Homeless services is starting to adapt the use and sharing of data. HUD has now even mandated all service providers use HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) as a requirement to funding! That's all great, but to make data really work we need policy and cultural changes!
The President will do what he thinks is best. The rest of us need to as well. If the deal goes down, it will be quite a way to start the President's second term, an ugly fight with the people who fought by his side to elect him.
A new report indicates that the majority of the "pain" to come from budget cuts will trickle down to states and cities. Our local governments will undoubtedly have to cut back on basic services: K-12 education, nutrition for kids, policing, the maintenance of our roads, bridges and parks, etc.
Care coordination and transitions are critical to providing services that should be offered at the right time by the right provider and in the right place. For people whose lives are on the line, this pathway can and should be as smooth as possible.
Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.
While some may call it "leftist" of me (I'm actually a moderate) to point out that it was created by Republicans, the fact is that right now they're desperate to win and willing, it seems, to do so by creating distortions and spreading misinformation.
It might appear that Illinois is just another spendthrift in a nation of spendthrifts (in a world of spendthrifts). But beyond the rhetoric, which appears everywhere, the numbers don't lie. It's not a spending problem. It's a revenue problem.
Why wouldn't our government want the people being governed to be educated, healthy, well-housed and able to freely be in nature? Is it wrong to think that government should want these things for all people?
The question really isn't whether to help the poor or not, it is how can we help the poor in the same way that we help the middle and upper class -- without requiring that they relinquish self-determination or define themselves by their deficits.
Either spend some money now in order to enable a generation of kids to participate in and contribute to our society, or pay exponentially more later when we have a generation of adults who are wholly reliant on us because we didn't give them the skills they needed.
Remember, grief is normal and if you think you need some help and compassion, you don't have to be alone in your grief. But you do have to reach out for help. You might be surprised by the resources available.
We are building a movement to reclaim our communities for all members: not just those who set the rents. We must make clear the myriad of ways in which our community members are treated as though they are less than human.