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  • Scott

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    The night I met Scott, he was making a bedding out of cardboard in a doorway. He says he has been sleeping rough in Central London for 6 weeks now. Scott lost everything in a […]
  • Joel John Roberts: How Traditional Homeless Agencies Can Help End Homelessness

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Joel John Roberts
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    The answers to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the days of setting up shelters. Programs, such as Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing, Prevention, are the new solutions to this entrenched social problem. Read more: Homeless Shelters, Poverty, Homelessness, Third World America, Impact News
  • Miley's 'homeless' date faces arrest

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    The young man Miley Cyrus chose to represent homeless youths at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday faces arrest in Oregon, a corrections official said.
  • Uzi death

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.
  • Portland Plans Tiny Houses for the Homeless

    @padschicago's blog
    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Originally posted on TIME: With an estimated 2,000 of its residents sleeping under bridges, on streets and in empty lots in a variety of makeshift shelters, the city of Portland, Oregon, is on a quest to provide more safe housing for those without a permanent address. Thinking beyond typical dorm-style shelters, it has launched a task force that will meet September 4th “to assess the viability of using tiny homes as a potential for housing houseless people,” says Josh Alpert, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mayor Charlie Hales. Alpert hopes the first batch of homes will be ready for…
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    Invisible People

  • Scott

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

    invisiblepeople
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    “it just get’s into your bones. It wears you down. It’s a killer in the end” is how Steve describes sleeping rough. I met Steve in Chippenham, a rural town situated in Wiltshire, England. You […]
  • Reuel

    invisiblepeople
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Reuel is sleeping rough in Central London. Reuel is from Bulgaria and relocated to United Kingdom because he felt it would be safer. It was hard to communicate with Reuel, but from what I gather, […]
  • Barry

    invisiblepeople
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Barry is the type of colorful character I could sit and talk to for hours. He is smart, and funny, and a bit brash, with a lifetime of interesting experiences to share. I was invited […]
  • Alan

    invisiblepeople
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Alan has been sleeping rough in Ireland since he was 15.  Alan came to London to get away from the drug scene in Dublin. He is waiting to get benefits so he can get off […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Joel John Roberts: How Traditional Homeless Agencies Can Help End Homelessness

    Joel John Roberts
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    The answers to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the days of setting up shelters. Programs, such as Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing, Prevention, are the new solutions to this entrenched social problem. Read more: Homeless Shelters, Poverty, Homelessness, Third World America, Impact News
  • This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Another American city is embracing the idea of small homes that'll make a big difference. The city of Portland, Oregon, is nearing approval of con... Read more: Tiny Homes Portland, Portland Homelessness, Charlie Hales, urban_progress, Small Homes, Mayor Charlie Hales, Tiny Homes, Homelessness, Portland Oregon, Homeless, Impact News
  • WATCH: Union Square Oracle Uses Talents To Help Homeless

    The Huffington Post News Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Uvera Oumbajuah is a self-proclaimed oracle, who has set up shop in Union Square for the past four years. She sits by a fountain that she believes div... Read more: Love Matters, Homelessness, Card-Readers, Fortune Telling, Oracle, Homeless, Union Square, Near Weird, Uvera Oumbajuah, New York, Weird News News
  • Homeless Vets Volunteer To Build Homes For Other Homeless Vets

    The Huffington Post News Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    These veterans are working to help a cause that they themselves are all too familiar with. Two homeless vets from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a... Read more: Video, Veteran PTSD, Homelessness, Whole Man Ministries, Barry Washington, Homeless Shelters, Myron Smith, Veteran Homelessness, Myron Smith Veteran, Veterans, Good News News
  • There May Be More Homeless Kids Than You Think

    The Huffington Post News Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    A shift in tracking homeless children may benefit young ones falling through the cracks in the current system. If the Homeless Children and Youth A... Read more: Department of Education, Homeless Youth, Homeless Children, Homelessness, Homeless Families, Youth Homelessness, Homeless, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Impact News
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Uzi death

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.
  • Holocaust shirts

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling a striped T-shirt bearing a yellow star that drew criticism for its resemblance to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates.
  • F-15 crash

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A pilot is missing after an Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Virginia's Augusta County, authorities said.
  • Instructor killed at shooting range

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The submachine gun -- used by the Israeli military -- recoiled over the girl's shoulder, Arizona authorities say. The incident raises questions about whether a child should handle such a weapon.
  • Opinion: What were they thinking?

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Mel Robbins says to prevent senseless tragedies like the one at an Arizona shooting range, it should be illegal for anyone to place a submachine gun in the hands of a child
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    @padschicago's blog

  • Portland Plans Tiny Houses for the Homeless

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Originally posted on TIME: With an estimated 2,000 of its residents sleeping under bridges, on streets and in empty lots in a variety of makeshift shelters, the city of Portland, Oregon, is on a quest to provide more safe housing for those without a permanent address. Thinking beyond typical dorm-style shelters, it has launched a task force that will meet September 4th “to assess the viability of using tiny homes as a potential for housing houseless people,” says Josh Alpert, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mayor Charlie Hales. Alpert hopes the first batch of homes will be ready for…
  • Summer Hibernation

    AnnMarie Walsh
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    This is a great summer! Well, it has been rainy which I can do without. And I am having more problems with fibromyalgia. Thank God I have an awesome doctor! He really is the best–I couldn’t ask for anyone better. That’s my primary physician. My rheumatologist has just moved to California so I am looking for a new one. Quite honestly, I will not miss her. So what have I been doing with my summer besides taking pain pills and naps because of the fibromyalgia? I have actually been somewhat busy! I am getting out to more social media and networking events. I believe the next…
  • FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging

    AnnMarie Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging. ISSUE: American Health Packaging (AHP) voluntarily recalled Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016 of Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544. In addition, AHP voluntarily recalled Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544, Expiration Date, 02/2016. This recall is the result of mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could result in patients…
  • Dan’s Duets: You won’t believe the age of this singer from Melrose Park

    AnnMarie Walsh
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    padschicago:Amazingly beautiful voice and just a 12 year old child! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="JyODVvbjo_XnRKNqn0Y1Fop_LI6syztz" player_id="5d88305d0c6c47eabc12e43063a41c69"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • For Mom

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 May 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Love you!Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: ecard, love, mama, mom, mother, motherhood, parenting, picture, rose
 
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    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed

  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Kerr-Tar, Southwest, Catawba, Rockingham, and Twin County Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Craven, Burke, Randolph, Southeast, Harnett, Person, and Beaufort Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Piedmont, Pitt, and Alamance Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Down East, Foothills, AHRMM, and Northeast Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Iredell-Yadkin, Henderson, Onslow, Davie-Surry-Stokes, Lee, and Chatham Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Nocturnal Breakthrough

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Finally it happened.  Through the rowdy revelry that downtown San Diego attracts, I was able to sleep soundly.  I got to my usual sleeping spot just after 10pm, quickly set up my camp and laid down to sleep.  Though there was a great deal of noise, it was more of a constant din, a white noise that my brain was able to tune out and focus on the task of sleeping.  As I've said before, the noisiest
  • The Following Night Etc

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Last night was Friday night and I expecting it to be a rowdy night and prepared for not getting much sleep.  I headed on down to my sleeping spot at 9pm - the earliest that cops will let us set up tents.  This is an hour earlier than usual. It was a cooler night than before, thank goodness.  My tent retains heat well, which I'm sure will come in handy in the cooler months, but in these summer
  • Thursday Night Nuts

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    So, this happened last night.   Around 10pm I got my tent set up for the night.  It's the same place for a couple nights in a row now, so that's a good sign that I won't have problems keeping the spot, and won't have to fight someone for it. My tent is situated near a homeless services program, and at night some of the homeless people in that program come outside near where I am,  to smoke
  • I'm Just Saying

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Most of the problems that people have with the homeless could be easily solved if they would treat the homeless with more compassion.  I'm just saying.
  • Financials

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I have 36 dollars to last me the rest of the month - that comes to $3.60 a day for food and laundry etc.   The end of the month is usually a stretch.  Please donate.
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Aaron Valencia’s Ford Roadster Giveaway

    Steve Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Aaron Valencia’s story started a lot like a lot of stories we hear at the Mission. His dad slipped out when he was a kid, and at an early age he was a victim of child abuse, and exposed to meth and heroin. By age 15 he got kicked out of his house – strung out on drugs. The vicious cycle continued till he was about 19, where he decided he was sleeping at a park one last time. He awoke facing a liquor store he had just robbed and was nearby the local police station. If he could make it out of this situation he swore he would to go to rehab. Once a junkie always a junkie – or…
  • Exit Through the Thrift Shop

    Steve Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Many of you have been crucial partners in our work to fight homelessness in Skid Row, and have heard the many stories of Life Transformation that have written within these walls. But most of our guests today need more than a transformed life to escape homelessness — they also need a job. With the opening of our new Thrift store in Covina, we are trying to help our guests take the next step. We believe by getting them a job that they can truly exit Skid Row through the Thrift Shop. How Can You Help? 1. Donate When you donate your new and gently used goods to Union Rescue Mission Thrift…
  • The Mission – August 2014

    Steve Lee
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I was a single mom with four young kids, and I desperately needed a job. But I had been a drug addict for more than 10 years. I had been arrested several times for shoplifting. And I had just left prison. I wanted a second chance, but who would hire me? It was my fault. Since the age of 18, I’d been on my own and I wanted to party, drink, and smoke weed. But I wasn’t irresponsible. I held good jobs. But then someone introduced me to “primos” — weed mixed with crack cocaine. It was love at first cough. Nothing else mattered. Before long, I was smoking every day, all day. It got so…
  • Alexandra

    jhuckleby
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/29XxsAPSzvU The post Alexandra appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – July 2014

    jhuckleby
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – July 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 33 – Drive Away Hunger!

    PDXMission
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Did you know that you can donate or buy a car from Portland Rescue Mission to help provide meals and recovery care for people in need? The next time you’re looking to get a new car, come donate your old one to the Mission, or just give us a call and we’ll come get it from you! Did you know? A typical car donation helps feed more than 585 people in need!  Here’s Troy to explain more, and make sure to check out www.PortlandRescueMission.org/Car for donation and purchase information.  
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 32 – Meet Derrick

    PDXMission
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Derrick is in our Link program. He came to the Mission from the streets: hurting, homeless, hungry, in search of a place that could help him get back on his feet. DID YOU KNOW? Portland Rescue Mission’s Link and Connect programs help homeless men and women get jobs and housing. They live at the Mission for 3-5 months, working part-time at our Burnside Shelter while searching for employment, learning skills, saving money and getting other affairs in order. When he heard about our Link program that helps homeless men transition off the streets and into jobs and housing, he decided to give…
  • 5 Men Conquer Homelessness & Addiction

    PDXMission
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hunter (service resident), Damian, Doug, John, Jon, and Sean. A year ago, none of the men thought they could do it. Each was trapped in his own addiction, dragged down by a weight so burdensome that life just seemed hopeless. “I felt so alone,” Sean said. “I was deprived of any commitment to life. I didn’t have any purpose – the only thing that kept me going was using drugs.” SEE ALSO: Sean’s Story of Hope video But one by one, Sean, John, Damian, Jon, and Doug each discovered Portland Rescue Mission. Not just a soup kitchen. Not just the chance to get a good night’s rest.
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 31 – Damian Graduates!

    PDXMission
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Five men graduated from our New Life Ministry recovery program yesterday! After 12+ months of addiction recovery, life skills training and spiritual transformation, the men are ready for the next phase of their lives. Several of the graduates are staying at the Mission for another year in our Service program, where they will work in an internship-like role alongside our staff. Others, like Damian, will be moving out to start new jobs and live independently. Watch his video here and make sure to check back later this week for an in-depth blog post of the graduation!  
  • INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Causes of Homelessness

    PDXMission
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    You can’t stereotype homelessness today. It isn’t just men. It isn’t just adults. Yes, addiction plays a big role in landing people on the streets, but there are plenty of homeless men and women without an alcohol or drug problem. So, what does cause homelessness? Check out our “10 Causes of Homelessness” infographic to find out!
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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

  • 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…
  • Forget-Me-Not: Help Homeless Kids Blossom, the Peter Yarrow Inspired Campaign, Round Two

    Diane Nilan
    1 May 2014 | 5:34 am
    How to make Congress pay attention to homeless kids? With my frustration mounting, I remember driving home, listening to Garden Song, a clever little ditty sung by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was 1999, a beautiful spring day. And my pending call from my friend-colleague Barbara Duffield would be our chance to devise a theme for our upcoming unprecedented lobbying of Congress by homeless kids.The Garden Song haunted me. I could visualize row-by-row, dark soil, rakes, seeds and sprouts of new plants, the hopeful signs of new life (here's a little garden video I did using the song).
  • No Glow Till We Take Care of the Children

    Diane Nilan
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A week ago tonight I was sitting on stage in Joliet, IL with the University of St. Francis president, the president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the USF VP of social ministry, and a few other folks who rotated on/off the stage. They had already hosted a delightful dinner, with most of the HEAR US board in attendance as well as plenty of key folks from the university. The audience for the Sister Clare Award ceremony included my high school teacher and 2 college professors as well as a slew of Joliet Franciscans I knew from days gone by. I was touched by the showing…
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Welfare and drug testing in Tennessee

    Sonya Keith
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Filed under: poverty
  • Update on my inspiration board

    Sonya Keith
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Clients and folks I serve while volunteering have told me : "You don’t know what it’s like to be a single parent! " " poverty is hard, there is no escape " "A.I.D.s is a death sentence, why should I have goals?" "Addiction is all I am, not something I’m dealing with. There is no […]
  • You will never understand what it’s like to be Black in a White World

    Sonya Keith
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I think the United States operates on the Brown Bag beauty test - and if you are darker than the bag you will get short changed.
  • Using Homeless Guys as Reality Show Props is Offensive

    Sonya Keith
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Originally posted on TIME:The viral YouTube video, “Making Homeless Guys Arm Wrestle For Money!” opens on a sidewalk with a 20-year-old guy in a black V-neck. He gives this introduction: “What’s up guys! I’m Coby from Model Pranksters… today we’re in New York City, we’re gonna find two homeless people, put them up to…
  • September 2014 new MTA Bus Fare Rates

    Sonya Keith
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Taking public transportation is about to become more expensive. Hopefully the quality and number of routes will improve with these extra dollars. The monthly 30 day bus pass is jumping $25 from $75 to $100. Some bus riders do so because it is GREEN and the right thing to do for the environment. Other bus […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Provide input on the VI-SPDAT!

    Gerry McCafferty
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    We’ve all been talking about the VI-SPDAT, and in some of those conversations, I have heard ideas for how it can be improved.  If you have been piloting the VI-SPDAT and you have ideas, now is your time to make suggestions! The developer of the VI-SPDAT is updating it, and is seeking user input. Click here to give your feedback and make suggestions.
  • Next message from HUD’s Ann Oliva: Lessons Learned from FY13

    Gerry McCafferty
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Welcome to the next message in our new “SNAPS In Focus” series. This week, I’m going to focus on the results of the FY 2013 portion of the FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition now that the final award announcement has been made. This was a unique competition and while a full debriefing will be made available in the next few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight what generally went well and where communities could make improvements in the future. I’d like to start on a positive note by saying that we at HUD were incredibly encouraged to see in the competition…
  • October 16 Housing First Training Agenda

    Gerry McCafferty
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Registration for the October 16 training event at Holyoke Community College has been open for a few weeks, and many have already registered.  For those of you waiting for an agenda, it is now out: Agenda 9:00 – 9:15      Importance of Housing First in State and Federal Policy:  Liz Rogers, MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness 9:15 – 9:45      Overview of Housing First: Joe Finn, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance 9:45 – 10:45    Panel: Housing First in Practice – Serious Mentally Ill and Dual-Diagnosed, VASH, Families, A…
  • VI-SPDAT training and the Family VI-SPDAT

    Gerry McCafferty
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I have been asked to post the VI-SPDAT training video, as well as the Family VI-SPDAT.  This entry includes both. VI-SPDAT TRAINING VIDEO VI-SPDAT (How to) from Iain De Jong on Vimeo. FAMILY VI-SPDAT Click for the Family VI-SPDAT. Training below: How to Do the Family VI-SPDAT (F-VI-SPDAT) from Iain De Jong on Vimeo.  
 
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • The Unending Search for Hope

    elizabethlombino
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This picture was taken this morning near my home. Yesterday, we had severe thunderstorms. Heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and gusty winds for the vast majority of the day and night. The skies were in turmoil and full of intense energy. This morning, however, the sky is back to its equilibrium. Blue, serene, calm, full of light, […]
  • Suicide is Not a Choice

    elizabethlombino
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    By now we’ve all heard the devastating news that Robin Williams has died from suicide. Such a tragic end to a comedic genius. Every year, over 39,000 people die from suicide. Friends, neighbors, family members, veterans, celebrities … Suicide does not discriminate. Those 39,000 people were most certainly a diverse snapshot of everyone in America. […]
  • My Journey of Acceptance

    elizabethlombino
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    “Until lions start writing down their own stories, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” ~ African Proverb Accepting all aspects of my life is difficult. Mental Illness and Trauma. They are real, present parts of my life. They are hard to acknowledge and accept. These are real illnesses and I experience them […]
  • Melancholy – A Poem

    elizabethlombino
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Rain drops Slide along the window Where sunshine once shone through Warmth and light abundant Now gray and damp and somber   Flowers closing To the wind and gray of today Not dying, not yet Waiting, eager For the sun to nourish again   Clouds gather Block the sun The light is still there But […]
  • One and Done: Further Away

    elizabethlombino
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    After a long, extra snowy winter, Spring has arrived. Our windows gladly open, all heavy jackets retired, the warm, bright sunshine feels familiar and foreign on our skin. The trees are blooming. The colorful flowers are pushing through the cold, wet soil to share their beauty once again. Our world is waking up from a (way too […]
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    100K Homes Blog

  • Farewell to Campaign Director Becky Kanis

    Jake Maguire
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    After nearly twelve years, we say a bittersweet farewell this month to Becky Kanis Margiotta, the unstoppable director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and one of the longest serving members of the Community Solutions team. Becky leaves us to devote herself full-time to The Social Change Agency, an exciting new venture she co-founded with her wife, Christine Margiotta. Los Angeles, CA read more
  • Saying Goodbye to Mike Shore

    Jake Maguire
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This month we say a grateful goodbye to Mike Shore, longtime Operations Director for the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Mike brought policy knowhow and critical operational muscle at a time when the Campaign was becoming increasingly vibrant, but also increasingly challenging to administer. Phoenix, AZ read more
  • Ending Homelessness is Possible. Now Let's Get It Done!

    Jake Maguire
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Four years ago, we stood on a stage in Washington, DC and pledged to help communities find homes for 100,000 homeless Americans by today. This afternoon, we published this video showing what happened. Washington, DC read more
  • Apply now to join Zero: 2016

    Jake Maguire
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    The success of the 100,000 Homes Campaign has generated huge momentum in the fight to end homelessness. Still, while greatly decreased, chronic and Veteran homelessness continue to plague our nation’s streets, and the health effects of these solvable problems remain as lethal as ever. We know what works to end homelessness, and, as a nation, we have a moral imperative to bring the solutions to scale. The time to finish the job is now. Washington, DC read more
  • NAEH 2014: Where We'll Be

    Jake Maguire
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Monday, July 28, 7:00pm to 10pm 100,000 Homes Campaign Fully Committed Communities Celebration Location: Capitale, 1301 K Street NW, Suite 103, Washington, DC 20005 - 202.962.3933 Attire: Casual Washington, DC read more
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    Ending homelessness in London

  • Put a dog in the picture

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

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

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

    Jeremy Swain
    21 Dec 2013 | 2:21 am
    It is the last meeting of the Saturday Club before Christmas. Next week it’s the Christmas meal. Roy, the elected head, has negotiated a price of £12 a head with a restaurant near Leicester Square. ‘That’s turkey with all the trimmings’ he explains. The group is just about scraping by financially. Members are pleased with the deal Roy has struck. There is an end of term feel to the Saturday Club. An apprehensive mood prevails as each member ruminates over what the festive season may bring. The conversation revolves around memories of best and worst Christmas days. Each person, it…
  • Killing with kindness

    Jeremy Swain
    26 Oct 2013 | 3:18 am
    Much has been written about the psychology of giving, the reasons why we donate to charity and the different triggers that spark acts of generosity, some rational, others visceral. I am particularly fascinated by the impulses that lead us to give money to people begging on the street. In fact, to be candid, I am frequently left incredulous at the justification given for dropping money into that cap next to the sign that says ‘hungry and homeless’.Research indicates that for 90 per cent of people who give, compassion is the motivating factor. So I should not have been surprised that when…
 
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  • Sometimes Your Clothing's Disposable Even If You'd Rather Keep It

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

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

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

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

    Amy L. Freeman
    13 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Earlier this week, a well-kempt silver-haired man in a yellow polo shirt sat at a table in Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center for the homeless. He had a great winter tan, and seemed quite calm. I didn't know him, but I assumed he was helping our clients in some capacity. At least, that's what I assumed until his conversation floated my way: "Where'd you get the tan, man?" the guy across from him asked. "Got tired of the weather here," the silver-haired man replied. "Went to Vegas." "Vegas?" the other guy snorted. "You? You're homeless! Dude! Vegas? You're kidding me, right?" "No, I'm not…
 
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  • Hear from Two Community Partners about How They Are Ending Family Homelessness through Our Sept. 10 Webinar

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. Millions of extremely low-income households do not have access to affordable housing, putting them at-risk of housing instability and the types of crises that can result in homelessness. The challenge is clear: Our most recent data show that 222,197 people in families—an estimated 70,960 households—were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013.  In the first three years of implementation of  Opening Doors, we have reduced homelessness among…
  • Responding to the Crisis of Homelessness

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    At an individual level, the turmoil that comes from not having a safe place that is home is a crisis.  It is a crisis that without adequate resolution gets worse. Although  there are programs that provide housing and services for people, we will never have an adequate response that is at the pace and scale needed as long as it depends on people in crisis being required to navigate multiple programs in an attempt to get their needs met.  Responding in a person-centered way to homelessness requires that programs are operating as a system. Making this shift is not…
  • DESC to Create More Supportive Housing to Serve Seattle’s Most Vulnerable

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Seattle-based nonprofit housing provider DESC will create new units of permanent supportive housing in the Interbay neighborhood downtown.  The units will serve 97 people who are experiencing homelessness and live with health issues.  
  • Inspired by People: New Report Offers Alternatives to Criminalization

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Without housing options, people often are forced to rely on culverts, public parks, streets, and abandoned buildings as places to sleep and carry out daily activities that most reserve for the privacy of their own home. As communities recognize and struggle with the fact that people without homes often live in public spaces, multiple strategies arise. Unfortunately, many of these strategies include policies that criminalize homelessness. In a new report, In the Public Eye, author Lucy Adams, of Australia’s Justice Connect and guest blogger at USICH elevates the conversation.
  • Takeaways from the National Conference on Ending Homelessness

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    by Jamie Keene, USICH Communications Intern From July 29 – 31, USICH staff members participated in the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). The conference was a great opportunity to connect with and learn from our partners and share best practices through panels, workshops, and convenings. USICH was pleased to have participated in numerous events as well as to listen and learn from so many others—from pre-conference sessions, to workshops, to keynote addresses. Read on to view and download our presentations from…
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