[Hpn] Outmoded Reworked 1997 Plan To End Homelessness Has Not Ended Homelessness

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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Manchester takes aim at stopping homelessness
By SCOTT BROOKS
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff=20
4 hours, 41 minutes ago=20

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MANCHESTER - A coalition of community leaders has put together a plan to =
end homelessness in Manchester within the next 10 years.

The group's report is set to be unveiled today at 11:30 a.m. in City =
Hall. Task force members say the report will call for more coordination =
between the many agencies that provide housing and health care for =
low-income residents.

"It's a bold agenda," said Mark Laliberte, an aide to Mayor Frank =
Guinta. "But if people are working together, I think there's real =
progress that can be made on this issue."

Roughly 1,500 people in Manchester find themselves homeless in the =
course of a year, the report estimates. About 400 of those people are =
children, it says.

Mary Sliney, who runs a transitional housing center on Spruce Street =
called The Way Home, estimated there may be from 500 to 1,000 homeless =
people in Manchester at any one time.

"It's a challenge to policymakers," said Sliney, one of 19 people on the =
task force that wrote the report. "So for me, to have the city =
government take on this challenge ... I think is compelling. It's =
inspiring, and it's gutsy."

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness counts Manchester among 300 =
cities and counties that have begun work on a 10-year plan to end =
chronic homelessness. In Denver, officials conceived a list of highly =
specific goals for the plan's first year, including the number of new =
housing units they wanted to build and the number of employment =
opportunities they hoped to create.

The city ended up exceeding those goals, adding 423 housing units and =
140 shelter beds, according to the council's Web site. Seven hundred and =
one people found employment in the first year, the site says.

Manchester's plan focuses on chronic homelessness, a condition that =
typically refers to disabled people who remain homeless for more than a =
year. Both Laliberte and Sliney said they do not believe any plan can =
eradicate homelessness.

"It's not realistic," Sliney said.

Maureen Beauregard, who chairs a group called Manchester Continuum of =
Care, says homelessness can be eliminated, but only if city government =
and local agencies work together.

"What this plan does that the Continuum doesn't is it really gets a =
broader swath of the community involved," said Beauregard, president of =
Families in Transition, a non-profit group that provides affordable =
housing. "That's what we need. We need new people who are looking at =
this issue in a coordinated effort to stop homelessness as it exists =
today."

Laliberte said Manchester's plan was more than two years in the making. =
Much of the work was done in the last six months, he said.

The New Hampshire Interagency Council on Homelessness put forward its =
own 10-year plan in December 2005. The plan was approved by Gov. John =
Lynch the following year.







William Charles Tinker
New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
1-603-286-2492
http://www.missingkids.com
http://www.nationalhomeless.org
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com

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<P><SPAN class=3Ddateline>MANCHESTER =96 </SPAN>A coalition of community =
leaders has=20
put together a plan to end homelessness in Manchester within the next 10 =

years.</P>
<P>The group's report is set to be unveiled today at 11:30 a.m. in City =
Hall.=20
Task force members say the report will call for more coordination =
between the=20
many agencies that provide housing and health care for low-income =
residents.</P>
<P>"It's a bold agenda," said Mark Laliberte, an aide to Mayor Frank =
Guinta.=20
"But if people are working together, I think there's real progress that =
can be=20
made on this issue."</P>
<P>Roughly 1,500 people in Manchester find themselves homeless in the =
course of=20
a year, the report estimates. About 400 of those people are children, it =

says.</P>
<P>Mary Sliney, who runs a transitional housing center on Spruce Street =
called=20
The Way Home, estimated there may be from 500 to 1,000 homeless people =
in=20
Manchester at any one time.</P>
<P>"It's a challenge to policymakers," said Sliney, one of 19 people on =
the task=20
force that wrote the report. "So for me, to have the city government =
take on=20
this challenge ... I think is compelling. It's inspiring, and it's =
gutsy."</P>
<P>The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness counts Manchester among =
300=20
cities and counties that have begun work on a 10-year plan to end =
chronic=20
homelessness. In Denver, officials conceived a list of highly specific =
goals for=20
the plan's first year, including the number of new housing units they =
wanted to=20
build and the number of employment opportunities they hoped to =
create.</P>
<P>The city ended up exceeding those goals, adding 423 housing units and =
140=20
shelter beds, according to the council's Web site. Seven hundred and one =
people=20
found employment in the first year, the site says.</P>
<P>Manchester's plan focuses on chronic homelessness, a condition that =
typically=20
refers to disabled people who remain homeless for more than a year. Both =

Laliberte and Sliney said they do not believe any plan can eradicate=20
homelessness.</P>
<P>"It's not realistic," Sliney said.</P>
<P>Maureen Beauregard, who chairs a group called Manchester Continuum of =
Care,=20
says homelessness can be eliminated, but only if city government and =
local=20
agencies work together.</P>
<P>"What this plan does that the Continuum doesn't is it really gets a =
broader=20
swath of the community involved," said Beauregard, president of Families =
in=20
Transition, a non-profit group that provides affordable housing. "That's =
what we=20
need. We need new people who are looking at this issue in a coordinated =
effort=20
to stop homelessness as it exists today."</P>
<P>Laliberte said Manchester's plan was more than two years in the =
making. Much=20
of the work was done in the last six months, he said.</P>
<P>The New Hampshire Interagency Council on Homelessness put forward its =
own=20
10-year plan in December 2005. The plan was approved by Gov. John Lynch =
the=20
following year.</P>
<P>&nbsp;</P>
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>William Charles Tinker<BR>New Hampshire =

Homeless<BR>Founded 11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street<BR>Northfield,N.H. =
03276-1640=20
USA<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human=20
rights.<BR>1-603-286-2492<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A><BR><A =

href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A><BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A><BR><A=20
href=3D"mailto:newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">newhampshirehom=
eless-subscribe@topica.com</A><BR></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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