Father's Day 2012 - HUD - 3/8/12

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>>> Hello, everyone. I want to invite you and welcome
you to father's day 2012. And I know a lot of you housing
authorities participated in father's day 2011, and I just
want to give you a little recap as to where father's day
2012-2011 came from. In New York City about a year
and a half ago, the housing authority had a father's
initiative, and they invited fathers to come out with their
children, to come to a community center on a Saturday morning and
they had activities for the fathers and the kids, bonding
activities. They had games.
They had lunch. They had a lot of different
things going on for the fathers and the kids.
At the same time, they had resources for the dads.
So they had a job training table.
They had a help table. They had legal services at
another table. So we took that idea and we said
you know what, wouldn't it be great if our housing authorities
all across the country came together on one day and did a
similar activity? So we invited housing
authorities to participate in father's day 2011.
So last father's day we had 209 housing authorities participate
in father's day. Some housing authorities had
multiple events, Chicago, for example, had 12 activities on
father's day. So this year we're going to do
it again. We're going to have father's day
2012, and again, we're going to be inviting you, housing
authorities, to participate in father's day 2012.
We at the same time are talking to different federal agencies so
that we can get their grantees, the job training centers, the
health centers, the legal centers, to participate with you
on father's day. We've talked to the boys and
girls clubs, we've talked to the NFL and the NBA, and whereA the
NBA is not going to go to a lot of cities they did last year
commit to go to ten cities and have their athletes participate
in father's day activities. So we anticipate a lot more than
209 housing authorities. We invite you to participate,
and we have a panel today that's going to talk a little bit more
about father's day and we're going to start with the video
that the HUD office made with father's day 2011.
So can we go to the video? 抖
>> As a father of two young girls and as someone who grew up
without a father, I know the power a present father can have
in the life of a child. And the heavy weight on a child
when their dad's absent. If you're here today because you
also recognize that the hole a man leaves when he's not in the
home is a hole that no government can fill.
To be a great dad is the most important job in a man's life,
but as you all know, it doesn't have to be hard.
You can play catch, go to a park or visit a zoo.
Sit down together for dinner. Ask how your child's day was.

>> What fathers do in their lives for their children is
they're there for them, whether it's getting up in the morning
and going to work, whether it's coming home, whether it's little
leagues, track meets, whether it's the drama or the music
lessons, whatever father's encourage.
And that's why we're encouraging all of the public housing
agencies around the country to celebrate father's day, to
envice those fathers to events with their children so those
children will have the same experience I had, a smiling,
proud father holding them, laughing with them, enjoying the
day with them. A father who's there for them
and a father who is standing with them.
And that's what fathers do, they stand with their family.
They stand for their families and they will always be in that
family providing the support they need, the hugs they need,
the smiles they need, and most of all, the love they need.
抖 >> I'm director of resident
services for the Dallas housing authority.
Today is a special day and particularly for the Dallas
housing authority. As you know, Sunday is father's
day, and so much is made of mother's day and rightly so.
As a mother, I can agree with that.
But I also agree that the importance of father in the
daily lives of their children is something that's particularly in
our recent times in society is overlooked.
It's not pumped up enough. Households today are being
female-run. Among those assisted by federal
housing assistance, upwards of 92% of the households are
female-headed. >> The national initiative
started by the U.S. department of housing and urban development
where they've asked over 3200000ing authorities to
participate in this -- 2300 housing authorities to
participate. The focus is to bring together
fathers and their families to make sure they're healthy and
productive in their society. We know one of the most
important single indicators of our families breaking the
poverty cycle is they are engaged in a family environment.
>> It doesn't mean the parent have to live in the same
household. What it does mean, that I as a
huge being have a balance somewhere in my life and that
balance includes knowing who I am from creation to forming me
to growing up, and that requires the influence and the impact of
both people who play the role in my creation.
>> On Saturday, June 18th, over 200 housing authorities
held father's day events. Some, like in Chicago, Illinois,
and Providence, Rhode Island, held multiple events.
And many sites view father's day as an opportunity to invite
their local partners to set up resource tables for the dads.
We estimate that over 22,000 individuals participated in the
event. Fathers, children, mothers,
grandparents and friends. >> It's not always about
succeeding. But it's about always trying.
And that's something everybody can do, it's about showing up
and sticking with it and going back at it when you mess up and
letting your kids know not just with words, but with deeds that
you love them and that you're always -- they're always your
first priority. Malia was born on the 4th of
July, and every first father has this memory of, you know, you're
waiting and you're waiting and then suddenly Michelle woke me
up at around 3:00, 4:00 and I was sleepy and she say, hey,
buster, I think this baby is happening.
That night, knowing that there was this new life inside your
house in a bassinette and remembering to check on them
every five minutes to make sure they're still breathing and then
feeling them lying on your chest when you fed them and they're
falling asleep, and you knew at that moment something that if
you are not a father yet, people say and you don't believe, which
is at that moment you realize you will do anything for that
抖 >> All right.
So as that last little picture says, we are looking forward to
father's day 2012. And by the way, this video, we
want you to make as much use of this video as you possibly can.
That's your video. Take it, do it for outreach
events or whatever you want. But HUD can't do this by
ourselves. And we have enlisted some
partners. We have an advisory council,
boys and girls club, national fatherhood initiative, national
football players association, they're all part of the advisory
council. But we also can't do it without
fellow sister, fellow federal agencies, and particularly
there's a White House fatherhood group and Ben O'Dell is here
from that group and I want him to talk about father's day
as well. Ben.
>> Thanks, Ron. And thanks so much for having me
here today to talk with you and everyone about the exciting
things that are happening through the White House and the
faith-based partnership specifically through our
fatherhood initiative and some of the ways we can connect some
of those resources to the great work here at HUD.
From the video you saw some clips from the 100th
anniversary of father's day. The recognition ceremony that
happened in the east room of the White House.
It was the first time I had a chance to really learn about
some of the important elements of fatherhood, some of the
challenges also that are associated with that here in our
country. And I was sook shook to my core
as I thought about some of these numbers, that 24 million
children in America, close to one in three, are likely living
without a biological father in their home.
We know that when dads are not around, young people are more
likely to drop out of school, use drugs, become involved in
the criminal justice system, any number of risk factors are
associated with fatherless homes.
At the same time, challenges exist for fathers who are
involved, the present economic challenges that are facing our
country are specifically -- have specifically impacted the
economic stability for fathers and their children.
And we know that it's important, economic stability and a job is
important for fathers trying to do the right thing, to maintain
their dignity and motivation in the face of both unemployment
and under-employment. What was even more amazing that
day was realizing that these were not just statistics to our
president, but they are a lived reality as he goes every day in
the shadow of the ghost of his father that he barely knew.
So he charged us with leading an effort to really recognize and
lift up the role of fathers in our country.
And we do that through about three different areas, three
different society of activities. And I want to go through those
quickly so you have a sense of what's going on nationally and
where HUD's activities fit in to that comprehensive effort.
Those three areas are policy and programs, public-private
partnerships and lastly national and local outreach events.
This effort really started by working with a variety of
different agencies, five or six different agencies.
We went around the country having listening session,
learning more about the importance of fatherhood and how
it interacting with five different sets of policy areas
from the department of justice and looking at re-entry issues,
from veterans and the department of defense looking at the
challenges facing our service members and returning service
members. From that, we have developed a
range of policy efforts that really reflect the reality that
we heard about there in the community.
Some of those efforts have included increasing funding for
by 25 million for fatherhood programs in conjunction with
Congress, increased partnerships and a focus on jobs through
department of health and human services, as well as the
department of labor. Increased research on strategies
to better serve fathers and families, as well as piloting
reforms in the child welfare system as well as the child
support system across our country.
We work extensively with those partners and those stakeholders
both internally and externally. And internally most of that
coordination happens through what's called the inter-agency
working group on fatherhood in which HUD is an active
participant and we're excited to bring alongside department of
health and human services, the White House and variety of
offices that work on fatherhood out of that -- out of the White
House office. In addition to the department of
justice, the department of labor, all of these efforts
working together to really strengthen and support
fatherhood across our country. We are also working to promote
public-private partnerships. And really what this looks like
is that we know it's a challenge sometimes for fathers to have
ways to spend time with their kids.
And we want to create public-private partnerships that
will lessen some of those burtds, that will create natural
and easy opportunities for dads to connect with their kids.
And so we're looking at a variety of different
corporations and partners that we can work with to create those
opportunities from the baseball and varieties of sports leagues
that could provide discounts or opportunities to really
celebrate dads at games to corporations that are willing to
just create meaningful opportunities, ways to connect
dads with their kids in small, but important ways.
We hear across the country that sometimes just playing catch can
be important. So we don't want to minimize the
easy opportunities, but we want to create more and more
opportunities for dads to connect with their kids.
One of those is certainly our HUD public housing events.
Which we really are excited to help and connect with as well.
Those events are very similar to events we're -- that are
happening around the country. We know that each father's day
for the past three father's day, while we've had president Obama
in office, that we've had father's day events at the White
House. And so we are excited to
continue to lift up the positive example of fatherhood that he
presents to our country. You know, he says that his
workday in as much and as often as possible he makes it to have
dinner with his family. Family a priority there in the
White House. He says it's a challenge,
though. Not having a father in his own
life, not having that model, but his model is exactly what we
want to communicate across the country, that just because your
dad wasn't there doesn't mean you can't also be there for your
family, that you can break that cycle of fatherlessness in your
own family and really seek out ways that you can be in healthy
and responsible ways involved in your family.
But some can be too big and too hard to connection to, so we're
doing events around the country locally that lift up positive
examples of fatherhood from each community, mixing both stories
of men who have overcome significant challenges, whether
or not that's incarceration, previous challenges as a family,
economic instability, all those different challenges that men
face, we lift up those examples and dads who stay with their
children through thick and thin. But then we also say fathers who
have always been there, who give us the models that we all need
to really recognize and see what fatherhood looks like so that we
can have some of those mentoring relationships that we all need
that I need as a father to help me learn what to do in a variety
of circumstances because there is no textbook on fatherhood,
there is no booklet we get when you become a dad that says
here's how fatherhood works. And so we need to rely and learn
from the men that come before us, that have gone through those
roads, that have read those -- that are -- read the book of
life that they've been through and learn from them as well.
So we're excited to lift up all those models locally across the
country and have worked with some public housing authorities
to lift up fathers from around the country who participated in
last year's events and come to these White House events and
share with us what fatherhood looks like to them from their
own unique circumstance. As we look ahead to this year,
we're excited to celebrate and look at and participate in many
of the public housing events that are coming up this father's
day. But we've also already done a
lot of work to celebrate and lift up the events that happened
last year. We did a series of blog posts on
fatherhood.gov, which is really the home for what's happening
all across the administration on fatherhood.
That's fatherhood.gov. You can see a variety of posts
there from last year and we'll be excited to celebrate and
participate in the work of letting people know what is
going to happen and what does happen on father's day this year
with our public housing events. But we're also excited to lift
up and connect with a variety of the other agencies through the
inter-agency working group on -- to bring the vast range of
federal resources to bear on these opportunities and meetings
as well so that we can have public housing -- or I'm sorry,
federally qualified health centers participate so that we
can have federally funded fatherhood programs and marriage
programs Schwartz pate, so that we can have all the different
programs and activities activities that support engage fathers to be
present and participate in these meetings so that fathers can
know about the resources that the administration is creating
to support and strengthen fatherhood.
So that's one of the ways we're excited to participate in these
events. But there's another way I want
to let you know about that is bothing is you can do today and
something you do on father's day.
And that's the president's fatherhood and mentoring pledge.
On fatherhood.gov, if you look there on the right-hand side
you'll see a sign the fatherhood pledge link.
There you can go and read about how we're trying to really
replicate or give concrete numbers to a movement of
fatherhood happening across the country through our public
housing authority events last year by growing those events
this year and reaching more and more people with the importance
of fatherhood. You can sign that pledge today
by letting us know that you stand with the president, that
you stand with 20,000 other people that are excited to
support and strengthen fatherhood in their respective
communities, and you can go to fatherhood.govto see more ways
that you can support fatherhood tomorrow and the next day, all
the way up to father's day in your community.
But then we can also use fatherhood government and the
president's fatherhood pledge on father's day.
If you work with Ron and HUD, they can let us know how many
cards you need. We can give you hard copies of
the cards. As you sign people into your
events on father's day, ask people to sign a card pledging
to strengthen fatherhood in their communities.
Send those cards in and not only will it help us know and HUD
know how many people we've connected with through these
events, it will also add to that 20,000 number, add to the number
of people that are across the country saying say support
fatherhood in their local community.
So we're excited to really put a number to the people, to the
movement of individuals across the country that are standing
with the president and his call for more and more communities to
strengthen and support fatherhood in their local
communities. So that's fatherhood.gov.
If you do fatherhood.gov/pledge, it will take you straight to the
pledge today where you can sign up online.
Then if you let HUD know, we'll get you hard copies of those
cards so you can hand those out at your father's day event in
June and add to that number, put a concrete representation, a
concrete example of the number of people we're reaching with
this importance of fatherhood and continue to increase that
number, continue to give them resources that will strengthen
and support fatherhood, not just today and not just in June, but
across the whole year where we need father support all the
time. >> Ben, thank you very much.
>> My pleasure. >> And let me tell you, again,
HUD is not in this by ourselves. You know.
Ben O'Dell, the White House fatherhood group, the different
agencies that are on that group, last year what we did was we
sent them a list of housing authorities that were
participating and asked them to drop that list to their local
work force investment board, local federally qualified health
clinic, and have them contact the housing authority to say I
know you are doing this event, I want to participate.
We're going to be doing that again this year, and we're going
to be tightening that up to make sure that it happens that those
connections are made on the ground.
But I want to switch a little bit and I want to talk about
public housing because we've talked about the general overall
picture and public housing. I know that there's an issue of
men in public housing. Every housing authority I go to
it seems like there's men around in and around, in and around,
not on the lease. Right.
So can you talk to us a little bit about that situation?
This is Fred, who is an advisor to secretary Shawn Donovan.
Fred. >> Thank you, Ron.
Thank you for inviting me to participate on the panel.
Let me say first that I am excited about father's day this
year. Well, for personal reasons, this
will be my first father's day experiencing it as the father of
two kids. My wife had a son at the end of
October of last year and we have a daughter who is three years
old. So selfishly looking forward to
it, but also think looking forward to it because of this
initiative and what we're trying to do here at HUD and linking
public housing authorities to this initiative and getting them
involved in really bringing fathers into the fold and
connecting them with the necessary services.
Last week, actually, I had a conversation with my own father
and in it said to him, well, pops, you taught me, and I
shared with him a bit of wisdom that he laid on me.
And I saw him smile at me and shake his head in recognition
that that was something he had worked to impart to me, right.
I started recently a gratitude journal, you know, writing a few
things that I'm grateful for on a daily basis and I try every
day to write something about at least one of my kids that I'm
grateful for. Last night actually in my
gratitude journal I wrote about my daughter that it seemed that
she was getting this concept that I was -- my wife and I had
been trying to teach her and exhibited it yesterday.
In some way. So maybe 40 years from now
she'll sit with me and say you taught me, pops, you taught me,
and I'll get that same recognition and smile that my
dad had. But the challenge is, is that
for many folks in public housing, that is difficult.
One, because we know that overwhelmingly in public housing
the households are headed by females.
Not that the fathers aren't there, but these households are
headed by females. In fact, last week I was having
a conference call with some folks in New Orleans who at the
city level, at the housing authority we at HUD and some
folks from the state have been working together to do job
skills training for public housing residents.
And one of the challenges that came up in that conference call
was the fact that there were recently a sign-up effort that
they had showed that there were a number of men who came forward
saying that they were tied to public housing in some way, but
weren't on the lease. And the woman who runs the
program for city of New Orleans said I've got an invisible
population that I cannot get to, and that's part of the challenge
that we're dealing with is that there are these men that, you
know, any of us who walk through public housing, driven through
public housing, they're there, we see them.
But they're not officially on the lease.
They're not officially tied in any way to those families who
you all day-to-day are trying to serve.
And so this fatherhood initiative will give you that
opportunity to sort of bring those folks out of the shadows
and link them in a real way to your public housing agency and
to their families more importantly, and connect them
with larger services that the community -- that are available
to them in the community, that they may be unware of.
So I really encourage you from the secretary's office, from
secretary Donovan, encourage you to really get involved in this
this year, organize your housing authorities, use us at HUD as a
resource to help you do a more and better with this.
The White House, I'm glad to hear that the White House has
this fatherhood.gov initiative that will be helpful as well.
We encourage you, these families need to be linked, need to be
able to have the types of conversations that I take for
granted, that my father took for granted, that were able to
impart to me things that have stayed with me throughout the 43
years I've been here and that I'm now able to pass on to my
own kids. And so, again, I encourage you
all to use this as a e -- use us as a resource, but to get
involved, not just because of this initiative, but because of
the larger -- the larger things that are at stake that's been
talked about. The impact of not having fathers
connected to their family is far too great for the communities
that we're all trying to serve. And so I encourage you all to
use this initiative as one way to link those fathers to their
families in a serious way. Help to give them some of the
services they need, help to connect them to positive
resources that they can use to be positive members in their
families, but more importantly in their communities and in
public housing communities that you all serve.
>> Thank you very much, Fred. Thank you.
I want to emphasize one part of what both Ben and Fred said, and
that is, the opportunity. This is an opportunity for
housing authority to reach out to those folks that you might
not have reached out to before and to establish closer
relationships. And as an example, I went three
months ago, there was a opening conference from HHS that had a
conference of marriage and fatherhood grantee.
So they had about 200 grantees in the room.
I was a plenary speaker and I asked them how many of you
actually work with housing authorities.
And there was a small number of hands that went up.
And then I talked about father's day as an opportunity for them
to contact with the housing authority, get in contact with
the housing authorities, work with the housing authorities on
some of the initiatives that they were undertaking and they
said awesome, we'd love to do that, we want a list of all
housing authorities participating in these
activities so that we can link and sync our services with them,
right. So I think housing authorities,
if you look at it as an opportunity to reach out to the
local college or to the local faith-based organization or to
some of those organizations that maybe you haven't had a close
contact with in the past, it might do and it might happen
that they all say, yeah, father's day, yes, what do you
want us to do? So we're fortunate today to have
a housing authority actually on the panel that can talk about
what happened last year. Housing opportunities commission
is the housing authority for Montgomery county.
It's right across the line from D.C.
I know that they are always in the forefront of contacting
other agencies and doing things together.
So if you could talk a little bit about what took place last
year, how you put it together, were there any costs involved,
which is always a question for our housing authority.
>> Okay. >> So Eugene Spencer.
>> Thank you, Ron. And thank you for inviting me
here to the panel. The housing opportunities
commission was proud to be part of the fatherhood initiative
last year and we're looking forward to the fatherhood
initiative this year. When we first got word about
this initiative, you know, I was, as Fred, very pleased to be
a part of it as a father myself and having been raised without a
father in the household, so this was something that I brought to
the agency and I got full buy-in from the executive staff.
I talked to my employees about it and we got full buy-in for
it. And we decided that we wanted to
create a program that was celebratory of fatherhood in its
whole. In addition to providing
services to all the fathers that were out there associated with
HOC families. So we designed it before we put
the budget together, if you will.
We decided we wanted to have a huge event, reach as many
fathers as we could and make it celebratory.
So that's what we did. We went out and we put together
a special events committee, HOC by the way also has a special
events coordinator and volunteer coordinator on staff.
But in addition to that, we created a special events
committee of about seven people. And essentially this committee
went about the business of framing it, the event, planning
the event, pulling the volunteers in and pulling -- and
facilitating the event in the end.
The event wound up of course -- it had some costs.
There were some costs involved. We knew we would have to incow
cur some costs in the beginning, HOC would because it's our first
event. We wanted to make a big splash.
We wanted to reach as many families as we could.
So we were prepared to do this as a one-time thing in terms of
putting out the cash flow for the event.
But in addition to that, we were charged with going out into the
community, pulling resources, finding other agencies, in you
will, who served our demographic and who had an interest in
strong communities, which you would think would be everyone in
the community. And we -- and it turned out that
that was the case. Most people were very receptive,
the special events committee was very successful in raising
almost $6,000 in sponsorship money to help put on this event.
We also reached out to faith-based organizations, to
churches who sent us the neighborhood of 45 to 100
volunteers. We put on -- sorry.
>> We used donations to help sponsor a raffle in which we
gave out gifts. [ inaudible ]
Reaching out to local municipalities and looking for
assistance in putting on this event because it's something
that strengthens the communities in the interests of the entire
community. So in addition to the 11
sponsors who helped us raise almost $6,000, we had 20 service
providers who also agreed to come and sit on that day and
provide valuable information, everything from health
information to budgeting courses, information about
navigating the legal system in terms of visitation rights.
And so it was a -- I think it was a wonderful event.
But what I would want to impart is that I don't think that it
has to be that big and that grandiose in order to be a
successful event. I think this year we will
probably, even though we will look to get the same sponsorship
from the community, we will probably not have the same
financial outlays that we did last year.
We will probably streamline, we will look to register fathers
for different local programs such as winning fathers and
responsible fathers program, and we will probably tone back on
some of the costs that we had in the past such as the catered
lunches, the facility that we used, which was a local
elementary school. We will most likely use a -- one
of our HOC community centers to sponsor this event.
So there were a lot of things that we learned.
It was very successful. I encourage all housing
authorities to participate in this event, regardless of what
your budget dictates, there are resources out there in the
community that you can tap in to and I think if you look to
include everyone that you approach in the event and
as for -- ask for domino donations or support, you would
be likely to include more sponsors to spread out the
donation value. >> Right.
Thank you very much. I think that's valuable
information for housing authorities.
I know that many of you authorities have done these
events. I know that you know how to
raise money, how to get partnerships, how to get, you
know, those key partners who are doing the same thing.
Just a couple of stories from last year.
I know I talked to one housing authority and they said you know
what, we got a lot of stuff going on, I'm not sure that our
staff can do it. We don't have a facility and I
asked what was in the neighborhood.
And they said, well, we got a boys and girls club right cross
the street. Well, boys and girls club, we
work with them on father's day. And I talked to a personal at
the boys and girls central office here in D.C.
He said let me see what I can do.
He called that city, the boys and girls club, and they were
said that we can hold that father's day event.
They hosted the event and housing authority folks were
able to come to that event. So that's sort of an example of
there are resources out there in the community.
I know the question is going to come and the question always
comes, HUD, are you paying for this?
Are you going to help us? And unfortunately there is no
money from HUD to help you here. But what we can do is talk to
our sister agencies, you know, to see what they can do, we are
going out to fraternities, we're going out to different agencies,
we're going to meet with HBCUs, historically black
community colleges. We're going to meet with every
agency or every umbrella that we can think of and say our housing
authorities are doing this father's day, can you have your
local affiliates talk to the local housing authorities and
work with them on putting on father's day 2012?
We want this to be big. We want -- I want a thousand
housing authorities. Let me put that number out
there. [ LAUGHTER ]
We want a thousand housing authorities to be part of
father's day 2012. You know, you talked about the
pledge. I would want to see 20,000
fathers in public housing authorities across the country
sign the pledge. Let's set those bar.
Let's set the bars high and see what we can do.
So I know that we're waiting for questions to come in, some
questions are -- we have some questions right now.
And here they come. Oh, here is it right here.
The e-mail question. How can we find the points of
contact for federally qualified health centers in my area?
So there is a listing that HHS, health and human services, there
is a office of health resources service administration, HRSA,
they have a listing of federally qualified health centers and
it's actually find a health center, one word, dot
HRSA.gov/search. And they have that list.
So if you, you know go, to that website or ask us a question,
e-mail the question in, we'll get that out to you.
But there are federally qualified health centers all
across the country. They exist to serve low income
individuals. They exist to serve our
population. Yes?
>> Ron, let me add another point of resource to that is
fatherhood.govthere is a listing of all the fatherhood federally
funded fatherhood programs that you can connect to in your
local community as well. So if grow to that site, bottom
right-around corner, there's a map of the country.
Click on your state and find any federally funded fatherhood
programs through the department of health and human services on
that site, in addition. And that will add to the list
that you find at the federally qualified health center list.
>> Good. Okay.
There's another question that came in.
Does HUD have any money to support the purchasing of food
and other items needed for father's day 2012?
And can we use hope 6 or choice neighborhood funding?
So the answer unfortunately to the first question is no, HUD
does not have money for food. I apologize.
I love -- I'd love to have a budget that could go out to all
housing authorities. I don't have that money.
But if your hope -- if you're a hope 6 grantee, you can use that
money for father's day because you're providing services to the
hope 6 population, you're bringing families together, you
can use it in the hope 6 context.
But, again, there are not a lot of hope 6 housing authorities.
But I think you can take the Eugene and HOC example and go
out to other agencies and get those other agencies to help you
with the day itself. You can go out to food line.
You can go out to giant. What I found in this father's
day is it's almost like apple pie in terms of going and
talking to people and saying here's the plight of fathers,
here's what happens to kids who don't have fathers.
We're working on this event. Can we work together?
Do you want to add something? >> I was going to say, if you
are partnering with a non-profit organization, you can also
approach catering companies or food lines or whatever have --
what have you and ask them to make an in-kind contribution to
the non-profit organization by reducing the cost of the per
person food costs they would normally charge.
So thereby you would wind up getting reasonable cost,
something that may be manageable opposed to paying full price for
your meals. >> Good.
Who can we call at HUD for more information?
My name is Ron ashford. My telephone number is
(202)402-4258. Sandy Norcom is someone on my
staff who is working very closely with this.
(202)402-4644. We would love for your calls to
come in. We will answer all calls.
And if you're at a housing authority that might be having
some challenges getting to a particular agency, like a work
force investment board or health clinic, let us know.
We'll call someone at the federal level and ask them to
call their local work force investment board, federally
qualified health clinic, and please, please, connect.
So we will do that as well. And of course we'll always look
to Ben O'Dell, who has contacted with all -- who has contacts
with all the agencies. >> Glad to be of assistance.
>> Okay. So I don't think we have any
more questions at this point. Fred, you've got some closing
words? >> Just please, please, please
participate. This is a great initiative, a
great effort. And your communities need it.
The kids that you are trying to serve, families that you are
trying to serve in your communities need these type of
linkages that this effort will provide.
And so, again, use us, all of us here as a resource to help you
with pulling off a successful event.
Thank you for your time. >> Okay.
I just want to also say we're asking housing authorities to
register because it's very important that you register, A,
so that we can contact other federal agencies and drop that
list to them and say here's a contact person in your city.
So that's very important. It's also important so that we
know we can say 209 housing authorities, 572, 998 housing
authorities participated in father's day.
So we want you to register. You can go on to HUD.gov/fathers
day2012. Please register.
One of the caveats there is only register once.
Last year we had like four or five people from one housing
authority and it got a little complicated.
So if you could do that. Please make sure that the
information that goes in there is correct so that when we send
the e-mail out it doesn't get bounced back as undeliverable.
And please check back frequently for updates.
We are going to have a lot of updates.
We are going to have another webcast where we invite
department of labor, HHS, perhaps department of justice to
talk, they'll talk about what resources they have that will be
made available to you. So please feel free, we're going
to be blogging, we're going to be sending stuff out.
We want this to be a tremendously successful day.
Anybody? Ben.
Give me some words. [ LAUGHTER ]
Give me some words. >> I can tell you last year that
we were very excited to pass on the word to the president last
year around father's day about all the great events that
happened at public housing authorities last year.
And we want to have an even better number this year that
goes to him, an even bigger saying you've heard about what
happened last year, here's what even more happened this year.
Here's how many more people were reached.
Here's how many more people signed up for your pledge that
talks about fatherhood. Here's how many more public
housing authorities are catching the vision that you and others
are talking about for supporting and strengthening fatherhood
across our country. We want you to be part of that
exciting vision, excited about that movement that we talked
about and we're excited to involve you and connect you to
the variety of other people who are participating in this
movement to strengthen and support fathers across our
country. Participate with us in that
vision today. >> Great.
One last piece before I leave. We're talking father's day 2012.
But we really want you to go beyond father's day.
Right, because the father's day 2012, it's a way to bring
fathers together, it's a way to bring resources.
That alone is not going to solve the fatherhood problem.
So that when school starts again in August or September, we would
hope that you could sponsor a day where fathers walk their
children back to school. On Martin Luther king for the
voluntarism day, we would hope that you could sponsor something
bringing fathers and their children together on that day.
Various points of the year, we're hoping that what we're
talking about goes beyond a father's day.
But it's really about reconnecting families and dads.
>> Uh-huh. >> So I want to make that pitch
to you. But I particularly want you to
be there on father's day, which is June 16th, by the way, this
year. Thank you very much.
Thank you. >> Thank you.