Can we end homelessness? Interview with CEO of US Alliance to end homelessness

A conference was held in Brisbane this week on the topic of Ending Homelessness.  I was part of a panel exploring migrants’ interaction with homeless services. One of the main speeches was by Nan Roman, who is the CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness in the USA.

I had the chance to interview Nan Roman today on my regular weekly radio shift.  I also spent last weekend learning how to set up podcasts, so if you’re interested in the topic of homelessness, and whether it is realistic to aim to end it, hopefully you’ll be able to listen to it by going to this link.

(Or if you want to download the podcast directly, clicking on the following link should do it: (4.5MB file)  interview with Nan Roman )

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  1. I am surprised that such an important question has not been more vigorously discussed here…but I guess that the link between gambling / overspending (especially on supposedly revenue-raising poker / slot machines) and homelessness must be avoided, since that very likely cause of homelessness is also the very likely “golden goose” for many lazy politicians and influential, greed-driven others? So we have a conference about it instead…to look like we care? Balls!…We do not care one bit that so many billions of dollars are being thrown down the sink / lost via excessive gambling…to wreck families…to create homelessness! SO WHY pretend that we DO care lol?

  2. I think the government is to blame for not building enough public housing.

    The federal government also needs to give more thought to infrastructure when it is bringing in hundreds of thousands of migrants.

    The more competition there is for housing, the more housing prices and rents increase.

    Everywhere I go, people are complaining about low wages, combined with high cost of food, utilities and accommodation – also public transport difficulties.

    If the government dealt with alcoholism, gambling, drug addiction and mental health issues more effectively, certainly more people could be successfully accommodated in boarding houses.

    Some of the people living on the streets are ordinary couples with young families. They simply cannot find a house to rent due to competition.

    I think there would be more houses available for families if units were made available to single or older people that were not so outrageously priced.

    Developers seem to think people should pay a house-sized price for high rise units the size of cubby holes which are sharing a postage stamp sized piece of land.

    The federal government could also stop paying young teenagers a Youth Allowance to move out of home. A bit of support for parents could nip a potential alcohol/drug abuse/criminal problem in the bud.

  3. Is homelessness such a boring topic that people reading here are unwilling to comment?

    In Queensland alone, 100,000 people without a home seems fairly important to me.

    Don’t you have a suggestion or ANYTHING at all to say?

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