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  • LA's homeless allowed to live in cars, appeals court rules

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

    USICH Blog
    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    by Paul Gionfriddo When we see people who are homeless on our streets and in our parks, and take some time to think about them, we might feel pity, sympathy, annoyance, fear, or a host of other emotions. But we probably never think “that person could be me.” We just assume that people who are homeless have always lived like that. They’re homeless, their parents were homeless, maybe even their grandparents were homeless. And we assume that they are homeless by choice. They are not.  They are homeless because we have made them so.
  • Homeless man wants more support

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    NEW research has revealed that councils across the UK have failed to prevent homelessness amongst eight out of every 10 young people who approached them for support.
  • Insite Loves People Right Where They Are At to Save Lives

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    I first visited Insite in summer of 2011. At the time, I didn’t know what I was walking into. I never heard of a “supervised injection clinic” before, which is how most people describe Insite. […]
  • Homeless Group Books 100 Rooms At Radisson, Manager Says They're 'Not A Shelter'

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    A New York City hotel was excited when the city booked 100 rooms during a notoriously slow season. But when the establishment learned that the guests ... Read more: Radisson, Radisson Queens, Hotel Homeless People, Homeless, Homeless Nyc, Homeless New York City, Homeless Housing, Homeless Housing New York City, Impact News
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    Invisible People

  • Insite Loves People Right Where They Are At to Save Lives

    invisiblepeople
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    I first visited Insite in summer of 2011. At the time, I didn’t know what I was walking into. I never heard of a “supervised injection clinic” before, which is how most people describe Insite. […]
  • Tony

    invisiblepeople
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    When I started out walking today in the Vancouver rain, I didn’t think I would run into anyone sleeping rough. Normally people experiencing homelessness get out from the wet and stay inside at mall locations […]
  • @Straatvogels [street birds]: Homeless People Twittering in Amsterdam

    invisiblepeople
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Recently I was honored to be flown to the Netherlands to present at the 2014 International Fundraising Congress. As part of my honorarium I asked for two nights hotel in Amsterdam. As I normally do […]
  • Kelsey

    invisiblepeople
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Kelsey lives in a hotel room along with two newborn twins and two other adults.  Without income, they never know when their hotel stay will end. They live day-by-day trying to get funds for another […]
  • Leeza

    invisiblepeople
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    While walking with James to Best Buy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my heart broke seeing Leeza sitting on the sidewalk “flying a sign”. Leeza is 22 years-old and has been homeless in […]
 
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  • Homeless Group Books 100 Rooms At Radisson, Manager Says They're 'Not A Shelter'

    The Huffington Post News Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    A New York City hotel was excited when the city booked 100 rooms during a notoriously slow season. But when the establishment learned that the guests ... Read more: Radisson, Radisson Queens, Hotel Homeless People, Homeless, Homeless Nyc, Homeless New York City, Homeless Housing, Homeless Housing New York City, Impact News
  • Stuart Muszynski: If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

    Stuart Muszynski
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed. Read more: Homelessness in America, Poverty, Education, #Rulesofthegame, Kickoff for Kindness, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Project Love, Common Core, The Pact, Newark, NJ Schools, Soft Skills, Teenagers, Education News, Impact News, Child Homelessness, Youth Homelessness, Homelessness, Education News
  • This 5-Year-Old Gives Homeless Kids Care Packages That Make Them Feel Right At Home

    The Huffington Post News Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Jayla Newson found it unacceptable when she spotted a girl and her mother living without a home. So she did something about it. "She was like, 'Wha... Read more: Jayla Newson, Today Show, NBC Today Show, Sprout’S Kindest Kid Contest, Virginia, Homelessness, Homeless, Homeless Shelters, Homeless Youth, Video, Girl Helps the Homeless, Love Matters, Impact News
  • Homeless Man's Day In The Life Video Challenges Stereotypes Of Those Living On The Street

    The Huffington Post News Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Sandy Shook said he doesn't abuse alcohol or narcotics -- he does, however, claim to have studied the Russian language while in Moscow and holds a deg... Read more: Homelessness, Texas, Austin, Austin Texas, Sandy Shook, Youtube, Youtube Videos, Joseph-Costello, Homeless Man, A Day in the Life, Fighting Homelessness, Viral Videos, Homelessness Texas, Video, Impact News
  • Genevieve Piturro: Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

    Genevieve Piturro
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were. Read more: Teaching, Pajamas, Literacy, Teens, Education, Child Abuse, Foster Care Abuse, Foster Care System, Homeless, Reading, Foster Care, Volunteering, Group Homes, Orphanages, Pajama Charity, Pajama Program, Impact News
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    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results

  • 'Homeless Jesus' statue installed in downtown Charleston

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    By David Gutman Walk down Washington Street in downtown Charleston, across the street from the post office, and you'll come to a bronze park bench that wasn't there last week. You may be hesitant to take a seat. There's a man, who looks to be homeless, asleep on the bench. Take another look. The man is also bronze, part of a sculpture. His knees and arms are pulled toward his chest, huddled for ...
  • Homeless Center Asking for Help with Thanksgiving Meal

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A Little Rock homeless center asking for donations and reaching into their own pockets to make sure they can provide a thanksgiving meal for thousands.
  • Providers for homeless working on transportation issue

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Fort Worth Transportation Agency will stop offering free and reduced bus passes in October 2015.
  • Action call over housing crisis

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    The coalition Government could stop families becoming homeless at the stroke of a pen to allow welfare payments keep pace with rocketing rents, one of the country's leading homelessness campaigners has said.
  • Homeless man wants more support

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    NEW research has revealed that councils across the UK have failed to prevent homelessness amongst eight out of every 10 young people who approached them for support.
 
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  • Obama takes blame for midterms

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Days after the Democrats' brutal defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama said Sunday that he takes responsibility for his party's poor performance at the polls.
  • 'People want that new car smell'

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    President Obama said in an interview Sunday that he has some "dings" but will help his party during the 2016 election cycle in any way he can.
  • Obama responds to heckler

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:21 pm
    During his immigration speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, President Obama addresses a heckler in the crowd.
  • Do shrimp hold clues to alien life?

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys spewing hot water deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets, NASA says.
  • Giffords finishes 11-mile bike ride

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords completed an 11-mile cycling event Saturday, marking another milestone in her recovery from a 2011 mass shooting.
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    Los Angeles Mission - Providing help, hope, and opportunity to men, women and children in need.

  • Our Homeless Veterans Deserve a Home

    Staci Pedersen
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    In today’s highly partisan national discourse, there is one idea everyone can agree on: taking care of our nation’s veterans.  Facing a frustrating, unending series of foreign entanglements, how we care for our warriors when they return has reached the mission critical stage.  We simply cannot continue to ignore those who give their all to keep us safe. While the methodology of the various homeless surveys are by no means perfect, the results can still break your heart.  Veterans comprise around 34 percent of the general U.S. population yet veterans are grossly over-represented in our…
  • Rescue Missions Make Change Happen

    Angel Quiroz
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    Original story on St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Billy is a happily married family man, a veteran who works hard, goes to church and pays his taxes. He volunteers regularly at a homeless shelter showing others there is hope. Billy is also a former alcoholic who lived homeless on the streets of Los Angeles for a year. Billy is a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Mission Fresh Start program. Billy is like so many others who successfully turned homelessness into hope and a home. Billy was hungry and came to the Mission for meals. He came back to get a shower, new socks and some clean clothes.
  • A Tribute to a True Friend (of the Los Angeles Mission): King Taco Founder, Raul Martinez, Sr.

    Angel Quiroz
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:12 pm
    From the LA Times: Raul Martinez Sr., founder of the King Taco chain, one of the original Los Angeles Mexican fast food restaurants known for al pastor tacos and late night sopes, died Tuesday at the age of 71, the company announced. “To our beloved customers, it is with great pain and sorrow that we inform you that on December 3rd, one of our founders, Raul Martinez Sr. passed away. In respect to him and his family all King Taco locations will be closed in his honor. He will be truly missed. May God bless everyone and his family.” However, that company statement doesn’t tell…
  • Early Prisoner Releases Pose Challenges for Emergency Bed Providers and Permanent Housing. Just A Thought…

    Angel Quiroz
    5 Sep 2013 | 12:47 pm
      Just when it seemed emergency bed needs were stabilizing or drifting slightly downward along comes another challenge… early prisoner releases. Because many of these individuals have no “home” to return to they end up hitting the streets of Skid Row.  Some looking for help – some looking for trouble.  This trend was noted by LAHSA in the 2013 homeless count earlier this year, but it is in full force now. As noted by this LA Times story, http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-jail-early-release-20130901,0,5286701,full.story, this is a growing challenge. Despite work by several…
  • Homeless Count Yields Support to Experience on the Street

    Angel Quiroz
    2 Jul 2013 | 12:04 pm
      The Los Angeles Mission thanks the staff and volunteers of LAHSA for their tireless efforts in identifying those experiencing homelessness. This data is vital to those of us who are seeking to serve this population on a daily basis with meals, shelter and referral services. What has been documented by this count is what was felt intensely at the street level and in our contact with those seeking assistance.  There are more people in need of services. There are fewer jobs for those seeking entry level employment.  And, in spite of our efforts to reduce chronic homelessness, there is a…
 
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  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 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.
  • Economic Development Grants Available from Goldern LEAF

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    The purpose of the Golden LEAF Foundation is to fund projects that promise to bring significant economic improvement to the tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities of North Carolina.  The Foundation has two program open to grant-seekers. The Open Grants Program promotes projects that develop economic strength in targeted communities throughout the state. Priority is given to projects in the areas of agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness, especially in innovative sectors such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and alternative…
  • NAEH Toolkit: Rapid Re-Housing

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) has created a toolkit designed to provide sample materials organizations and rapid re-housing program staff can use as a part of rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing has three core components: housing identification, financial rent and more-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These tools mainly focus on the first core component of housing identification. To view the toolkit, please visit the NAEH website.
  • Part-time Medical Case Manager - ALFA

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    ALFA is seeking a qualified part-time Medical Case Manager who will provide comprehensive medical case management services with compassion and care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and maintain a caseload by assessing and monitoring client needs for specific health, psychological and social services, and facilitating access to services that address those needs to keep clients in medical care.   This is a part-time position (20-32 hours per week). For full details, please see the complete job description. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Adria Cline by email or by…
  • Family Services Coordinator - Genesis Home

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    The Family Services Coordinator oversees many of the duties related or incidental to the families served by Genesis Home.  Duties include helping families who are experiencing homelessness to achieve their personal goals, graduating families into permanent housing, and ensuring that families remain self-sufficient and successfully housed after moving into permanent housing. These outcomes are accomplished through the Family Services Coordinator engagement in the following: Identifying and focusing on the strengths of each family, developing goals centered around the family’s stated…
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Homeless Advocacy On Facebook

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I do a lot of my homeless advocacy on Facebook. So if you want to keep up with more of what's going on in the world of homelessness, then please friend me on FB.  A message asking to be friended would also be helpful so I can keep out the spammers.   You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kevin.barbieux  These days I actually put more on my facebook account than I do on my blog
  • A Rational Response To Homelessness - It's ACTUALLY Happening!

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
  • Living With High-Functioning Autism

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This is so much me it's not even funny. Especially since my parents disowned me (and most of the rest of my family) all because they didn't understand this about me. Of course complications arose causing me other problems with depression and anxiety.  And misunderstandings led to me being ostracized by my family.
  • Some Homeless People

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Yes, of course homeless people need help, and most of the time they don't get the help they need.   But, in trying to get help for the homeless, by trying to generate some compassion for the homeless, we advocates must not turn a blind eye to the negativity that homeless people bring upon themselves. Sure, a lot of people are just haters, and hate on anything different from themselves, or they
  • Holiday Time Is Charity Time

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It is during the holidays that people are most inclined to consider the plight of the less fortunate and to respond in some measure to share their blessings with others.  So it is that charities also gear up at this time, working to raise money for the work they do. I am no different. When deciding on which homeless services to support, please also consider the work that I do here (without
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Senior Finds Respite at Hope Gardens | Union Rescue Mission

    jhuckleby
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/0Tp8wngiDT0?list=PL24AD4156042D113E The post Senior Finds Respite at Hope Gardens | Union Rescue Mission appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – November 2014

    Steve Lee
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Every child loves to open presents at Christmas. Grace is no different.Yet she also knows it’s about muchmore than that. “Christmas is a time to give to people who are in need,” she sayswith a wisdom far beyond her 13years. “This year I plan to volunteerat Union Rescue Mission’s ChristmasStore, just like I did last year.” Grace, along with her mother, Sam, and two brothers, Adam and Daniel, know all about the Christmas Store. In 2011, they were guests at Union Rescue Mission after they escaped an abusive home and ended up losing almost everything. Before coming to the Mission,…
  • Teen Finally Finds a Family

    jhuckleby
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/FfK8ibFzO7s The post Teen Finally Finds a Family appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – October 2014

    jhuckleby
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – October 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • It’s the Grand Opening of our Thrift Store!

    Steve Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We are super excited to announce the Grand Opening of the URM Thrift Store and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us! Please join us at 280 E. Arrow Hwy, Covina CA on Saturday, November 1st, for the grand opening of the newest thrift store in town! To celebrate our kick off, the grand opening will include Free Refreshments for the first 200 customers (Kettle Korn, Specialty Cookies, and Ice Cold Beverages) and we’ll have a store-wide Treasure Hunt where we will mix in free items with the other merchandise on our racks and shelves. Plus, we are giving YOU a 15% discount on…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • 3 Men Graduate From The Harbor!

    PDXMission
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Curtiss is honored with his graduation certificate Three men reached major milestones in their recovery process earlier this month! Joseph and Curtiss graduated from our New Life Ministry addictions recovery program, and Jonathan (2013 graduate) completed his Service Ministry program here at the Mission! So what’s next for these men? Joseph just got a job at Home Depot and is excited to have his son back in his life Curtiss is starting our one-year Service Ministry program, gaining leadership and management skills Jonathan will be pursuing work and/or his Master’s degree READ…
  • Here’s A Great Way To Help Someone This Christmas!

    PDXMission
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    Help a hurting person this holiday season with a heartfelt Christmas gift! For many of the men, women and children that we serve, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. Thanksgiving and Christmas often just remind our residents of their painful pasts, and many simply don’t have the finances to purchase Christmas gifts for the people they love. Make this Christmas different for people in need.Remind them that someone remembers them and cares by providing a thoughtful gift for just $40. Click here to give someone a gift this Christmas! 
  • GIVE HOPE Telethon!

    PDXMission
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Our Give Hope telethon is today! For many of us, the holiday season is a time for family, friends, and good food. But for thousands of hurting, homeless people in Portland, this season is just another reminder of their pain. Make a difference this year by donating during our telethon! Your telethon gift… Helps feed and care for hurting, hungry people Automatically enters you to win an iPad mini A donation of $16/month or more gets you a $30 Fred Meyer gift card! Learn more by watching this video. Click here to donate now.
  • Kim Finishes The Race

    PDXMission
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Two weeks ago, Kim did something she never imagined possible. A 13.1 mile half marathon race through downtown Portland. And she ran every inch of the race without stopping a single time. “When I got to the finish line, I couldn’t even believe that it was real. Tears instantly started coming down my face. I saw all the people that had come out to support me. It was the most wonderful, overwhelming feeling – I just couldn’t believe that I had actually run the race. I’d done it. That’s not something you just do every day.” SEE ALSO: Three Women Graduate…
  • Bill Gets A Second Chance – Story of Hope

    PDXMission
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Bill had never been homeless before. He’d worked, married, and had several children during his life. He even remembers driving past Portland Rescue Mission and seeing homeless people outside waiting to get fed. “I remember thinking, ‘Boy, I never want to be in that situation.’ Well, here I am.” Alcohol had been a problem for Bill for many years. About a year ago, his alcohol addiction got so bad that Bill’s wife couldn’t take it, and she forced him to leave home. Alone on the streets for the first time in his life, Bill didn’t know how to survive. Watch his inspiring video…
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  • You can't get food in Florida but you can shower in the Vatican

    Jacqueline Dowd
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square.The endeavor is a joint project being undertaken by Francis and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner who, according to Religion News Service, is responsible for overseeing charitable acts on behalf of the pope.The Vatican's deputy spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said that construction on showers is scheduled to begin next week. The showers would be added to renovated public restrooms located near the marble columns that led into the basilica, which dated back to 1626.From…
  • California city bans homeless from sleeping outside: If they leave, ‘then that’s their choice’

    Jacqueline Dowd
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Two ordinances aimed at clearing out the homeless population have been passed unanimously by the city council of Manteca, California.One will ban people from sleeping or setting up encampments on any public or private property as of December 4, although the homeless won’t be jailed or fined. It will, however, allow the police to tear down any homeless sleeping areas as soon as they appear without having to be invited by the property owner, as was the case previously.Explaining why the ordinance is necessary, Police Chief Nick Obligacion said, “The goal is actually to correct the wrong.
  • “Why do they waste their money on junk food?” If you've ever said that, you need to read this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tasha French Lemley
    4 Dec 2012 | 5:00 pm
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    invisible homeless kids

  • It’s Time to Help Homeless Kids, Yes! You! Now!

    Diane Nilan
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I often have the question put to me, “What can I do to help homeless families and/or teens?” Well, just in time for the holiday spirit, here are suggestions that range from free/fast to more complicated/commitment. I'm always pushing the concept of Compassion Epidemic. These are ways you can make that happen.STUFFYour local shelter (if you have any) will be happy to receive:packs of socks, undies for kids of all sizes/agesnew/gently-used shoes, practical styles for school/playhygiene items (toothpaste, brushes, shampoo, soap, combs, etc.)coats, hats and gloves, especially for kids…
  • Don’t Like Family and Youth Homelessness? Deny It!

    Diane Nilan
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Twenty-five years after the massive “Housing NOW!” march for housing equality in October 1989, the beginning of a (paltry) venture to address homelessness in America, millions of families and youth with nowhere to go are still being mostly ignored.How can the federal agency responsible for addressing the housing needs of adults and children with nowhere to go continue to deny their vulnerability and needs?Members of Congress, criticized by Left, Right and in-between, hold the solution to this growing crisis in their hands. The Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bipartisan bill that…
  • Homeless: What About ‘Nowhere To Go’ Does HUD Not Understand?

    Diane Nilan
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    For the agency charged with “utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life,” assuming that includes those with nowhere to go, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has yet to step up to the task for millions of families and youth with nowhere to go Peruse the stories of parents and kids with nowhere to go on www.helphomelesskidsnow.orgHeartbreaking accounts from courageous youth who shared their stories before a congressional committee.Brutal reality from compassionate frontline workers. For the past 3 decades, our country has abdicated its…
  • Open Letter to Sarasota: Homeless Families Need More Help

    Diane Nilan
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    To the good people of Sarasota, I’ve waited long enough. From what I’ve read in the Herald Tribune’s article (July 8, 2014), you are stumbling in a very important responsibility—how to help homeless families in your county. I used to live in Sarasota, and I’ve returned many times, rekindling fond memories of this delightful area. I’ve cringed as I’ve followed your struggles to cope with a significant homelessness population. I could tell it wasn’t going well, but I waited to see what would happen. This latest account alarms me. I've worked with homeless families for…
  • New Report Quantifies Challenges Facing Homeless Moms: Give 'Em A Break...or Help

    Diane Nilan
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    As a former shelter director, I confess that big and little infractions by families staying at our shelter sometimes annoyed the snot out of me. If I knew then what I know now….Homelessness has gained more awareness, but unfortunately the stereotypical guy begging on the street corner image prevails despite the reality that families and youth without homes far exceed HUD’s “chronically” homeless individuals,last reported as 610,043 (Jan. 2013).  And despite documentation that homelessness among children/youth has increased more than 70% since 2006, homeless kids don’t seem…
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • The Old Guard Board of Safe Ground jumps in and re-organizes Pilgramage

    Thomas Armstrong
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    As was expected five months ago, the Safe Ground Board of Directors have now butted in to the business of the sole successful program of the Safe Ground charity and have reorganized it into a top-down hierarchy enterprise that matches the military-management style of General Libby Fernandez, the Board member leading the change of operations. Orders and information go DOWN the hierarchy; nothing comes up.Safe Ground logoThis “sole successful program” is Pilgrimage which, akin to Winter Sanctuary, uses the floor space of churches as sleeping space for homeless people, thus giving them…
  • Most heavy drinkers in Homeless World aren't addicted to alcohol

    Thomas Armstrong
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    An article in the New York Times, today, tells us that most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics. For Homeless World, Sacramento, I am guessing that what should be the profound effect of this better understanding of people’s relationship with alcohol will pass unnoticed by the programs that exist to stop alcohol consumption by homeless people.We will see.The reason I am pessimistic is because homeless-help programs and charities always seem to become little fiefdoms that expend their energies to maintain their existence, rather than being nimble organizations that stay abreast of changes, such…
  • Jumping up and down, again, on Pastor Rick Cole's neck

    Thomas Armstrong
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Cover of the Nov. 6Sacramento News & ReviewAy, carumba.Pastor Rick Cole’s stunt is alive, alive. Though it has been a half month since his two-week performance ended lamely playing a homeless person in front of the local press – to promote himself, his church and raise money – Cole is featured in a full-page interview in this week’s SN&R. The fawning publisher of the cannabis-and-masturbatory-phonecall-ads-filled tabloid, Jeff vonKaenel, provides the set-up questions for Cole to present himself, again, as a modern-day saint for weathering the degradations, the humiliations,…
  • Pastor Cole leaves Homeless World; returns to his church, wife and home

    Thomas Armstrong
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    #revonthestreetsPastor Rick Cole – the megachurch fellow who went out into Sacramento downtown Homeless World as a stunt to raise money and gain attention for himself and his church – has returned to his pastoral life as a fairly rich guy who sleeps in a bed with a roof over his head and, there, faces no danger of going hungry or needing ever again to sleep in an alleyway.Local TV station KCRA reported on the Return of the Adventurer. Their report included some curious things.Early Sunday morning, Pastor Cole hopped a light-rail train in downtown Sacramento and returned to his megachurch…
  • Rev. Rick Cole's Travels

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    “There’s a lot of suffering in this world that ordinary people don’t knowanything about.” – Sullivan in Sullivan’s Travels. Script by Preston Sturges#revonthestreetsA front-page article on homelessness by Bee writer Cynthia Hubert had an interesting word in the first sentence: impersonating. “On his fourth day of impersonating a homeless man, the Rev. Rick Cole was starting to look the part.”Front-page article in the Oct. 3 Bee. One thing toquickly note is that Cole (as pictured) isn't getting a chest Xray like REAL homeless guys to get a first-time TB…
 
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  • Healthy , affordable, homemade

    Sonya
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Feeds 4 or lasts for days! Cream of chicken soup – 2 cans for $1 Frozen chicken breasts -$4.00 Cumin … I don’t know. It’s in with my spices… maybe $1 Artichoke hearts $4 Noodles $1 Cheese $1 Add in extra veggies like carrots, peas, beans , for more nutrition. Filed under: poverty
  • Working (and using Welfare to Work)

    Sonya
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    We ran into for fries and this cashier said "You’re from the GAIN!". Yay! When we were collaborating on her life she was hired by Carl’s Jr and I had told her I would stop in and check on her. She is working but the low pay and minimum hours keep her tethered to cash […]
  • The Social Divide of Dentistry and Smiles

    Sonya
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    This hit home with me, the idea that good dentistry is social privilege. When my oldest wad very little I had Denti-Cal, the state version of Medicaid for teeth. The dentist removed all my porcelain fillings and put in solver because he could bill for that. 20th ears later I am still fixing the poor […]
  • Ending Homelessness is a Fight

    Sonya
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    This week has been exhausting. I feel sore and tired and my hands ache. I’ve never noticed before how similar a fist is to holding a pen. Bang! Boom! Pow! Jumping in and mixing get it up with people’s lives is messy and the chaos comes from all sides. Sometimes my fiercest opponent is the […]
  • it’s like Christmas, only you’re getting your own stuff

    Sonya
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I was checking the California State Controller’s office for unclaimed property and found more than I thought (but not the item I was expecting… hmm) most of it was easy to claim, 1 item will require my sending in my licence. https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/ucp/Default.aspxFiled under: poverty
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  • Here we go…we are ready for Zero!

    Gerry McCafferty
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    We had our initial orientation call this week for the Ready for Zero campaign.,,gearing up for a big launch in January. A key first task we will accomplish during January through March 2015 will be using data to understand how many veterans and chronic homeless people we need to house each month in order to hit the target of 0 homeless veterans by the end of 2015 and 0 chronically homeless individuals by the end of 2016. Here we go! Post by 100,000 Homes Campaign.
  • Work Group to House People with Sex Offense Histories – 11/19/14

    Pamela Schwartz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Work Group to House People with Sex Offense Histories November 19, 2014 In attendance: Patricia Bud, Hampden County Corrections, Joe Critelli, Hampden County Corrections, Richard Hendrick, social worker, Madeline Johnson, Hampden County Correction, Angel Recchia, Franklin Elder Services, Pamela Schwartz, Network Review of 11/12/14 meeting with housing providers: HAP, Home City Housing, SMOC and Valley CDC answered our invitation to discuss housing policy for sex offenders. Executive or high level directors attended from each organization. From the work group the following members attended:…
  • Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Minutes – 11/18/14

    Pamela Schwartz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Secure Jobs Advisory Committee November 18, 2014 In attendance: Toni Bator, HAPHousing, Debbie Bellucci, STCC, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Sean Hemingway, CHD, Representative Peter Kocot, Lisa Lapierre, CPM, Konrad Rogowski , FutureWorks, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Alyce Styles, Greenfield Community College, Donna White, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Ken White, Holyoke Community College Representative Peter Kocot provided a general update regarding the prospect of Chapter 9C cuts (due to…
  • Referral/Contact Resource; Family Services Minutes – 11/18

    Pamela Schwartz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    First, I wanted to pass along a housing and referral contact list  for housing and motel staff providers in the region that Andrew Morehouse, Network co-chair and executive director of the Food Bank of Western MA, compiled for use across the food bank network.  Please find it attached and please feel free to distribute to any of your networks.  Thank you, Andrew! Family Services Committee Meeting November 18, 2014 In attendance: Jane Banks, CHD, Toni Bator, HAPHousing, Bonnie Caldwell, DHCD, Cris Carl, ServiceNet Greenfield, Charity Day, FCRHA, Anthia Elliott, Safe Passage, Erin Forbush,…
 
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  • National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Prompts Us to Look Ahead and Take Action

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    by Laura Green Zeilinger This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, a time when many Americans are engaged to help our neighbors who live without food security and without a safe and stable place to call home.  For those of us who work to end hunger and homelessness year-round, this week provides a fresh opportunity to gain new ground, to meet and recruit new partners, to share meals with neighbors, and to extend a helping hand. It’s an opportunity to look forward and take action, a time to focus intently on the steps we need to take together to end hunger and…
  • That Person on the Street Could Be You

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    by Paul Gionfriddo When we see people who are homeless on our streets and in our parks, and take some time to think about them, we might feel pity, sympathy, annoyance, fear, or a host of other emotions. But we probably never think “that person could be me.” We just assume that people who are homeless have always lived like that. They’re homeless, their parents were homeless, maybe even their grandparents were homeless. And we assume that they are homeless by choice. They are not.  They are homeless because we have made them so.
  • Medicaid Can Pay for Services for People in Permanent Supportive Housing

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    by Richard Cho Two new documents released by HHS on October 10 make it clear, once and for all, that the services provided in permanent supportive housing can indeed be covered and financed by Medicaid.  These documents include Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants of Permanent Supportive Housing and Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the FieldSpecifically, Medicaid can cover things like case management, services goal setting and services coordination, health care navigation,…
  • 2015: Making a Difference for Youth Experiencing Homelessness – A National Perspective

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    by Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Jess Lin, Jessica Reed and Shahera Hyatt The 2015 PIT count is an opportunity not only to better count youth, but also to obtain an improved and more nuanced picture nationally and locally of youth homelessness. As we work with our communities in California to prepare for the best count of homeless youth to date, we offer these suggestions to communities getting ready for the count nationwide.
  • As a Grateful Nation, We Must End Homelessness among Veterans

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Laura Green Zeilinger On a single in January 2014, 49,993 Veterans were experiencing homelessness. This Veterans Day, in particular, is a good time to take stock of how our nation cares for the people who served. Ours is a shared obligation, to serve those who served us. We will answer our call of duty, and we hope our record of service to Veterans, in some measure, conveys our deep gratitude for the service and sacrifice of every person who wore the uniform of our great nation.
 
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