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Ann Marie Oliva, director of HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) wrote that “giving priority to the chronically homeless within the New Orleans continuum of care “has made a tremendous impact on reducing the number of chronically homeless persons in their continuum.” Stacy Horn Koch, director of homeless policy for the city of New Orleans, and Martha Kegel, executive director for UNITY of Greater New Orleans, wrote this week’s guest column about that for the snaps blog.
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
It’s the most basic reason for New Orleans’ constant churn of homeless households: when people can’t earn enough to afford rent, they fall into homelessness. Check out the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s new Out of Reach report: “The estimated average wage for a Louisiana renter is $12.57.
So, to afford fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment at this wage, a renter must work 49 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.View Post
UPDATE: To all of our Point in Time count volunteers — thanks so much for the many hours you spent on the streets counting homeless individuals earlier this month. Thanks to HUD, the VA, the city of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and everyone else who sent volunteers. We expect to release results in May.
The Point in Time count provides critical information about the city’s homeless and will affect UNITY’s work and data for the year to come. For more information on the Point in Time count, click here.
And it’s worth re-posting Eva Barkoff’s beautiful Advocate piece from last month about the warehouse. Read it here.
To donated new or gently used household goods (no clothing, please), call Joe Heeren-Mueller at (504) 483.9300.
The warehouse is located at 506 N. St. Patrick St. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10am-3pm.