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  • Bobby

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Bobby is homeless in Chicago. The night before he slept on the train.  He says sleeping on the train is safer than sleeping outside. He has been doing this for 4 years! Every morning he […]
  • Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way.

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    After a homeless man offered a college student in England all the money he had so she'd be able to get home safely, the woman is paying it forward -- ... Read more: Video, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, Help Robbie Preston, Robbie Homeless Man, Homeless Man Gives Student Money, Help Robbie Fundraising, Homeless Man Student Taxi, Homelessness, Love Matters, Impact News
  • Homeless to hotels for G20

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    People sleeping rough in declared zone to be offered hotel rooms.        
  • Plan could use slingshots, pagers

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Instead of stealing information from North Korea, hackers try to get information about the regime into the hands of the people.
  • Grants Available from CSH's Pay for Success

    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) invites state, county and local governments, and 501(c)3 nonprofits to join us in becoming catalysts for the creation of supportive housing through Pay for Success, an innovative contracting and financing model.    CSH is holding a national competition to select Sub-Recipients interested in receiving intensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of Pay for Success initiatives focused on supportive housing and vulnerable populations. CSH is a grantee of the inaugural Pay for Success program of the…
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    Invisible People

  • Bobby

    invisiblepeople
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Bobby is homeless in Chicago. The night before he slept on the train.  He says sleeping on the train is safer than sleeping outside. He has been doing this for 4 years! Every morning he […]
  • Michael

    invisiblepeople
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Michael had a breakdown. He is an alcoholic and used to do drugs. The effects were devastating. His family didn’t want him around, and he ended up living in a tent near Columbus, Ohio. At […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way.

    The Huffington Post News Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    After a homeless man offered a college student in England all the money he had so she'd be able to get home safely, the woman is paying it forward -- ... Read more: Video, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, Help Robbie Preston, Robbie Homeless Man, Homeless Man Gives Student Money, Help Robbie Fundraising, Homeless Man Student Taxi, Homelessness, Love Matters, Impact News
  • How Giving Cameras To Formerly Homeless Detroiters Also Gave Them A Voice

    The Huffington Post News Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:58 am
    While several business executives were preparing to sleep outside on a cold Detroit night to raise money for a youth homelessness organization, two mi... Read more: Bell Building, Bell Building Detroit, Homeless, Homelessness, Homelessness Detroit, Detroit Homelessness, Poverty, Photography, urban_progress, Impact News
  • Boy Collects 79 Coats For Homeless Families, Inspired By A Random Act Of Kindness

    The Huffington Post News Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    After witnessing an inspiring show of compassion, this boy decided it was time to spread the love. Nate Dreyfus, 9, of Stillwater, Minnesota, rece... Read more: Minneapolis, Michigan, Nate Dreyfus, St. Paul Area Council of Churches, Coat Drive, Project Home, Jackets, Coats, Winter Coats, Homelessness, Homeless Families, Good News News
  • Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA: What the Homeless Taught Me About Caring: 10 Ways to Pay It Forward

    Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    How can we ignore suffering? How can we turn a blind eye and pretend we don't see it? Maybe some people can, but I couldn't. I was so relieved to hear her emphatically state that there were no disposable people -- that every life mattered. Read more: Paying It Forward, Homelessness, Holiday Giving, Gratitude, Life Coaching, Self-Help, Love Matters, Healthy Living News
  • THIS Is How Cops Should Treat Homeless People

    The Huffington Post News Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Steve Wick doesn't just patrol people on the streets of Houston -- he befriends them, too. The sergeant helps run the city's Homeless Outreach Team... Read more: Kindness, Police, Cops, Good Cops, Nationswell, Community Service, Giving Back, Giving-Back-to-Community, Homeless, Homelessness, Fighting Homelessness, Combating Homelessness, Houston Police, Houston, Houston-Texas, Impact News
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    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Homeless to hotels for G20

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    People sleeping rough in declared zone to be offered hotel rooms.        
  • Hundreds turn out for 'Homeless Persons Memorial Day'

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Several hundred people endured a frigid late Thursday afternoon at Dilworth Park in Center City to remember 149 people who died in the last year who were homeless or formerly homeless.
  • Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday. Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work, led an operation in which a minibus packed with 400 sleeping bags carrying a papal ensign toured around the Italian capital on Wednesday evening looking for people to ...
  • Remembering Philly's homeless

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    Philadelphians observe Homeless Memorial Day and call for an end to homelessness.
  • Homeless shelter contract delayed

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    City commissioners were poised to cap off 2014 with a vote to get into a contract with a consultant who has a nationwide track record of turning shelter ideas into reality.
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Plan could use slingshots, pagers

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Instead of stealing information from North Korea, hackers try to get information about the regime into the hands of the people.
  • Charting new course

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    Hostage after hostage has come home after clandestine conversations and negotiations by the Obama administration. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
  • ISIS turns to hacking too

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:31 am
    North Korea, with its previous technologically laggard image, may have just shocked the world with some alleged hacking savvy, but when ISIS comes to mind, so does the terrorists' digital bent.
  • Sorrow, blood in Peshawar school

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Chairs still at computers, thick blood pooled underneath ... the scene at the school massacre site proves a harrowing, horrifying experience for CNN's veteran correspondent, Nic Robertson.
  • Children killed

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    Police in the Australian state of Queensland say they are investigating "what appears to be a major incident" in the city of Cairns amid reports that multiple bodies have been found at a property there.
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    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed

  • Grants Available from CSH's Pay for Success

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) invites state, county and local governments, and 501(c)3 nonprofits to join us in becoming catalysts for the creation of supportive housing through Pay for Success, an innovative contracting and financing model.    CSH is holding a national competition to select Sub-Recipients interested in receiving intensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of Pay for Success initiatives focused on supportive housing and vulnerable populations. CSH is a grantee of the inaugural Pay for Success program of the…
  • Greensboro SOAR Training Follow-Up Call

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Everyone who attended the Greensboro SOAR Training in December 2014 is invited to participate in this SOAR Training Follow Up Phone Call!   We will be checking in to see how your first SOAR application is going, answer questions, and problem-solve as a group about any barriers you have run into. Please join us to celebrate SOAR breakthroughs and to support each other in doing your first SOAR applications. 
  • BoS Rapid Re-Housing Subcommittee

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Rapid Re-Housing Subcommittee is composed of agencies within the Balance of State CoC that operate or are interested in operating rapid re-housing programs. The subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss best practices, review APR performance, and set the Balance of State's performance goals.   Instructions on how to join will be sent out to all registrants prior to the call.
  • BoS Rapid Re-Housing Subcommittee

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    The Rapid Re-Housing Subcommittee is composed of agencies within the Balance of State CoC that operate or are interested in operating rapid re-housing programs. The subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss best practices, review APR performance, and set the Balance of State's performance goals.   Instructions on how to join will be sent out to all registrants prior to the call.
  • BoS Permanent Supportive Housing Subcommittee

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Permanent Supportive Housing Subcommittee is composed of agencies within the Balance of State CoC that operate or are interested in operating permanent supportive housing programs. The subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss best practices, review APR performance, and set the Balance of State's performance goals. Instructions on how to join will be sent out to all registrants prior to the call.
 
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    Picture the Homeless | The Blog

  • Homeless Lives Matter: Come to our Annual Homeless Memorial Service!

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Jerome Murdough just wanted somewhere warm to sleep. The homeless vet was arrested by cops for sleeping on the steps of a public housing development, and instead of ticketing him they put him through the system, where he died - 'baked to death,' in the words of a Rikers employee, in his cell. read more
  • WHY ARE WE PROTESTING THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE? - Perspectives from Homeless Activists

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    WHY ARE WE PROTESTING THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE? PERSPECTIVES FROM HOMELESS ACTIVISTS "I'm protesting because I'm a person of color, and I don't appreciate the way people behind the scenes get to pick and choose when and how I have rights" - Darlene Bryant, Picture the Homeless read more
  • Who pulls the strings of racist policing? Protest the far-right pro-police Manhattan Institute!

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Manhattan Institute is a right-wing think tank that’s spent years advocating for the “broken windows” theory of policing—cracking down on minor offenses like selling loose cigarettes on the theory that doing so can preempt serious crime… except that in practice, that’s meant cracking down on low-income people and communities of color. 81% of people hit with “broken windows” summonses between 2001 & 2013 were African-American or Latino. read more
  • An Open Statement: from GKM

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    FROM GKM: MEMORANDUM read more
  • Ask a Homeless Person: What if the Grand Jury Doesn't Indict the Officers in the Eric Garner Case?

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Homeless New Yorkers were outraged by the murder of Eric Garner by a New York City police officer with a choke hold (forbidden by the NYPD's own internal regulations) for selling loose cigarettes.  On September 29th, the case went to a Grand Jury, to determine whether there will be criminal charges against the officers. And even though it was captured on video, we know from bitter experience that racist cops don't always get held accountable for murdering people of color. read more
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Sickly Me

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Yeah.  I've been sick, the kind of sick I have rarely been - maybe twice before in my entire life.   I hear of other people getting a stomach virus fairly regularly, and I wonder why I don't get that kind of sick.  I just get colds.I pride myself on having an "iron stomach" in that I can eat anything and keep it down. Oh, I have been so drunk a couple times that it caused me to involuntarily
  • Being Homeless Is Difficult Enough

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    There is a commonly held belief that homeless people remain homeless because being homeless is easy.Excuse me while I laugh, and then get really pissed off.It has gotten old, this seemingly futile effort to explain to people the difficulties of being homeless, and why no one in their right mind would choose to be homeless.The physical, psychological and emotional toll on every human being who
  • The No-Pain-No-Gain Caveat

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    There is an exception to the rule of workouts.  Not all pain is good pain.  And, not knowing the difference can kill you.  More likely, though, it will just ruin your interest in the sport of physical fitness. For me, I could never really enjoy workouts.  Although I was gaining somewhat from them, there was just too much pain associated with it.  What I didn't know, and what no one else
  • Chores At The Shelter

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    There are shelters that require chores be done, there are others that don't.  The difference is usually with intent.  If it's a straight up shelter, with no extracurricular  activities, then there are no chores.  They warehouse you for the night, and kick you out in the morning.  The other kind of shelter is the 'program' shelter, where they attempt to rehabilitate the homeless.  To the people
  • Day of Rest

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For my workout, I'll be on a schedule of 2 on and 1 off.  So, to day is my one day off.  Tomorrow I'll work out again.  I already feel some benefits of being more active - but as for meeting the goal of running a half marathon in 3 months, well, that remains to be seen.   I will most definitely run the 5k, but we'll see how much progress I've made in a couple months to see if I'll be up for the
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • A Christmas Message

    jhuckleby
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z293ihGn_ho The post A Christmas Message appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – December 2014

    Steve Lee
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I love gardening. Every day after work, instead of grabbing a beer, I grab the hose and tend to all the plants in my garden, examining each one, admiring the veins and the complexity in each leaf — each one a gift from God. It’s so peaceful and serene. And it reminds me how far I’ve come in my life. It was my grandmother who taught me how to garden when I was kid. She also raised me, taught me how to cook, and gave me my values and morals. She was the center of my world and I thought she’d live forever. But one day in 2004, I got a call at work. When my aunt told…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – November 2014

    jhuckleby
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – November 2014 appeared first on 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,…
 
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • A Year of Healing and Hope

    PDXMission
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    2014 was a landmark year here at Portland Rescue Mission. In addition to being the city’s largest provider of emergency shelter for men, we’ve added new programs to care for homeless women. We’re serving more meals and providing more nights of refuge than ever before. What we have accomplished together this past year:   SAFETY AND CARE FOR HOMELESS WOMEN Street life is dangerous for anyone, but much more so for women. For the first time in our 65-year history, we’re able to provide short-term residential programming for homeless women at our Burnside Shelter.
  • 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…
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    Sans Houses

  • Sans Houses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Perfect Gift for Teachers! Inside Story of Homeless Children and Youth

    Diane Nilan
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Pardon the self-serving nature of this post, but as a former teacher and a former shelter director, I feel qualified to offer this suggestion. And I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is...*Instead of giving your kid's favorite teacher a coffee mug or McDonald's gift certificate, how about a gift that will not only be useful, but might just help homeless kids in your community? (This suggestion works for others on your gift list, too!)My Own Four Walls is a collection of heart-touching short documentaries that focus on children and youth experiencing homelessness. (Watch the 4-min…
  • 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…
 
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • Homeless people in one city in France forced to wear Yellow Triangles [A direct reminder of Nazi-era policies.]

    Thomas Armstrong
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    This is mindboggling.In the major port city of Marseille, on the Mediterranean Sea, homeless people in the were told that they must wear visible cards with a yellow triangle. On the back of the card is information about the homeless person’s health issues. This is outrageous because Jews and other people that Nazis had targeted for extinction were made to wear a triangle (albeit sewn to clothing) in France during WWII.The cards make the homeless people targets -- identified vagrants -- making of them government-identified unacceptable citizens.The picture at the top of this post comes from…
  • A five-minute animation: How an addiction is formed

    Thomas Armstrong
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
  • Pastor Cole's Stunt on National News [NBC; Harry Smith reporting]

    Thomas Armstrong
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    #revonthestreets The text to this NBC News segment can be found here.What is annoying for those of us Sacramentans who followed the story while it happened, a month ago, are several thingsOne is that this all happened a month ago. When will it end? And how is this news for a nightly news show.The footage for this "news" segment was mostly shot very recently, on Nov. 24th, not from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14 when Cole was walking around downtown pretending to be homeless. Viewers unfamiliar with Cole's shenanigans will be unaware of the deception.NBC has very significantly -- if not totally -- faked…
  • The Bee shows some spine: Decries the lack of effort to help the homeless in Sacto city and county.

    Thomas Armstrong
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Editorial Board of the Sacramento Bee lambasted the homeless-help effort in the city and county of Sacramento in a long editorial on the back page of Sunday’s Forum section. The piece is titled “Leaders dither, homeless shiver.” It tells a tale of Sacramento being backward; having a homeless population that has stayed at about 2,500 for the last seven years while the nation, our state as a whole, and more-gungho counties in California have moved forward, briskly, to save homeless people from their weariness and misery living out on the streets and in shelters that fail to transform…
  • 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…
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • A Letter to My Very White Daughter, From Your Mildly Racist Mother

    Sonya
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Dear Darla, I like this photo. You are so stinking cute in a hoodie. Every time you put on a hoodie and go walking through our gated community – I immediately think of Trevon Martin and experience a flash of thankfulness that you are not black in America today. To be sure, there have been […]
  • In Search of Understanding

    Sonya
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Inviting @Liz_Cheney, @senFeinstein, @RuchLimbaugh, @BarackObama to try the Water Boarding we are all talking about. I will do it with you.
  • The Living Wage

    Sonya
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell: http://youtu.be/TlTO8ggfes8Filed under: poverty
  • Is the wind slipping in your window

    Sonya
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    And the rain slapping the sides of your home? At least you have a home, so there’s that. I’m up ND thinking about my tent dwellers and sidewalk sleepers. California has been having a drought and I don’t know how prepared the homeless were for the rain. Hopefully everyone found a winter shelter.Filed under: poverty
  • Today at work

    Sonya
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Today I have spent more time reconnecting phone lines and repairing hardware issues( for other workers) than doing anything else. I did have that quick moment where I ran home to get my own cell phone – but apparently I can be trusted with technologies that belong to other peopleFiled under: poverty
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • A Message from DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein

    Pamela Schwartz
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am writing to let you know that my last day at DHCD will be on Wednesday, January 7.   I am very grateful to Governor Patrick and Secretary Bialecki for affording me this unique opportunity to serve as Undersecretary for the past three years.   With the hard work and commitment of the DHCD staff, our local and regional partners, and the Massachusetts legislature, we have much to be proud of.   We have expanded affordable housing production, preserved expiring use properties, boosted low income homeownership, revitalized and reformed state public…
  • Springfield – Memorial Service for Homeless Persons

    Gerry McCafferty
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This year’s annual Memorial Service for Homeless Persons will take place this Friday, December 19, 1 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield. The service will recognize homeless individuals who died in 2014.
  • Rural Housing Summit – 12/18/14, Worcester

    Pamela Schwartz
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Massachusetts Housing Partnership is hosting a Rural Housing Summit which will address the unique housing needs of rural communities in Massachusetts. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. The Summit is the culmination of a year-long effort by MHP to examine rural housing challenges and opportunities, engage with those working in these areas and explore policy/program options. Please click here for more information, including an agenda and how to register.  
  • Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Minutes – 12/10/14

    Pamela Schwartz
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
    Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Committee Meeting Minutes December 10, 2012 In attendance: Shannon Barry, Springfield Public Schools, Pamela Cook, Gandara SHINE program, Pam Fijial, Chicopee Public Schools, Lisa Goldsmith, Dial/SELF, Sarah Kline, North Adams School Public Schools, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Kim Majewski, Gandara Center, Jordana O’Connell, Holyoke Public School Liaison, Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield, Jean Rogers, CHD, Pamela Schwartz, Network Youth Count Discussion: Reminder on school policy: we can connect with schools – with superintendent approval – and…
 
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Funding Allocation Made To National Housing Trust Fund

    homelessnesslaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    After more than a decade of work by the Law Center and other advocates seeking to generate more federal funding for affordable housing development, the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) became law in 2008.  The funding source for the NHTF was to be a percentage of the profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Unfortunately, due to the recession and foreclosure crisis, these entities failed to turn a profit in 2008 and subsequent years, and contributions to the NHTF were suspended. However, on December 11, Federal Housing Finance Administration Director notified both Fannie and Freddie that…
  • Food-Sharing Ordinance in Dallas Revised

    homelessnesslaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    On Wednesday, December 10, the Law Center formally settled our long-standing litigation with the city of Dallas, over the city’s ordinance imposing unreasonable burdens on religious and other nonprofit organizations seeking to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.  As part of the settlement, the Dallas City Council approved a revised ordinance governing food sharing, and agreed to pay the Law Center and our clients $250,000.  In March, 2013, the Law Center secured a favorable judicial decision in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in Dallas.  The…
  • We Still Believe in Human Rights

    homelessnesslaw
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Written by Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and Laura Green Zeilinger, Executive Director of the USICH The original post can be found here, on the USICH’s blog. Around the country, more communities are working in partnership with the Federal government to develop housing crisis response systems that effectively prevent and end homelessness.  No longer can there be any question that ending homelessness is possible, if…
  • Real Commitment or Just a Show? An outsider perspective on the 2014 U.S. government human rights consultation sessions

    homelessnesslaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Reut Cohen As a Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law, I have had the privilege this past year to experience American life on the inside, but as an outsider. I call it a privilege because although my perspective is full of cultural and historical blind spots, and even when on many occasions I cannot understand subtle nuances, I feel that this position is also my biggest advantage. It enables me to think about issues that occupy Americans’ attention from a unique point of view. Indeed, sometimes this alien-like consciousness…
  • No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

    homelessnesslaw
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Imagine living in a place where it is illegal to sleep, sit, lie down, or share food outdoors. Imagine that this is a place where you are often ignored or rejected by your fellow townspeople, police officers, and local elected officials. While this seems like a ridiculous concept, it is the daily reality for millions of homeless people throughout the United States who are suffering under laws that criminalize their basic life necessities. Today, the Law Center released a new report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities. This report looks at the landscape of…
 
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Nothing says “We are glad you are here” quite like cake!

    Hugh Hollowell
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
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  • Changing is a Choice

    Hugh Hollowell
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I have been pretty down lately. The shorter days of winter are always bad for me, but with our increased staff, constant struggles around money and an impending move, I have been feeling less and less like the street-level minister I am called to be and more and more like a non-profit executive. And not even a good one at that. This morning, my calendar was clear of appointments, so I walked downtown – a 20 minute walk I turned into a 45 minute one, with stops to watch squirrels and sit for a spell and stare at the creek. While I was downtown, I stopped in at Moore Square park, a place…
  • The great bathroom renovation of 2014 nears completion.

    Hugh Hollowell
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
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  • Good morning!

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
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  • Peaches with a Thanksgiving plate full of goodness.

    Hugh Hollowell
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
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    USICH Blog

  • Lessons Learned from Developing Coordinated EntrySystems: Richmond and Los Angeles

    communications@usich.gov
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Matthew Doherty, Kelly King Horne and Libby Boyce All across the country, communities are developing coordinated entry systems to streamline and facilitate access to appropriate housing and services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  In the Greater Richmond area of Virginia and in Los Angeles County, California—like in other places—efforts to bring these systems online are in full swing. Let’s hear from Richmond and Los Angeles County, who presented at the December 2014 full Council meeting regarding their local efforts to implement coordinated…
  • The Private Sector Steps Up To End Homelessness in Massachusetts: Multi-family owners launch “New Lease”

    communications@usich.gov
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By Mary Corthell In 2012, the number of families experiencing homelessness living in the shelter system in Massachusetts had increased significantly. As a shelter entitlement State, Massachusetts law provides immediate access to shelter to families that are determined eligible. Realizing that the homelessness crisis required immediate action from multiple partners, affordable housing owners came together, in concert with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, to assist in the effort by offering an additional housing solution. As a result of that meeting in…
  • We STILL Believe in Human Rights

    communications@usich.gov
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Maria Foscarinis and Laura Green Zeilinger Around the country, more communities are working in partnership with the Federal government to develop housing crisis response systems that effectively prevent and end homelessness.  No longer can there be any question that ending homelessness is possible, if we dedicate resources and energy to this goal. This shift brings with it the opportunity for us to meet the basic human rights of everyone in our community—when we put people first and focus on the human need for housing and proven, cost-effective solutions, we can make a…
  • In Utah, a History of Progress Inspires Greater Action

    communications@usich.gov
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Matthew Doherty Many readers have likely heard about the great progress being made toward ending homelessness in Salt Lake and Utah.  Earlier this fall, I had the privilege of joining more than 475 people for the 11th Annual Utah Homeless Summit organized by Utah Department of Workforce Services’ Housing and Community Development Division. The Summit also coincided with the release of Utah’s 2014 Comprehensive Report on Homelessness prepared by the State Community Services Office.  The report describes the remarkable progress Utah has made under its ten-year…
  • Youth have a Voice—We Want and Need You to Listen

    communications@usich.gov
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    By Bentley Burdick I think things are beginning to change in this country, both in small, grass roots movements and on a national front sweeping through the country. It’s easier now than ever for people to tell their stories, and I sense that people are beginning to want to hear voices of those less heard, voices like mine. My story may not make headlines but I realize now it is important none-the-less. 
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