Ou Executive Director, Deborah Blatt, recently published an Op-Ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on clothing insecurity in the US and the absence of public policy and philanthropic response to this crisis. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/providing-clothing-to-families-facing-poverty-should-be-more-than-a-funding-accessory
Clothing insecurity, or the lack of sufficient, clean, seasonal, and size-appropriate apparel, is a much more serious problem then many people understand. If an individual or a family can’t pay the rent or afford to put food on the table, basics like underwear, socks, and shoes become luxuries.
This thought-provoking piece challenges the public and private sectors to find new means and mechanisms to pursue a more responsive and responsible approach using principles and practices of models such as The Sharing Shelf and other front-line organizations addressing clothing needs.