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  • Linda

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    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.
  • Neighborhood Rallies Together To Save Beloved Homeless Man

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    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    For decades, a homeless person affectionately nicknamed the Mango Man has been a fixture in the beachside neighborhood of Kailua, on the Hawaiian isla... Read more: Mango Man, Homelessness, Hawaii, Aloha Soul, Homelessness in Hawaii, Good News News
  • Big Oil: Five years after Deepwater Horizon

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    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Although much of the country seems to have lost interest in one of our worst environmental disasters, journalist Antonia Juhasz is still drilling BP Five years ago, the United States watched one of the worst environmental disasters in history unfold in the Gulf of Mexico as close to five million barrels of oil spilled into the sea. First came the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killing 11 workers, and then the subsequent leakage from an underwater pipe. For 87 days, oil flowed untethered as the nation watched in horror.
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

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    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    This is a regular meeting of the NCCEH SOAR Caseworkers Dialogue Group. It is a caseworker roundtable to problem-solve and connect with others around the state who are working on SOAR cases.    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.
  • Schedule of FREE CLASSES in our Homeless Organizing Academy - June 2015 Edition!

    Picture the Homeless | The Blog
    admin
    22 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Happy to unveil the June line-up for our Homeless Organizing Academy's Political Education Classes!! These are free for all currently and formerly homeless people, and they're intended to help people experiencing homelessness develop the skills and experience they need to become effective agents of social change. They're every Tuesday night, 5-7PM, in our office: 104 East 126th Street #1B [Storefront], New York NY 10035  *  4/5/6 train to 125th Street / M60-M100-M101-M35-Bx15 Bus to 125th/Lexington read more
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  • 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.
  • Sebastian

    invisiblepeople
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Every now and then when I walk down Hollywood Blvd I run into someone who remembers me when I was homeless on the streets of Hollywood. Before I could say more than a few words […] The post Sebastian appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Shaun

    invisiblepeople
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Shaun has lived on the streets of Philadelphia for 6 months now. When he first became homeless it was warm outside. The day of this interview it was deadly cold. Shaun is sleeping in a […] The post Shaun appeared first on Invisible People.
 
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  • Neighborhood Rallies Together To Save Beloved Homeless Man

    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    For decades, a homeless person affectionately nicknamed the Mango Man has been a fixture in the beachside neighborhood of Kailua, on the Hawaiian isla... Read more: Mango Man, Homelessness, Hawaii, Aloha Soul, Homelessness in Hawaii, Good News News
  • Steve Peck: Veterans' Homelessness -- There is No Finish Line

    Steve Peck
    22 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Much of what I know about homeless vets I learned as an outreach worker with the VA in the early 90's. I met a thousand different homeless vets with a thousand different stories. Read more: Veterans, Homelessness, U.S.VETS, Impact News
  • Matt Baume: The Queer Teen Who Ran Away from Home, Joined a Cabaret, and Became an Seattle Nightlife Icon

    Matt Baume
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One of the first friends I met when I moved to Seattle was Zak, standing by a urinal trough wearing golden armor down one arm and shiny metallic underwear. To be fair, it was Halloween; but since then I've seen him dress similarly on more than one occasion since then. Read more: Sewers of Paris, Zak the Barber, Dresden Dolls, Beats Antique, Gogol Bordello, Matt Baume, Ed Wood, Freaks and Geeks, Cabaret, Can Can Cabaret, Seattle, Homelessness, LGBT Youth, Strippers, Gay Voices News
  • Homeless Man Helps Shelter Get Internet So Others Can Find Jobs

    The Huffington Post News Team
    20 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    To Wayne Samuelson, Internet access made the difference between employment and living without an income. The U.S. veteran -- who's been homeless fo... Read more: Whatsworking, Advocacy, Homelessness, Homeless Shelters, Homeless-Shelters-San-Francisco, San Francisco, Poverty, Internet Access, Internet-Access-Human-Rights, Crowdrise, Everyday Heroes, Impact News
  • Barbara Mujica: Veterans Continue to Serve After Military Service

    Barbara Mujica
    20 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Think today's veterans are mostly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and barely making ends meet? According to a recent report by Got Your Six, just the opposite is true--today's veterans tend to be engaged citizens, more likely to volunteer and vote than the general population. Read more: Veterans, Volunteerism, Veterans PTSD, Homeless Veterans, Match Grade Apparel, Got Your Six, Politics News
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  • Big Oil: Five years after Deepwater Horizon

    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Although much of the country seems to have lost interest in one of our worst environmental disasters, journalist Antonia Juhasz is still drilling BP Five years ago, the United States watched one of the worst environmental disasters in history unfold in the Gulf of Mexico as close to five million barrels of oil spilled into the sea. First came the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killing 11 workers, and then the subsequent leakage from an underwater pipe. For 87 days, oil flowed untethered as the nation watched in horror.
  • Is There Resurrection After Death?

    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Christianity is declining at a rapid pace according to the latest Pew Research Center polling data. In the last seven years the percentage of adults defining themselves as Christian declined from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent. Over the same period, those describing themselves as religiously unaffiliated rose from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent. 
  • SHA took 10 days to process my rent check again this month, causing flashbacks

    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Everyone has problems. No one wants to hear mine. No one cares if I woke up as a giant bug this morning. I wish I would wake up as a giant bug.  My problems are never clear. It’s not what’s happening to me right now, but the whole history of what has ever happened to me and the persistent nagging conviction that all the bad that has ever happened before will recur, all of it at once.My problems are evil and conspiring to repeat simultaneously, to end every shred of happiness I’ve ever stored up, at precisely 25:01 on the 33rd of Novembruary, or some other time.
  • Memory Loss

    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Book Review - The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Few people see the irony that Arthur — the mythical king who sleeps beneath a lake ready someday to save England at its most desperate hour — appeared in early medieval literature as a Celtic Briton warrior fighting the invading Germanic Saxons. Those invaders, along with the Anglos, would eventually become the English that the mythic Arthur now protects. Whether or not Arthur actually existed, those of his people who were not killed, enslaved or assimilated were within a few generations pushed into the far west of Britain.
  • SU report shows Seattle criminalizing life-sustaining behaviors

    Martha Tesema
    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Javier Ortiz, a law student at Seattle University (SU), would be happy to see laws that criminalize sitting, standing, sleeping, panhandling, camping and urinating in public repealed, but it would take more for him to be truly satisfied.  “I’d want them to be recognized for what they are: Anti-homelessness ordinances,” he said. 
 
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  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    This is a regular meeting of the NCCEH SOAR Caseworkers Dialogue Group. It is a caseworker roundtable to problem-solve and connect with others around the state who are working on SOAR cases.    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.
  • Wake NC HMIS Migration Training

    22 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) will be working with the NC Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH) to provide NC HMIS Migration Training for Agency Administrators in Wake County CoC on Thursday, June 10, 2015. Agency Administrators from agencies participating in NC HMIS from Wake County should attend this training.  With guidance from MCAH, Agency Admins and Local System Admins will: Ensure Provider Pages are set up for each funding source Review HUD Standards Information Configuration Review/update unit/bed lists Review assessments for appropriateness with funding…
  • Durham & Orange NC HMIS Migration Training

    20 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) will be working with the NC Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH) to provide NC HMIS Migration Training for Agency Administrators in Durham and Orange County CoCs on Friday, June 5, 2015. Agency Administrators from agencies participating in NC HMIS from Durham & Orange Counties should attend this training.  With guidance from MCAH, Agency Admins and Local System Admins will: Ensure Provider Pages are set up for each funding source Review HUD Standards Information Configuration Review/update unit/bed lists Review assessments for…
  • BoS Scorecard Committee Meeting

    19 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    During this third meeting of the Balance of State Scorecard Committee, committee members will discuss and finalize the new and renewal scorecards to present for Steering Committee approval. This meeting will be held via conference call. Instructions for how to join will be emailed to registrants prior to the call.
  • Data Specialist - Homeward Bound of WNC

    18 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina in Asheville, NC, is accepting applications for a Data Specialist position.  For details, please view the full job description.   To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Jenny Simmons, Director of Grants Management at jenny@homewardboundwnc.org. The closing date for this position is May 29, 2015
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    Picture the Homeless | The Blog

  • Schedule of FREE CLASSES in our Homeless Organizing Academy - June 2015 Edition!

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Happy to unveil the June line-up for our Homeless Organizing Academy's Political Education Classes!! These are free for all currently and formerly homeless people, and they're intended to help people experiencing homelessness develop the skills and experience they need to become effective agents of social change. They're every Tuesday night, 5-7PM, in our office: 104 East 126th Street #1B [Storefront], New York NY 10035  *  4/5/6 train to 125th Street / M60-M100-M101-M35-Bx15 Bus to 125th/Lexington read more
  • #HomelessOpenHouse: Come Celebrate the New Home of Picture the Homeless!

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Now that we’re set up in our beautiful new space, we’re excited to share it with our friends. Please join us in celebrating our new office. You’ll connect with Picture the Homeless’ vibrant community of members and supporters. While you’re at it, enjoy home-cooked food, tour the nation’s first library created and curated by homeless people, and relax on our gorgeous patio. Plus you’ll learn more about our exciting plans for 2015—and how you can get involved. read more
  • PTH Member exposes "the Kafka-esque revolving door of the NYC shelter system"

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    PTH member Scott Andrew Hutchins has written a brilliant expose of his three years inside the shelter-industrial complex, in this phenomenal article on HopesandFears.com: "Trapped in the Kafka-esque Revolving Door of the NYC Shelter System." GO READ IT NOW!! Some of the disturbing highlights: "I am closing in on 3,000 job applications in the 35 months that I have been homeless." read more
  • NYC's Municipal ID Program: A PTH Member's Perspective

    admin
    1 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    The following comments were developed by Red, a member of Picture the Homeless, and submitted to the New York City Council's Committee on Immigration on May 1st, 2015, for an Oversight Hearing on Implementation of IDNYC - New York City's Municipal Identification Program. read more
  • Wanted: WEBSITE OVERHAUL!

    admin
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Picture the Homeless is looking for help overhauling our website - not so much a redesign, as an under-the-hood restructuring. If you're an awesome web designer and think you can do something with the following project goal, pitch us a plan!! We actually have some dedicated funding to support this project, so we 're looking to get the job done right. read more
 
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    The Homeless Guy

  • I Will Try Something Else

    21 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I appreciate those people who reached out, offering support and encouragement to keep blogging.  Still, it was only a handful of people who voiced an opinion, out of the hundreds who come this blog everyday. Makes me think that most people don't really care one way or another. So, instead of writing daily, or near daily, blog posts, I'll "try" and focus on writing full length articles that I'll
  • I'm Done

    9 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    I was robbed last night.  He took the last of my cash, At least I got to keep my wallet this time.  It was only 60 bucks, but it was the last of my food money for the month.  I have 45 dollars coming from paypal donations that should arrive on Tuesday.  Other than that, I have no more money for the rest of the month. Being that I sleep outside, I know I'm more vulnerable to such things.  
  • Well It Is May

    8 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    After a near record month for page views of this blog, its readership is now tumbling.  The biggest chunk of my readers are students working on school projects.  Either they are writing something about  homelessness for their English class, for their sociology class, or even their computer technology class.   Most of  them are in high school, some in junior high, and even some in higher
  • Laziness, The Path Of Least Resistance, And Homeless People

    6 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Oh, I could write forever on this subject, but I will resist that temptation.  You may say that I am taking the path of least resistance for not writing this all the way out, but I know you would take the path of least resistance and not read the whole thing.  Does that make us both "lazy"? Not in the least.  There exists an infinite number of things a person could occupy him/her self with, and
  • Is Housing A Right?

    4 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    When considering Housing as a Right we run into problems.  In the United States we hold two systems of valuation in mostly equal regard, but they are not compatible.  Conflict between the two creates problems, confuses people, and causes tension and disharmony among people within our social system. The first system of valuation concerns "rights", human rights generally and citizen's rights in
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • 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…
  • Stories from Skid Row – Billy

    jhuckleby
    7 May 2015 | 5:51 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/rS_B2i–I1k The post Stories from Skid Row – Billy appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – April 2015

    jhuckleby
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:54 pm
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – April 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Stories from Skid Row – Melinda

    jhuckleby
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/V7WINmnoIhI The post Stories from Skid Row – Melinda appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – April 2015

    Steve Lee
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Holly’s father was an alcoholic. Her mother didn’t want to raise children and spent increasing amounts of time away from the family. So from the age of 8, Holly was left in charge of her five other siblings. “I remember telling Mom I just wanted to be a kid,” says Holly, a 39-year-old single mother at Hope Gardens. Holly says she never remembers being kissed or hugged by her mother — and she never heard the words “I love you.” “I was so hungry for affection,” Holly recalls, “I started looking for a boyfriend when I was 11. I wanted a boyfriend who would love me.” By the…
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  • Bill Schonley invites you to Portland Rescue Mission benefit concert

    PDXMission
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Do you have plans for June 6 at 7:30 p.m.? Portland Rescue Mission, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (LGPC) and Bill Schonley invite you to attend “Unfailing Grace.” As noted in the video above, the iconic “Mayor of Rip City” is a member of LGPC’s 90-voice Sanctuary Choir. On Saturday evening of June 6, the choir will host a benefit concert in support of Portland Rescue Mission. “Unfailing Grace” will take place at the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Portland. There is no cost to attend, but proceeds from a free will offering will  support the Hope Ministries,…
  • New life, new journey for five women after Shepherd’s Door graduation

    PDXMission
    19 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    May at Portland Rescue Mission started out on a festive note with five women graduating from Shepherd’s Door: Taylor, Denise, Vivian, Kim and Jeanette. (Jeanette could not be at Jubilee). Joined by their mentors on stage and in front of a packed house on a warm Friday evening, all five shared stories of redemption, renewal and a brand new life centered on Jesus Christ. Read on to get a glimpse of what a few of the women had to say about their journeys over the last year. (See all of the photos from the event). Taylor Taylor on her journey: When I came to Shepherd’s Door, I was 19, broken…
  • Retirement community takes trip to love on Shepherd’s Door

    PDXMission
    18 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Two buses pulled up that sunny afternoon to Shepherd’s Door. Men and women visiting from Parkview Christian Retirement Community were gently assisted out and welcomed for a tour of Shepherd’s Door. Most of them were over the age of 80. One woman was even about to celebrate her 102nd birthday. A friend of the Mission, Parkview Christian Retirement Community has been building a relationship with our women and children. “They love Shepherd’s Door and want to be a part of us,” said Holly Hummel, our Donor Relations Specialist at Portland Rescue Mission. Some of the women from…
  • Excitement abounds at Portland Rescue Mission, join our staff

    PDXMission
    15 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Portland Rescue Mission gets a new sign downtown at the Burnside Shelter! May has been another eventful month so far at Portland Rescue Mission with celebrating our annual Birthday Party for the Homeless and launching our Mission Bar-B-Que. And if you are currently looking for a new job, you too could take part in this exciting season at the Mission. Portland Rescue Mission is structured into three different ministry areas: Hope Ministries, Pathway Ministries and New Life Ministries. The Mission’s independent social enterprises are Drive Away Hunger and Mission Bar-B-Que. All of the…
  • Portland Rescue Mission celebrates annual Birthday Party for the Homeless

    PDXMission
    13 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Regardless of what else might have been going on May 11 anywhere else in Portland, from 2 p.m. through dinner at the Burnside Shelter, it was a time of celebration and joy for everyone who visited the Guest Care Center. Portland Rescue Mission staff members, volunteers and guests all gathered together in one place to celebrate our annual Birthday Party for the Homeless. As a demographic that is often forgotten and frequently overlooked, men and women felt remembered and loved, helping reestablish their identity not as homeless people, but as people we care about. “It was a wonderful…
 
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  • Crushing Reality for Homeless Families

    Diane Nilan
    18 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The turtle looked up at me. I gasped in horror. Crunch. I ran over this timid, stalwart creature before I knew it was happening. I don't like creating any road kill, but a turtle? Tillie the Turtle, my motorhome's nickname, might give you a correct clue that I like turtles.I had no idea these slow moving reptiles were so common crossing roads at this time of year. After the first mishap I paid attention. And saw lots. Most ducked their heads into their shells when my van approached. I can't imagine how terrifying that must seem. Plenty didn't make it, run over by other vehicles. I'd like…
  • Simple Walk Not So Simple

    Diane Nilan
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    This sign didn't stand near the obviously dangerousoil pump area. No, it was perched on an empty field in the park, inexplicable even to me.My layover day—besides getting things done, a chance for "me" time. My time in Kansas filming the Worn Out Welcome Mat --KS project has taught me a valuable lesson: don't wait for outdoor activities, when the weather is right, do it! So I went for a walk around my surprise find—a $10 campground with water and electricity, peace and quiet.Western KS is not for wimps. Two consecutive nights of tornado warnings made that clear. This mostly flat land has…
  • Sex—Not the Reason Most Homeless Moms Double Up With Men

    Diane Nilan
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Going from bad to worse. Frying pan to the fire. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. None of those adages express the level of dire anguish Melissa and her daughter face. A 3-year string of horrible events culminated in this pert mother and her adorable 7-year-old daughter landing in the Kansas version of prison: a town of less than 400, with nary a grocery store, much less any sign of life, no transportation and no support network.Melissa, who's worked in the home healthcare field for a number of years, tossed out a desperate Craig’s List plea a few weeks ago to escape from the…
  • Deep Hole of Homelessness Swallows Homeless Families

    Diane Nilan
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    [Kansas City, KS] Friday was payday for Crystal, a fast food employee. She cashed her check and then bought a few, too few for her way of thinking, birthday presents for her son whose 8th birthday was Valentine’s Day.She, her husband and other child, Brittany and her boyfriend and her 2 children, and Tyler and his partner, a motley community that shared this rundown but affordable house in Kansas City, Kansas, celebrated “Danny’s” birthday Saturday. On Sunday, they were picking through the ashes of their rental house. Everything was destroyed in an electrical fire caused by,…
  • Having Nowhere To Go = Homelessness, Not Choice

    Diane Nilan
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Crawling though decrepit attics to find doubled-up families. Cutting taxes for the highest income bracket to stimulate the Kansas economy.Discovering that a stable, financially comfortable community has close to 50% of their students living in or near poverty.Realizing that the state's budget has gaping holes, so cut education funding across-the-board.What a state I'm in, Kansas, where I'll be spending the bulk of my time in the next several weeks. My unplanned offer to film Worn Out Welcome Mat--KS, a short documentary on families doubled up because they have nowhere to go was…
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  • 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…
  • The Dregs of Society: Look They Can Read! Who knew?

    Thomas Armstrong
    4 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    A photo-essay by a National Geographic photographer, featured on the home page at the Sacramento Public Library’s website, has me spinning. The exhibit features the pictures of nine ostensibly homeless individuals using the Sacramento, San Francisco or San Jose public libraries. I grant that it is kind of nice, but it is also ignorant and insulting. Both National Geographic and the Sacramento Public Library (for promoting and posting a link to the photograph exhibit) evidence a stunning deficit of knowledge.The title of the annotated collection of photographs by Fritz Hoffmann, is “Quiet…
  • SNR supports anti-camping-law moratorium

    Thomas Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Cover of the 4/16/15issue of SNR.In the Sacramento News & Review this week, there is an unattributed editorial [which, I'm told, should be presumed to be the product of an ad-hoc Editorial Board, consisting of a bunch of employees and freelancers who happen to be in the SNR office when the topic for an editorial comes up] that proposes enactment of a moratorium on enforcement of the city's illegal-camping ordinance. The editorial is titled "No home, no fine," on the 6th page in the hardcopy edition of the publication and has the more-long-winded title "Sacramento should enact a moratorium…
  • Information and Instruction from the Ivory Tower

    Thomas Armstrong
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Loaves & Fishes is holding a forum on Homelessness on April 27. Sadly, the free tickets promptly sold out. That is a problem with things that are free. They go fast.Cannot say that I am intrigued to hear anything that Libby Fernandez would have to say about homelessness. The building where her office is is known by some lower-level L&F employees as the Ivory Tower. Why? Because that’s where Libby’s office is.There were times, when I made use of L&F's Friendship Park, that Libby would come into the park with prospective volunteers. Those people who came into the Park would look…
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    Sonya
    22 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    US-Flag-Laws-Infographic1.jpg (900×4890).Filed under: poverty
  • GoFundMe for ‘Drinking & Douchbaggery’

    Sonya
    21 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    People standing in the edge of streets and freeway off ramps asking for dollars are possibly in desperately need of the aid. (I always look at their shoes) and maybe they have holes in their shoes But how often do you secretly think they are asking to do THIS with your money?!? This is the […]
  • Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©

    Sonya
    21 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General United States Interagency Council on Homelessness National Alliance to End Homelessness: FAQs. New York Homelessness http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/?gclid=COeCmK_D08UCFUuTfgod4DEATA The neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles http://silverlakenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/homeless_flyer_bilingual.pdf has a community council that is on the ball The Good Rev Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission. […]
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map

    Sonya
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Where are the homeless people living? Here is an interactive map to show you the Homeless Count numbers. That state on the far left… yep, that’s where I live and work: right under the big red teardrop. National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map.Filed under: homelessness Tagged: homeless count, map
  • The truth about Minimum Wage

    Sonya
    21 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    “Common Sense” – aka knowledge held by the common man fails in this argument. The LA City Council studied 3 peer reviewed studies before increasing minimum wage. I don’t know what they read – but here is some of what I found.   Neoclassical economic theories present a clear prediction: as the price of labor […]
 
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Springfield Republican Article on Individual Shelter Funding

    Pamela Schwartz
    18 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    On Friday, May 15, The Springfield Republican ran a front page article on the statewide disparities in funding rates for individual emergency shelters.  This issue drives The Network’s FY16 budget advocacy to increase the average bed rate to $32/night statewide or alternatively provide a $350,000 earmark to Friends of the Homeless in Springfield to prevent significant cuts in services.  The Republican reporter, Shira Schoenberg, does an excellent job laying out the current situation and the consequences. Friends of the Homeless runs an overnight shelter for homeless individuals in…
  • Hampshire County Housing Agency Sought to Manage New Housing

    Pamela Schwartz
    18 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless issued this Request for Letters of Intent.  Please read below: Request for non-binding Letters of Intent Background The Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals is starting to plan for its next purchase of a house for homeless individuals. Our first was purchased in 2008; this Florence location houses six previously homeless individuals, some of whom have serious mental illness. The second was purchased in 2011, is in downtown Northampton, and houses six individuals who were homeless and are in recovery from substance abuse. In both cases the…
  • Family Services Meeting Minutes – 5/12/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    18 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Family Services Committee May 12, 2015 In Attendance: Jason Allen, VA CWM HCS, Jane Banks, CHD, Sarah Cloutier, YWCA, Hillary Cronin, VA, Charity Day, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Harry Duchesne, NEFWC, Anthia Elliot, Safe Passage Lindsay Errichetto, Family Life Support Center, Jill Fijal, Chicopee Public Schools, Erin Forbush, ServiceNet, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Sean Hemingway, CHD, Mary Johnson, Central West Justice Center, Fran LeMay, ServiceNet, Jane Lindfors, DTA DV Unit, Luz Marcano, VA Springfield Clinic, Heather Marshall,…
  • Senate Budget Amendment Requests – Act Today!

    Pamela Schwartz
    14 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Network is communicating with our Western MA Senators to request their support of the following amendments to the Senate Ways and Means (SWM) Budget, per our FY16 budget priorities.  Please email or call your Senator and add your Network voice ((find your Senator’s contact info by going here).  Note: If Senate President Rosenberg is your senator, while he cannot sponsor amendments in his position, it is still extremely important to communicate your support! 1.  Secure Jobs Initiative: Ask your senator to sign on as a co-sponsor to Senator Barrett’s amendment to increase…
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Police Violence Against Homeless, Poor Persons, Housing & Homelessness Addressed At Global Review of U.S. Human Rights Record

    homelessnesslaw
    14 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Photo Credit: US Human Rights Network On Monday, May 11, the U.N. Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations as part of the U.S.’s second Universal Periodic Review raising concerns about the criminalization of homelessness and poverty as well as the lack of adequate housing in the U.S. Under the Review procedure, every country in the world is reviewed every 4 years for their compliance with all the human rights treaties they have ratified as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Right. 116 countries signed up to ask questions and make…
  • Housing & Homelessness Addressed At Global Review of U.S. Human Rights Record

    homelessnesslaw
    12 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    On Monday, May 11, the U.N. Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations as part of the U.S.’s second Universal Periodic Review. Thanks to advocacy by the Law Center and others, several countries raised concerns about the lack of adequate housing as well as the criminalization of homelessness in the U.S. Under the Review procedure, every country in the world is reviewed every 4 years for their compliance with all the human rights treaties they have ratified as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Right. 116 countries signed up to ask…
  • U.S. Report to the Human Rights Council Under-Represents the Violations of the Human Right to Housing

    homelessnesslaw
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last Friday, the U.S. government released its report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, downplaying the state of housing and homelessness concerns in the U.S. The report was prepared as part of the U.S. government’s obligations for its second Universal Periodic Review by the Council, with an oral review to take place in May. Every four-and-a-half years, the U.S.–and every other country—undergoes such a review on all its human rights commitments. In 2010, the U.S. accepted recommendations during its first Universal Periodic Review to: Reduce homelessness; Reinforce legal protections for…
  • The Law Center’s 2014 Accomplishments and an Overview of Homelessness in America

    homelessnesslaw
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    This past year was an incredible one for the Law Center thanks to our many advocates and supporters. We saw many accomplishments and raised an unprecedented amount of awareness on the issue of homelessness. See a synopsis of our 2014 successes here and in a letter from our Executive Director and Founder, Maria Foscarinis. It gives us great hope that one day these successes will translate into our ultimate goal, to end and prevent homelessness in America. For an overview of homelessness in America, please see our newest fact sheet which provides statistics and information related to the…
  • Supreme Court Asked to Review Wisconsin Voter ID Case

    homelessnesslaw
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    On January 7, 2015, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (Law Center) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last fall’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Frank v. Walker, our challenge to the Wisconsin voter ID statute. In our petition to the Court, the Law Center argued that the appeals court decision mischaracterized facts found at trial, and applied a flawed legal standard in analyzing both equal protection and Voting Rights Act (VRA) claims. The petition argues that the Supreme Court should decide the important voting rights question posed by this case…
 
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • 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…
  • Why I Stay in the South

    Hugh Hollowell
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    I live in the Southland. I love it here. I was raised in the south – in fact, further south than I live now, in a childhood filled with honeysuckle, sweet tea, fishing, lightning bugs and church potlucks. The earliest memories I have involve table fellowship with other folks, of lessons drummed into my head about hospitality and being told to “remember who I was”. I have vivid memories of elderly, blue haired ladies telling me they knew my grandma (who died when I was very young) and my daddy and that they knew I had been “raised right”. In the South I grew up in, I was taught we…
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    USICH Blog

  • Youth Counts COUNT!

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    21 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    By Coco Auerswald On Wednesday, April 29, I had the honor of representing our We Count, California! team at two historic events in Washington, DC—a Senate hearing and a White House briefing—both focused on the Administration’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Across the board, I heard a clear message that youth counts matter. This day of unprecedented attention to the need to end youth homelessness was inspiring but came with a sober recognition that we have a good way to go to meet our goal. The importance of better data regarding youth—upon which an…
  • Public Housing Authorities and Continuums of Care:  Establishing and Maintaining Powerful Teams in the Effort to End Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    13 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    By Kiley Gosselin Although they have long been assisting families and individuals experiencing homelessness, more and more public housing authorities (PHAs) are emerging as heroes in the fight to end homelessness –making housing those experiencing homelessness a formal focus of their efforts, often overcoming regulatory hurdles and limited resources. In many communities from Houston to Asheville, contributions from PHAs are helping to reduce the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Given the scale of…
  • Ending Youth Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    11 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    By Luke Tate No young person should lack a stable and safe home, or be without a caring adult they can count on. Too many of America’s youth have been robbed of that essential foundation — and thanks to the extraordinary work of practitioners and volunteers across the country, we are learning what it takes to reestablish that footing and end youth homelessness nationwide. In 2012, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) issued the Framework to End Youth Homelessness detailing the steps necessary to achieve the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020, and strategies…
  • Harnessing Medicaid to Help Solve Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    8 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Richard Cho Five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many of the major objectives of the law are being met; more than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage, bringing the number of people without insurance down to historic lows. Included in the newly insured are approximately six million of the lowest income Americans, who have gained access to public health insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). And while the data is limited on the specific number of people experiencing homelessness who have gained coverage, we have…
  • Medicaid is a Game-Changer for Ending Chronic Homelessness, But to Win, We Have to Play

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    7 May 2015 | 6:02 pm
    By Richard Cho It has been proven time and time again that for people experiencing chronic homelessness and suffering from chronic health conditions, the path to improved health begins with stable housing, namely through supportive housing. Supportive housing (also known as ‘permanent supportive housing’) has been shown to improve physical and behavioral health outcomes for people experiencing chronic homelessness, while simultaneously lowering health care costs by decreasing emergency room visits and hospitalizations. In most communities today however, the services that make…
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