If we are going to end homelessness, it is important for those involved to adopt the new way of addressing the problem. In the past, all that people had to focus on was “food” “shelter” “clothing”. Those items are still important to homeless people, but we now know that they have nothing to do with ending homelessness.
It is time for people to learn and use other terms when talking about and dealing with homelessness. Let’s start with:
HUD – HUD an is the acronym for Housing and Urban Development. It is a Cabinet department of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government concerned with the quality of housing in impoverished areas of the country. The HUD website explains:
The federal government’s interest in housing conditions can be traced back to the first national investigation of large urban slum areas in 1892. HUD is the successor to a number of federal housing agencies, which gradually evolved following a major effort during the great depression to stimulate housing development.
In 2002, President Bush named Boston homeless advocate Phillip Mangano as homelessness Czar. Phillip was a proponent of Housing First, and the recent university studies on homelessness that supported the cost benefits of Housing First programs. Mangano was the executive director of the USICH from 2002 until 2009.
Among the many housing issues that HUD deals with, it also partners with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, usich.gov another executive branch department, in developing, funding and executing programs related to homelessness. According the the HUD website:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address the country’s housing needs. HUD is a pivotal USICH partner in the effort to prevent and end homelessness. Through HUD’s targeted homeless programs, its mainstream housing and community development programs, and collaboration with both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services, HUD works to house the most vulnerable of the nation’s population while supporting community growth. HUD currently manages targeted programs that directly address homelessness…