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Federal Intervention on Homelessness Resources

In September 2019, word of possible federal intervention on homelessness in California by the Administration circulated in the news. Then, on Monday, September 16th, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers released a troubling "State of Homelessness in America" report, which outlined actions the Administration may take as part of this intervention.

Here is the timeline of events from our partners at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council's Mobilizer Advocacy Alert

January 2017-Present: President Trump leads an administration focused on policy changes that create and perpetuate homelessness, to include requesting massive funding cuts to anti-poverty programs, eliminating the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, adding work requirements to Medicaid and food stamps, and expanding penalties for immigrants who use social benefit programs (just to name a few).

July 2019: In an interview with Tucker Carlson, President Trump commented on the homelessness crisis, expressing extreme concern (particularly at the visibility of homelessness). He largely blames liberals and sanctuary cities for the homelessness “phenomena that started two years ago.”

Mid-September 2019: White House officials toured public housing and encampments in California and news broke that the Trump administration was considering action on homelessness. Advocates are very concerned that impending action would further criminalize homelessness.

Late September 2019: The White House Council of Economic Advisors released a report: The State of Homelessness in America. The report misrepresents evidence and asserts that homelessness is caused by overregulation of housing markets, the “tolerability” and availability of shelters, and “individual characteristics” like mental illness and poverty.

Funders Together to End Homelessness is working with our Board of Directors, national partners, and close advisers around the philanthropic response and possible long-term strategies.We are also working to provide resources, talking points, media opportunities, member and partners statements, and other related content for funders which will be compiled on this resource page. We encourage you to check back often or reach out to Funders Together if you would like assistance in crafting messaging for a statement of your own.

If your organization has a resource or statement you would like listed here, please contact Lauren Bennett.


Funders Together Resources


Funders Together to End Homelessness Response to the Administration’s Federal Intervention on Homelessness

 

Philanthropy Resources


California Health Care Foundation: 
White House Puts National Spotlight on California Homelessness

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland: 
“Housing is the Answer” – SOCF Statement on White House Homelessness Report

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: 
President Trump's Visit to LA

 

Partner Resources


National Alliance to End Homelessness:
Statement from the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Response to the White House Council of Economic Advisers’ Report on Homelessness 

National Alliance to End Homelessness: White House Council of Economic Advisers' State of Homelessness in America Talking Points

National Health Care for the Homeless Council: An Open Letter to President Trump from National Homeless Advocates 

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty:White House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions 

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Statement from NLIHC President & CEO Diane Yentel on The Council of Economic Advisers’ Report on Homelessness in America

Urban Institute: The Homelessness Blame Game

 

Community Resources

Oklahoma City: White House report differs from local service providers on ways to reduce homelessness 

 


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