Great Local Choice

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Photo credit: David Moss Photography, davidmossphoto.com Six years into the Housing First model in DC, it is obvious that the decision to embrace the...

First Lady Challenges Mayors to End Veteran Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 08.13.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

It's clear that ending veteran homelessness is possible with ideas and outlooks like this and the hope is that mayors all over the country will take heed and join in some good old fashioned mayoral competition lest they would be outrun by their neighbors.

In DC's Fight Against Homelessness, Employment Must Go 'First'

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 08.02.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

"Employment First" rests on the belief that everyone is employable and builds on individuals' strengths to facilitate quick hires. Training and other facets of the service delivery are expedited to put participants in jobs as soon as possible.

Looking Back on Teenage Homelessness: George's Story

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Photo contributed by Karen Elliott Greisdorf Photography "Mom died and my aunt adopted me. She got a divorce, and I was sent to foster care until I...

DC Advocates Mobilize to End Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Faced with growing concerns about homelessness, several advocacy groups have mobilized in the last year to eradicate homelessness in the District. The...

200 Jobs Lift DC's Homeless Residents Out of Poverty

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Every week a steady flow of job seekers arrives at the new Wisconsin Avenue office of AimHire. Friendship Place launched the job placement program in ...

The Graying of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...

America's Homeless Children - Unseen, but Counted

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Our education system focuses on many essential factors intended to create a platform for success for our children. But far too often we overlook the u...

Why YOU Need to Unleash Your Inner Fundraiser

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Most of us are raised with definite ideas about money. We're told that asking for money is taboo and that it makes people uncomfortable. Many of us ar...

State Of Homelessness in America 2013 Unveiled By NAEH

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

There was a feeling of expectation in the room at the National Press Club last week as the National Alliance To End Homelessness (NAEH) unveiled its S...

Solving veteran homelessness in the U.S.

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

In the last few years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revolutionized its service delivery, partnering with homeless services organizations lik...

Homeless for the Holidays

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Well, Turkey Day is over and the malls were packed on Black Friday, and through the weekend, with shoppers trying to catch those quickly vanishing best bargains of the year. But, what does the holiday season really mean to us and to people living on the streets?