It’s no small claim to say that homelessness is the hot topic across the country. And Solutions for Change is in the thick of it.
Already this year, Solutions for Change has twice traveled to Washington, D.C. to promote our approach of permanently solving homelessness to Members of Congress. We met with key Congressmen and their staff who sit on the committees that have legislative jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and homelessness assistance programs. We also met with top executives at HUD and even bumped into Secretary Ben Carson himself! Each of these meetings reinforced what we know to be true: ending dependency by
transforming lives through work, sobriety, and accountability is good public policy.
Our work on Capitol Hill has achieved real results. Representative Darrell Issa (CA) championed a letter to HUD urging it to reconsider its restrictions on work, sobriety, and accountability in funding homelessness assistance programs like Solutions for Change. Twenty three Members of the House of Representatives signed the letter and it generated a lot of attention toward the “Washington-knows-best” approach to homelessness. We believe efforts like this will help reform the law and policies that have contributed to the rise in homelessness – particularly family and child homelessness – across our country.
Solutions for Change has taken a leadership position in galvanizing the concerns of homelessness assistance providers with similar programs across the country. Our burgeoning coalition is working to spread the word and bring action and a voice to the needs of homeless families, children, and youth.
To support our efforts, we have launched the Solutions Institute Facebook and Twitter pages! Follow both to get the latest news, research, information, and opinion on public policy relating to homelessness and our work to solve family homelessness.