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From the Print Issue

Don't Call Them Homeless Veterans
By Amy Clark, National Housing Conference
Surprising insights on messaging from the front lines of NIMBY.  More 

Why Veteran Homelessness Will Return
By Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Federal funding to end veteran homelessness has had a real impact, but the impact will be temporary unless... More 

Salt Lake City Walks the Collaboration Talk to Serve Vets
By Melanie Zamora, The Road Home
When Salt Lake City committed to ending veteran homelessness, its agencies had to be willing to change and work together in ways that weren't always easy...  More 

If We Can't End Homelessness for Veterans, Then for Whom?
By Elisha Harig-Blaine, National League of Cities
We are so close to this goal. We should not change our focus before we show we can meet it.  More 

Ending Veteran Homelessness: A Goal with a Plan
By Catherine Seif, National Alliance to End Homelessness
The Obama administration's campaign to end veteran homelessness involves unprecedented cross-agency collaboration, a willingness to embrace new methods, and substantial resources. It's a combination that just might work.  More 

One Mission, One Stop for Veterans in Denver
By Brenton Hutson, Jay Krammes, Melanie Lewis Dickerson, Heather Powers, and Daleena Scott
Veterans often have to go to many places for services, but Denver succeeded in doing something different...  More 

Short-Term Funds With Long-Term Impact
By Korrin L. Bishop, Abt Associates
The changes that stimulus funding made in Lane County, Oregon's homelessness prevention will last past the funds themselves-but they could have a lot more effect, especially for veterans, if federal funding continued. More 

One Veteran's Story
By  Keli TiangaShelterforce
Michael Powell's journey from childhood poverty to military service and subsequent struggle with addiction is probably not unlike thousands of others who have served; but in listening to his story, you realize that somewhere along the way it may have become more complicated than it needed to be. More 

Implementing Vouchers for Veterans
By Pete Walker, Housing Authority of DeKalb County
A look at what HUD-VASH supportive housing vouchers can do, from the perspective of one of the agencies administering them.  More 

Read more from Shelterforce's latest issue, Almost Home, all about veterans issues.

Book Review

Review: More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing by Amy L. Howard
By James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust

This book is a powerful antidote to the one-dimensional portrayal of public housing residents and the context of their lives. She takes a long view of the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA), from its founding in 1938 to current times. The book investigates three important SFHA developments: Valencia Gardens, Ping Yuen, and North Beach Public Housing... Read the full review here.

Can We Bend the Sharing Economy Toward Equity?
By Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
We've all heard the stories. Homeless Homejoy cleaners. Uber drivers on food stamps. Grad students Airbnb-ing their extra rooms in gentrifying neighborhoods to cover their own rent. How can we make the sharing economy actually equitable?  More 

Featured Resources

In the new book Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, William Frey highlights the "bottom up" demographic change that is occurring in the United States as today's youth are considerably more racially diverse than previous predominantly white generations.

This interactive map illustrates this point by mapping the racial composition of different age groups at the county and metropolitan area scales.

Worst Case Housing Needs: 2015 Report to Congress - Executive Summary

Worst case needs are defined as renters with very low incomes-below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)-who do not receive government housing assistance and who pay more than one-half of their income for rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or both. Worst Case Housing Needs: 2015 Report to Congress examines the causes of and trends in worst case needs, using the most recent data from the American Housing Survey. Read it here

The Answer

Q: Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood?


This is a perennial fear, but researchers at NYU's Furman Center took a really close look at the data to see, when controlling for other factors, if there was any association between an increase in Housing Choice Vouchers and the crime levels in that neighborhood....

Read more and download The Answer here!

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Building Together: Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building
By Roger Katan
With case studies of neighborhood developments from North and South America, Europe, and Africa that span more than forty years, this book offers essential understanding of participatory, collaborative processes that support civil society and sustain democratic cultures.

Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services
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With the correct guidance and a well-researched plan, it is possible to create lasting positive change in our local communities. This book draws on Shepard's experience as a successful community organizer to inspire and direct readers to use community activism to achieve change.

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