Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Stephen Lurie, of the Atlantic Cities Blog, looks at the surprising recent decline of homelessness and labels it a "public policy triumph." He then asks why more politicians and journalists aren't covering the good news:
Unlike the jobs report, there is no famous, metronomic update on the state of homelessness in America. The "Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress" of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a front-page rarity. Since its first iteration in 2007, the report that collects information on homelessness nationwide, has been mentioned in one article of the archives of both the New York Times and Washington Post, combined. Coverage of homeless issues—found extensively in the "street papers" produced in many cities like Chicago’s Streetwise—is just not a topic that catches attention for wider audiences.