Our Homeless Fellow Americans
In the Neighborhood
7/11/16, BALTIMORE, MD --
Baltimore citizens organize to stop the city's destruction of homeless encampments. (Source: Baltimore Brew)
7/10/16, BALTIMORE, MD --
Watch this video from our HOUSING COMPASS page for an excellent discussion about how the homeless and affordable housing issues overlap and need to be addressed together. (Source: The Real News Network)
7/8/16, BALTIMORE, MD --
A link to important information about homelessness in America provided by Baltimore's The Journey Home. The mission of JH is "to make homelessness rare and brief." JH is a national model for how to think about and address homelessness. ODA is a big fan of JH.
6/22/16, SARASOTA, FL --
Federal Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich denies City of Sarasota's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by six homeless men who claim the city's lodging ordinance violates their Eighth and First Amendment rights. Sarasota's ordinance prohibits sleeping in public spaces and panhandling. Judge Kovachevich sits on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Zach Murdock)
6/15/16, SARASOTA, FL --
Sarasota County Director of Homeless Services Wayne Applebee releases report, Quarterly Homeless Initiative Goals Update.
5/19/16, LOS ANGELES, CA --
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves Mayor Eric Garcetti's FY17 budget that includes $138 million for homelessness programs. L.A. budgeted $34 million in FY16. L.A. has an estimated 28,000 homeless. (Source: L.A. Times, Peter Jamison)
5/2/16, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
HUD Secretary Julián Castro awards $355 million to more than 1,200 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration's efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $1.6 billion in funding HUD awarded through a first round of funding in March.
January 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty releases its updated Fact Sheet on homelessness in the United States. From the report: "The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least an additional 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity."
June 2015, WASHINGTON D.C. --
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) releases the amended federal strategic plan for preventing and ending homelessness. Called Opening Doors, the 2015 Amendment "encompasses much of the original plan but with some additions and clarifications that further strengthen its value as a living blueprint for action."
From Our Blog
Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.