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November 2011



Homeless HS seniors eligible for Horatio Alger Assoc. college scholarships throughout U.S.--deadline Oct. 30, 2011

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. and Give US Your Poor are partnering for the 2nd straight year to invite homeless, formerly homeless and at-risk high school seniors to apply for the Horatio Alger College Scholarship Programs.

Now through October 30, 2011, eligible seniors are encouraged to visit the Horatio Alger Scholarship application online. There they can determine eligibility and apply for a college scholarship to a two- or four-year accredited college in the U.S. For more info click here , then, to apply, click on Scholarship Application on the left-hand side of that page.

In 2012, nearly 1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school students, in every state, who have overcome great adversities and challenges in their lives by demonstrating excellence in academics and participating in extracurricular activities and community service. Awards range from $2,500 up to $20,000 for eligible high school students. These scholarships are available nationally (at the $20k level) and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (at varying levels). 

For more information on how to apply and for a detailed press release click here.


Housing First Partners' Conference set for March 2012

The first ever national conference on Housing First, one of the best practices in ending homelessness will take place March 21-23, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.  The Housing First Partners' Conference is co-presented by two of the world's leaders in implementing Housing First Strategies: Pathways to Housing and D.E.S.C.   The final call for presentations is October 15, 2011.  Give US Your Poor is excited to partner with the presenters for one part of the conference (more to come later).

For more information, click here.


NAEH predicts homelessness to increase dramatically

The National Alliance to End Homelessness predicts that, "Based on new evidence about increased poverty and future economic the next three years homelessness in the United States could increase by 5 percent, or 74,000 people."  The Alliance notes that such an increase could be avoided with adequate prevention efforts. 

Click here to read summary and download full report.


Wanna help the effort to end homelessness?  Here's how

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Using systemic change to help end homelessness


Alberta, Canada--In September 2011, David Peter Stroh, of Bridgeway Partners, and John McGah, Director of Give US Your Poor, were summit leaders at "A Housing Summit: Systems for Affordability" presented by the City of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.  They presented two 3-hour sessions on different days with an audience of funders, housing developers, homeless service providers, government officials, researchers and consumers.  Stroh and McGah were featured along with the work of the conference in the Lethbridge Herald and on local TV news. 


While in Alberta, Stroh and McGah also consulted with the Alberta Secretariat for Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness (ASAH), part of the province's Housing and Urban Affairs Dept.  Alberta has had very good initial success in the first few years of its 10 year plan to end homelessness


Hartford, CT--On September 27, 2011 Give US Your Poor & Bridgeway Partners presented, "Changing Systems to End Homelessness," at the Lyceum as part of the Partnership for Strong Communities' IForum series.  The Partnership gathered a diverse representation of aspects of the system for a rich discussion and exercises to explore how we get stuck in dynamics of the systems and unintended consequences.  Connecticut is a leading state in North America for innovative solutions to homelessness. Read more about forum here or download the PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.


Boston, MA--In July, 2011, Give US Your Poor and Bridgeway Partners, presented a day-long forum on applying systems thinking to homelessness and other public problems. It was sponsored by the Collins Center for Public Management and the Center for Social Policy, both divisions of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies at the University Judy Perlman at Systems Thinking Seminar UMBof Massachusetts Boston (as is Give US Your Poor).  For a recap click here; to see photos click here.

For more information visit our Systems Thinking page or contact us.




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