Making lemonade | The Election Page | Indy Week
Pin It

Making lemonade 

Editor's Note: It's one thing to read a news story about a particularly damaging Bush Administration policy. It's another thing to understand it from the point of view of the people who are affected by those decisions every day. To help understand the true ramifications of actions the Bush Administration has taken in the last three years, we will periodically check in with people who have been touched by them.

If you have been affected by a Bush policy, or work with an organization that has been, and would like to help people understand what's happeneing, please email us at editors@indyweek.com.

Chris Moran, executive director of the Inter-Faith Council in Carrboro, remembers wondering, "How are we going to pull it off?" On March 31, 2003, the IFC lost almost $366,000 when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development discontinued federal funding for Project Homestart, a transitional housing facility for the homeless. Instead of giving up, however, the IFC was able to raise independent funds to reopen a new transitional housing facility called Homestart. This is the story in his words.

"Homestart is really a revitalization of what occurred before, that was supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program that HUD supported was a transitional housing program ... When the Bush administration decided to change its direction, meaning transitional housing programs wouldn't be funded or refunded as they used to be, we lost our funding. We formed a community-wide planning group to look at how we could continue services for homeless women and children. And what we ended up with was a new Homestart program...

"We would be serving single women as well as families. We would be providing emergency services, as well as longer-term housing. We would be providing support around domestic violence issues for everyone... We would be aligning with more community agencies, that they could own the problem of homelessness rather it just being an IFC responsibility.

"So actually, the new program ... involved us reorganizing the agency and moving all the homeless women and children from Community House ... We can now approach the problem of homelessness in a more holistic way than we did before. We were sort of trapped in the definition that HUD gave us, and now we are using our own definitions...

"I have talked to some women about the change ... I remember one woman ... it was like manna from heaven for her, that's how she described it, because the environment is much more friendly ... It's more serene, there is more room ... there is greater opportunities ... Moms don't have to be with their children 100 percent of the time like they used to be over at Community House... so she felt pretty good about it." EndBlock

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in The Election Page



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

You can thank yourselves, INDY, for endorsing Clinton.

Absolute cowards!

Democrats have been afraid to own their …

by BEES on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

Indy Week - do you still feel as smug now about your Hillary endorsement? I blame you and the legions …

by Whatswrongwithyou on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

Respectfully, I don't see what the point of this article is. It neatly summarizes this year while putting five dollar …

by gwalters on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

A reasonable person would find much to agree in what you wrote but one passage stood out for me

by Mike Moore on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

Comments

You can thank yourselves, INDY, for endorsing Clinton.

Absolute cowards!

Democrats have been afraid to own their …

by BEES on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

Indy Week - do you still feel as smug now about your Hillary endorsement? I blame you and the legions …

by Whatswrongwithyou on We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment (The Election Page)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation