Housing News Roundup: February 28, 2019
Homelessness in LA Is a Consequence of Racism, Says New Report
A report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority highlights LA’s disproportionately large number of black people experiencing homelessness and states that LA’s homelessness crisis is a result of racism in education, criminal justice, housing, and other areas. The report’s 67 recommendations to address these disparities include preventing discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News
How Can School Districts Become More Racially Integrated?
Residentially based school assignments are the most prevalent throughout the United States, but Urban Institute research associate Tomas Monarrez says that this practice “leads to a segregated school district.” Urban’s recent study analyzed hundreds of school districts using data from 2013. To desegregate schools, students will have to travel farther, and boundaries will have to be redrawn. But Monarrez notes that, ultimately, “if you really want to end school segregation, you need to end housing segregation.”
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune
How the Military Is Addressing Severe Housing Quality Problems
Following recent reports of widespread, severe quality problems in military housing—including black mold and faulty wiring—each military service has announced how it will respond to these conditions. Plans include detailed walk-throughs at all Air Force family housing units, housing satisfaction surveys of Navy families, Army family housing inspections, and voluntary home visits to Marine Corps housing residents both on and off base. “It shouldn’t take us going to stand in someone’s kitchen to understand the extent of the problem,” stated Army undersecretary Ryan McCarthy.
Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Ambitious Plan to Tackle Youth Homelessness
By 2020, Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, plan to cut the number of youth experiencing homelessness in half. The goal is part of their KEYS to a Future Without Youth Homelessness Plan, which also aims to support youth exiting the homeless system to avert reentry and facilitate change within the system to prevent youth homelessness in the first place. “If we end their homeless episode now, then we’ve not only impacted youth homelessness, we’ve impacted adult homelessness—period,” said Bonita Campbell, vice president for homeless youth services at Lighthouse Youth and Family Services.
Source: WCPO Cincinnati
New Orleans Will House People with Mental Issues Awaiting Trial
New Orleans announced it will embark on a $4.5 million to $5 million renovation of a temporary detention center to house men with mental health issues who are awaiting trial. Funding has not yet been secured, and the city is open to exploring less expensive options to this “looming crisis.” The men are currently incarcerated in a state prison and will be removed in October. The city has not announced where the men will be housed between October and when the new center will be complete.
Source: The New Orleans Advocate