Her comparison contrasted the situation of families with and without resources. While they were impacted by the storm, Kegel and her middle income family had a safety net to fall back on. Low-income families did not have that luxury.
In despite of the long recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New Orleans is ending homelessness.
Homelessness in the city has dropped 80% since 2007 and those working to end homelessness learned at least two key lessons:
“Housing First and Rapid Re Housing absolutely work.” Through Housing First, a tent city in New Orleans has been shut down. And after 3 years, 80% of rapidly re-housed families remain permanently housed; and
“Treat homelessness as the emergency it is.” Homelessness shortens an individual’s lives. As one’s health deteriorates, there is no opportunity for a normal family life.
Kegal called the audience of over 800 gathered at the conference to action.
“Let’s recommit ourselves to the righteous battle … Let’s speed the day when every child and individual has the safety of home.”
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