In a Letter to the Editor in the April 20, 2017 Washington Post [Opinion], Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National LawCenter on Homelessness & Poverty wrote the following: Thank you for the April 16 front-page article “Families fault D.C. shelter system,” which laid bare the terrible hardship
Last week, the New York Times posted an OP-ED piece by Nicholas Kristof, “Too Small To Fail“ (June 2, 2016), in which he advocates strongly for universal preschool to combat poverty. He states some very significant research on the need for early childhood investments, because that is when the brain is developing most quickly. My rebuttal was posted in the “Sunday Review” Section of the New York Times (June 12, 2016) as follows:
To the Editor:
As evidenced by recent articles, editorials and studies on how to achieve improved outcomes and school readiness for children born into poverty, access to preschool during the early years continues to be the primary focus. At the same time, there is an increasing body of research that overcrowded, substandard housing conditions, residential mobility, and stressors on parents when they must choose between paying the rent or feeding their children can have a lifelong impact on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.
Only when we begin to recognize that stable housing provides the vital platform for improved child and family well-being will we begin to make a dent in breaking the cycle of poverty that seems to be worsening and intractable. While access to preschool can certainly help, there is a serious communication gap here that demonstrates the pitfalls of working in silos.
TANYA TULL, President, Partnering for Change,
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(October 10, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA) It has been many months since I last posted commentary on this website. This is not because I do not have a lot to say. To the contrary, it is because there is far too much information that needs to be shared than
Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2014) – I have two stories to tell, both about single mothers living in deep poverty and raising children alone – without even the most basic of support systems that none of us could do without…The first story made the national news; the second story
May 9, 2014 – If you read my posts, or are new to this website and plan to review current and past posts, you will notice that I have been silent over the past two months. This does not mean I have been lazy; it means that I have been
March 8, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA: My last post was in early January, so it has been at least two months since I felt motivated to sit down and share some thoughts. Basically, it has been a non-stop marathon of media articles about “the homeless,” either good news or
December 8, 2013: I was planning on posting about my recent visit to Salem, Oregon, to speak at a public forum convened in response to the loss of family shelter units during this cold winter season. Watching the concern of the citizens of this capital city of Oregon gave me
November 3, 2013: I had not planned on putting up a new blog today – but after reading this piece in the New York Times “Week in Review” section this morning by Mark R. Rank, a professor of social welfare at Washington University, I wanted to share it. The article basically
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of
August 31, 2013: Two articles this morning, the first in the L.A. Times and the second in the N.Y. Times, lend credibility to two of the key initiatives promoted by Partnering for Change. Links to each article are posted below: Poverty can lower IQ (L.A. Times, August 31, 2013) New research lends
Homeless Mothers, Children Sleep Outside Philly Housing Office (August 21, 2013) Families on the streets of our grand cities should not come as a surprise. Families forced to sleep on the streets of New York made the news last Spring….and homeless families hide on the streets of Los Angeles every night. Families
August 19, 2013: There is yet another article on the federal government’s new focus on Rapid Rehousing, and it’s an article that requires a careful reading between the lines: Rapid Rehousing: A New Way to Head Off Homelessness. The article personalizes the experience of a formerly homeless mother in Washington, D.C. who
August 6, 2013: Although these problems are not new, it seems that I have been reading weekly in the news about increasing poverty in America among families with children….I’m sure that if I listed links to recent articles just over the past few months here that it would astonish most readers when seeing them
July 11, 2013: After 30 years in the field of family homelessness, working continuously both locally and nationally, it’s become increasingly difficult for me to read newspaper and other online media reports such as this one posted recently in the Los Angeles Times: Fresh ideas to help the homeless (Editorial –
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
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In November 2017, the Center for Social Innovation at the University of Southern California invited Founder and CEO of Partnering for Change, Tanya Tull, to share with students her journey as a social innovator over a 35+ year career. This is the videotaped presentation.
We can no longer “build ourselves out of this mess.” Those days are long gone! The housing shortage, particularly in rental housing, has become a national nightmare. In many cities, families can no longer purchase homes and either rent long-term or move long distances away and commute in. This, of course, pushes the rents up for those who are already paying their limit. No one should be surprised that there are increases in homelessness in many cities and even suburbs, particularly among families with children. This article from the Brookings Institute came across my desk today – full of new ideas! Unpacking the “housing shortage” puzzle – Jenny Schuetz and Cecile Murray, April 25, 2018
This article was featured in the OP-ED Section of the NY Times this week. “There are millions of Americans whose suffering, through material poverty and poor health, is as bad or worse than that of the people in Africa or in Asia……This evidence supports on-the-ground observation in the United States – documenting the daily horrors of life for the several million people in the United States who actually do live on $2 a day, in both urban and rural America.”
This wonderful video helps to clarify the scope of our work in the LA Promise Zone today – while introducing a new term – DISPLACEMENT! Please take the time to view it!
Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, believes the ongoing death of “middle America” has sparked the emergence of two countries within one, the hallmark of developing nations. In his new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Temin paints a bleak picture where one country has a bounty of resources and power, and the other toils day after day with minimal access to the long-coveted American dream.
A Baby is Dead After Being Found With His Homeless Mother at a Portland Bus Stop
(As reported by By Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week, January 17, 2017) A Portland baby is dead after being found last week in freezing temperatures with his homeless mother in a bus stop along Southeast Powell Boulevard. The infant, found Jan. 9, marks the fifth death on Portland’s streets during the cold weather this year…..Shortly before 6 am on Jan. 9, officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to an alarming scene at a TriMet bus stop at Southeast 91st Avenue and Powell Boulevard….. A homeless woman pushing a shopping cart had opened her coat to show a man on his way to work that she held a newborn baby. Shortly before 6 am on Jan. 9, officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to an alarming scene at a TriMet bus stop at Southeast 91st Avenue and Powell Boulevard. A homeless woman pushing a shopping cart had opened her coat to show a man on his way to work that she held a newborn baby. Seeing that the woman was barefoot and only partly clothed, the man told her to cover the baby. He then called 911…..The birth occurred hours earlier, officers learned, and the baby had remained outside in weather that hovered around freezing. The texts indicated the baby was alive. “Baby is conscious and breathing okay, but has been outside this entire time,” read a second text from the 911 operator. “Baby is ice cold.” An ambulance rushed the child to Oregon Health & Science University hospital, escorted by a squad car with its siren blaring. At the hospital, officers interviewed the baby’s mother, 34. As two emergency room doctors worked to resuscitate the baby, records show, the woman told police a disjointed story. She said she’d gotten pregnant “by the miracle of immaculate conception” and she struggled to answer basic questions about her address, ethnicity or where the baby was born. “It was very clear to me she was very mentally ill,” Officer Justin Raphael wrote in his police report.
THIS IS WHY WE MARCH ON WASHINGTON…..
“If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”
EVICTED: Poverty & Profit in the American City
Although this explosive book hit the streets, so-to-speak, six weeks ago, I am just now posting it on this site. I quickly ordered the book from Amazon after reading a few reviews – but not before contacting the author to arrange to meet during his next visit to L.A.
As described in a New York Times review by Barbara Ehrenrich (In ‘Evicted,’ Home Is an Elusive Goal for America’s Poor, FEB. 26, 2016), eviction itself provides the dramatic punctuation in Desmond’s story. If a family’s income after rent is in the two-digit zone, there’s a powerful temptation to skip a month’s rent to buy groceries or pay a utility bill to keep the heat on.
A new report on child homelessness in America released by the National Center on Family Homelessness finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually. This number should not surprise anyone. Of course family homelessness is on the rise! When our federal government began to intentionally focus on ending chronic homelessness under the Bush Administration, it also simultaneously began to de-prioritize addressing family homelessness.
Today's unprecedented increase in family homelessness could and should have been anticipated as being the inevitable result! More on this later…
Attached is a synopsis of the report by Jon Queally, staff writer – Common Dreams (published October 17, 2015) and links to both the full report and a Fact Summary.
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