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Interfaith Assembly Executive Director Marc Greenberg interviewed on BronxNet along with Pras Michel of the Fugies and Orlando Ward of Volunteers of America on the Movie "Skid Row" as a tool to raise awareness of the homeless crisis.
This June, Marc Greenberg, the Executive Director of IAHH, was interviewed by NY1 as part of a report on the court case involving the Advantage Program, where he reaffirms the need for the NYC government to rental assistance to families and individuals, many of whom are now or will soon be back in homeless shelters.
In response to a request by New York Coalition for the Homeless, New York City Independent Budget Office studied the budgetary imapact restoring priority referral to public housing for homeless families. IBO reports back that prority referral for homeless families would reduce shelter costs by $29.4-million per year, with the savings to the city's portion of the costs being reduced by $11-million per year.
Read the Independent Budget Offices report.
Interfaith Assembly was highlighted by the New York Daily News this past Sunday, June 3, 2012.
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FOREWORD BY SUSAN C. GREENFIELD
In the spring of 2011, the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing sponsored “Living Well,” its first Life Skills Program to assist women who had become homeless as a result of domestic abuse. As with all of the Assembly’s Life Skills Programs, participants were expected to write a version of their life stories to share with their peers, mentors, and members of the Assembly. To assist them in this goal, I ran a series of story-telling workshops. It was initially overwhelming. On my first day, for instance, I asked the participants to write about a happy childhood memory. Most of the women said they had none, and one started to shake and cry uncontrollably. One of the facilitators—herself a domestic violence survivor—later explained that my question had “re-traumatized” her. Nevertheless, by the end of the program, all of the women were not only able write about their childhood, but also about some of the most painful experiences of domestic violence. We talked about the role of “authority” in “authorship”—about how writing about their past selves could help them change positions, to detach from the victimized character who is acted upon and become a narrator controlling the action. We talked about the power of “owning” your story.