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Homlessness is a global challenge, yet municipalities are forced to deal with it as a local issue. It's how they approach change that makes an impact. We’re joined by former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Linda Gibbs and professor and former Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Research at the New York City Department of Homeless Services Jay Bainbridge to discuss their new book, How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness, and how we can build a world where everyone has a home to call their own.
About How Ten Global Cities Take On Homelessness
This book takes on perhaps the most formidable issue facing metropolitan areas today: the large numbers of people experiencing homelessness within cities. Four dedicated experts with first-hand experience profile ten cities—Bogota, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, New York City, Baltimore, Edmonton, Paris, and Athens—to explore ideas, strategies, successes, and failures. Together they bring an array of government, nonprofit, and academic perspectives to offer a truly global perspective. The authors answer essential questions about the nature and causes of homelessness and analyze how cities have used innovation and local political coordination to address this pervasive problem.
Ten Global Cities will be an invaluable resource not only for students of policy and social work but for municipal, regional, and national policymakers; nonprofit service providers; community advocates and activists; and all citizens who want to collaborate for real change. These authors argue that homelessness is not an insurmountable social condition, and their examples show that cities and individuals working in coordination can lead the charge for better outcomes.
About Linda Gibbs
Linda Gibbs served as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for New York City from 2005 to 2013.
Supervising the city’s human service, public health and social justice agencies, she spearheaded major initiatives on poverty alleviation, juvenile justice reform and obesity reduction. Two of the collaborative efforts she shaped to address significant social challenges are “Age Friendly NYC,” a blueprint for enhancing the livability of older New Yorkers, and “Young Men’s Initiative,” an initiative addressing race-based disparities facing Black and Latino young men in the areas of health, education, employment training and the justice system. Gibbs also improved the use of data and technology in human service management, contract effectiveness, and evidence-based program development. During her tenure, New York City has been the only top 20 city in the U.S. whose poverty rate did not increase while the national average rose 28%.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor, Gibbs was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and held senior positions with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget.
About Jay Bainbridge
Dr. Bainbridge’s research applies statistical and research methods to public sector problems. His current research focuses on trends, causes, and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless. Previous to joining Marist College, he was Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Research at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, and he continues to consult on homeless services policy and planning for national and international cities.
Working with Bloomberg Associates, he recently guided the first systematic street counts internationally in Mexico City, Bogota, Paris, and Athens. He has published in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health on topics related to homelessness prevention, aging of the homeless population, and the health of the homeless.
He is co-author of the book How Ten Global Cities Take on Homelessness. This book takes on perhaps the most formidable issue facing metropolitan areas today: the large numbers of people experiencing homelessness within cities. Four dedicated experts with first-hand experience profile ten cities—Bogotá, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, New York City, Baltimore, Edmonton, Paris, and Athens—to explore ideas, strategies, successes, and failures.
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