With a new class of students starting college this month -- replacing a class that just graduated into a historically bad job market -- there's no better time for another installment of our "Majoring in Debt" series, which examines the mountainous student debt college graduates are facing, how it will affect their futures, and what it will mean for the future of America. When I was 16 and living in Greece, I saw a magazine article about Cambridge and was overcome by a desire to study there. And I was lucky enough to get in. In the years after graduating, pretty much every break I got could be traced back to that experience. But, increasingly, graduating from college no longer means putting your education to work for you -- it now means being a virtual indentured servant to your education. Instead of propelling you into the future, more and more it means trapping you in the past.
The response to Hurricane Irene showed that when our leaders bring a sense of urgency and ask the public to respond in kind, remarkable things can happen. READ MORE Third World America: One Year Later: The paperback version of the book is out and, sad to say, almost none of the troubling trends I warned about have been reversed -- or even addressed. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Job Crisis on Piers Morgan Tonight Watch: Arianna Talks About "Hurricane Jobs" on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss the Forgotten Middle Class Watch: Arianna Talks Austerity, Job Creation with Martin Bashir
I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.
When the federal government seized part of the funding of numerous important public programs, subsidized housing was one of them. Nearly 140,000 impoverished families and individuals would be affected.
Larger agencies are becoming the Home Depot within the system of ending homelessness. Homeless agencies are evolving into Home Centers. For homeless agencies, "home" is certainly a more hopeful and more accurate description than "homeless."
I wonder what it would take to get this nation's attention directed toward helping its people who are homeless? Definitely not the rampant baseball bat beatings of people who are homeless. This has been going on for years, without much outrage.
It is that time of the year, when pundits start writing their top ten lists as if every American really wants to read the top most influential, best-l...
The Christian faith is in decline in Europe and is pretty much stagnant in the United States. The great churches in Europe are mostly empty, and the number of people respond "None" when asked about a religious commitment in the United States is growing.
Every four years, some new American demographic group gets their 15 minutes of fame during the Presidential election cycle. Also known as the swing vo...
Buying Apple stock would be a better financial investment, but putting money towards ending street homelessness is undoubtedly a better social investment. I guess it's time to call my stock broker.
In the past, national leaders working to address homelessness in America looked at Los Angeles's feeble efforts to house its homeless population with ...
We have seen the amazing structures built in London for this year's Olympics, from the elegant Olympic Stadium to the soaring Aquatics Center. Just imagine what could happen if the UK invested those resources in ending homelessness permanently.
Permanent supportive housing has become the mantra for ending homelessness in America. But if we place in these units the people most able to navigate the highly bureaucratic acceptance procedures, or we use priorities like timing, luck, economics, or politics, then this movement will do little to end homelessness.
Ben Hallman's story about Florida's changing demographics and uncertain future in this week's issue of Huffington takes him from the state's foreclosure-ravaged Gulf Coast to its largest retirement community, where housing is booming and residents navigate the pristine grounds in golf carts.
Los Angeles' effort to clean up Skid Row is a sign that the health of people struggling with homelessness has become a motivating factor. Could homeless Americans finally have the opportunity to be permanently housed because this country deems health to be a societal right?
Sure, this is a compassionate response, but is protecting people on the streets from legal citations really going to help them long term?