Unwrapping a Basic Understanding of Veteran Homelessness

“It is simply unacceptable for individuals, children, families and our nation’s Veterans to be faced with homelessness in this country”  – President Obama, June 18, 2009. Who is your favorite superhero? It seems like the silver screen is flush with superhero smash hits every summer. Batman, with his man cave and great car, is my…

Unwrapping a Basic Understanding of Child Homelessness

Originally Posted on Act Locally Waco Community Blog, January 26, 2014. The previous months welcomed the annual holiday season. Some of us spent time unwrapping gifts with high anticipation for what would be revealed underneath the glitter and flashy paper. In one of our previous posts we talked about the rise of homelessness among a…

Why Should We Care About Housing and Homelessness?

Originally posted on November 3, 2013 at Act Locally Waco Blog.  Policy briefings, lobbyist meetings, and picket lines…this is the typical landscape we see and hear in the headlines of Washington. They all seem to be actions from a distant planet with unknown implications on our day-to-day lives. This blog series is designed to make…

Understanding the Definition of Homelessness

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco Blog on December 1, 2013. Days ago, Oxford Dictionary accepted the popular term, “selfie” into the canon of the English language. Selfie (the act of extending your own smart phone ahead of you to take a self-portrait) is now part of our daily lexicon and day-to-day reality. Definitions are…

How Decisions in Washington Could Affect Housing in Waco, TX

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco Blog on May 18, 2014.  Since the post-holiday season, we have used the motif of unwrapping gifts to understand some of the dimensions of housing and homelessness. We started our discussion with a definition of homelessness through Housing and Urban Development (the federal agency that administers national housing programs)….

Nonprofit Oversight Increases July 1

The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 mandates best practices and governance controls to be implemented in New York State-based nonprofits; the law takes effect next month. Of particular note is the good faith effort of nonprofit leadership to declare potential conflicts of interest. This concept is by no means new to the nonprofit sector. However,…

The Economic Impact of Nonprofits

The Economic Impact of Nonprofits An interesting info-graphic that summarizes the contribution of the nonprofit sector to the US economy.