"With that call to action Phillip Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) finished his opening address to what proved to be a stimulating and challenging forum."
"The challenge was a seemingly simple one. When chronically homeless people are actually asked what they want, speakers said, they respond by saying they want a house."
Read more of Mr Paul van Reyk’s opinion piece on the Housing When? forum.
Planning to End Homelessness
Read the key note presentation below from the Housing When? forum - Planning to End Homelessness by Mr Philip Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, or listen to the podcast.
'Life Matters' ABC Radio National
On any given night, one in 200 Australians is homeless, either sleeping rough on the streets, or staying in accommodation that is unstable and unsafe. A quarter of them are families with young children.
Philip Mangano is the executive director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. His organisation has been asking American cities to make 10-year plans for ending homelessness. His approach is ambitious, and his methods are starting to have an influence in Australia.
Listen to Philip Mangano interview from Thrusday 2 April on 'Life Matters' ABC Radio National- Philip Mangano: US Homelessness Tsar
Mr Philip Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Mr Mangano is the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. In this role he has engaged every level of government and the private sector to constellate a National Partnership to end homelessness.
These partnerships have led to unprecedented state and local investments across the country. Additional collaborations with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the National Governors Association have resulted in new visibility on the issue of homelessness across the country.
The Interagency Council is comprised of 20 Cabinet Secretaries and Federal agency directors who convene regularly at the White House to ensure that Federal resources are more available and accessible to homeless people.
Philip F. Mangano was nominated in 2007 as one on TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and in September 2008 was recognized by the International Downtown Association (IDA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award, IDA’s most prestigious award. In 2006 Mr. Mangano was named by Governing Magazine as the first and only Federal official ever to be honored with its Public Official of the Year Award. He has been recognized by mainstream and business media in the United States for his leadership on the issue of homelessness and new results in ending homelessness being achieved in cities across the country through the National Partnership created by the Council.
Mr. Mangano brings to his role more than 25 years of experience in the issue of homelessness, both in public policy and solution-oriented programs. In his work in Massachusetts, Mr. Mangano originated the abolitionist notion of changing the verb and intent of homelessness from managing the response to ending the disgrace by moving beyond a status quo that was well intentioned to innovations that are results oriented.
The National Homelessness Information Clearing House
The National Homelessness Information Clearinghouse is an industry funded initiative aimed at collecting and disseminating information on homelessness issues – factors, client group issues, service response models, research, funding programs – both nationally in Australia and overseas.
Mr Paul van Reyk is the Content and Community Engagement Manager for the Clearinghouse.