The following op-ed column by Greg Jackson and Gerald Thomas, Managing Director of the Brownsville Partnership, ran in the New York Daily News on November 6, 2011.
From 2003-2007, Becky Kanis led the successful effort that reduced street homelessness in Times Square by 87%. Now, she's taking what she learned to communities across the country as Director of our 100,000 Homes Campaign. In a candid Q+A, she opens up about her values, her military background, and the reason she's passionate about ending homelessness.
Q. What is the 100,000 Homes Campaign?
FOR MORE THAN 10 years, Carmen lived on the streets around Omaha, Nebraska. Suffering from cancer and partly cut off from her family, she was a stark example of the chronically homeless people who exist all across the United States.
The following article by 100,000 Homes Campaign Director Becky Kanis was published this month by the Stanford Social Innovation Review:
Leaders in New York City’s public housing community are interested in transforming city-owned superblocks into mixed-use, mixed-income communities that engage with the pedestrian realm.
Stephanie Estrada struggled into a sitting position from her nest of blankets on the pavement behind a lamp store. She squinted into the beam of a flashlight and swiped at her tangle of graying hair.
Two local organizations have recently joined the 100,000 Homes campaign, a national push to house 100,000 homeless people by July 2013.
“The neat thing about this campaign is that it is very streamlined. It is effective, it is efficient and generates amazing outcomes,” said Kathy Sibert, the executive director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).
As a child, Harold Fisher would play in the Arlington County, Va. park that eventually became his “home.” He found a sheltered area near the park’s tennis courts to sleep nights in later years when he was homeless.
A group of young people in Brownsville are making a push to get Brooklyn residents to eat healthier.