In this time of economic trial, we have a rare opportunity to truly transform the way we help those most in need of our assistance
Washington, D.C. (Vocus) December 11, 2009
The National Alliance to End Homelessness commended the US Conference of Mayors for their continued evaluation of the state of hunger and homelessness in the country upon the release of their annual report on the issues.
The Alliance acknowledged the report’s finding of increased family homelessness, agreeing the despite the lack of definitive data, anecdotal evidence does suggest that in many communities across the country families are experiencing greater need than ever this holiday season.
There is a note of hope on the horizon, in the form of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP): the $1.5 billion stimulus-funded initiative that is helping communities prevent further increases in homelessness as a result of the recession. As indicated in the report, cities are not only using this money, but utilizing it to transform their approaches to homelessness, focusing on prevention and rapid re-housing instead of shelter and disparate services.
“In this time of economic trial, we have a rare opportunity to truly transform the way we help those most in need of our assistance,” said Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “We are heartened by the findings of the Mayor’s report indicating that the HPRP program is making a real difference for those at the economic fringes of our community. If utilized strategically and effectively, HPRP can change the way we approach homelessness nationally – shifting our focus from a shelter-driven system that only manages the problem to a housing-focused strategy that works to prevent and actually end homelessness. In this season of thanksgiving and hope, we can take our first steps to renew our promise to prevent and end homelessness for all.”