The $85 billion in cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month will not spare soldiers and veterans, with a wave of cuts being announced for tuition assistance and a program that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet.
Solid figures have been particularly hard to come by in growing discussions of human trafficking, in part because many survivors don’t like to talk about having been exploited. Working with the Applied Developmental Psychology Department at Fordham, researchers at Covenant House developed a set of interview questions to make it easier to find trafficking victims, and we were surprised and dismayed by the extent of exploitation the young people who participated in the interviews had suffered.
There are many reasons people become homeless, and the … afford this housing, making it out of reach for many of the areas working poor families.
NCHV will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.
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After weeks of Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant calling on her colleagues to redirect money intended for a new police precinct to fund affordable housing, a majority of the city council has come on board with her idea—sorta.
Six council members including Sawant have announced a proposal to sell city bonds to fund 500 units of affordable housing. But the bonds will not take full funding away from the controversial North Seattle precinct, as Sawant has advocated.
Under the plan, the city would sell bonds to raise $29 million in 2017. That money would then go into a city fund for affordable housing. Nonprofit housing developers could apply for money out of that fund, pair it with other funding, and build housing, as they do now for money raised through the housing levy. (That’s what allows the $29 million to “create up to 500 units” of housing, although the units themselves would cost more than that. Here are some examples of how the $29 million could be spent.)
In a city facing an acute housing affordability crisis, calls to use the city’s bonding authority to help build more low-cost apartments have grown. Last year, the mayor’s influential housing affordability committee recommended using city bonds to fund loans for affordable housing. But the question of where to get the money to pay back those bonds—especially at any scale that can really make a difference in the crisis—has been divisive.
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Now that that’s dead, the agency plans to go about systematically cutting up to 17 percent of its service hours over the next two years. Just think about that. It is, quite plainly, insane.
Veteran Bill Fly talks about his time in the United States Air Force, and then as a general contractor with the Department of Defense.
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The plan eliminated the Social Services Block Grant (Meals on Wheels) and renewed efforts to go after food stamp recipients. The misguided emphasis on food stamps will not balance the budget but it will put hundreds of thousands of children at risk.
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For one week beginning Dec. 17, my family and I will be participating in an event known as the Food Stamp Challenge. The challenge itself is fairly self-explanatory. Participants are required to commit to living for one week on the budget of a food …
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Canada’s food inspectors say they fear budget cuts could endanger food safety in Canada. Bob Kingston, the head of the Agriculture Union, raised the issue Monday morning, along with the daughter of a woman who died of listeriosis poisoning in 2008. …