Resident Book Club: Same Kind of Different As Me

Resident Book Club: Same Kind of Different As Me

Here at WHC, we focus on engaging our residents in meaningful activities that will help promote good values and habits. One of the programs that we periodically engage our residents with is book club.

This month, residents have been reading “Same Kind Of Different As Me,” which is about a couple who forms a relationship with a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Not only is this book inspiring for residents to read because of the positive themes that it has throughout, it also shows situations that are similar to what some of our residents experience and how these situations can be turned around.

In our book club, residents are invited to listen to the book on audio. This means that no matter what their reading level is, they can participate in the club and feel included. We get the unabridged versions of the book so that if a resident wants to read along with the audio, they can. If a participant sees words they don’t know, they can work through them while listening to the book.

We enjoy getting the opportunity to not only reinforce positive themes in our residents’ lives, but also provide a learning opportunity for those whose reading levels may not be as high as others.

To learn more about the programs we offer, click here.

HUD Proposed Changes Could Have a Detrimental Impact

Recently, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, announced two new proposed regulations that would be detrimental to those currently living in low-income housing or those who are already struggling to afford rent.

The first of these regulations deals with those who are in public and HUD-assisted housing. For this type of housing, the rent that the person pays depends on their gross adjusted income. Currently, a person must pay 30% of their gross adjusted income. With the proposed regulation, it would raise the payment to 35%. Imagine a person who lives on disability. If this person only gets a few hundred dollars a month, every penny counts. That 5% could mean the difference between putting dinner on the table on a nightly basis or not.

The second proposed regulation would triple (Yes, you read that right!) the minimum rent that the lowest income households can have. Currently, it is $50. The new proposal would make it $150. What does this mean? The people who are seeing their rents triple could very well be homeless soon after this regulation goes into effect.

It’s easy to see, when you lay out the facts, how these two proposals could increase the homelessness rate throughout the United States. Although these regulations may not pass the House & Senate, it’s important that we raise our voices against these issues and ensure that the general public knows that these things COULD happen. It’s up to us to prevent it.