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November 24, 2001

Preserving Tenancies Conference

This just crossed my desk; unfortunately, the registration deadline is past; however, perhaps you can still get in.....

MassHousing, Mass Law Reform, the BHA, Greater Boston Legal Services, various State Departments (Public Health, MR, MH, DTA, MRC), etc. are sponsoring a conference called "Preserving Tenancies Through Teamwork" on Friday 12/14/01 from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm at the Hogan Conference Center at Holy Cross College in Worcester.

Conference Goals: (1) learn how to stop the revolving doors of problem tenancies; (2) learn the origins and dynamics of specific tenancy problems; (3) learn how, when, and who should intervene; (4) learn how to prevent tenancy problems; (5) learn how to resolve tenancy problems that have already occurred

If you are interested in registering, contact Janeen Harris at Mass Housing at 617-854-1069. Hopefully, she can fax you the necessary registration form and workshop schedul

Bush to Announce $1 Billion in Grants for Homeless

By Patricia Wilson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Tuesday will announce more than $1 billion in federal help for the homeless and encourage private charitable giving during the holiday season, a senior administration official said.

During a visit to a Washington charity that provides food, medical care and counseling to Washington's homeless and poor, Bush also will push Congress to pass his faith-based initiative, the official told Reuters.

Bush's plan to let churches, synagogues and mosques help deliver $250 billion in federal social programs, ranging from aid to pregnant teens to help for the homeless, has been stalled in the Democratic-led Senate for several months.

But senators have begun to circulate a draft compromise in hopes of passing the legislation by the end of the year. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved Bush's plan earlier this year.

At So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith organization made up of community-based volunteers and staff that was founded in 1970 by a group of ministers and priests as a soup kitchen, Bush will announce more than $1 billion in grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (news - web sites) to help the homeless.

``The president also will be callAing on Americans to support charities of all kinds during this season of giving,'' the official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the $1 billion as ``the largest-ever'' federal government grant to the homeless.

Despite support from Republican leaders and some prominent Democrats including Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Bush's faith-based plan has drawn fire from all points on the political compass.

Religious conservatives worry the lure of federal money will lead charities to abandon their spirituality. Civil libertarians wonder how government aid for charitable work will be separated from money for religious activities. Skeptics are concerned about how religious organizations will be defined.

Apart from expanding a provision of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act that allows faith-based groups to compete for federal funds, Bush wants to encourage giving by increasing tax credits for personal and corporate charitable donations.

The draft compromise proposed by Lieberman and Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania would allow Americans who do not itemize their taxes to deduct charitable donations.

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the United States, the faith-based initiative has not been at the forefront of Bush's public agenda.

SOME provides 1,200 meals a day to hungry and homeless children, men and women. In addition, it offers clothing, shelter, showers and medical and dental care.

A nonprofit community-based organization, SOME has more than 200 shelters and permanent housing units

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