At UNITY’s annual meeting — on Wed., March 27 — we will announce new data showing a decrease in homelessness over the past year. Join us!
Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m.
Holy Angels Concert Hall
3500 St. Claude Ave.
The meeting will also feature:
– a keynote speech about jazz and homelessness by Irvin Mayfield
– remarks by Martha Burt, one of the nation’s most prominent researchers on homelessness
– introductions to people that UNITY and its 63 member agencies housed this year
– several awards to advocates and agencies
Mayfield’s speech is entitled “Jazz, Community, and Homelessness.” Burt’s will be called, “What Everyone Ought to Know About Homelessness.”View Post
“Unity, Covenant House and other nonprofit agencies are doing what they can: providing shelter, getting as many people as possible into permanent housing, checking on isolated homeless people spread across the city. But they need more resources,” says a Times-Picayune opinion piece focused on the recent Covenant House sleepover. Read it here.
Los Angeles Project 50 shows it costs more to leave vulnerable neighbors on the street than it does to house them permanently
A research authority with the County of Los Angeles has released its cost-effectiveness findings on Project 50, the County’s ambitious 2007 effort to move its most long-term, vulnerable homeless people into permanent housing. The report compared a cohort of long-term homeless individuals who did not participate in Project 50 to those who did. Its conclusion may not surprise many of you: it costs more to leave vulnerable neighbors on the street than it does to house them permanently. Some of the highlights:
- Between 2008 and 2010, Project 50 cost the county $3.045 million but generated $3.284 million in estimated savings. That is equivalent to a $4,774 surplus for each apartment provided. This is a 7.2% return on investment over 2 years.
- Incarceration costs for program participants fell 28% in their first year in Project 50, compared to a 42% increase for non-participants.
- Medical costs for Project 50participants fell 68% in their first year, compared to a 37% drop for the control group.
Read the Los Angeles Times article about Project 50 here.View Post
UNITY’s Executive Director, Martha Kegel said that she believes that the Priest piece is intended to be a commentary about New Orleans and its failed federal levees. “That which was supposed to protect us – the levee system — was instead the instrument of our doom because of faulty design,” she said. “The piece depicts a child who is wearing a raincoat and rain hat intended to protect him from rain, but instead he is not protected at all.”
Read the full article here.View Post
Progress in reducing homelessness is remarkable
There were just more than 2,000 homeless people in the two parishes before Hurricane Katrina, a figure that exploded to more than 11,600 by January 2007. But according to a January count by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, the number of homeless residents has dropped to 4,903. That’s still twice as many as before the storm–there is still plenty for work to be done. Read the full Times-Picayune article here.View Post
On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11am Johnnie Suer became the first tenant in a brand-new, 60-unit building at Tulane Avenue and Galvez Street–The Rosa F. Keller Building. This building, owned by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, is the New Orleans’ first mixed-income Permanent Supportive Housing building for the homeless.
Read the full Times-Picayune article here.View Post