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  • Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services.

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Los Angeles Times reported transient encampments and car camping grew 85% countywide in the last two years. This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to make it easier for authorities to clean up homeless […] The post Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services. appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Be Kind

    The Homeless Guy
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Be kind to homeless people.  The root word of kind is "kin" which means family.  When you are being kind to someone, you are treating them like family.   So often I hear from people looking for family members who have become homeless.  They are looking for them so to bring them back home, to help them overcome their problems, to have them back in the family fold. Sadly, people will treat a
  • Gina Ryder: What If We Treated Homeless People Like Potential Friends?

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Gina Ryder
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I have with many of my friends and family. As our friendship developed, I wondered what would happen if we approached homeless people like we do new relationships: with openness to learning about the other person. Read more: Homelessness, Homeless People, Addiction, Addiction and Recovery, Drug Addiction, Poverty, Human Connection, Human Relationships, Friendship, Whatsworking, Impact News
  • Real Change isn't really changing

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    24 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Despite some concerns, the app is not going to replace the paper version Real Change released an app for smartphones in April on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store that allows people to buy digital copies of the paper through a QR code on the vendor’s badge. Of the $2.99 the reader pays for a digital copy, $1.49 goes directly into the vendor’s account and can be withdrawn 24 hours after the purchase.
  • Webinar: Housing First in a Shelter Setting

    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    In partnership with the NC ESG Office, NCCEH is presenting a series of three webinars on housing first. This is the third webinar in the series. Housing first is an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing as quickly as possible and then providing services as needed to support housing stability and individual well-being. Carson Dean, Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte, will present on his organization's experience implementing the housing first model in in an emergency shelter setting. The webinar will include time for questions from the audience.
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    Invisible People

  • Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services.

    invisiblepeople
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Los Angeles Times reported transient encampments and car camping grew 85% countywide in the last two years. This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to make it easier for authorities to clean up homeless […] The post Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services. appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Carolyn

    invisiblepeople
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    Carolyn and her sister Linda live on Hollywood Blvd.  They became homeless because they cannot afford the high cost of rent in Los Angeles. The two sisters are sleeping in a store front. The good […] The post Carolyn appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Linda

    invisiblepeople
    12 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Walking down Hollywood Blvd I noticed two homeless women sitting on a bench across the street.  It looked as though they had been sitting there for some time because of all the “stuff” they had […] The post Linda appeared first on Invisible People.
  • CSH’s Community Activists Speak Up!

    invisiblepeople
    4 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Empowering homeless people and those who were formerly homeless by sharing their individual stories encompasses the majority of the work I do through Invisible People. This type of work is critical primarily because people who […] The post CSH’s Community Activists Speak Up! appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Mike

    invisiblepeople
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    “How can you rebuild a life you’ve never had” ~ Mike Mike has been on the streets since he was 13 years-old. The powerful quote from Mike validates why we need to focus on ending […] The post Mike appeared first on Invisible People.
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Gina Ryder: What If We Treated Homeless People Like Potential Friends?

    Gina Ryder
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I have with many of my friends and family. As our friendship developed, I wondered what would happen if we approached homeless people like we do new relationships: with openness to learning about the other person. Read more: Homelessness, Homeless People, Addiction, Addiction and Recovery, Drug Addiction, Poverty, Human Connection, Human Relationships, Friendship, Whatsworking, Impact News
  • Hawaii Lawmaker Who Smashed Homeless People's Shopping Carts Beaten Up By Group Of Homeless: Report

    The Huffington Post News Team
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:38 am
    HONOLULU - A Hawaii state representative was allegedly beaten by several members of a Honolulu homeless encampment on Monday after he refused to stop ... Read more: Tom Brower, Homelessness, Hawaii, State Representative, Politics News
  • Alan Black: Notes From a Dive Bar XIIII

    Alan Black
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    Someone says, Jake died. We all drop a few rungs. He owned a bar. Lung disease. He never smoked, unless you count the smoke of others. It's still dark outside. The f*cking cognac tastes off. So much for the sour grape. Read more: Alan Black, Bars, Bartenders, Bar Life, San Francisco, Cognac, Drinking, Cocktails, Life, Work, Death, Drunk, Depecehe Mode, Homeless, Butterflies, Street Life, Fifty News
  • Shad Meshad: On the Move Again: A Failed Tactic

    Shad Meshad
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Homelessness has increased over 25 percent in LA over the last four years. And it's not just our city. Read more: Homelessness, Veterans, Impact News
  • Deborah De Santis: Medicaid for Services Update

    Deborah De Santis
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am
    This past Friday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued an official bulletin encouraging and guiding states to use Medicaid resources, where appropriate, to help provide the services complementing the affordable housing side of supportive housing. Read more: Cms, Medicaid, Healthcare, Homeless, Supportive Housing, Affordable Housing, Health, California, New York, Massachusetts, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Politics News
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  • Real Change isn't really changing

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Despite some concerns, the app is not going to replace the paper version Real Change released an app for smartphones in April on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store that allows people to buy digital copies of the paper through a QR code on the vendor’s badge. Of the $2.99 the reader pays for a digital copy, $1.49 goes directly into the vendor’s account and can be withdrawn 24 hours after the purchase.
  • And this is the column wherein I express anger at both murdering racists and having them in my head

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    There’s a judo method of humor column writing. Let’s suppose we have to write a humor column. You and I. We sit down at the ’puter. We enter the words, “Insert column here,” so that we may have started without actually having started. But we are still stymied. That’s a fine word, isn’t it? We are sty-the-heck-out-of-mied. Why is that?
  • He’s got style

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Real Change vendor, Tyree, to feature his drawings during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk Take Henri Matisse’s “The Cut-Outs,” add a splash of Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror” and blend in the simplicity and vibrancy of anything Mondrian has ever painted, and what do you get? The colored-pencil drawings by Tyree — and a style that is all his own.
  • Continuing Education

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    First Place school for low-income and homeless students to keep its charter The Washington State Charter School Commission has voted narrowly to allow First Place Scholars — a K-5 school that largely serves homeless and low-income students — to keep its charter and continue receiving public funds. 
  • The road to transition—from the inside out.

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Caitlyn Jenner’s transition has become a reality-show circus. Years ago, she would have been called transsexual, but today it’s “transgender.” After four decades of male history — and as the patriarch of a $100 million dynasty — we’ve watched Caitlyn sell her story to the world for really good money, the kind of money few trans women will ever have. It could buy a lot of love and acceptance, thus smoothing the road of transition.
 
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  • Webinar: Housing First in a Shelter Setting

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    In partnership with the NC ESG Office, NCCEH is presenting a series of three webinars on housing first. This is the third webinar in the series. Housing first is an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing as quickly as possible and then providing services as needed to support housing stability and individual well-being. Carson Dean, Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte, will present on his organization's experience implementing the housing first model in in an emergency shelter setting. The webinar will include time for questions from the audience.
  • Webinar: Housing First in Housing Programs

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    In partnership with the NC ESG Office, NCCEH is presenting a series of three webinars on housing first. This is the second webinar in the series. Housing first is an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing as quickly as possible and then providing services as needed to support housing stability and individual well-being. Brian Alexander, Executive Director of Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina, will present on his organization's experience implementing the housing first model in rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing programs. The webinar will include…
  • Webinar: Housing First 101

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    In partnership with the NC ESG Office, NCCEH is presenting a series of three webinars on housing first. This is the first webinar in the series. Housing first is an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing as quickly as possible and then providing services as needed to support housing stability and individual well-being. Tom Albanese, Senior Associate with national TA provider Abt Associates, will present on the key elements of the housing first model. The webinar will include time for questions from the audience. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to…
  • Part Time Case Manager - Coastal Disability Advocates

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Coastal Disability Advocates is seeking a part-time case manager. This position will work with homeless disabled clients referred by other social service agencies. Clients will be screened for eligibility for federal disability benefits and applications will be made for them when appropriate. For details, please see the full job description. To apply, please submit your resume no later than July 3, 2015, to: Mike HosickPO Box 1809Wilmington, NC 28402
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Dialogue Group

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    This monthly dialogue call is an opportunity for Balance of State Regional Committees to discuss challenges and share solutions for coordinated assessment implementation. Meetings will be held via conferece call/webinar. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to registrants prior to the call.
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    Picture the Homeless | The Blog

  • "They say gentrify, we say beautify" - Homeless People are Beautifying the Neighborhood

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    This afternoon, members of Picture the Homeless joined with community partners like the New Harlem East Merchants Association to plant flowers on 125th Street as part of a neighborhood beautification project. The full set of photos is here!! "I'm here because Picture the Homeless doesn't just talk about improving our communities, we actually do something about it," said Stanley Stevenson. read more
  • Why We Need the Right to Know Act: Three Stories from Homeless New Yorkers

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Living on the streets, homeless people are constantly the targets of illegal police activity. As we prepare to fight for the Right to Know Act, here are three stories from our members about the disparate impact caused on homeless people - and how City Council Intros 182A and 541 would change things. read more
  • Member Perspective: A Legal and Constitutional Angle to Repeal the Urstadt Law?

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Guest post by Dave Subren, member of Picture the Homeless read more
  • WE WIN A HUGE VICTORY for Homeless People Stuck in Horrific Shelter Conditions!

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    Last week, we supported homeless people stuck in conditions so bad that a report from the Department of Investigation called the building “unacceptable… filthy, badly maintained and with garbage in the common areas.” We held a rambunctious protest at the site, and then marched to the offices of the agency that operates the shelter units. This week? The open violations in the building have gone from 125 to 80!! read more
  • Next Friday: Birthday Barbeque for Jean Rice and Lynn Lewis

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Everybody in the Picture the Homeless community knows Jean Rice and Lynn Lewis. Many have called them the heart and soul of our organization. Together, they’ve made a formidable team dedicated to protecting the civil rights of homeless people, and creating a housing system that works for everybody. read more
 
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    The Homeless Guy

  • My Health

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    My health has taken a turn for the worse.  So, this will probably be my last blog post.  That is, unless things get better, to the way they should be, but I'm kinda doubting they will.   I tell ya though.  it's been a long hard life, and wouldn't mind finally getting relief from it anyway.  Take care.  Be good. (ps there are thousands of blog entries here to read - check out my archives)
  • Be Kind

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Be kind to homeless people.  The root word of kind is "kin" which means family.  When you are being kind to someone, you are treating them like family.   So often I hear from people looking for family members who have become homeless.  They are looking for them so to bring them back home, to help them overcome their problems, to have them back in the family fold. Sadly, people will treat a
  • Who Can You Talk Bad About

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:53 pm
    In today's society, which group of people are we still allowed to talk bad about in public without suffering negative consequences? Women Blacks Mexicans Jews Homeless Yes, this was a rhetorical question.
  • Dealing With People Who Complain About The Homeless

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    People who have legitimate complaints about anything will address the parties involved, and will use their communication and problem solving skills to solve their problems.   As the saying goes, a problem solved is no longer a problem. But I've seen many people who complain about the homeless who do nothing to solve the problems they are complaining about..  To me it is obvious that their
  • Complainers

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Being homeless is a very difficult way to live, and complainers only make things worse for the homeless. Let me tell you about this one guy in particular. He runs an athletic club, they are very popular here in southern California.  But this guy bought property just two blocks away from a homeless service provider that is very popular with the homeless.  This service provider offers mail
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Andy’s End of Month Update – May 2015

    jhuckleby
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – May 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Stories from Skid Row – Ruben

    jhuckleby
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/AwF7ke6K1hQ The post Stories from Skid Row – Ruben appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – June 2015

    Steve Lee
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    For me, family is everything. It’s how I grew up. My parents, my brothers and sisters, we were close. It’s the kind of family I wanted when I could one day have a family of my own. I was a teenager when I fell in love with the mother of my kids. We had two children together and everything seemed on track — until we got addicted to crystal meth. After our relationship ended a few years later, I was devastated. I not only lost my relationship with her, I lost my kids. I lost my lifelong dream of a loving family. I’d failed — and it hurt. It hurt so bad I had to numb myself with more…
  • Kenneth Chancey, Overcoming All Odds

    Rev. Andy
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Just as The Great Recession became apparent through the exploding numbers of two parent & single father & increased single mom families, Union Rescue Mission made the decision to be guided by our history & The Lord & step up to meet the need. We opened up a 5th floor wing to make a place for this throng of families. Among the families, was a single dad, with a son & a daughter, he had recently been reunited with & rescued from foster care. We knew right away there was something very special about the 15 year old son, Kenneth Chancy. Despite, living in a van, going…
  • The Mission – May 2015

    Steve Lee
    8 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    All my life, I was looking for a sense of family that I didn’t get growing up. My parents were real strict and never showed us any love. So at the age of 14, I rebelled against all of that and found a different “family” — in a gang. And I totally embraced that culture. But while it gave me something I needed, it also meant I got involved in a lot of crime and hurt a lot of people. I did some things that were really hard to live with. Then I found heroin. Heroin helped numb me out so I could live with myself. But it wasn’t long before it was out of control. I needed heroin just to…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Lake Grove Presbyterian pours out love on Shepherd’s Door

    PDXMission
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Lake Grove Presbyterian Church serves monthly at Shepherd’s Door.At Portland Rescue Mission, meeting the needs of thousands of people suffering from hunger, homelessness, addiction and abuse takes more than 3,000 volunteers and 30,000 donors every year. Church partners are a core part of this dedicated team giving hope and restoring life when people need us most. For many years now, passionate people from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church have given generously and poured out their hearts in a variety of compassionate ways. From putting on a summer benefit concert at the beginning of June,…
  • Steve finds his miracle, discovers new life at The Harbor

    PDXMission
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    A Greyhound bus station is an unlikely place for a miracle. Steve had been living on the streets of California for over a year. Addicted for years, he’d long since sold his car and every last valuable he owned on one last drug frenzy. Steve had now given up on life. After manipulating every family member and friend for so long, he’d burned every bridge. There was nowhere else to turn. “The worst part of being homeless is that you’re around hundreds of people,” says Steve. “But you’re completely alone.” Portland, Oregon, was hundreds of miles away. Steve wanted a fresh start in…
  • Delighted southern couple deems Mission Bar-B-Que best in northwest

    PDXMission
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In case you haven’t heard, Mission Bar-B-Que is open for business at Portland Rescue Mission, and we can promise you, it’s really, really good. This, of course, may lead you to ask something else: How can we promise that, really? Well, we’re glad you asked. Now let us explain. On June 25th, we had our very first Mission-Bar-B-Que tasting at The Harbor. And for all the people that attended, it was an absolute hit – particularly, with Linda and Russ Watters. Hailing from the southeastern part of the United States, Linda and Russ were ecstatic that after 21 years, they finally found a…
  • Homelessness awareness: Top 5 reasons youths end up homeless (news roundup)

    PDXMission
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Portland Rescue Mission desires to see men, women and children find hope through a restored life, free from the bondage that comes with homelessness and addiction. Portland Rescue Mission also desires to raise awareness on the topic of homelessness. Stay up-to date on our blog as we share the recent news and stories circulating on the topics of homelessness and addiction. Here are some stories from this past week: Jackie Rehwald, of the Springfield News-Leader, writes about why youths are homeless in her area, based on a study that was released of 350 youth (Facing Our Youth 2014 Survey of…
  • Start summer off with a new job at Portland Rescue Mission

    PDXMission
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    With school over and summer in full swing, you might be in job search-mode. And if so, did you know Portland Rescue Mission is currently hiring? We have positions open at our three main facilities. We are actively looking to hire people who are passionate about helping hurting men, women and children who are homeless and/or battling addictions and seeking recovery. Portland Rescue Mission’s three main facilities are in downtown Portland at our Burnside Shelter, and in northeast Portland at The Harbor and Shepherd’s Door. The Burnside Shelter is home to our Hope and Pathway Ministries…
 
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • This is Water

    Thomas Armstrong
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Back in the 80s, I was interested in fiction in large part because I was interested in writing fiction. An author that snagged my attention at that time was T. Coraghessan Boyle. I liked that he was crazy with an intimidating vocabulary and I was jazzed by the madcap way he slung words around and the odd notions in his short stories.A competing writer for my attention was David Foster Wallace with his first novel, The Broom of the System. I liked the book and I sensed many similarities in Wallace’s writing that I found in Boyle, but, at the time, I thought Wallace to be a distant second to…
  • Painter near the Central Library

    Thomas Armstrong
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    It was nice to see a painter planted at the northeast corner of I Street and 7th, downtown Sacramento, this morning working on his picture of the intersection. He is on the block where the Central [i.e., main] branch of the Sacramento Public Library is located.This is the first picture of him that I took -- sneaking up on him from behind.Here I am much closer as the artist inspects the scene in hope of bringing life to his artwork.You would -- and even I would  -- think that at this point I had a responsibility to ask permission of the artist to photograph him. But to hell with that! I…
  • Greydon Square

    Thomas Armstrong
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Received a recommendation to post a music video, and I couldn't be more delighted. The artist is Greydon Square, a rapper out of Compton. The song below, "Summer's Ending" is off his 2012 album "Type II : The Mandelbrot Set." Wikipedia says this about Greydon Square: He is a member of the international secular hip-hop activist movement The Anti-Injustice Movement (aka AIM Clika) and runs his own organization Grand Unified Theory, which uses creativity to educate people about science and rational thinking.
  • Safe Ground gears up to address shelter shortage

    Thomas Armstrong
    23 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Page 1 of 2[click to enlarge]A flyer I received -- a two-page Agenda for a Safe Ground meeting that was held on May 6 -- is impressive for several reasons, but primarily so because it shows that the organization is gearing up to address the extreme shelter shortage in Sacramento by ratcheting up its Pilgrimage program.Pilgrimage provides sleep space for homeless folk at area churches. This program -- Pilgrimage -- from among what all Safe Ground attempts to do, has uniquely been very successful.First up on their Agenda is "Vision for Safe Ground Pilgrimage" which includes the hope of having…
  • More SNR madness

    Thomas Armstrong
    16 May 2015 | 5:17 pm
    5/15/15 cover of SNR.In this week’s weak SNR, the publisher goes to a “public square” meeting on homelessness and nothing interesting happens. Instead of writing about the issues, vonKaenel -- the arms-akimbo guy --writes about almost not getting in and eating a meal there that he was not entitled to.There is hope though. A reader named Twit asks as a comment to the vonKaenel piece, "What questions should have been asked and answered?"It's possible vonKaenel will respond to the reader's query, but, alternately, he might just tell us what he had for dinner and the color of his tie that…
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Happy Gay Day

    Sonya
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Or " Love Wins " day. Filed under: poverty
  • Slavery, Dignity, and Human Rights

    Sonya
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I’ll just hop into a time machine and tell the naked children being tied and whipped,oiled and sold for manual labor that they are dignified. In fact,I will find my closest human trafficking victim in the sex trade or sweatshop and tell them how f’ing didnified they are. Human equality and civil rights are Homeless […]
  • True story

    Sonya
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:49 pm
    I was outside @PandaExpress by Costco in Pacoima Ca with Darla. She ran to the last free chair and scrambled into it while we discussed Subway vs Panda. Suddenly, a dark figure in a baseball cap covered in tattoos rush toward me. I heard the sound of metal and then his whispered voice saying "Please, […]
  • Help the Charleston Families and Other Assistance agencies in the Neighborhood.

    Sonya
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I am still feeling sick about the #Charleston AME shooting last night. I have heard it is not #Terrorism because it isn’t politically motivated and the shooter was “mentally disturbed”. Umm, Sitting Senator Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine victims murdered. I would call that a political shooting, wouldn’t you? At any rate … […]
  • I Need a New T-shirt . . .

    Sonya
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    AKA – if you donate to @MENDpoverty and tell them I sent you : I can have a new shirt and your TAX Deductible donation will be Doubled! Don’t feel you have to break the bank – even a $2 donation is cool with me. Please help us reach our year end goal by donating […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Just Released: Western MA Opening Doors Plan to End Homelessness

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness is proud and pleased to present Western Massachusetts Opening Doors: A Collective Impact Framework to Prevent and End Homelessness This Plan is a product of extraordinary collaboration among dozens of Network partners, in conjunction with Simtech Solutions and Waypoint Consulting, and was made possible by the Commonwealth’s support. As summarized in the Plan: Rare, brief and non-recurring.   That is what homelessness must be if we are to declare ourselves successful in responding to it.   This Plan offers us a path to get…
  • Statewide Access to Justice Commission Requests Your Input

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    This letter below from the Social Services Committee of the Statewide Access to Justice Commission requests input from non-lawyer social service providers on how to improve the justice system for low-income clients.  Please read and complete the survey if you can! Dear Community: As you know, many social service workers provide information and advocacy support to poor people who are interacting with the courts, with government agencies and with  public benefit administrators.  The Social Services Committee has launched a short survey to figure out ways to help social service workers be…
  • Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes – 6/23/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:38 am
    Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting June 23, 2015 In attendance: Toni Bator, HAPHousing, Ashley Brehm, HAPHousing, Sara Chaganti, Brandeis University, Bud Delphin, CareePoint, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Denise Johns, Berkshire Community College, Joanne LacCour, DTA, Lisa Lapierre, CPM, Melissa Mateus, Springfield Partners, Darlene Morse, CareerPoint, Konrad Rogowski, FutureWorks, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network Ken White, Holyoke Community College, Phyllis White, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Pamela Wotjkowski, CPM…
  • New: Boston Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness

    Gerry McCafferty
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh today released  An Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness, the results of months of work by the Mayor’s Task Force on Individual Homelessness. The Task Force identified that Boston has one of the lowest rates of urban, unsheltered street homelessness in the United States, as a result of steadily increasing the number of housing units for homeless individuals by targeting resources and committing to new investments. In the last two years: 191 long term shelter stayers have been housed 391 homeless individuals have been rapidly rehoused 67 highly…
 
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    Ending homelessness in London

  • An affront against humanity

    Jeremy Swain
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    In those most desperate of weeks that crossed Christmas and the New Year I was getting daily updates on the Somali couple living rough outside TK Maxx on a busy south London street.  A mother and son both with severe and enduring mental health problems, exhibiting delusional behaviour and severe self-neglect. They had been there for months, resisting all offers of accommodation or hospital treatment.  Engagement with mental health specialists, our outreach workers, the police and members of the Somali community had all been in vain.  Over the months their belongings blossomed…
  • Sleeping rough, working rough - with the Roma in London

    Jeremy Swain
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    5.00am. Dawn light is beginning to streak an indigo night sky. The battered caravan seems deserted. A brisk rap on its door by my colleague Ben breaks the silence. This is the early morning outreach shift in an outer Londonborough. In this road adjacent to a park there are a line of assorted vehicles, most of which appear to be derelict.  My two outreach colleagues, Ben and Helena, between them speak Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Russian and English.Eventually there is a rustle from inside and the heads of a man and women emerge. There follows an amiable conversation with Ben who has…
  • Put a dog in the picture

    Jeremy Swain
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
     My colleague Dean is telling me about his day, his harrowing day. Most of it has been spent at the hospital supporting Samantha.  Samantha is 31 and she has been addicted to heroin since the age of 15. Her weakened immune system has led to the onset of septicaemia. Dean found her in her usual rough sleeping spot lying in he own faeces and called an ambulance.  Samantha has lived the life of a homeless drug addict for the last decade. All her friends are from the street. Today she was visited in hospital by her boyfriend who is also a heroin user. He is found by her bed with a…
  • We are not powerless

    Jeremy Swain
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Last week I attended a ‘round table’ discussion with the Employment Minister Esther McVey. Around the inconveniently long rectangular table were familiar faces - other chief executives and civil servants from the Department for Work and Pensions. The minister responded thoughtfully to proposals about how job centres and agencies could work together more effectively. From some colleagues in the room there was unrestrained frustration that we had been here before and little had changed.  I left the meeting in a pensive mood, unconvinced that we had got our messages home. There was a…
  • How local uprisings can loosen the grip of the super-strength beast

    Jeremy Swain
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:34 am
    Sitting in my in-box is a report on deaths among our hostel residents during 2013. I busy myself with other e-mails, mentally preparing myself before opening it. And because I know what it will contain, I focus my mind on a couple of colleagues, Dave and Dennis, both of whom were once street drinkers knocking back death defying quantities of alcohol and are now, having tackled their addiction, skilled hostel workers. Eventually I resolve to click open the report. It includes the following grim statistics. There have been thirteen deaths, ten alcohol-related. In all but one case the…
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  • "98% of all “transgender” violence was perpetrated specifically against people in the male-to-female..."

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    “98% of all “transgender” violence was perpetrated specifically against people in the male-to-female spectrum[1]; of the 38 murders of transgender people reported internationally in 2003, 70% were women of color.[2]” - Transgender Equality: A Handbook For Activists And Policymakers by Paisley Currah and Shannon Minter, published by the National LGBTQ Task Force.Note that the share of violence visited on AFAB transgender people is so small that there isn’t even room in the graph’s scale to divide that by race, but if the statistics for AMAB transgender people are any indication,…
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  • What do you do when you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t have feelings for I...

    21 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    What do you do when you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t have feelings for I don’t know you read a book and go to the city and put off looking for jobs and drive up to Portland I guess
  • sarahgreenillustration: I’ve been seeing way too much coverage...

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:33 am
    sarahgreenillustration: I’ve been seeing way too much coverage of the terrorist rather than of the victims, which isn’t right, so I made this. Went more realistic to get more of a resemblance, and all information is based off what I could find on the internet. Hopefully it’s all accurate, if something isn’t, please tell me. Such a horrible event. RIP. 
  • feministbatwoman: We - and by we, I mean, white feminists - need to talk about how [the Charleston...

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:33 am
    feministbatwoman: We - and by we, I mean, white feminists - need to talk about how [the Charleston terrorist] used white female purity to justify murdering black people. “I have to do it,” he said. “You rape our women.” This myth - that black men rape and assault white women - has been used to justify the murder of black people for centuries. It was used to justify lynchings. It was used to justify slavery. It is still used today.  And white feminists absolutely NEED TO REPUDIATE this myth, because white women’s tacit approval - and sometimes vocal agreement - with this myth is…
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  • How Can I Help, Hugh?

    Hugh Hollowell
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I don’t want to write this post. But if there is a question I have been asked more than, “How’s your wife, Hugh?” the last month or so, it has been, “How can we help?” But I am assuming you know what I am talking about. Let me bring you up to date. The Back Story My wife Renee has a rare heart disease that runs in her family. She’s been on a pacemaker since she was 13. Two of her sisters have had heart transplants. Her mother died at age 45 of this disease. Her grandmother died at 27. Most of the time, she’s fine, as long as she isn’t trying to majorly exert herself. Walking…
  • Second-Hand Memories

    Hugh Hollowell
    5 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
      Her name was Dorothy, and she had two sisters, Louise and Wilma. I was born on her birthday, and she loved me without reservation. My father was her youngest son, a child she had late in life, the son she raised as a single mom when her husband died way too young. She died when I was three, and I only have two memories of her.  I have a very clear picture of us, she and I, laying on her hospital bed in the living room of the house we lived in those days – a house my dad grew up in, a house she moved into when she married my Granddad. In my memory, the bed is in front of the…
  • Sharing Beautiful Things

    Hugh Hollowell
    5 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    For the last eight years, I have been aggressively hunting out beautiful things. This was the result of a late-night conversation with a mentor shortly after I made the decision to spend my life working with and among the homeless population of Raleigh. He told me, “The world you are choosing to inhabit is an ugly place. It will be easy to lose yourself in it. You have to gorge yourself with beauty, so you have a reserve, just like if you knew you were going to be in a desert, you would gorge yourself with water before you went.” So, for eight years, I have been hoarding beauty,…
  • I Don’t Have a Plan

    Hugh Hollowell
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It was the summertime, and I was moving to Raleigh, leaving Memphis forever. I had coffee with some friends my last few weeks there, to say goodbye. One meeting was with a woman I had dated for a long time, that I once thought I might marry. “So, you’re moving to Raleigh. What’s your plan?” she asked. “I will find a job, I guess, and do freelance and get a roommate. It’ll be fine,” I said. “Oh yes. Now I remember why we broke up.” She liked plans. The other day, someone asked me what I was planning to do with my weekly newsletter. I told…
  • The State of the Newsletter

    Hugh Hollowell
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    In my life, I had seen many ugly things, and it was getting to me. I had found myself getting cynical, and thought that if I intentionally looked for the beautiful things, it would help inoculate me against the ugly. But I also knew I am horrible at keeping commitments to myself. So, my plan was to send a weekly newsletter to a few friends each week, with some beautiful things in it. But I am also easily bored, so I only committed to do it through Lent. However, something strange happened – I ended up enjoying it. I haven’t had this much fun doing something online since I began blogging…
 
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  • Donation Dos and Don'ts

    Amy L. Freeman
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    What You Do You're heading to the beach tomorrow, for ten days! The dog's in the kennel, the mail is stopped. Pizza tonight sounds good. Wait, food...forgot to clean out the fridge. You open the door, look in, frown. Seems terrible to throw away perfectly good food. Hang on, what about that food bank? Or better yet, Bethesda Cares' day shelter is right downtown. Perfect! You grab a bag and start filling it with produce and dairy products. You pause when you get to the container of hummus. It has a few spoonfuls taken out, but no one double-dipped. Maybe someone would like it? Hummus is chock…
  • From Despair to Hope to Dignity

    Amy L. Freeman
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Homelessness strips so much from a person: protection from the elements. The safety of a door that locks. The certainty of a place to which to return each day. A place to put your stuff. The privacy of a bathroom. Access to a kitchen for a glass of water. Homelessness not only strips away much that is physical, but it also eviscerates self-worth. People without homes walk among those of us with so much more, and they feel worthless. Yet the return to "housed" can restore health, safety and dignity. Let me tell you about "Lewis," an African-American man who worked once as a janitor, and later…
  • Queuing and Q-ing with Dignity

    Amy L. Freeman
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    As I walked up to the food truck this past Monday, it was not quite lunchtime. But the food smelled fragrant, the neon lights on the truck were festive and the blasting tunes hit an early '70s tone to which I could relate. A few men stood near the truck, although none seemed in line for food. Spying the man I had not yet met, I held out my hand David "Curley" Cornblatt, of Curley's Q, chef of the barbecue food truck and soon-to-be restaurateur. We exchanged pleasantries. Guiding me by the elbow toward the service window in the truck, he quizzed me on my food preferences, explaining the menu…
  • 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…
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  • A Closer Look: Opening Doors, As Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Changing of the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    To accompany the release of Opening Doors, as amended in 2015, we will be taking a closer look at each of the four key updates to the document this week. We’ll be sharing comments from partners, community members, and the USICH staff on how the updates are impacting their daily work, helping to prevent and end homelessness across America, as well as highlight the key changes around the updated topic. Spotlight on Changing of the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness “The national goal and deadline for ending chronic homelessness set by Opening Doors enabled states like Utah to…
  • A Closer Look: Opening Doors, as Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Medicaid

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    To accompany the release of Opening Doors, as amended in 2015, we will be taking a closer look at each of the four key updates to the document this week. We’ll be sharing comments from partners, community members, and the USICH staff on how the updates are impacting their daily work, helping to prevent and end homelessness across America, as well as highlight the key changes around the updated topic. Spotlight on Medicaid "When launched in 2010, Opening Doors was more than a blueprint for effective Federal, state and local partnerships to end homelessness, it motivated all of us -…
  • A Closer Look: Opening Doors, As Amended in 2015 - Spotlight on Crisis Response Systems

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    To accompany the release of Opening Doors, as amended in 2015, we will be taking a closer look at each of the four key updates to the document this week. We’ll be sharing comments from partners, community members, and the USICH staff on how the updates are impacting their daily work, helping to prevent and end homelessness across America, as well as highlight the key changes around the updated topic.
  • Opening Doors, as amended in 2015

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    A message from Matthew Doherty, USICH Executive Director On behalf of the entire team at USICH, the teams at our Federal member agencies, and our many dedicated state and local partners working tirelessly to prevent and end homelessness, I am thrilled to share with you this updated version of Opening Doors, as amended in 2015.   This document is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work by countless individuals who contributed ideas and information through online forums, in meetings, and by analyzing their agencies’ programs and policies, helping to identify best…
  • All In to End Veteran Homelessness City Swing: Tucson

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    By Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild Pima County and the City of Tucson hosted three Cabinet Secretaries and the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness last week at Pima County’s Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, showcasing our collaboration to end Veteran homelessness and help people experiencing homelessness reenter the workforce. Local elected officials accompanied Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, and USICH…
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