Posts tagged ‘National Low-Income Housing Coalition’

March 8, 2011

The right to adequate Housing!

No Second Chance: People with Criminal Records Denied Access to Public Housing

Issues surrounding the “one strike” policy.

The exclusion of people with criminal records from public housing.

Transitioning offenders from prison/jail into the community should be offered the basics such as identification documents, housing, linkages to community services and informal networks of support as a response to them approaching an amended lifestyle amongst the civil society of Americans we are. However, they are not so lucky to be given these options.

The right to adequate Housing!

As of current times, housing considerations have met the concerned citizens of this nation straight in the face as effects of the current recession are being felt on all fronts of American markets. Federal “one strike” legislation is one of those points of interest in which during current times legislation is to being questioned of sound judgement and quality when insuring the interest of the greater public is at hand.

In 1996, Bill Clinton’s administration re-charged the “One-Strike” eviction policy.

Designed to rid public housing of drug offenders and criminals, this piece of legislation has been ardently debated due to its comprehensive policy to evict public housing residents who “threaten the health, safety, or peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other tenants or any drug-related criminal activity on or off [italics added] such premises, engaged in by a public housing tenant, any member of the household, or any guest, or other person under the tenant’s control, shall be cause for the termination of tenancy”.

Under this law, an individual can be evicted from their home, not only for their own criminal activity, but also for violations committed by a member of their household. Just a point to consider when expressing the senseless expression of a law in which enforcement has been considered. Are these people not mothers and fathers of innocent children in which current consderations of laws suggest that as long as children are present in a household facing eviction and foreclosure that simpathy be delivered and that hosuehold is allowed optional options beside the current foreclosure or eviction.

If we are going to talk about a stimulus package incentive we most include those that are incarcerated as well.

The campaign slogan for the current President Obama, expressed, simply: Change!

All Americans a re in need of some sort of change at this point in time. As a nation embarking on innovative and advanced pratices of modern (current) day life, criminal convictions are becoming ever so common.

Picture this, in the past five years prison and jail population rate have increased at a much more rapid rate than projected and still increasing. While the response of those being let back out amonst civil America are left unconcerned and unannounced. Leaving question of how are prison/jail inmates fairing upon release?

Is there justice for the prior convicted upon release from detention facilities?
Will these people have to resort back to criminal activites in which punishment was only to send them to their room for some time to think about how to survive as even more of a public threat upon release. I don’t get it.

It seems that credit and taxes are the main focuses which influence this nation when a financial response is needed. To be honest I’d rather spend my money trying to keep joe the crook at bay as best as possible (speaking of some sort of prison transitional housing program) rather than allowing him to become more prone to crime in that of a simple release.

If Change is what we voted for than a change in criminal relations policies in the aspect of allowing those with criminal records obtain some sort of housing when local and state policies are considered and approached.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

National Coalition for the Homeless advocate
National Low-Income Housing Coalition advocate
Florida Housing Coalition advocate
National Alliance to End Homelessness advocate

March 8, 2011

The economic condition that Polk County faced in 2008

Before Representative Troutman left office this is a letter that i composed to present to his office in reference to the economic condition that Polk County was facing when the talks of bail-outs, high-unemployment rates and homelessness due to foreclosures where major issues.

When speaking of Homelessness, one may associate the affects to those persons that may come from a large or major city involved in what we know as a metropolitan division. Homelessness affects people in the areas of interest such a employment discrepancies, financial displacement, as well as the now becoming infamous ‘disaster criteria’ spawned from weather phenomenons. As expressed the affects of homelessness is becoming a current crisis in which rational reasoning is called to bring forth an understanding of this horrific topic.

As a state, Florida has the third largest homeless population in the nation which having made note of this fact wish to bring forth an awareness to the subject matter of homelessness. As the estimated 61,000 people categorized as being homeless in Florida are mentioned, I’d like to express an extra concern for those 850 people taken from a Polk County annual census into a more specific attentioning.

As growth is considered, remember that Polk County is a rural setting. A rural setting in which the land mass is used for the purpose of citrus harvesting, harvesting in which the jobs associated with are deemed seasonal. Seasonal employment that tends to leave workers out of work and with-out a steady income for certain periods of time, periods of time that suit the various harvesting conditions.

The state of Florida has an unemployment rate of 6.5 and Polk counties rate is 7.8

Being that Polk County is a rural setting when aligned with the subject of homelessness, this means that certain components are not considered to being implied as relevant or appropriate. Criteria which may be considered due to the lack of skilled jobs and a considerable approach towards a competitive cost of living consideration due to an overall attractiveness of the area. As aid is considered for areas of interest the main component that is considered is the fact of income categories, an assumption that due to the lack of competitive jobs in Polk County once again we will be over-looked. For example, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition released a Florida based 57,549 dollar annual income or Area Median Income (AMI) that notes this figure as being an affordable assumption when expressing an over-all housing rent/mortgage for the state as an universal cost of living standard. A figure that is a cumulative response to the rent/mortgage of various sizes of homes/apartment/condos/etc. costs taken from with-in the state.

A figure that may be stated as only made by a handful of hourly or salary employed persons in Polk County. A statement that is noted as being brought out due to the rural description associated with Polk County as employment classifications and income categories are considered.

Collecting information about the number, characteristics, and needs of homeless populations can be especially difficult for rural communities, as they have far fewer resources to commit to homelessness assistance and services. Rural communities in America are by no means alone in their struggle to plan, choose courses of action, and implement plans to end homelessness. But the needs of those they are helping, the community providers and systems they are working with, the obstacles they face, and the strategies they employ will often be quite different than in urban or suburban communities. This presents rural communities with valuable opportunities to explore the nature of the problem of homelessness as it is reflected in a rural environment, and then to educate the community at large – and potential funders – about the unique challenges they face in confronting the depth, dimensions, and nature of this problem.

February 15, 2011

Budgeting Cuts to affect Homeless Programs

Amidst the current considerations to save money and cut a slice out of the national deficit the President is proposing a five year plan to make drastic cuts towards programs in an effort to save money. Any and all federal programs are at risk of drastic cuts being made that will spark not only critical changes to how programs are treated but also the way that these programs are to further offer assistance.

For example, funding for the Homeless has issued a letter of concern as the consideration also targets what type of services are to be offered as of now.

What is currently at risk is # $2.2 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants programs, 10,000 new HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers and 10,000 vouchers through the Housing and Services for Homeless Persons Demonstration.

As of now we must take the initiative to bring an awareness to the current budgeting dilemma and ask that no changes are made to how we handle the problems associated with tending to the Homeless.
This has become a major issue as more and morea families across the nation are witnessing hard times and the lack or enough income to maintain and stay afloat.

Something has to be done and what can be done is not to take away from programs that assist those in need.

February 7, 2011

The House Assault on Affordable Housing

Currently the National Low-Income Housing Coalition is calling all advocates to take part in a call in event that will represent the current taxation struggles that are affecting the affordable tense of current funded housing programs.
In participating in this event you are expressing that you are raising an awareness towards the increases that are associated with living standard increases from last year when the program was implemented and considered upon action of funding. Now there is confusion in exactly how funding is to be used when monetary considerations have changed and need noticing.

Any information that is needed to offer support and show concern need to be addressed towards the National Low-Income Housing Coalition website. From there one will be offered to take action amongst other issues that threaten the over-all production of funding efforts.

National Low-Income Housing Coalition