Providing Clothing to Families Facing Poverty Should Be More Than a Funding Accessory

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.

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.