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What Does The End of 2016 Mean For Homelessness?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 12.29.2016 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Five years ago, I wrote a blog piece wondering how our country would respond to homelessness if Donald Trump was elected President. That was in 2011 w...

Homebuyer Education: The First Step to Buying a Home

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The purchase of a home is among the biggest financial decisions people will make in a lifetime. Taking a qualified homebuying class will do more than ...

Ending Veteran Homelessness Strengthens the Union

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.12.2017 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

I was moved to see Cynthia Dias, a formerly homeless veteran from Las Vegas, sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama visitors' box during tonight's State of the Union Address.

Homelessness Is a Symptom of Racism

Jeff Olivet | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Jeff Olivet

The United States faces a deeply troublesome, maddeningly persistent racial gap in income and wealth -- a gap that is growing, not shrinking. Discrimination in housing remains a consistent driver of racial inequality among people who are homeless.

Not One Child. Not One Night.

Ellen L. Bassuk | Posted 10.08.2016 | Impact
Ellen L. Bassuk

How can it be in a country as affluent as the United States that 2.5 million children are homeless each year? Although the numbers are climbing, family homelessness is absent from our nation's agenda.

All Citizens Need a Fair Shot -- No Matter Their Zip Code

Sec. Julián Castro | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Sec. Julián Castro

If we are to make equal opportunity real for every American, we must ensure that all citizens -- no matter their income or zip code -- have a fair shot to pursue their dreams.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

Please Call Your Senator Today to Help Millions of Homeless Kids

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Mark Horvath

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) current definition of homelessness excludes most children and youth who are actually homeless: those staying in motels, or temporarily with others because they have nowhere else to go.

Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, for many, improper use of the product -- such as pulling all their cash out at one time -- has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

1.3 Million Children Should Not Be Left Homeless

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately, while education funding is horribly inadequate, housing supports are often completely non-existent.

Fort Lauderdale Targets Homeless Population, Outlaws Sleeping In Public And Panhandling

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

Casey Cooper believes he should be able to lay his head to rest in public. But the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, thinks otherwise. Cooper is on...

Number Of Homeless Vets Sleeping On Street Drops Nearly 40 Percent In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact

Thousands of homeless veterans have found stable housing in recent years, thanks to federal, state and local initiatives combating the crisis. Acco...

Why There's A Huge Gap In Counts Of Homeless Kids

SFGate | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact

Are families who live packed in single rooms in residential hotels considered homeless? It depends on who you ask. In 2001, San Francisco expand...

Counting Homeless Kids, the Right Way

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

Children don't vote. They rely on us to protect them. The ones who are the most vulnerable, those who are homeless and at risk of being prostituted, need us more than ever.

City In Illinois Prevents Church From Helping Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact

Updated March 24, 2014: 6:10 p.m. EST Many more people will be forced to sleep outside in below freezing temperatures now that the city of Rockford...

Two Reports, One Conclusion: Do More to End Homelessness

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

On December 10, Human Rights Day, two national reports were released. The two reports paint a disturbing picture of human rights in the U.S. -- but also offer reason for hope.

Bank To Pay Hundreds Of Millions To Settle Claims Of Reckless Lending

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business

* One of biggest US lawsuits over risky home loans * HUD incurred losses when some of the loans defaulted * Damages to b...

Take Action to Help Homeless Kids Now

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If homeless children don't have a permanent place to stay, shouldn't they be able to get the help designated for them, without having to prove their status, or wallow in red tape while missing out on a childhood?

Ben Hallman

Banks Winning On Government Handouts, Guess Who's Losing? | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

If there was any doubt about whether it is better financially to be a big bank or a small housing counseling nonprofit, consider how both are faring i...

Discrimination Lawsuit Holds Subprime Lenders Accountable

Shaun Donovan | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Shaun Donovan

African-American and Latino families have been hit especially hard by economic recession. Most outrageously, these communities were also targets of many of the practices that helped cause it -- including discrimination, predatory lending and fraud.

Possible Cuts Would Leave Most Vulnerable in Peril

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As Congress deliberates over the fate of the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget, I urge them to not be penny wise and pound foolish. Congress has a daunting task of balancing the budget while attempting to preserve the safety net for those most in need.

Are Homeless Counts Like Counting Sheep?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Is there an end in sight? Or will this country respond to these homeless counts in the same way we respond to counting sheep? We become dormant, and fall asleep.

Chicago Couple Accused Of Refusing To Sell Home To Black Buyers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago couple faces federal discrimination charges after allegedly refusing to sell their South Side home to a black couple because of their race. ...

Feds Try To Help Chicago Housing Authority Residents Quit Smoking

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Housing Authority's Roosevelt Square development will gradually go smoke-free as part of a federally funded pilot program announced Thursd...

Jenny Gibson's Story: Stimulus Funds Save Single Mom On Brink Of Homelessness

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Last year, San Diego resident Jenny Gibson found herself unemployed after losing her job with a nonprofit organization. For this hard-working single m...