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Office of Tipper Gore

For Immediate Release February 9, 1995


             Tipper Gore Announced as Special Advisor
            to the Interagency Council On The Homeless

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, who also is Chairman of the Interagency Council on the Homeless, announced today the appointment of Tipper Gore as Special Advisor to the Council. She will have full membership status and will serve in a leadership capacity along side representatives from 17 member agencies.

In his announcement, Secretary Cisneros stated the Council has benefitted from Mrs. Gore's advice and expertise in the area of mental health and homelessness during the past two years. Her participation in events such as the release last May of Priority: Home! The Federal Plan to Break the Cycle of Homelessness has enhanced the Council's ability to communicate with the public and develop effective policies.

Mrs. Gore's leadership will contribute to the Council's ability to improve both the effective delivery of Federal homeless assistance resources and program coordination at the State and local level. Her appointment is effective immediately.

As a long-time advocate for the homeless, Mrs. Gore co-founded and chaired Families for the Homeless, a non-partisan partnership of Congressional, Administration, and media families that raised public awareness of homeless issues. In conjunction with the organization, Mrs. Gore worked with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) to produce a major photographic exhibit entitled, "Homeless in America: A Photographic Project."