May 26, 2013: Partnering for Change presented the following Power Point presentations on Housing First for Families in Barcelona, Spain this month – with a focus on adapting the model to marginally-housed and homeless single parent families there.
Housing First for Families (English language version – short)
En la Familia la Vivienda es lo Primero (Spanish tranlation)
Just weeks ago, we also participated in a series of spirited strategic planning meetings with NGO’s in New York City; Baltimore, MD; and Norfolk, VA – all struggling to decrease the numbers of homeless families in their communities and prevent additional families from entering their ranks.
There is no question that unstable housing during early childhood and school-age years can have far-reaching detrimental impacts long after housing has been stabilized. Unfortunately, access to safe, adequate, and affordable housing continues to elude low-income families both in this country and abroad. We understand the slums and poor housing conditions in many Third World countries, and tend to downplay and minimize their existence in our more “civil societies.”
Sadly, the majority of homeless and marginally-housed families continue to be single female-headed households. I can’t help but wonder how much the “criminalization of poverty” and the continued second-class status of women in this country (and globally), woven together beneath the surface with sometimes blatant racism and an enduring classism that rears its ugly face in different ways, contribute to this ongoing and seemingly entrenchable dilemma.
But there IS hope and a renewed commitment to work together and share ideas on a global scale. Partnering for Change will be focusing on these issues in the coming months – through partnerships and collaborations both in the U.S. and internationally.
Tanya Tull, ScD – Partnering for Change