Housing News Roundup: January 4, 2018
One in 10 Youth Has Been Homeless in the Past Year
Contrary to the common belief that homelessness affects mostly older men, a new survey found that 1 in 10 people ages 18 to 25 experienced homelessness in 2016 and 2017. The study found that nearly 3.5 million young adults and 660,000 adolescents had been homeless within the past year. “Homelessness is young,” said research fellow Matthew Morton. “Many young people are getting hammered in this economy…and far too many youth have experienced trauma and lack stable family situations. You have a major affordable housing crisis.”
Source: The Washington Post
How to Reduce the Stigma of Affordable Housing
Two years after a report revealed that nearly 33 percent of Dane County households were cost burdened, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, and the county have added hundreds of low-cost housing units and are constructing more. They are calling it “workforce” housing to see whether the term garners more neighborhoods acceptance. The term can be used to “broaden the conversation and reduce the stigma of affordable housing,” said University of Wisconsin–Madison associate professor of urban and regional planning Kurt Paulsen, who wrote the 2015 housing report.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Community Solutions Are Required to Solve Community Health and Housing Problems
One of the poorest metropolitan areas in the nation, Memphis is also one of the unhealthiest. To keep children out of the emergency room and reduce race- and socioeconomic-related health disparities, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is partnering with more than 100 community-based organizations, including schools and the city’s housing department. Hospital CEO and president Meri Armour says that the problem requires community solutions. “You can’t do that in a phone call, you can’t do that over a computer. You have to get your hands dirty and be there in their homes and see them and talk to them,” she said.
Source: US News and World Report
What Will Happen to Puerto Rico’s Squatters?
For years, thousands of squatters have been living on abandoned or government land in Puerto Rico, but they were among the hardest hit by Hurricane Maria. What will happen to them now? Governor Ricardo Rosselló has proposed giving nearly 50,000 people legal title to their land, which could cost $30 million in federal aid. “Before the emergency, it was something we needed to do. Now, it’s a more ambitious project,” said Puerto Rico housing secretary Fernando Gil. “It would be helping out 48,000 people who thought that they couldn’t get any help.”
Renewed Debate over Homeless Veterans Programs Expected in New Year
As US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary David Shulkin aims to shift priorities and budgets—including reallocating money from the homeless reduction program—veterans, homeless advocates, and members of Congress are gearing up for renewed debate. Members from both parties are questioning proposed cuts to the VA’s housing subsidy program for homeless veterans. Shulkin has voiced a desire to provide veterans more resources to pursue care outside the VA system.
Source: Wall Street Journal