This week, more than half of the country was struggling with a polar vortex that brought a hard freeze and arctic chill to a majority of US…

This week, more than half of the country was struggling with a polar vortex that brought a hard freeze and arctic chill to a majority of US residents. For the most vulnerable among us, homeless and runaway youth without shelter, an already dangerous situation can quickly turn deadly. Shelters and teen resource centers  pitch in to do their part keeping 24-hour accessibility. (Read more here).

The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness also took the opportunity to roll out a longer term solution, proposing new year goals to help end homelessness. As the brutal weather and the Minnesota plan illustrate, ending homelessness requires investment in shelter and housing alike.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty (it is also Poverty Awareness Month) putting these issues at the center of national discourse. The economic recovery hasn’t changed the situation for persistent homelessness in this country. As a recent US Conference of Mayors survey indicates homelessness has increased by nearly 4% last year (see full report).

On a more positive note, our friends at American Street Kid were guests on 7-Waves Entertainment and shared their goals for putting finishing touches on their feature film. We are really excited for its release: