Ribbon Cutting Events: Mary Harvey + Westside Shelter

I wanted to let you know about two ribbon cutting events that I am working on, and to invite those interested to attend.  They are as follows:

1. Ribbon Cutting for Sollers Point Community Center Playground. 
Friday, July 10th at 11:30 a.m.
323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, Maryland  21222

As part of the second phase of the Sollers Point Community Center Project, the playground and ball fields were completed, as well as some walkways, plantings and other improvements.  Of particular interest to those who were here as part of the Office of Community Conservation (OCC), and those in the DOP and other agencies that worked closely with OCC, a pavilion has been erected on the site, plantings have been done and an etched memorial stone is being placed at the site in honor and remembrance of our friend and leader, Mary Harvey.  Jack (Mary’s husband) and other members of Mary’s family will be present at the event.

2. Ribbon Cutting for the new Westside Men’s Shelter.
Thursday, July 23rd at 11:30
55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228

A lite lunch will be provided

If you have any questions about either of these projects, please let me know.  I hope to see many of you at one or both of these events.

-Terri Kingeter

Homeless Florida man is playing piano on the streets, and he's a total natural

Residents of Sarasota, Florida, have been impressed with the piano skills of Donald Gould, a homeless man who is living on the streets.

"I was thinking I could just put my hat on the piano and make a couple dollars and get tips,” Gould told local ABC affiliate My Suncoast. "I didn't expect it to jump out to this."

Gould, a 51-year-old Marine veteran, learned to play the piano as a kid and studied music education at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. After his wife passed away in 1998, he developed a substance abuse problem.

"They sat me down, and they told me what had happened, that my wife had passed away... and I just lost it man," Gould told My Suncoast.

Gould keeps his spirits up through music, though. People in the Sarasota area can find him performing impromptu performances on Main Street.

The pianos are a part of a community arts program called the Sarasota Keys Piano Project, through which six pianos were placed around the city.

New Study Confirms Every Female Boss' Fear That She Just Can't Win


There is no shortage of advice for professional women on how to succeed and lead in the workplace.
Women are constantly told to lean in, take charge and be confident, and that gender equality will follow.
But what if the bias against a female boss is so deeply ingrained in some of her male charges, that they find her leadership role threatening and begin advocating for their own self-interest more aggressively?
study published Thursday in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggests that happens more than we might like to admit and shows exactly how narrow a tightrope a woman must walk in order to gain the trust and respect of her male employees.
The study's co-authors conducted small experiments that looked at whether or not men were implicitly threatened by a female boss. Participants completed two cyber-simulated workplace tasks: negotiating a salary and splitting a bonus.
The gender of the manager made a big difference for the several dozen male participants.
"There are plenty of men out there who could very much believe in the cause of gender equality, but ... still feel threatened," she says. "When they’re picturing their lives in their company, they may not imagine having a female manager. They could be experiencing a threat they don’t want to feel."
When negotiating a salary offer of $28,500, men interacting with a female manager provided significantly higher counter-offers. The mean offer given by men to male managers was $42,870 compared to $49,400 for a female manager.
It's no surprise, given previous research showing that women aren't always confident salary negotiators, that female participants gave a much lower mean counter-offer of $41,636 to both male and female managers.
To determine whether or not the men's behavior was influenced by a perceived gender threat, the researchers asked all participants to complete a quick word association test following the interaction. Using words like threat and risk, they saw a clear link between the negative word associations of the male participants who dealt with female managers.
Known as an "implicit threat measure," such tests are widely used in social science to assess subtle bias when it's unlikely a subject will openly admit to such feelings.
The researchers in this study concluded that men who pushed for larger salaries likely felt threatened by a woman whose role defied gender norms.
Leah Sheppard, a co-author of the study and an assistant professor of management at Washington State University, tells Mashable it's possible some men might not dislike the idea of a female manager in theory, but find reality much more complicated.
Sheppard says she was most surprised by another result from the experiment that required men to divvy up a $10,000 bonus between themselves and colleagues. They divided it nearly equally amongst male and female coworkers, and gave more than half to male team leaders, but didn't do the same for female leaders. Instead, they kept $500 more for themselves.
"Men were operating on the principle of fairness with everyone except female team leaders," says Sheppard.
Finally, the researchers tried to determine if certain leadership traits would be less threatening to the male participants, and their findings confirmed the conventional wisdom that women can't be too ambitious without some kind of penalty.
Women described as ambitious and more comfortable with a higher level of power and authority elicited more assertiveness from men compared to women described as effective at their jobs and interested in delegating responsibilities.
Yet previous research shows that emphasizing one's stereotypically feminine traits — such as nurturing and cooperation — comes with its own set of perceptions related to incompetence.
Sheppard says that while these findings could help professional women change their behavior to prevent negative responses from male employees, the burden to change these dynamics belongs to everyone.
In particular, she says men may feel defensive about the suggestion that they could hold deeply-rooted biases against professional women. That defensiveness can become an obstacle to significant change in the workplace.
"There's a lot of denial about sexism," she says. "As soon as women bring up their experience, you get a lot of backlash. I think you just sort of have to sit back and listen."

Alliance Online News: Supreme Court Upholds FHA Discrimination Claim, Affirms ‘Disparate Impact’

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Supreme Court Upholds FHA Discrimination Claim, Affirms ‘Disparate Impact’
Last week, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a housing policy that has a disparate impact on a group may serve as the basis of a discrimination claim under the Fair Housing Act, even if there is no evidence of intent to discriminate. The ruling affirms this “disparate impact” interpretation of the 1968 law and favors the plaintiff in the case Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project, in which a Texas nonprofit, Inclusive Communities Project, claimed Texas’s practice of disproportionately granting housing tax credits to developers in impoverished, predominantly minority neighborhoods had a discriminatory effect. Under the disparate impact interpretation recognized by the court, Inclusive Communities Project had no burden of proving discriminatory intent to claim the practice was discriminatory.
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Senate Committee Passes Spending Bill that Would Provide $40 Million for Youth Homelessness
Last Thursday, June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and passed its fiscal year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill. The bill, which passed with a vote of 20-10, includes many of the same funding levels for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs as the Senate Subcommittee's draft bill, including $2.235 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance, $100 million more than the enacted FY 2016 funding level of $2.135 billion. Included in the increase is $40 million for efforts to address youth homelessness.
The bill, which the full Senate is expected to consider in the coming weeks, also provided:
  • Sufficient funds to renew all existing Housing Choice Vouchers;
  • $75 million for approximately 10,000 new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers; and
  • $20 million for 2,500 new Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers.
Bill text, hearing webcast »
Alliance Resource: Summary of HUD’s Notice of Proposed Regulations for ESG Program
In order to assist homeless service providers to understand the new regulations that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, the Alliance has created a condensed outline of HUD's notice of the proposed regulations. This resource is meant to serve as a guide, not as a substitute for the notice. HUD is seeking feedback to consider in the development of the ESG final rule from providers that have gained insight and experience implementing the program's first interim rule, released in 2011.
The Alliance will be submitting comments on the proposed regulations, and we encourage readers to provide us with their feedback on the ESG program generally and the HUD notice specifically. Submit feedback to the Alliance program and policy analyst Jayme Day by email at jday@naeh.org.
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CMS Releases Bulletin on Using Medicaid to Finance Housing-Related Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an information bulletin for state Medicaid agencies that notes the specific housing-related activities and services that can be reimbursed for Medicaid covered individuals. In conjunction with this release, the Alliance and its partners are encouraging housing and service providers to take note of this informational bulletin and use it as a tool to engage state Medicaid agencies. Joining the Alliance in this push are CSH, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
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Could Shelter Policies Increase an LGBT Youth's Vulnerability to Sexual Exploitation?
by Sharon McDonald
Earlier this year, the Urban Institute released a report that examines the experiences of young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth who have engaged in “survival sex” in New York City. Survival sex is a term frequently used to describe the exchange of sexual acts for money or goods that people require to live (e.g. food and shelter)
Of all the findings in this compelling report, “Surviving the Streets of New York,” one in particular should give homeless service providers pause: “Many … credited the instability and rules associated with emergency housing with driving them back to the street [and sexual exploitation].”
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Stop and Think about the Homeless Children and Youth Act
by naehblog
Whether you work with unaccompanied youth, families, or single adults experiencing homelessness, I want you to stop and think about the proposed Homeless Children and Youth Act, S.256 and its implications. Frankly it is one of those pieces of legislation that sound awesome until you pull back the curtain. It is not mom and apple pie. There are implications to this that we need to dissect and consider from a funding, operational, and policy perspective. It is possible to think critically about the bill and still be supportive of ending homelessness amongst youth, as well as ending homelessness for children and their families. And yes, there are implications to communities and service providers that customarily do not work with youth or families. S.256 impacts all people experiencing homelessness, funders, service providers, and Continua of Care.
Here are the highlights of S.256.
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Putting out an RFP for a New Rapid Re-Housing Project? Here are 5 Tips for Evaluating Applicants
by Anna Blasco
In this year’s NOFA Registration Notice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is strongly encouraging Continuums of Care (CoCs) to reallocate funding to interventions that more effectively reduce homelessness.
In 2015 you can reallocate funds from existing eligible renewal projects to create new rapid re-housing projects for homeless individuals and families, including unaccompanied youth, who are coming directly from the streets, emergency shelters or who are fleeing domestic violence. If your CoC decided to reallocate funds to fund rapid re-housing through the NOFA process or if you work for a foundation or a local government that wants to fund rapid re-housing, you will probably need to write a Request for Proposals (RFP) and figure out a way to evaluate applications.
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