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January 7, 2016

Think About It: Homeless Hope Horizon

57,000. That's how many homeless people will sleep in a shelter tonight… in New York City. Imagine that number of people inside in freezing weather in the largest city in this country, and the sheer numbers alone remind you that this problem is not uniquely local nor recent in its origin. In New York, families comprise two-thirds of those in shelters. And nine of 10 homeless families are led by women, many of whom have fled domestic violence, according to Christine Quinn, President/CEO of WIN- formerly Women In Need.

Quinn, in her editorial in last Saturday's New York Times, talks about the web of rules, regulations, and laws that simply don't help the homeless. She talks about how different agencies at different levels of government do not necessarily work together. Sound familiar? How many of the growing issues regarding homelessness that we have here are fostered by a lack of communication- city, state, public, private.

And how much outreach is going on to find out what works in other cities in other states, or even other countries? Who heads the clearinghouse for great ideas which might work locally in a place with minimal and/or expensive housing concerns? Who's figuring out which places nationwide have done a good job mainstreaming those ready to go to work, those ready to replace homelessness with hopefulness? Who's looking at providing high school or vocational educational training and other pro-active and tangible measures to start raising awareness and confidence levels? The time has come to copy best practices. Think about it…

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