There’s A New Blog In The Neighborhood

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Homelessness, Housing, Poverty

Back in January of this year, I received an email from a gentleman at Path Partners.

They were getting ready to start a new blog about homelessness and asked if I might be interested in becoming one of the sites contributing bloggers.

I’m familiar with the organization because its CEO, Joel John Roberts, is the author of the L.A.’s Homeless Blog.

The new site was originally going to be called "Homelessness In The City," and was scheduled to make its debut within a couple of months of their initial email to me.  

To be quite honest, at first I was a little reluctant to agree for a couple of reasons.

Primarily I wanted to make sure that, even though the blog was a project of Path Partners, that it would not be used as a vehicle to push through any specific "agenda" for the organization. In other words, I didn’t want to be a part of something which was geared toward becoming a fund raising tool.

If the site was going to be about raising the public’s awareness about homelessness – cool.

If the site was going to be about raising funds for any one specific organization or agency – then count me out.

The other reason I was hesitant to agree has to do with time and commitment.

When I first began authoring this blog, I had no idea just how time consuming it can be.

First there are the many news articles about homelessness from all around the nation that I end up reading.

Then, if I happen to mention statistical numbers, there is the checking and re-checking to make sure that I’m getting the facts correct. In addition to that, there are times when I begin writing a post and something I’ve read in the past comes to mind – so I end up doing a bit of cross referencing.

It can quickly become a bit overwhelming.

So, with regards to penning an additional post every now and again for some other site – in addition to posting to my own blog – I didn’t want to make a commitment I couldn’t follow through on.

However, I’ve been reading Mr. Roberts’ L.A. Homeless Blog entries almost as long as I’ve been authoring SLO Homeless. And, although I may not always entirely agree with his points of view, I have come to greatly respect what he has to say.

That’s why, when I was contacted again by the folks at Path Partners and the invitation was offered to me a second time, I accepted.

The site, however, ended up being called inforUm and was officially unveiled on the 21st of this month.

The list of folks who will be contributing to the site is pretty impressive.

For example:

Dr. Ellen Bassuk, Founder and President of The National Center on Family Homelessness wrote a post titled, The Most Homeless Children Since The Great Depression.

Bill Pitkin, Senior Program Officer at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, wrote, What Does The Recession Mean For The Homeless?

Catherine An, who is the Media Relations and Communications Specialist at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, posted, Foster Children: Youth Homelessness and Housing.

And of course, Joel John Roberts will be posting to the site.

I uploaded my first post to the site this past Friday, and I expect that I will be posting there at least once a week.

And as always, if you want to know my thoughts and opinions about homelessness, you’re more than welcome to drop by here.

  1. AnAmerican says:

    What a wonderful post on character! Congratulations on expanding your writing and thoughts for others to enjoy.

    Another favorite I wanted to share :

    “Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.” (Unknown)

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