Saturday, May 22, 2004

An Eye Opening 24-Hour Homeless Experience in Montpelier, Vermont: Must Read!


As I believe current events in the affordable housing world duly warrants it and, also, as this particular essay still very much remains timely in my humble opinion, I am reposting the below introductory of a must read essay.

The essay was authored by Dana Szegedy, one of five Sterling College students who spent a night out together one cold rainy evening in Montpelier, Vermont during April of last year (2003).

These five college students began their education that evening in several indepth discussions spanning a variety of matters, including homelessness, housing, mental health, disabilities and related subjects while at the Another Way Drop-In Center before embarking out onto the streets for the night.

An Eye Opening 24-Hour Homeless Experience in Montpelier, Vermont


by Dana Szegedy


Question of Perception


Perception: something rarely thought of, but often used.

What is your perception of a man walking the streets at night, tired, depressed, ragged looking? What's your perception of a former mental health patient? Or a clean, wise, helpful man who happens to be homeless? Is there a difference between these people?

Before you say "he wanted to be homeless" or "we don't have a problem with homelessness here," read about my experience as well as some of what people who either live or have lived homeless have to say about these matters.


To read more, go to: An Eye Opening 24-Hour Homeless Experience in Montpelier, Vermont


Notes:

The Vermont Homeless Journal (VHJ) Essays Blog is the blog page for any of the longer original articles, commentary, columns or essays concerning homelessness and related matters, which have been authored and blogged by individual writers and blogger(s) of the Vermont Homeless Journal (VHJ) blog.

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Vermont: Local Housing agencies swallow budget cuts


Saturday, May 22, 2004
Barre - Montpelier Times Argus
Housing agencies swallow budget cuts

By David Delcore

TIMES ARGUS STAFF

BARRE - Executives of two local housing authorities say they'll dip into operating reserves in order to make up for retroactive reductions in their Section 8 housing administration budgets, but both worry about the long-term ramifications of deeper cuts that have already been proposed by federal regulators.

Marc Recko, executive director of the Barre Housing Authority, and Jo Ann Troiano, executive director of the Montpelier Housing Authority, say their agencies are small and diverse enough to absorb funding reductions they learned about earlier this week, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development informed the state's 10 local housing authorities, as well as the Vermont State Housing Authority, of the retroactive cuts.


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Hardest hit by the cuts is the Vermont State Housing Authority, which issues nearly 4,000 housing vouchers under the federal program each year. The 14 percent reduction VSHA must absorb amounts to more than $260,000. The Burlington Housing Authority, the largest local housing authority in the state, must make up what will be a $106,000 shortfall this fiscal year, while continuing to administer the 1,700 housing vouchers it has already issued and maintaining a sizeable waiting list.

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The wait for Section 8 housing in Montpelier is about two years. The long list recently prompted Troiano to close the authority's waiting list to new applicants. That decision, which was made before the latest cuts were announced, makes even more sense now, according to Troiano, who said she is considering trimming the local housing voucher program by attrition until federal legislators make a decision on HUD's proposed 2005 budget.

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Read the entire news story, here.


Related News Story:

[Vermont] Housing agencies face another cut


Related blog posts:

[Hpn] Section 8 op-ed by Nancy Pelosi

National Housing Justice Memorial Day: May 26, 2004


For additional information, go to:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA)

Congressman Bernie Sanders, I - VT

Bernie Sanders' Press Release (5/20/2004):
Sanders Blasts Bush's Housing Secretary on Housing Cuts in Vermont

Friday, May 21, 2004

Vermont Housing Agencies Face Another Cut


Friday, May 21, 2004
Barre - Montpelier Times Argus & Rutland Herald
[Vermont] Housing agencies face another cut

By Brent Curtis

RUTLAND HERALD

Housing authorities around the state were informed by federal regulators this week that they would have to do without as much as 19 percent of their Section 8 housing administration budgets.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent memos to Vermont's 10 local housing authorities and the Vermont State Housing Authority on Tuesday that detailed deep and unexpected cuts to the administrative portion of Section 8 housing voucher programs.

The vouchers are among the primary tools used by housing agencies to help those in need pay rents, especially the disabled and elderly, who account for 64 percent of the 6,100 vouchers issued in the state.

Richard Williams, executive director of the state Housing Authority, said administrative cuts had been expected this year, but in the area of 2 percent to 3 percent.

The reduction his office learned about Tuesday amounts to more than a 14 percent drop or $262,000 of the $1.8 million administrative budget for the program.

"This is going to have a definite impact on the program," said Williams, whose office administers 3,100 of the vouchers issued in the state and is managing a waiting list of applicants nearly as long.


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Read the entire article, here.


Related blog posts on Norsehorse's Home Turf:

[Hpn] Section 8 op-ed by Nancy Pelosi

National Housing Justice Memorial Day: May 26, 2004


For additional information, go to:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA)

Congressman Bernie Sanders, I - VT

Bernie Sanders' Press Release (5/20/2004):
Sanders Blasts Bush's Housing Secretary on Housing Cuts in Vermont

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Think Globally, Act Locally


If you and others whom you know are interested in doing something within your own region concerning homelessness and affordable housing, join together with others in your local area:



Friday, November 14, 2003

Join the Homeless Blogs Webring


Are you a person who is either living homeless or were formerly living homeless?

Do you have your own Blog (i.e., an online journal)?

If you have a blog: is your blog focused on homelessness and/or life in general -- yet does include a focus on matters relating to homelessness or experiences of being homeless, based on your own personal lived experience and unique perspective?

Is it a blog that is owned, managed and blogged by you?

If so, then please consider submitting your blog for consideration by this particular Webring's owner and, if your membership is approved by them, becoming a member of the Homeless Blogs Webring.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Homeless Pop-under Experiment:

Sharing VHJ Visitor's
with the
Bringing America Home Campaign
during this coming season of giving



In the spirit of what the Internet and especially Blogging gave birth to as well as the coming season of giving, today begins an experiment in sharing visitors who come to the VHJ blog as well as the VHJ Essays Blog with the Bringing America Home Campaign via what are known as Pop-under windows.


Bringing America Home: the Campaign


"This national, broad-based initiative is dedicated to the goal of ending homelessness. The Campaign is founded on the principles and action of public education, grassroots organizing and support for progressive policies and legislation. It is founded on the principles that people need affordable housing, livable incomes, health care, education, and protection of their civil rights."

Initially I was going to begin this homeless experiment using the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) Website for the next couple of weeks.

Then, as I was checking out the NCH Website, I noticed the link for the Bringing America Home Campaign and it was an easy decision to start off with that particular Website first.

In about two weeks or so, I most likely will change it to direct to the NCH Website. After a couple of weeks of hosting that site in this way, I will probably change it to feature local (Vermont) Websites focusing on homelessness as well of course, for roughly the same time period more or less.

This homeless experiment, in sharing visitors to this blog with other Websites that are focused on ending homelessness, will last until the New Year (January 1, 2004).


Pop-under Windows?


Pop-under windows are vastly different than those intrusive popup windows. With a Pop-under window, when the host site is visited, it is found in a second window underneath or alongside the window of the Website the host wants to share with its visitors.

While Internet surfing one day recently, I came across mention of the Pop-under window at Weblog Central within their Weblog Resources List. Actually their link led to the PopUnder Project found on another Webpage.

If you are interested in following suite, the script for this originally came by way of the following and can also be found at: Cut & Paste Pop-under window

Credit: JavaScript Kit

Description: Pop-under windows are becoming increasing popular as a less intrusive alternative to popup windows. Use this script to add a pop-under window to your page; simply input the page/address to pop under, and off you go!


*Make sure to note* that you will have to change the Web address for the site you want to host (i.e., having your blog or Website pop-under the other site).

In addition you may want to adjust the frequency. My setting is 1 (in this specific instance, the number equals: yes), making it only engage once during any given windows session. As using 0 (in this specific instance, the number equals: no), would enable it to pop-under or re-engage each time the host blog or Website is refreshed.
Announcement:

COTS/Burlington, VT Event
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


Informational Summary


What: Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) sponsored Speaker’s Panel


Featuring:

Donald Whitehead
Executive Director
National Coalition for the Homeless

Rita Markley
Executive Director
COTS

Jerry Weinberg
Owner, Five Spice Café

Bob Duncan
Duncan-Wisniewski Architecture



Focus: Bring America Home; A National and State Perspective on Homelessness

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


When: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 12:00 PM [EST]

Where: First Congregational Church, 38 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, Vermont

Cost: Free

Seating is limited, so please call to RSVP: (802) 864-7402

Parking: 2 hours of free parking in all City garages.

This event is sponsored by COTS with generous support from Saint Michael’s College.

Additional information follows below.




Found online at:

COTS National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week page


National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 16 - 22, 2003

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a national endeavor to promote education, action, and awareness about hunger and homelessness. COTS is sponsoring this important effort in Burlington.

Bring America Home; A National and State Perspective on Homelessness

A Speaker’s Panel featuring Donald Whitehead, Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless; Rita Markley, Executive Director of COTS; Jerry Weinberg, owner of Five Spice Café; and Bob Duncan of Duncan-Wisniewski Architecture.

Wednesday, November 19th - 12:00 pm FREE - First Congregational Church, Burlington

Join local and national experts as they discuss the complex issue of homelessness and what can be done to make a lasting difference. Speakers who have experienced homelessness themselves will talk about life on the streets, while policy makers and housing developers will discuss innovative solutions to ending homelessness nationally and here in Vermont.

Seating is limited, so please call to RSVP - [802] 864-7402

PARKING: We recommend that you take advantage of the 2 hours of FREE parking in all City garages.

This event is sponsored by COTS with generous support from Saint Michael’s College.

Children’s Art Show at the Fletcher Free Library

Children from area shelters display their work all month at the Fletcher Free Library. The artwork is done by children who let their imaginations flow. Often the thoughts of home, comfort and love are what they most express in these beautiful pieces.

Special Storytime about "Home" at the Fletcher Free Library

Thursday, November 20 - 10:00 am

The Fletcher Free Children’s Library will offer a special storytime in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Week. Kids will listen to stories about “home” and work on a special project. Contact the Fletcher Free Library for more details - [802] 865-7216.