Homeless but Not Powerless at Project Homeless Connect in Birmingham
Homeless but Not Powerless participated in Project Homeless Connect on March 10th, one of the largest service events for homeless and low-income individuals. With over 800 clients in attendance, we conducted voter education & voter education. We were honored to be one of the many service providers present and look forward to future events.
Homeless But Not Powerless is Expanding to Atlanta!
HBNP Homeless Political Capital Assessment Survey Results
HBNP handed out Homeless Political Capital Assessment Surveys at the December 1, 2011 Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (MACH) meeting, and the results have shown that organizations that serve the homeless tended to show a strong interest in strengthening their coalitions and harnessing their political clout to influence policy and legislation affecting the homeless.
We are currently in the process of contacting Atlanta-area shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations that serve the homeless. We are also contacting local branches of major advocacy organizations to coordinate our efforts and form working partnerships.
The state of Georgia has seen an increase in the number of homeless people. In 2009, the Georgia Department of Education reported 15,700 homeless children in the 2007-2008 school year, an increase of 1,683 children from the previous school year. 2009 estimates suggest that 90,000 people will experience homelessness in Georgia, a 20% increase from 2008's estimates.
According to a 2007 census from The National Alliance to End Homelessness [Excel download], Atlanta ranked 12th our of the 20 metropolitan areas with the highest homeless populations with 6,840 (6,832 in 2005) homeless people. Because of the cyclical nature of homelessness and high turnover rates, the numbers are, at best, an estimate.
Regardless of the numbers, Atlanta has a significant population that faces the affects of cuts to social services in the midst of a recession that already exacerbates low-income families' risks of home loss. For this reason, Homeless But Not Powerless is expanding its homeless political empowerment campaign to Atlanta.
Homeless But Not Powerless Director Devo'n Williams Addresses Montgomery City Council
On October 4, 2011, Devo'n Williams, Director of Homeless But Not Powerless, spoke before the Montgomery City Council regarding City Policies affecting homeless and low-income people. Sponsored by Councillor Larkin, Mr. Williams ...