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The Journey to Reframe Human Services – Part 1: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

By: Irv Katz, Bridget McCabe, Ilsa Flanagan National Human Services Assembly with appreciation to FrameWorks Institute  It is a journey, an apt metaphor, because even when we reach our destination—a new and more relevant frame for human needs and human services that is widely adopted by the field—there will be implementation and adjustment and refinement…

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Watch: How Can Children Be Homeless in This Country?

On Thanksgiving Day, Dan Fuller, VP of Legislative Relations for Communities In Schools, talked with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about child homelessness. As Melvin pointed out, many people wonder, “How can children be homeless in this country?” According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1 in 30 American kids are homeless. That statistic means that…

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Believe It: Social Security Turns 80

Did you know that next year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act? Social Security, and all the comes with it–the card, the number, the promise of a little assistance once we reach our golden years–is something we as Americans take for granted. Yet when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security…

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Infographic Thursday: Homeless Youth & Sexual Violence

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and supporting the month’s aim to increase awareness about runaway prevention is becoming increasingly important. It is estimated that 2.5 Million children experience homelessness each year. That’s equal to 1 out of every 30 children. And as the infographic below shows, 550,000 young people are homeless for longer than…

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Big Changes Still Possible from Lame Duck Congress

by Laura Welling, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Originally published on the Goodwill Blog   In American politics, the term “lame duck” was first used in 1863 in reference to “broken-down politicians.” However, the phrase originated in 18th century London as a finance phrase, referring to someone who defaulted on…

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Helping More Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods

Honest question: How many of you have fond memories of the neighborhoods you grew up in? Shouldn’t every child have the opportunity to grow up in safe neighborhoods full of tangible opportunities they can see? However, in a piece for the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Blog, Barbara Sard from the Center for Budget and Policy…