This Week in Poverty: A Wake-Up Call on Housing and Homelessness
thenation.com — Inside the Beltway, the weather has turned cold, trees are mostly bare, and sounds and voices outside are distinct as more and more people remain indoors. On Capitol Hill, conversations are focused on billions and trillions, cliffs and sequestrations, and theories and suppositions about ongoing negotiations. A thankful media cheers on, discovering a new horserace to replace the one just ended. But for too many people—most of whom receive little or no attention in this town—there is nothing vague, abstract, or racy about these budget decisions. Amy Clark is the communications director for the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a nonprofit organization working to ensure that low-income people have decent, affordable homes. She says that NLIHC staff members now regularly receive anxious emails from people living in public housing, or who have vouchers they use for rental assistance and whose homes are on the line.