WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus hosted a briefing titled “Successful Community Models in Housing and Homeless Shelters.”
During the briefing, attendees heard from community leaders regarding several models currently employed around the country. From homeless shelters to the Housing First model, panelists discussed case studies as representations of what works best in various communities and how the American people can work together to reduce and eliminate homelessness.
Panelists included Nan Roman, CEO and President, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Barbara Banaszynski, Senior Vice President, Program Operations, Volunteers of America; Bob Sweeney, Dallas Life Foundation; and moderator Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless.
In addition to the difficulties homeless individuals face on a daily basis, homelessness puts tremendous financial pressure on municipalities across the United States, as the state works to provide police and medical assistance to individuals left to fend for themselves on the streets. The Congressional Homelessness Caucus seeks to host conversations and develop policies to ultimately eradicate homelessness.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.