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  • Leeza

    Invisible People
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    While walking with James to Best Buy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my heart broke seeing Leeza sitting on the sidewalk “flying a sign”. Leeza is 22 years-old and has been homeless in […]
  • New VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Veterans And Their Families

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across Amer... Read more: Veterans, Veterans Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, V.A., Veteran Homelessness, Homelessness, Vets, Michelle Obama, Obama Administration, Fighting Homelessness, Homeless Shelters, Homeless, Impact News
  • Report on homeless gets warm reception

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    If there were critics of a consultant's report on homelessness discussed at Wednesday night's City Commission meeting, they didn't stand in front of the podium and share their concerns.
  • Hong Kong protesters plan 'final action'

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Pro-democracy activists took their fight Thursday to the doorstep of Hong Kong's chief executive, sitting down outside his office gates to express their dissatisfaction with him and the central government in Beijing.
  • My Brother Is A Real Person, Dammit!

    @padschicago's blog
    AnnMarie Walsh
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    My brother’s name is Duane. He is a bit eccentric, but he is my brother and I am proud of him! I would like to end rumors once and for all wondering if he is real or not. I am tired of seeing stories on WGN News and hearing comments on @ChiefOliver‘s radio show “Breaking Good“. My brother IS REAL, people! His name is DUANE! If you see him, do not be afraid! He is a regular guy. Just really hairy. My Brother Duane My Brother DuaneFiled under: News, Personal Tagged: @ChiefOliver, bigfoot, brother, Chicago, chief, David, family, morning, News, Oliver, TV, Website, WGN
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    Invisible People

  • Leeza

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    While walking with James to Best Buy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my heart broke seeing Leeza sitting on the sidewalk “flying a sign”. Leeza is 22 years-old and has been homeless in […]
  • James

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing. Ann Marie was the first and she taught me so much about […]
  • Homer

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Homer has been sleeping rough in London for the last 20 years. Homer has tried staying in hostels, but he feels it’s like being in prison. Homer basically has been in the system all his […]
  • Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness – Community First! Village Will.

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Seems like it’s only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes more than any […]
  • Scott

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    The night I met Scott, he was making a bedding out of cardboard in a doorway. He says he has been sleeping rough in Central London for 6 weeks now. Scott lost everything in a […]
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • New VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Veterans And Their Families

    The Huffington Post News Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across Amer... Read more: Veterans, Veterans Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, V.A., Veteran Homelessness, Homelessness, Vets, Michelle Obama, Obama Administration, Fighting Homelessness, Homeless Shelters, Homeless, Impact News
  • Lissa Coffey: How We Can Help the Homeless

    Lissa Coffey
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Although I showed her kindness and respect, I questioned what I could have done differently, how I might have been able to help her. Read more: Backpacks, Community, Volunteering, Homelessness, Charitable Donations, Non-Profit, Impact News
  • Ralph da Costa Nunez: When It Comes to Homeless Students, Should the Sky Be the Limit?

    Ralph da Costa Nunez
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education on the increase in the number of homeless students in the United States is sad, but not surprising. Read more: Education, Homelessness, Homeless Children, Homeless Families, Homeless, Homeless Shelters, Helping the Homeless, Mckinney-Vento Act, New York City, Impact News
  • Valerie Alexander: How One Professor, One Student and One Class Showed that One Dollar Can Change the World

    Valerie Alexander
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    The assignment was for each student to present a persuasive discourse about why he or she deserved the cash, with the class voting and the winning speaker getting it all (and no, no one was allowed to vote for themselves). Read more: Feeding the Homeless, Happiness, Persuasive Speech, Homelessness, Money, Homeless, Respect, Goals, Gratitude, Education News
  • Another Major U.S. City Vows To End Veteran Homelessness

    The Huffington Post News Team
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    A city known for its deep dish pizza and windy weather wants another claim to fame: a community without a single homeless vet. On Sept. 16, Chicag... Read more: Michelle Obama, Poverty, US Poverty, Ending Veteran Homelessness, Veteran Homelessness, urban_progress, Chicago Homelessness, Homelessness, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago, Homeless, Impact News
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Secret Service director resigns

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Even some high-ranking Democrats had turned against Julia Pierson after a poor performance in testimony on Capitol Hill.
  • Top Mexican drug lord caught

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Troops closed in on one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords Wednesday, nabbing him at a seafood restaurant in a popular tourist destination.
  • Expert: Hospital dropped the ball

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The friend says he contacted the CDC with concerns that the Dallas hospital wasn't moving quickly enough after the patient's second hospital visit.
  • 4 dead patients had enterovirus

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    A child with a staph infection and enterovirus D68 has died in Rhode Island, the state's health department said Wednesday.
  • What Ebola and ISIS have in common

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Stanley McChrystal and Kristina Talbert-Slagle say Ebola and ISIS are serious global health security challenges that mask deeper, more complex problems.
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    @padschicago's blog

  • My Brother Is A Real Person, Dammit!

    AnnMarie Walsh
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    My brother’s name is Duane. He is a bit eccentric, but he is my brother and I am proud of him! I would like to end rumors once and for all wondering if he is real or not. I am tired of seeing stories on WGN News and hearing comments on @ChiefOliver‘s radio show “Breaking Good“. My brother IS REAL, people! His name is DUANE! If you see him, do not be afraid! He is a regular guy. Just really hairy. My Brother Duane My Brother DuaneFiled under: News, Personal Tagged: @ChiefOliver, bigfoot, brother, Chicago, chief, David, family, morning, News, Oliver, TV, Website, WGN
  • VIDEO: Redneck ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    AnnMarie Walsh
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: This embed is invalid Surfin’ the Web – 4 stars View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Dan Ponce welcomes Lourdes Duarte to the WGN Morning News

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    padschicago:I so love Dan Ponce’s musical talent! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="x3d3I0cDr7QVpQJX0LEy0C15IQrS00uS" player_id="4441ed2a84e74b66b60ce980f20deb84"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Two bulldogs work furiously to retrieve their favorite toy from the bottom of a pool

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Originally posted on Rare: A tire was submerged under a few feet of water in a pool, but that didn’t stop these two bulldogs from working tirelessly to retrieve it. View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com

    AnnMarie Walsh
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com. Kraft Foods Group is recalling 7,691 cases of American Singles cheese because of possible premature spoilage or food poisoning.A supplier failed to store an ingredient in compliance with Kraft’s temperature standards. The company is voluntarily issuing the recall as a precaution. No consumer complaints have been made.The following products have been recalled across the U.S.: 12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices); Best when used by: Feb. 20, 2015 and Feb. 21, 2015; Package code: 0 21000 60464 7; Case code: 00 21000 60464 00   16…
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  • Greensboro SOAR Caseworker Training

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Registration: In order to be accepted to participate in this training, you must first complete the training application form: Fill out Application Form Online. Applications must be submitted by November 26th in order to be processed for the training. Please note that a late registration fee will be charged for those who register after November 26th at 5 pm.  Please note, completing an application does not guarantee you a spot in the training. Your application will be reviewed and SOAR staff will contact you within 2 days of submission. Workshop Highlights: An in-depth, step-by-step…
  • Coordinated Assessment Dialogue Group

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    This is a regular meeting of CoC leadership to discuss Coordinated Assessment in North Carolina.    Details on how to call in will be emailed to registered participants by the day of the call.   Dialogue Groups are free for all NCCEH members.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining, you can sign up here.
  • BoS Steering Committee Meeting

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    This is a special meeting of the Balance of State Steering Committee for the purpose of approving the final, ranked list of project applications to be included in the BoS CoC application. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be sent out to the BoS email list prior to the call.
  • BoS Project Review Committee Meeting

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    This meeting is for members of the Balance of State Project Review Committee. During the meeting, committee members will review final project application scores and create a ranked list of applications to present to the BoS Steering Committee for approval. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
  • BoS Project Review Committee Orientation

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    This meeting is required for all members of the Balance of State Project Review Committee. NCCEH staff will review the scorecard that committee members will use to score project applications, explain the scoring process, and answer any questions that committee members have. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting.
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  • Politics: Another way to exploit homeless people

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Shameful. See video below. “Few pro-fracking supporters made themselves visible. People favoring the drilling technology were booed and hissed at during previous fracking hearings. There were some, however. Three or four from America’s Energy Forum and N.C. Energy Forum, groups that receive financial support from American Petroleum Institute. And there was Winston-Salem resident Christian Bradshaw, who said he made the three-hour trip to support “energy-creating jobs” for North Carolina. Another 18 or so men sported turquoise-colored “Shale Yes” T-shirts. Some of them…
  • Yes! Weekly: Camp closures bring sudden change to Greensboro’s homeless.

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The latest on downtown homeless camp closings in Greensboro: If there is a concerted effort to close down multiple longstanding homeless camps on the outskirts of Greensboro’s downtown then nobody’s talking. Like any good conspiracy theory, there are threads of suspicion that run off in numerous directions without any real motivating nexus. But in conversations with homeless advocates, law enforcement and neighbors who’ve lived in harmony with discrete camps for years on end a pattern emerges that suggests some force – like one small pebble dropping into a pool of water – has sent…
  • Cold Weather Crisis Shelters in Greensboro

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:42 am
    January has been an unusually cold month. Temperatures in the single digits and below are dangerously cold for the many homeless people who live outside in Greensboro. But staying in an emergency shelter — Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Weaver House or WE (winter emergency) shelters in churches — is not an option for most of them. Some can’t stay in the shelters because of eligibility rules: time limits on stays; ID required; no sex offenders; etc. Some are banned because of previous behavior issues — often related to addiction or mental health disorders. Some…
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Dealing With My Past

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    As difficult as it has been, living on the streets of San Diego, it has been really good for me.   I am seeing that first part of my life, before I left San Diego, in a new light.  I am seeing San Diego, the city, for the first time. With the mix of my Aspergers, my mother's attempts at isolating me, my father's constant threats of physical punishment for not being normal, the constant bullying
  • How Can I Help The Homeless With Immediate Needs

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    The immediate needs of the homeless are the basic every-day needs of every person, homeless or not.   Food, shelter, and clothing always top the list.  But there are many other daily needs of the homeless that may not come to mind right away. You brush your teeth every day, (at least I hope you do).  The homeless need to brush their teeth just as often. Tooth brush and tooth paste and dental
  • How Can I Help The Homeless

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The most asked question about homelessness is, "how can I help?" That is an awesome question, and it would be awesome if I could give it an all encompassing answer. But homelessness is large subject, and will require a large answer.  I can't do that here in one blog post, but I will hit some important highlights, so to help people get started. Universities have developed entire schools to
  • A Little Homeless History

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    For the longest time, homelessness was considered somewhat of a stagnant issue.  People assumed homelessness to be just one thing that required just one response, and society was satisfied with that.  Back then, the answer to the question "how can I help" was easily and simply answered.  But in the past couple decades people have been taking a new look at the question and the answer. The 1980s
  • My Usual Disclaimer

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    My method of writing on this blog is peculiar, I know.  When I decide to write an article, I blast the page with my initial thoughts and publish it immediately without much rewrite.  THEN, with the article published, I hurriedly do edits and rewrites, refining the the article, changing the wording etc., so to be more clear, to better explain my ideas.  These rewrites and edits can go on for a
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • The Mission – October 2014

    Steve Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When I was a kid, Thanksgivings were never a big deal. There was never that much to be thankful for. We were so poor, our Thanksgiving dinners were made only from whatever food other people gave us. But it wasn’t just Thanksgivings that were hard. We had so little money, we rarely lived in the same place for more than a year. We often moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. The few clothes we owned, we had to wash in the shower because we couldn’t afford a washer. I didn’t have many friends because I dressed so poorly. I also grew up around a lot of violence. I often…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – September 2014

    Steve Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Culinary school taught me how to create good food,” says Darren,the 49-year-old lead cook at UnionRescue Mission. “But the one thing they couldn’t teach me was howto make soul food. I don’t meanAfrican-American cuisine — I mean food cooked with love. My mom taught me howto do that.” Over the past year, Darren has helped serve more than 1,300 meals a day to hungry guests on Skid Row, and every meal is served with passion, love, and compassion. “I love to serve,” he says. “It comes from my upbringing. Our house was always the go-to house for the less-fortunate kids in our…
  • Keith

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/BrWaezEQ_54 The post Keith appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Dream with URM this Upcoming Year!

    Rev. Andy
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    We’ve just completed fiscal year 2013/2014 at Union Rescue Mission and when I say “we”, I mean you and all of our partners, providing the resources, lifting us up in prayer, joining our volunteer team, and spreading the word of the excellent life changing work happening here on the streets of Skid Row as well as out at our Hope Gardens Family Center in the Valley. These are some of the accomplishments your gifts made possible this past year: • Grew and strengthened our Jobs program for graduates & guests at URM • Established a Thrift Store (opening soon) as the first of…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Sinking Into Sadness – Tina’s Story of Hope

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    When Tina found herself homeless, she did everything she could to avoid sleeping on the streets – she’d stay at friends’ houses, in cars, any place that would offer her more protection than the streets. “I was lost, in despair, on my knees begging God to help me.”  At Shepherd’s Door, our New Life recovery ministry for women and children, Tina found hope. Read her amazing story here and make sure to check out her video below. Watch Tina’s video here. There are dozens of women alongside Tina in our New Life Ministry addiction recovery program. Your support…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 37 – Ted Prepares Meals For Homeless

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Fall has arrived. As we enter our busiest time of the year, thousands of homeless men and women will be coming through our doors for a hot meal. We don’t receive any government funding, which means that each meal we serve is provided by generous donations from community members like you! When food donations come in, Ted Wachsmuth, our food services coordinator, leads the team that prepares each meal. Meet him in our video below, and remember that you can donate to help hurting people at our Burnside Shelter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. P.S. — We’re looking for turkey…
  • Fit Right NW Donates Shoes For Runners

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Special thanks to Fit Right NW for blessing 20 men and women in our programs with new running shoes for an upcoming half marathon race! Here at Portland Rescue Mission, we offer several programs to help men and women get their lives back on track. Our Link and Connect programs help men and women find stability as they look for jobs and independent housing. The New Life Ministry is a 12-month program to help people overcome addictions. In each of these programs, we strive to offer comprehensive services to improve every aspect of a resident’s life. We’ve found that physical fitness…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 36 – Elizabeth Learns To Cope

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Two years ago, Elizabeth’s husband passed away. Not equipped to deal with the grief, Elizabeth sank into a dangerous drug addiction. She wanted to improve her life, but didn’t know how. Never having done treatment before, Elizabeth came to our New Life Ministry recovery program several months ago and began to process her grief and pain in a healthy way. Check out her great video below to see how she’s doing! ALSO READ: Tiffany Helps Homeless Women After Graduating From Recovery Program Click here to make a donation to help more men and women get the help they need.
  • Camping, Hiking, Bonding, Healing

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
     Last week, the men in our New Life Ministry addiction recovery program at The Harbor embarked on a first-ever, four-day retreat into the wilderness of Central Oregon. For many of the men, this was their first opportunity to sleep under the stars, go boating, fish on a lake, and invest time engaging with other men, God, and His beautiful creation all around us. “This was my first time doing something like this,” says Tasson. “I’ve never been on such an incredible trip. It was amazing. We had a campfire, made s’mores, even played volleyball. During the trip, I noticed a change in my…
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    the 13th juror

  • “Why do they waste their money on junk food?” If you've ever said that, you need to read this

    Jacqueline Dowd
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition.Overall, this is a great trend. It’s becoming easier and more common to get fresh food, whole foods, local foods, and organic foods.Unfortunately, though, this shift in culture has also begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions about food.“Why do they waste their money on junk food?” “Why doesn’t she cook for her children?” “Ugh, look, he’s buying…
  • LA's homeless allowed to live in cars, appeals court rules

    Jacqueline Dowd
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A federal appeals court has struck down Los Angeles’ ban on homeless people living in vehicles, declaring that the law “opens the door to discriminatory enforcement” against the poor.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the city’s ordinance, which bans people from living in cars or recreational vehicles on city streets or in parking lots, is unconstitutionally vague.“This broad and cryptic statute criminalizes innocent behavior, making it impossible for citizens to know how to keep their conduct within the pale,” Judge Harry Pregerson…
  • If homeless people had a safe place to live, taxpayers could save millions

    Jacqueline Dowd
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    In a world where money talks, evidence that putting a roof over someone's head is a boon to city budgets could be the incentive cities need to build housing for the homeless.Researchers at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte's Department of Social Work have found that housing constructed specifically for homeless people saved the city millions.Providing housing at an 85-unit facility called Moore Place resulted in 447 fewer visits to emergency rooms and 372 fewer days spent in hospitals. That alone saved the city $1.8 million -- which makes plenty of sense. When people aren't exposed…
  • Almost half of homeless men had a previous brain injury

    Jacqueline Dowd
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    A new study of homeless men found that 45% of the subjects surveyed had experienced traumatic brain injuries in the past.“You could see how it would happen,” says Jane Topolovec-Vranic, a researcher in trauma and neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “You have a concussion, and you can’t concentrate or focus. Their thinking abilities and personalities change. They can’t manage at work, and they may lose their job, and eventually lose their families. And then it’s a negative spiral” — a spiral that, for the men in the study, ends up in a homeless shelter.
  • A Kissimmee native's view of homelessness

    Jacqueline Dowd
    8 May 2014 | 6:32 pm
    "Really it’s just a roll of the dice when you think about it, what separates you from the family living in the hotel room down the road," writes Samantha Stonebraker-Bailey. "When you can humble yourself to think about it, it’s very little. I am not too proud to say that there is nothing that separates me to the families who are homeless, what happened to these families was hardships, and could happen to my family too."Read the rest of her comments in the Osceola Woman Newspaper here.
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    Sans Houses

  • Sans Houses

    Tasha French Lemley
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    This project utilizes photography, sound, and relationship to attempt to capture a piece of those in and around the homeless community in Nashville, Tennessee.All photos and interviews © 2006-2013. Please do not use or reproduce.Thanks go out to all of these individuals for their openness, kindness and trust.
  • Criminals

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:23 pm
    These photos are from an article in The Contributor highlighting the “criminalization” of homelessness in Nashville. People who do not have homes are arrested and taken to jail or are cited and summoned to court (at rates disproportionately higher than non-homeless persons) for everyday acts of living—sleeping, sitting, standing—that, when committed in public, are treated as offenses against the law. While people experiencing homelessness are cited and arrested for a variety of offenses, here I photographed two types: “criminal trespassing” and “obstructing a passageway.”…
  • Ndume

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:04 pm
    These photos are from a story in The Contributor highlighting Ndume Olatushani. Ndume first moved into his (and his wife’s) East Nashville home on June 1, 2012—the day he was released from Shelby County Jail after serving nearly 28 years behind bars in Tennessee (20 of them on death row) for a crime he did not commit. Officially maintaining his innocence but pleading to second-degree murder in order to be released immediately and so avoid an indefinite amount of more time behind bars and a potentially exhausting second trial, Ndume walked out of Shelby County Jail without shackles or…
  • Policy Research Associates

    Tasha French Lemley
    5 Dec 2012 | 4:16 pm
    These images directly below are part of a project for Policy Research Associate's SOAR program.These photographs are digital shots from a Nikon D300.©2012 Tasha A. French Lemley
  • Richard

    Tasha French Lemley
    4 Dec 2012 | 5:00 pm
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • Mass confusion at the Sacramento Steps Forward website? or mass confusion in SSF's offices?

    Thomas Armstrong
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The organization’s Winter Sanctuary AND Give One Day [the acronym is “GOD”] campaign is beset by internally contradictory information about how money that is raised will be spent. If SSF has set up discrete pools of donations, it cannot launch a confused donations campaign that is likely to misinform potential donors, and put it astray of the rules for running a 501(3)c charity.Sacramento Steps Forward has launched a campaign to raise money. The organization hopes to raise $300,000, but in wording at the SSF website and in literature available through the Sacramento Bee, contradictory…
  • Latest Sacramento News & Review article on Homeless World is an irresponsible mess

    Thomas Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the recent especially thick Sacramento News & Review issue, dated September 11, honoring The Best of Sacramento 2014, an article out of sync with the issue’s theme (and certainly not part of any competition) was far from the best it could be. Its topic was homeless schoolchildren, many of whom have to struggle to get an education, which can add mightily to the anxieties and pain that come from not having a secure or tranquil home life.The article in question is “The school of homeless knocks,” written by SNR staff writer Raheem F. Hosseini.Cover of 9/11 issue of SNR.I am not…
  • WHO is dependent on Welfare?

    Thomas Armstrong
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This is an AMAZING video, both in its production values and with its message. I confess I have problems with some of what is in the message, but I will take that up in a follow-up post. For the most part, this viddy tells a great truth about how the poor are misunderstood and subject to unjust criticism and treatment.
  • Yet more trouble at the Safe Ground organization

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I am told that now, months after Steve Watters had been dismissed by the majority of the Safe Ground Board of Directors, those who have been working as organizers of the charity’s Pilgrimage Program are disgusted.The Pilgrimage Program has been Safe Ground’s ONE shining success. This in contrast to the bungled, constantly changing and expanding effort to secure a plot of land [ie, a “safe ground”] and then create some sort of secure camping or living area that homeless people can use to – at minimum – make their lives a little less miserable.  A name that has been used for…
  • Money Guy

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This blog post is only single-sourced -- but from a reliable source -- and fits so neatly with what is plausible and how people involved are known to think, I deem it as passing muster for ‘being true’ such to warrant passing the information on to you, the public, through this blog.I’ve neither met nor seen him, but I’ve certainly heard about him. There is a fellow who passes out two-dollar bills to homeless folk at a spot near to the Loaves & Fishes Compound on Ahern near North B St.  I hear that when he does this it is usually [or always?] on Wednesdays. A long line will…
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • When newscasters are caught

    Sonya Keith
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Broadcasting hate for poor folks #ebt http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/25/news-anchor-sparks-outrage-after-getting-caught-trashing-welfare-recipients-on-live-microphone-video/Filed under: poverty
  • Abortion , Birth Control , Poverty, Homelessness

    Sonya Keith
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Pregnancy isn’t fair. It only happens in women and not always when they want it. My conservative friends are talking to their screens right now, explaining that Sex is only for reproduction and any woman who doesn’t want a baby should not be having sex. Unfairly, they are not saying the same thing about men. […]
  • Social Work is Really Paperwork

    Sonya Keith
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    There are days when no one comes in to the office for a meeting with me. There are no days that I have nothing going on schedule. 70% of social work is really paperwork : filing , sorting , mailing, faxes, emails… . We all have bandages tucked into desk drawers just waiting for the […]
  • Spell it out

    Sonya Keith
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Sometimes when you work with a marginalized population, you hire from that same pool of clients and they become your coworkers. This means that your coworker is sometimes a toothless lady to hitched her way across the country to by performing sexual acts on truck drivers. Clearly, comprising is key. I used to give Spartan […]
  • Women’s Pay With Education

    Sonya Keith
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Education and ethnicity still not equalize pay for women. Still less than pay for men. So: 1. Research pay for your field of interest. 2. Speak to others who have the job you want and ask about pay and benefits … you will need this to negotiate. 3. Do not ask this of the folks […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Q & As about the Hampden County CoC FY2014 Funding Competition

    Gerry McCafferty
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    New content has been posted on the Hampden County  FY2014 Continuum of Care Funding Competition page. Click to see Notes from the October 1, 2014 Bidders’ Conference. A second Bidders’ Conference will be held October 3, 2014 10 am at the Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.  Questions may also be submitted in writing to gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com until 4:30 p.m. on October 9, 2014.  
  • Network Posts RFP for Project Consultant – due date October 13, 2015

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    As you may recall, the FY2015 state budget allocated funds to the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness to advance its mission to prevent and end homelessness in Western Massachusetts in alignment with the Opening Doors: A Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Network has now released its Request for Proposals for consultant(s) to implement this project. Please click here to obtain the RFP.  The due date is October 13, 2015. Please distribute widely. Thank you very much!
  • Survey on nonprofit executive leadership – please participate!

    Pamela Schwartz
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    From Third Sector New England – please read below! New Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership in New England Launches on September 16, 2014 Are you a nonprofit executive or board member? You are invited to participate in Leadership New England, a survey of executive leadership in our region. In partnership with foundations and nonprofits from each New England state, Third Sector New England is launching a new study on the state of nonprofit leadership. The survey is designed for executive directors and board members to help investigate their current challenges, discover where they are…
  • SECOND NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY! Hampden County Continuum of Care

    Gerry McCafferty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Last week, the Hampden County CoC opened a funding competition seeking proposals for a single project, with a budget of up to $530,189, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families. Today, the CoC is opening a second competition, which seeks new projects in two categories: Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families; or Rapid rehousing for homeless families with children. In this competition, new projects and renewal projects will compete to be included in the application that the CoC submits to HUD.  While the CoC…
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Will D. Campbell on Reconcilliation

    Hugh Hollowell
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo via Associated Press All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “Reconciliation! Reconciliation to our own natures – it’s a hard idea to accept, and that’s why the gospel’s a whole lot more drastic than most folks have ever dreamed. Our trespasses are not held against us, we’re already forgiven.
  • The Six Principles of Nonviolence

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include: PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.It is active nonviolent resistance to evil. It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally. PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation. The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community. PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not…
  • Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    The six steps are derived from the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King and are promoted by the King Center. INFORMATION GATHERING: To understand and articulate an issue, problem or injustice facing a person, community, or institution you must do research. You must investigate and gather all vital information from all sides of the argument or issue so as to increase your understanding of the problem. You must become an expert on your opponent’s position. EDUCATION: It is essential to inform others, including your opposition, about your issue. This minimizes misunderstandings and gains…
  • Will D. Campbell on Non-Violence

    Hugh Hollowell
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo via Associated Press “First, if we cannot find it possible to refrain from violence, we can at least refrain from celebrating it, from being proud of it. . . We can make our national days of feasting and jubilation days of fasting and repentance. . . . To do otherwise is sure and certain blasphemy. Second, we of the Faith, we who claim to take our cue from the Christ, can cease to ask the State on every and on each occasion to tell us when our violence is permissible, when it is moral, ethical and all right. Even as we cease to do so, Caesar will say “But your Christ was not…
  • I have lust in my heart.

    Hugh Hollowell
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • Can I Put My Nose in Your Cup?

    Amy L. Freeman
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    At Bethesda Cares' Drop-In center the other day, it was a warm, late afternoon and I was silently musing about the wisdom of an evening cocktail. Apparently the folks in our center were thinking about the same subject, but with a very different twist: "Yeah, it's fine for all those folks to sit at those outdoor cafes, drinking beer and whatnot. Outside. But me? I sit on a bench right next to that restaurant with a container in my hand, doesn't matter what it is, I get a cop in my face asking, 'Can I put my nose in your cup?'" One man snorted in derision. "I know! I know! I walk across a…
  • Sometimes Your Clothing's Disposable Even If You'd Rather Keep It

    Amy L. Freeman
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Last Tuesday the rain in DC was unrelenting. It was the day on which Long Island saw 13 inches of rain; though not as badly off, we were deluged too. Because Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center for the homeless not only provides access to our services but also serves as a respite from the weather, that day our Center was understandably full of people coming in and shaking off coats. I saw one man rather mournfully inspecting the contents a worn blue back-pack that I suspect held most of his possessions. Reaching in to the top of the bag, he pulled out a pair of dark socks and brought them over to…
  • How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

    Amy L. Freeman
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tuesday was federal, state and local primary-election day in Montgomery County, Maryland. I was planning to hit the polls after work at the school near my home; what I wasn't expecting was overhearing a number of homeless people at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center who were planning to vote, too. That left me wondering: How can you register to vote if you have no fixed address? A quick Google search showed me that not only have other people thought this one through, but also that a lack of address is not particularly problematic. Colorado, for instance, considers any place to which you…
  • Key to Healthcare? Key to Housing.

    Amy L. Freeman
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Last Friday, the receptionist at a doctor's office recently called Bethesda Cares and spoke with one of our volunteers: "We have 'Steve' with us. He has broken a bone in his foot, and we'd like to discharge him to you. Can you please give me your address?" "We can't take him overnight, we're not a night shelter," the volunteer replied. "And Steve is homeless. He has nowhere to go." "What do you mean?" she asked. "I mean," the volunteer spoke slowly and clearly, "he has no place sleep. He has no home. And the County shelters are closed for the season. You can try the County Emergency Center to…
  • What If Your Safety Net Doesn't Feel Safe?

    Amy L. Freeman
    28 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    When surrounded by friends and family on whom one can count for support of every kind, it's hard to imagine the downward spiral that can land someone on the street. Friends ask me how someone can utterly alienate that support network, and whether it's always someone suffering from mental illness or fighting an addiction. Unsurprisingly, I have no easy answers. Today, I'd like to share with you an odd little story about someone recently in trouble. Despite having no good answers, I hope I raise a few good questions: Last month, my teenaged daughter texted me from school: "'Steven' had a bad…
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    USICH Blog

  • Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action Forty Years in the Making

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    by William H. Bentley and Laura Green Zeilinger Forty years ago, the U.S. government took the bold step of making the landmark Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, or RHYA, the law of the land. RHYA is the only Federal law that highlights the need for and funds critical services for youth experiencing homelessness. In July 2014, Congress introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.2646), new legislation that, if enacted, would reauthorize and strengthen RHYA. With continued funding for street outreach, basic center and transitional living…
  • Partnering with Landlords to End Homelessness

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    by Mark Putnam People experiencing homelessness need homes. This is the simple solution to ending homelessness, right? The complexity comes in finding, and funding, the homes. Read on to find out how stakeholders in King County, Washington, are succeeding at both.
  • Stand Up and Be Counted: Better Data Collection on Youth Experiencing Homelessness through the Point-in-Time Count

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    By Peter Nicewicz, USICH Management and Program Analyst HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count serves as the most consistent year-to-year measure of the number of people experiencing homelessness in America.  For this reason, USICH uses the PIT count as our primary measure of our progress in achieving the goals of preventing and ending homelessness set in Opening Doors. The PIT count also provides a reliable estimate of the prevalence of homelessness among three population groups: people experiencing chronic homelessness, Veterans, and families. However, the PIT count has been…
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Families

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By Laura Green Zeilinger, USICH Executive Director   Whether as a result of a health or economic crisis or fleeing domestic violence, the experience of homelessness is extremely traumatizing for families generally, and can be especially traumatizing for children. We know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every family experiencing a housing crisis. Connecting families to housing interventions and services that are appropriate to their specific needs is an essential part of the actions we identified as critical to meeting the goal of ending homelessness.
  • Building Systems to End to Homelessness: HUD’s FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Notice of Funding Availability for the Fiscal Year 2014 Funds in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition asks CoCs to continue investing in what works and to target interventions appropriately to needs.  It calls on CoCs to make the final push to reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness, make greater progress on family homelessness, and build the partnerships needed to reach and engage Veterans and youth experiencing homelessness in services. Although the policy priorities and many aspects of this NOFA remain the same as in FY 2013, there…
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