Posts tagged ‘Homelessness’

March 8, 2011

Recessions cause more cases of homelessness

Recessions mean more homelessness. Increasing numbers of unemployed people are unable to afford rent, and charities and local governments are unable to keep up. Based on estimates of the depth likely to be reached by the current recession, 1.5 million additional Americans are likely to experience homelessness over the next two years, over and above the number who usually become homeless. However, the worst increases in homelessness can be prevented by providing emergency assistance to help stabilize or re-house people experiencing a housing crisis.

This is a statement that has been released via the national Alliance to End Homelessness as an effort to regain a political status as the transition of presidency is the current view point coming from Washington.

As a Florida resident I’m asking that the efforts that were considered by your staff as stood the 110 congressional sitting, the continuation of homelessness is still a rather important topic of discussion and consideration amongst other Floridians.

Honorable Martinez, I’m asking that due to the fact of a current recession I’m not expecting that the concerns of homelessness become the primary assumed function of your staff however that the threats and presumed considerations be taken more as positions in which we are willing to learn and understand from as we carry forth with the primary functions of an American lifestyle.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

June 27, 2009

Foreclosures rising homeless persons rates!

As this economic dilemma continues, the affects are being felt on financial forefronts that may have never been touched if this economic situation weren’t so harsh and widespread. The effects of the closing of this nations largest lending and mortgage banks along with the closing of this nations largest automobile maker has left america scrambling for answers as our falling economy brings froth the threat of homelessness to those that may have never though that this situation would affect them as working american citizens.

On June 26, 2009, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, along with six other homeless advocacy organizations, issued a joint report titled Foreclosure to Homelessness 2009. The purpose of this study was to better understand the connection between homelessness and the recent uptick in foreclosures.

Here are a few of the most note-worthy findings in the study, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Non-housing service providers estimated that 20 percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Housing providers (including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing) estimated that five percent of their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Ten percent of all respondents estimated that their clients experienced homelessness as a result of foreclosure

Since organizations that serve very low-income folks reported that a higher portion of their clients were affected by foreclosure, these numbers suggest that many people who lost their home to foreclosure are on the brink of becoming homeless. In other words, a family may utilize services, such as a food pantry or legal aid, prior to becoming homeless and seeking shelter.

As the rise in forclosures are making it become aparent that the threat of homelessness is a factor that those that may have not expected this to happen to them develop, the effort to aid those in this time of crisis is becoming harder and harder to due with the fact that funding considerations for such service organization have been suspended in certain states and areas across the nation.

If you are a person that is experiencing the threat of homelessness due to job loss and/or foreclosure contact your local workforce, homeless service provider, non-profit organization to learn of ways to becoming self-sufficient once again.

The following are some organizations designed to help with further resources and projects to aid the thousands of Americans affected by the current economic crisis that the nation is facing.

National Alliance to End Homelessness
1518 K Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20005
(Tel) 202. 638.1526

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.462.4822

Homeless Services Network of Central Florida
P.O. Box 547068
Orlando, FL 32854-7068
Phone: 407-893-0133

June 26, 2009

Homeless Services Network up coming workshop

For those that are wanting to place there information in on current hate crimes prevention and violence against the homeless in central Florida the Homeless Services Network will be hosting workshops for this subject.

HSN will be conducting a Violence Against the Homeless survey over the summer the will help us understand how we can better meet the needs of people who are homeless in Florida. Thank you for your feedback on the survey and would appreciate any help you can give in administering it. We’ll have the updated survey available soon.

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June 25, 2009

Senators urged to expand hate crimes legislation

More than 77,000 hate crime incidents were reported by the FBI between 1998 and 2007.

Thats nearly one hate crime for every hour of every day over the span of a decade.

In light of such statistics, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said that the influence of ‘hate crimes bills’ was one of his “highest personal priorities … is to do everything I can to ensure this critical legislation finally becomes law.”

As this current attempt to bring forth an understanding of those that seek to deny the humanity that we all share, regardless of the color of our skin, the God to whom we pray or the person who we choose to love, join me to bring this attention to the legislators of the state of Florida.

Take Action! Hate Crimes Against Homeless! –…

June 21, 2009

Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2009

Mr. Shaw –

Thanks for your phone call. Congressman Davis is planning to continue his work on changing the definition of “homeless” in the 111th Congress. You may be aware of the “Homeless Children and Youth Amendment” that the Congressman offered at the committee mark-up of HEARTH in the fall. He recently joined Congresswoman Biggert to introduce the amendment as a stand alone bill in the 111th Congress (H.R. 29, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2009).

Let me know if you have any additional questions I can answer. Thanks.

Lauren O’Brien

Legislative Director

Office of Congressman Geoff Davis (KY-04)

1108 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-3465

June 21, 2009

Home Buyer Assistance

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for writing to Governor Charlie Crist expressing your views on Senate Bill 2636 relating to Home Buyer Assistance currently being considered by the Florida Legislature. At present, this bill has not been adopted by the Legislature. The Governor appreciates hearing your views and asked that I respond on his behalf.

The Executive Office of the Governor follows all bills as they move through the legislative process. Generally, Governor Crist does not take a position on a specific bill until it has been adopted by the Legislature and presented for his action, as bills can be amended substantially during the legislative process. Please be assured, when final legislation is presented to the Governor, the concerns and views of Floridians like yourself weigh in his decisions.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write to Governor Crist. Your thoughts are very important to him. You may also wish to share your comments with your local legislators as they develop and make decisions on related legislative proposals.


Aundra Bryant

Office of Policy and Budget

Executive Office of the Governor

June 18, 2009

Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R.3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007. I appreciate your thoughts and the opportunity to respond.

As you know, this legislation amends the Truth in Lending Act. The bill would establish a national minimum lending standard, while making companies that back risky mortgages liable when financial markets deteriorate. If passed the bill would create a nationwide mortgage licensing system. Lenders would be prohibited from directing consumers into loans they are unlikely to be able to pay back. Lastly, the bill prohibits lenders from collecting excessive fees or practices that may lead a barrower to foreclosure, as well as prepayment penalties and forcing customers to participate in binding arbitration.

I made a speech on the Senate floor to address the sub-prime mortgage industry, text of this speech can be found on my website through the following link, It is my opinion that we do not need to overreact to what is going on in the sub-prime mortgage industry, rather we should be correcting the mistakes in the industry such as implementing stricter underwriting and documentation standards in order to qualify for these loans. Rest assured, I will continue to closely monitor this situation, and thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts on this issue.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please visit my webpage at for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.

Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

June 17, 2009

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP

In September of 2008, members of the House along with several members of the Housing and Urban Development committee began talks to discuss changes in how homelessness is characterized and defined in the eyes of America. Since then, efforts have come to pass in the regards of preventive responses considering how homelessness is characterized by the Housing and Urban Development committee.

Under federal guidelines when considering someone that expresses the defined characterization of homelessness: “A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise applicable to such program.”(Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I; 11302. General definition of homeless individual)

The United States has the largest number of homeless women and children that has been reported since the Great Depression, have so many families been without homes. Homelessness became a significant social problem in the 1980s. The number of people experiencing homelessness has risen steadily to the present levels of three to four million annually.

As the start of 2009 and a new presidency begins the approach considered by this nation is that homelessness can be ended before it becomes a permanent feature of the national landscape. From that thought congress in its 111th session has introduced The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP),” under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Rapid Re-Housing is an innovative program that facilitates rapid re-housing by relying on early identification and resolution of a family’s or individual’s “housing barriers” and providing the assistance necessary to facilitate their return to permanent housing.

As Homeless Prevention is expressed, rapidly re-housing those that have been threaten by job loss and foreclosure by boosting the economic approach upon a federal response is the best option as of yet. Housing has become affordable to the point that this is the best case scenario to place an impactful consideration towards the employment and housing industries while they are pliable regarding a public view.

June 16, 2009

Homeless Assistance Grant programs.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding homelessness. I share your concern for the estimated 3.5 million Americans who are homeless each year, and I believe we can make great strides toward fixing this urgent problem.

I voted for HR.1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009, which provided funding increases for many critical housing support programs, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant program, which is the primary Federal funding source for local efforts to reduce chronic homelessness. I also voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provided additional funding for homelessness prevention and other housing programs. Please know that I will continue to champion housing programs during the fiscal year 2010 appropriations and budget process.

The fight against homelessness will require many components to succeed, from housing assistance to job training. Rest assured I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to find workable solutions to this tragic, chronic problem.

Senator Bill Nelson

June 13, 2009

Homeless Hate Crime Laws and Actions.

On May 7, 2009 Maryland became the first state to announce Hate Crimes against the homeless a law.

From 1999-2007, there have been 774 documented acts of violence committed against homeless individuals in the United States.

A fact that we as a nation must understand is that homeless people have rights just as any other citizen of this nation. As we come to face this current financial crisis that is still leaving thousand of americans homeless, we are faced to come to terms with Homeless Hate Crimes laws.

Current Homeless Hate Crimes Petition Link.

Hate Crimes Against Homeless!

Maryland to Become First State to Add Homelessness as Protected Class to Hate Crimes Law.