HHS is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and supporting the delivery of essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. As such, the delivery of treatment and services to persons experiencing homelessness is included in the activities of the Department. The coordination of these services, both within the Department, as well as with our Federal partners who provide housing and complementary service programs, is a critical component of achieving the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.
Ending homelessness requires housing combined with the types of services supported by HHS programs. The delivery of treatment and services to persons experiencing homelessness are included in the activities of the Department, both in five programs specifically targeted to homeless individuals and in twelve non-targeted, or mainstream, service delivery programs.
ResourcesIn addition to grant programs and research relevant to homelessness, the Department of Health and Human Services also funds several resource centers and activities that provide valuable information for consumers, providers, and policymakers. Several HHS Operating Divisions also have web pages with agency-specific information related to homelessness.
Research & Publications
In order to develop strategies to effectively provide health and human services to persons experiencing homelessness, the Department must first understand who becomes homeless and understand the service needs of those facing homelessness. Therefore, the Department supports research on homelessness to develop further knowledge and evidence-based practices for the provision of treatment and services, as well as to investigate opportunities to prevent homelessness among vulnerable populations.
gas prices almost too high to handle,electric bills out of control, use less but pay more,food prices increases due to gas prices and what your home you thought was worth if your still holding on to it is worth about 30% less then last year,lets see did i leave any thing out oh listening to the bags of wind runing for election and how they are going to “change” America .. Their’s a new poverty in America ,folks who never took food stamps are taking them ,folks who had the big house big mortgages are loosing them almost as common as the weather changing,
but you know what were living in America where they;ll always be hope of starting over and the ability and opportunity to get back what was lost.
America with it’s problems I’ll take over any other country in the world.
Let us advance the common purpose by refusing to excuse or legitimate terror but, equally, by insisting that every person be seen fairly as an individual and not on their race or their creed.
Let us honor those who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and show our support for those among us who have the courage to make that fateful choice.
Let us manifest our common purpose by renewing our commitment to this nation and, above all, to the values for which it stands.
Let us reflect — carefully, courageously, drawing upon our accumulated knowledge and all our capacity to reason — how we can best defend and advance the ideal of freedom. Let our moral clarity be translated not into reflexive revenge but into determination to prevail against terror and build a better world.
For ultimately, we will be judged not by what we oppose, but by what together we work towards.
- Lawrence Summers
Are you having trouble keeping up with your mortgage payments? Have you received a notice from your lender asking you to contact them?
Don’t ignore the letters from your lender
Contact your lender immediately
Contact a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency
Toll FREE (800) 569-4287
TTY (800) 877-8339
If you are unable to make your mortgage payment:
1. Don’t ignore the problem.
The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house.
2. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem.
Lenders do not want your house. They have options to help borrowers through difficult financial times.
3. Open and respond to all mail from your lender.
The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options that can help you weather financial problems. Later mail may include important notice of pending legal action. Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.
4. Know your mortgage rights.
Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can’t make your payments. Learn about the foreclosure laws and timeframes in your state (as every state is different) by contacting the State Government Housing Office.
5. Understand foreclosure prevention options.
Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitigation) options can be found on the internet at portal.hud.gov/portal/page?_pageid=33,717348&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL .
6. Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds free or very low cost housing counseling nationwide. Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your options, organize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender if you need this assistance. Find a HUD-approved housing counselor near you or call (800) 569-4287 or TTY (800) 877-8339.
7. Prioritize your spending.
After healthcare, keeping your house should be your first priority. Review your finances and see where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payment. Look for optional expenses-cable TV, memberships, entertainment-that you can eliminate. Delay payments on credit cards and other “unsecured” debt until you have paid your mortgage.
8. Use your assets.
Do you have assets-a second car, jewelry, a whole life insurance policy-that you can sell for cash to help reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income? Even if these efforts don’t significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home.
9. Avoid foreclosure prevention companies.
You don’t need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help-use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender. While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month’s mortgage payment) for information and services your lender or a HUD approved housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.
10. Don’t lose your house to foreclosure recovery scams!
If any firm claims they can stop your foreclosure immediately if you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home! Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional, or a HUD approved housing counselor.
- Nice story in boston business journal ,, Ken Nickerson,,,With a $15 million, five-year grant from his family foundation as seed money, Nickerson has started Boston Rising, a fund that aims to support effective anti-poverty programs in and around the city.
The fund is based on Robin Hood, the successful New York City nonprofit that was started by hedge fund titan Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp. in 1988 and named for the legendary archetype who stole from the rich to give to the poor. The fund is not officially affiliated with Robin Hood. for more
Poverty.us for a state directory of poverty in the US.
With all the parties and excitement in the air over the super bowl it’s easy forget
about the folks that it’s just another day trying to keep warm in the streets or looking for something to eat , here’s a super good deed
They will be given showers, hair cuts, a meal, some clothing and goodie bags — and a seat near the television where they can watch the New England Patriots try to go undefeated as they battle the New York Giants for pro football’s biggest prize.
Watching the game really is a big thing, said Dwagne Haskins, the director of the community outreach program at Mt. Olive. So, too, is the grooming and food. What sets the night apart, however, he said, is the good feeling imparted upon a group of people who rarely experience the care or concern of others. source: atlanta journal
in the US . Oh no we get the buzz words health, budgets, etc,etc,etc
you’d think they get it year after year , health insurance for all may sound great (and needed) but when someone is trying to heat their home today or fill their gas tank this week ,are those buzz words really on a person’s mind.
Club, clique, or crew—what’s the difference? top
Hanging out with a regular group of friends can be a lot of fun, provide a sense of belonging, and boost your self-esteem. You might run with a crowd that you know through school, your neighborhood, or through mutual friends. Your group might go by a specific name, meet up regularly at a favorite hangout, and even use hand signs, symbols or dress a certain way to show that you are loyal to each other.
So what makes your group of friends different from a youth gang? Getting involved with criminal activity is the important difference between gangs and teen clubs, cliques, and other social groups.
Getting involved with criminal activity is the important difference between gangs and teen clubs, cliques, and other social groups.
Youth gangs are a concern because they are responsible for much of the serious violence in the United States. If youth gangs are active where you live, you know how they create a climate of fear and stir up trouble in your community.
Still, the number of teens joining gangs is on the rise, and gangs are beginning to pop up in smaller towns and communities outside the inner city. Gangs used to be a concern of boys only. But nowadays, many girls are joining gangs or hanging out with boy gang members. Knowing the truth about youth gangs and gang life will help you to stay safe and make smart choices about the friendships you make and the people you date as you get older.
What is gang life really like?
You probably see and hear about gang life on TV, in the movies, or in the music you listen to. Sometimes the media and entertainment industry make gang life out to be thrilling, exciting, and even glamorous. Actually, teen gang members spend most of their time doing what other kids their age do—going to school, watching TV, hanging out, eating, and sleeping. Not so exciting, is it?
One survey says:
78 percent of female gang members reported being involved in gang fights
65 percent reported carrying a weapon for protection
39 percent reported attacking someone with a weapon
One thing you can count on to be true is that gang life is dangerous.
Gang members are 60 times more likely to be killed than other youth. Sixty times!
Gang members—and girls who hang out with gang members—are more likely to be exposed to crime, sexual abuse, drug use, conflict, fights, guns, and other weapons, putting themselves at greater risk for injury and even death.
Girl gang members are more likely to commit crime than teens who are not involved with gangs. U.S. prisons are filled with women who got their start as teen gang members.
Most times, girls who want to join a youth gang must “prove” themselves through an initiation ritual that can involve getting beaten up or having sexual encounters with gang members.
Why do girls join gangs?
Below are different ways real teen girls got involved with gangs. See if you can think of a better way each girl could have dealt with her situation.
To feel a sense of belonging“I’ve always been called a ‘troublemaker.’ My parents even tell me I’m no good. When I first started hanging out with a gang, it was the first time I felt like I belonged, like I mattered.”
To identify with people like them “My family came to the United States when I was 10. My parents came here so I could have a better life. But, they can’t relate to what it’s like to be an American teen. It was hard for me to fit in at school. So I started hanging out with this crew who are like me—they understand where I’m coming from.”
To feel powerful “I’ve always been the kid that’s picked on and made fun of. I started hanging out with this really tough group of girls. They’re mean, and now people are afraid of me. They don’t pick on me anymore.”
For excitement “I was bored after school. I was looking for something to do—a thrill. Funny thing is, most of the time, hanging out with my homegirls is boring, too.”
To feel safe “Where I live there’s a lot of hate between different racial groups. I don’t know why—there just is. There’s a lot of violence—you have to find a way to look out for yourself. I hang out with people like me to feel safe.”
To get money; to get basic needs “My mom works two jobs to make ends meet. She makes sure me and my brother and sister get what we need—but there’s not much left over for things like nice clothes, music and stuff. One day, this girl in my school had this necklace—it was real gold. She always had nice things, and I wanted nice things too. So I started hanging out with her, even though I knew she hung out with gang members.
How to stay out of gangs
Get involved in a youth organization, like or a group organized through your community or a local church. People who care about you and want to see you succeed in life run these types of agencies. Some offer a safe place to hang out and have fun with other teens. Some can link you to activities or programs that you might be interested in. Some will help you to develop your talents and skills. Most can help you when you have a problem or if you are in trouble.
Get involved in school. Sports, drama, music, student government, clubs, volunteer opportunities—after-school programs offer a lot. If you aren’t sure where to go, talk with a trusted teacher or counselor, who can direct you to an after-school activity that’s right for you.
Don’t hang out with people in gangs. You might know of some teens who are in gangs or who hang out with gang members and think, “They are a lot like me.” But, there are other ways to meet people you can identify with. If you hang out with people in or associated with gangs, there’s a good chance you will join a gang.
Don’t look like a gang member. Be aware of the colors and specific clothing styles, such as wearing bandanas or hats, that gangs in your area use as symbols of their loyalty. If you look like a gang member, someone might think you’re a real gang member, and you could be an innocent target of gang violence.
Think highly about yourself and the things you can do. Don’t put yourself down by thinking, “I’m a troublemaker” or “I can’t get along with anybody.”
Remember, you do have a choice. Most teens that live where gangs are active choose not to join gangs. If you are asked to join a gang but are afraid to say no, keep in mind that most teens are not forced into joining. Go to a trusted adult for help.
Learn more about ,Don’t get physical when you disagree or have a problem with someone. Find peaceful solutions to working out conflicts.
What if you’re already in a gang—can you get out?
If you are strong enough for gang life, you are strong enough to go to school, take responsibility for your actions, and do good things for your community.
If you already made the choice to join a gang, you might wonder if it’s too late to get out. Actually, over half of gang members choose to leave within a year of joining. You can decide to leave too.
As a gang member, you have had to deal with some pretty harsh and ugly realities. Violence might be a normal part of your life. But having these experiences shows that you are tough—tough enough to make different, better choices for yourself. If you are strong enough for gang life, you are strong enough to go to school, take responsibility for your actions, and do good things for your community.
How do you leave a gang?
This really depends on your unique situation. It depends on how long you’ve been in the gang, what type of gang it is, and how close you live to where the gang hangs out. Walking away may be the best thing to do. It will be easier to do this if you haven’t been in the gang a long time. If you’ve been in the gang for years, it may be hard to avoid other gang members. You may even need to move to another city to leave the gang.
You have the inner strength and courage you need to get out, but you also need support from others. Turn to a parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, or other trusted adult, who can help you safely get out of your gang. Doing so is an important first step