So Little to Ask For: A Home, Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times

….. “In a year in which there finally is serious talk about inequality, the ultimate poverty is lack of shelter. And the good news is that in the last decade or so, we’ve figured out what works to address it; the problem is not inevitable. The Housing First approach, which gets people quickly into permanent housing and then offers support services to keep them there, seems particularly cost-effective.Family homelessness is down almost one-fifth since 2010, and veteran homelessness is down much more — two states say they have functionally ended homelessness of veterans.Another reason for optimism: With almost no fanfare, President Obama’s budget proposal includes $11 billion over 10 years, which he says would end family and youth homelessness. This is a step to end a level of homelessness that just isn’t tolerated in other developed countries.”

Source: So Little to Ask For: A Home – The New York Times

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3 hours ago

“I read “Evicted” after reading the favorable NYT review. I recommend it, particularly in this election year, to anyone interested in poverty and its causes.

As Nick Kristof writes, Desmond’s research indicates that the behaviors associated with poverty are poverty’s result, not cause, and that homelessness is the primary factor in making people poor. People with permanent, stable housing find jobs, create safe environments in which their kids can attend school regularly, and form neighborhoods with low crime rates, less drug use and a sense of community that supports those who are ill or in need. Yet, in today’s America, we are destroying, not building, stable families.

How bitterly ironic that the Republican Party, which purports to represent and promote family values, enacts legislation and institutes policies that cause the economic meltdowns that cast millions into the streets- and is then the first to blame those victims, decrying their lack of moral fiber, when, inevitably, they develop symptoms of emotional disintegration. If they call 911 for help, they are evicted once again.

When I read a column, such as those written by David Brooks, decrying Americans’ so-called moral deterioration, I think “cart before the horse.” Desmond has it right: moral decay follows social deterioration follows poverty follows homelessness; and homeless is caused by policies, not accidents of fate.

We can change this. Voters are the ultimate source of policy. Vote for homes.”

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