Ideas in Action

Texas: The Dallas Morning News, April 11, 2014: Advocates launch campaign to end child homelessness in Dallas

“Homeless advocates and city and county leaders were called to action at a breakfast Thursday to end child homelessness in Dallas. The nonprofit Family Gateway, which provides transitional housing and services, launched the campaign to work with other agencies to reach the estimated 5,000 children in the Dallas area who have no stable place to call home.”

Kentucky: The News-Enterprise, April 11, 2014: Poverty simulation allows room for compassion

“According to the council, across the Lincoln Trail Area Development District region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, one of every six individuals live in poverty. In 2011, nearly 26 percent of children in the region lived in poverty.”

Massachusetts: The Arlington Advocate, April 04, 2014: Advocacy to end homelessness promoted

“A group of speakers and concerned citizens had gathered at the Arlington Senior Center for Arlington’s first public forum on fighting homelessness, entitled ‘Ending Homelessness: What You Can Do!’”

InTheNews: The Argus-Press, March 28, 2014: Anti-poverty effort kicks off with speaker (Subscription Required)

“County officials gathered Thursday at a ‘prosperity summit’ to begin the campaign for the Homeless & Poverty Elimination (HoPE) Project in Shiawassee County with national poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle.”

InTheNews: The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, March 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) Lakendra Lewis: Poverty simulation seeks to educate participants

“Imagine you’re an unemployed, single parent with three small children. Your estranged spouse who has a gambling addiction decided to take off, but not before completely draining what was left in your joint bank account.”

EducationandPoverty: The Idaho Statesman, March 24, 2014: Boise's Mobile Rec has been a hit in low-income neighborhoods

“The same is true at other schools around Boise where the city's Department of Parks and Recreation sends its two Mobile Rec vans and crews to play games, hand out snacks and lead art activities. The program is reserved for schools where at least half the students receive federally subsidized lunches because they are in low-income families.”

InTheNews: The Palladium-Item, March 24, 2014: Poverty simulation sessions set

“The Natco Community Empowerment Center and United Way of Whitewater Valley are giving area residents an opportunity to deal with challenges faced by the poor.”

InTheNews: The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2014: U.S. Education secretary praises L.A. program

“The program is a collaboration of Los Angeles public and private partners led by the Youth Policy Institute, which received a $30-million federal grant in 2012 to launch the initiative in the high-poverty neighborhoods of East Hollywood and Pacoima.”

InTheNews: The San Francisco Chronicle, March 17, 2014: Housing program promises to open door to self-sufficiency

“The goal of the federally funded program, created in 1990, is to lessen reliance on public assistance. Families sign a five-year contract with caseworkers at their local housing authority to work toward increasing their income and eliminating other barriers to self-sufficiency. Housing authorities provide referrals for social services, urge progress on goals and offer classes on budgeting, home ownership and college.”

New-Jersey: The News Transcript, February 27, 2014: Project Homeless Connect offers a range of services

“Monmouth County’s annual Project Homeless Connect, a one-stop event to provide various health and human services for homeless residents or those who are in danger of becoming homeless, was held recently in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank.”

InTheNews: CNN, February 17, 2014: House calls to the homeless

“People ask me why a doctor would dress like a homeless person and make house calls under bridges. I say enthusiastically, ‘Why not!?’ That's just what I did in 1992 in an effort to take my medical teaching career beyond the walls of the hospital.

California: The Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2014: Innovative program is tailored to prevent homelessness among vets

“Finally he mustered the courage to ask for help from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles. With that help over months, he was able to reunite with his wife and children and avoid slipping into homelessness.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Seattle Post Intelligencer, February 03, 2014: USDA anti-poverty program expanded in Arkansas

“A federal initiative that aims to help farmers in impoverished areas obtain loans and other assistance has been expanded into 23 more counties in Arkansas.”

InTheNews: The Baltimore Sun, January 29, 2014: Used car sales give a lift to Halethorpe nonprofit's donated vehicles program

“That's because Freedom Wheels of Halethorpe isn't your typical used car lot. The company is a subsidiary of Vehicles for Change, a nonprofit organization that repairs donated cars and awards them to families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a car.”

InTheNews: The Spokesman Review, January 29, 2014: (Op-Ed) Shawn Vestal: Rep. Kevin Parker puts concerns of homeless into action

“The bill, proposed by GOP Rep. Kevin Parker and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Timm Ormsby, Leonard Christian, Jeff Holy and Marcus Riccelli, would create a program that allows homeless people to obtain a state-issued certificate that uses a temporary shelter as an address for employment and identification purposes.”

InTheNews: The Times Argus, January 28, 2014: Montpelier event will tackle poverty

“The Snelling Center for Government will host a full-day event focused on poverty Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, beginning at 9 a.m.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Boston Globe, January 23, 2014: Four area cities get Fed grants

“Chelsea, Lawrence, Salem, and Somerville are getting fresh resources, through a new initiative, to reinvigorate their communities and improve the lives of low-income residents.”

New-Jersey: The Star-Ledger, January 23, 2014: Bergen County to count, aid homeless at annual event in Hackensack

“Bergen County will invite the homeless in from the cold Wednesday. The county is holding its eighth annual Project Homeless Connect event at the Housing, Health and Human Services Center.”

InTheNews: The Springfield News-Leader, January 21, 2014: The work begins for the Every Child Promise

“Today, the Every Child Promise unveils its 10-year strategic plan to significantly improve the lives, and futures, of Springfield’s children by working together, improving access to resources and empowering parents.”

Arizona: The New York Times, January 15, 2014: Program to End Homelessness Among Veterans Reaches a Milestone in Arizona

“Their descent into homelessness began almost as soon as they had closed a dignified chapter in their lives: their military service.”

InTheNews: The Witchita Eagle, January 06, 2014: Wichita educators 'experience' poverty in role-playing program

“It was only a game – an interactive simulation called the Cost of Poverty Experience. But the teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School in Wichita said the two-hour exercise last week offered valuable insight about the real-life situations some students and families face.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Capital Times, January 06, 2014: Program provides free dental care to Wis. homeless

“Thames is one of about 1,100 children and adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who received some $265,000 worth of dental care through MDI in 2013, according to Lisa Bell, a founder and executive director of the program.”

Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 03, 2014: Center in Phila. helps battle veteran homelessness

“Each year, about 150,000 veterans become homeless - about one in 10 former military men and women, said Dennis Culhane, an expert on homelessness at the University of Pennsylvania.”

InTheNews: The East Brunswick Sentinel, January 02, 2014: Community comes together to stem tide of homelessness

“Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, observed in more than 200 communities across 40 states, is held on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.”

EconomicOpportunity: The Oregon Live, December 25, 2013: Rural Oregon communities create innovative programs as they struggle to address hunger

“For families like the Butlers, the winter break meal program at Henry Hill is a godsend. It’s an unusual program -- perhaps the only one of its kind in the state. But programs like this help rural Oregon communities, with some of the highest child poverty rates in the state, overcome the lack of access and resources that complicate efforts to address hunger.”