The difficulty of obtaining a government ID, especially while homeless

In the District of Columbia, as Kathryn Baer of Poverty & Policy explains in a recent post, securing an official ID as a homeless person (without an address, proof of residency, utility bills, etc) is a near impossible burden and requires systems of support that are often beyond the reach of homeless people. And yet, […]

Monthly Roundup: Five stories in the news

After a long break, here is my newest roundup of the month’s most enticing, infuriating, discussion-worthy news stories! I have always enjoyed these posts, since they give me time to reflect on my recent reading and to share my thoughts on multiple aspects of affordable housing. Please let me know in the comments about your favorite compelling […]

Using poetry to explore the Housing First model

Housing First is a relatively new model in the pantheon of supportive affordable housing. Under this title, housing is provided to chronically homeless people living in temporary homeless shelters or on the street who have severe dependence on drugs, alcohol or both. Mental and physical disabilities are often present as well. Supporters of housing first […]

Impact-a-thon designs do little to alleviate struggle of homelessness

Homeless shelter systems are overburdened. Affordable housing units have long wait lists. Providing homes for the poor is controversial. Generating ideas for temporary portable living spaces and calling the results a solution to winter-time homelessness is, however, acceptable. In October, 2014, Carnegie Mellon hosted an Impact-a-thon, during which teams competed to design temporary homeless shelters to protect people from winter […]

Can Mayor Emanuel develop more than 700 affordable housing units in one year?

                Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week, at the opening of Hope Manor Apartments II in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, that by 2015 he will end homelessness among Chicago Veterans of the U.S. Military. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count and Survey Report conducted by the Chicago Department of Family and Support […]