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Can We End Homelessness in 10 Years?
Last Featured: 4/23/2007

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President Bush has made a commitment to end chronic homelessness in 10 years. Many cities around the country have also taken on this goal. But is it really possible? And what’s the best way to do it? This week on Justice Talking, we'll look at who the homeless are in America. We'll talk about the effects of homelessness on children, the challenges of providing health care to the homeless and the merits of a program called Housing First, which puts chronically homeless people into apartments.

Voices of the Homeless
Residents of My Brother's House in Philadelphia talk about their experiences with homelessness.

My Brother's House provides low demand services to 20 dislocated, mentally ill, and socially isolated men who as a result of their disabilities are unable to negotiate for themselves necessary health and sheltering needs. Residents are provided a safe abode, three meals a day, snacks and clothing. My Brother's House is part of the Bethesda Project, an interfaith community that combats homelessness and poverty in the Philadelphia area.

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The Facts About Homelessness
Margot Adler talks with Nan Roman about the history and current state of homelessness in America.

Nan Roman is the president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education, advocacy and capacity-building organization in Washington D.C. She works closely with members of Congress and the Bush administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation, to implement a plan to end homelessness in 10 years. Roman has over 20 years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.

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Interview with the Homeless Czar
Margot Alder talks to federal official Philip Mangano about the government's approach to ending homelessness.

Philip Mangano was appointed by President Bush to head of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2002. The council is made up of 20 cabinet secretaries and federal agency directors who convene regularly at the White House to ensure that federal resources are more available and accessible to homeless people. Prior to joining the council, Mangano was the executive director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for more than a decade.

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Report from Boston
Justice Talking contributor Monica Brady-Myerov reports on how a new federal program called "Housing First" is helping the chronically homeless in Boston.

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Debate on the Issue: Housing First and Families
Margot Adler is joined by homeless advocate Ralph Nuñez and professor Dennis Culhane to debate a new approach to ending homelessness, Housing First, which moves people more quickly from shelters to permanent homes.

Ralph Nuñez is the president and CEO of Homes for the Homeless, a "transitional welfare" program that serves roughly 1,000 homeless families with 2,500 children in New York City each year. He is also the president of the Institute for Children and Poverty, an independent research and policy think tank, and he is a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He worked on homelessness issues for New York City mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani and is the author of Beyond the Shelter Wall: Homeless Families Speak Out.

Dennis Culhane is a professor of social welfare policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Culhane studies homelessness and housing policy. His research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness, including expansions in supportive housing for people who are chronically homeless, and housing stabilization programs for people at risk of homelessness.

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Children and Homelessness
Margot Adler talks with Ellen Bassuk about the effects of homelessness on children.

Ellen Bassuk, M.D. is founder and president of The National Center on Family Homelessness, the nation’s definitive authority on family homelessness. She studies the impact of homelessness on families and individuals, and the role of violence, trauma, and mental illness in their lives. She is also a board certified psychiatrist and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Healthcare for the Homeless
Margot Adler speaks with Marion Scott about the many challenges to providing healthcare to the homeless.

Marion Scott has been a nurse for over 30 years. She's currently the executive director for the Harris County Hospital District Healthcare for the Homeless in Houston, Texas.

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Formerly Homeless, Now an Advocate
Roosevelt Darby shares his own experience of recovering from homelessness and his current work as an advocate to end homelessness.

Roosevelt Darby, Jr. is currently the deputy director of the Philadelphia Committee To End Homelessness. Once homeless himself, Roosevelt Darby has provided peer counseling, outreach and direct services to thousands of homeless individuals for the past 16 years. An advocate for improved policies and programs to end homelessness, Darby has also co-authored "Opening the Door to let the Future In," PCEH’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in Philadelphia by the year 2010.

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