Every night, nearly 553,000 people sleep on the streets in the United States.

Let’s talk about humanity. In 1946, President Harry Truman nominated Eleanor Roosevelt to be the country’s first U.S. representative to the UN, calling her the new “First Lady of the World.” By December 10, 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt had seen the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to its completion.

She encouraged us to consider human rights in action where we live and work. In one of her last speeches at the UN, Roosevelt famously probed: 
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works.

How is this relevant to NAHRO members? You may have recently heard buzz around NAHRO conferences of people discussing whether our country should adopt housing as a right. Just as any other topic of discussion, we tend to take sides. Proponents for the right for housing point to the policies of “access” or the “right to shelter” in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. On the other hand, opponents believe that governments would be legally obligated to provide “free” housing and blow the well-worn dog whistle of the destructive economic impacts of overbroad public handouts that reinforce an atmosphere of rewarding the unemployed and encouraging citizens to live on the “public dole.” 

Nampa Housing Authority
CHIF Grant
For the past two years NHA has been awarded a CHIF grant through St. Luke's. With that grant, we are able to provide fitness events that promote physical and mental health. At these events we also provide resources for our residents and the community. 
Summer Camps
Some other big events for us this year were our spring and summer camps. In past years, we had partnered with University of Idaho Extension to provide us with a curriculum and teachers. This past season we did not have that resource and the staff here at NHA stepped up and put together everything that was needed to make these events possible.
Bremerton Housing Authority
The attached article from the Kitsap Sun highlights progress towards construction of Bremerton's first permanent supportive housing development. The contribution of $500,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation exemplifies the broad-based support to address chronic homelessness in our area. Pendleton Place is a collaboration between Bremerton Housing Authority and Kitsap Mental Health Services. READ MORE
Yakima Housing Authority
The Yakima Housing Authority broke ground on August 7, 2019 on a new Veteran's housing site. READ MORE
Youth and the Insurance Industry 
Submitted by HAI Group
While recruiters have typically been in the driver’s seat, choosing ideal candidates carefully out of a thick stack of resumes, one industry’s recruiters may soon find itself with slim pickings: insurance. Only four percent of millennials are interested in a career in insurance, according to the Pew Research Center.

This number poses major threats to the future of the insurance industry, as companies face replacing more than 295,000 positions by 2022. This deficit has largely grown due to the number of Baby Boomers retiring and the small number of millennials choosing insurance as a career path.

Housing professionals, who often wear many hats, tend to rely heavily on their insurance providers for advice, service, and claims handling. Without fresh talent, the future of these services can be in jeopardy.

One of the ways HAI Group actively works to help promote the rewards of a career in insurance is by running a summer internship program for students.

“We challenge our interns to learn different facets of the business. We want them to see more than just their typical idea of what insurance is,” said Gibriel Cham, assistant director of underwriting at HAI Group. Gibriel understands the value of this program firsthand since he began his 20 plus year career as an intern at HAI Group. Although Gibriel did not originally intend to pursue a career in insurance, his internship persuaded him to give it a try.