Category: Chronic Homelessness

Celebrating Innovation and Excellence

Last week, the National Alliance to End Homelessness proudly presented its 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards to three deserving honorees at the Alliance’s annual Awards Ceremony. Service providers, dedicated sponsors, elected officials, and others gathered together at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the unique achievements of the awardees. […]

They’ve Heard From Us. Now, Make Sure They Hear From You

This week, the Alliance hosted a Congressional briefing to highlight the incredible progress towards ending homelessness across the country. House and Senate staffers heard from Alliance partners about their successes to date, and their needs to keep the progress moving forward. Now Congress needs to hear your voice too, especially as the Senate is once […]

Continuing a movement that’s Built for Zero

by Jayme Day Steve Berg, our Vice President, and I had the opportunity to spend three energizing days last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the the Zarrow Mental Health Symposium. Here are some things that struck us about the event: PEER LEARNING: We can learn a lot from other communities. A total of 38 communities participating […]

Defining what it means to end chronic homelessness – we now have a clear goal

The goal to end chronic homelessness set by the federal government in 2005 was considered very ambitious. Today, we are excited to share that the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and its 19 federal member agencies released criteria and a benchmark that define what ending chronic homelessness should look like. Being at a point where we are able to define what it means to end chronic homelessness is exciting — it means we have made significant strides and now need to plan an end game.

Today We Remember Those We Lost to the Street

The date Dec. 21 has meanings both ancient and new. Communities in every era have paused in awareness of waning daylight and the promise of the sun’s return; in our era, some will pause to look for assurance that the world keeps turning. It is appropriate that National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is Dec. 21.

For people living on the street, the darkest day of the calendar is especially dark; for a person to die on the street is an ending that should be unthinkable. Homeless advocates, today, will pause to honor the neighbors and fellow citizens who passed away in 2012 without a home.

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