On Monday, September 18, Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett and Director of Housing & Homeless Services Kimberly Tucker joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness at a Congressional Briefing in the U.S Capitol. The briefing updated Congressional staff on progress that has been made nationally toward ending homelessness through rapid rehousing, and what we need to build on it. Great work at the local level was highlighted, and Congress was asked to support it with leadership and resources.
“Housing individuals and families stimulates the economy through occupancy, employment and sales taxes which in turn has a multiplier effect on the community,” said Barrett. “None of our services would be possible without the philanthropic support of individuals and community partners, or the federal grants we receive.”
Flagler Housing & Homeless Services housed 646 people last year.
Other organizations represented at the briefing included the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, based in D.C., and Clark County Social Services in Las Vegas. The briefing was sponsored by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhonde Island).