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  • Frida Berrigan: No Sleep Till Sleep Is a Fundamental Human Right

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Frida Berrigan
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Madeline is a binge eater. My teething 10-month-old is nursing half the night. Her preferred position is on her side with me sort of curled around her so that she can sleep/nurse with her hands grabbing my boob and her feet bicycling a mini Tour de France on my belly. Read more: Parenting, Parents-Moms, Children, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Human Rights, Guantanamo, Guantanamo Detainees, Homelessness, Homeless, Parents News
  • L.A.’s Homeless Camps Are Growing as More People Are Forced Onto the Streets

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Gentrification and shelter closures are leaving more people without a roof over their heads
  • Watch Out for Fake Gmail Messages in Your Inbox « BBB Consumer News and Opinion Blog

    @padschicago's blog
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    http://www.bbb.org/blog/2015/01/watch-out-for-fake-gmail-messages-in-your-inbox/Filed under: links, News Tagged: gmail, Google, hacking, malware
  • NHCHC East Coast Regional Training

    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The National Health Care for the Homeless Council presents the 2015 East Coast Regional Training at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center in New York, New York. This training will offer two days of professional development and networking for a variety of disciplines. Attendees will learn from the Council's expert faculty and staff as they present the latest in health care delivery, policy, and research necessary to enhance the skills needed to provide quality care for people experiencing homelessness.   Training highlights: Two full days of professional development…
  • The NYPD just admitted that 90% of the work they do is unnecessary. Homeless people have been saying that for decades!

    Picture the Homeless | The Blog
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The "Broken Windows" theory of policing has shaped New York City since the 1990's, with police under tons of pressure to make arrests and issue summonses for nonviolent offenses that aren't even against the law - anything to get poor people and people of color out of public view, and make the city safe for business and real estate to jack up the rents and make middle- and upper-class N read more
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Frida Berrigan: No Sleep Till Sleep Is a Fundamental Human Right

    Frida Berrigan
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Madeline is a binge eater. My teething 10-month-old is nursing half the night. Her preferred position is on her side with me sort of curled around her so that she can sleep/nurse with her hands grabbing my boob and her feet bicycling a mini Tour de France on my belly. Read more: Parenting, Parents-Moms, Children, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Human Rights, Guantanamo, Guantanamo Detainees, Homelessness, Homeless, Parents News
  • Deborah De Santis: Let's Address America's Mental Health Crisis in 2015

    Deborah De Santis
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Not every homeless person is mentally ill, but a large percentage within the chronically homeless population face mental-behavioral health recovery and so we need quality, community-based care in tandem with affordable housing to help them. Read more: Csh, Mental Health, Homeless, Behavioral Health, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Chronic Homelessness, Homelessness, Mental Health Services, 2015, Impact News
  • In the Gold Country: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

    In the Gold Country
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    We should all be immensely grateful for and supportive of the organizations who look after the women in the Sudanese refugee camps. At the same time, it can be too easy to overlook the fact that the person who needs your humanitarian heart may also be right under your nose. Read more: Solar Cooking, Solar Cookers, California, Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, Gold Country, Homeless, Humanitarian Aid, Underserved Populations, Impact News
  • Desiree Hoffman: Case Before Supreme Court Threatens Fair Housing Policy That Protects Victims of Domestic Violence

    Desiree Hoffman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    By eliminating the disparate impact provisions of the Fair Housing Act, the Supreme Court would be responsible for putting the lives of women and children who experience domestic violence back into the hands of danger. Read more: Fair Housing Act, Women, Domestic Violence, Ywca, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Homeless, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Fair Housing Act, Politics News
  • Kathleen Buckstaff: Faith With Honey

    Kathleen Buckstaff
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    He asked me if I would pray for him, and I said I would. Little did he know that in his asking and sharing, he had saved me. As I drove home, I wiped away my own tears and felt how deeply a meal and a night of song had filled my own cup with faith, sweetness and love. Read more: Homeless Shelters, Homeless, Faith, Faith Practice, Compassion, Hunger, Christianity, Love Matters, Impact News
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  • NHCHC East Coast Regional Training

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The National Health Care for the Homeless Council presents the 2015 East Coast Regional Training at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center in New York, New York. This training will offer two days of professional development and networking for a variety of disciplines. Attendees will learn from the Council's expert faculty and staff as they present the latest in health care delivery, policy, and research necessary to enhance the skills needed to provide quality care for people experiencing homelessness.   Training highlights: Two full days of professional development…
  • CSH Report: Improving Community-wide Targeting of Supportive Housing to End Chronic Homelessness: The Promise of Coordinated Assessement

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    A decade of research on best practices for serving families and individuals experiencing homelessness has led to significant policies at the local and federal levels transforming the ways we address the needs of our most vulnerable people.   One key provision of various US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rules requires communities to implement a coordinated assessment system for the delivery of housing and homeless services. This approach emphasizes coordinated intake and assessment, robust homeless prevention strategies, rapid access to housing using a Housing…
  • Mary Kay Foundation Funds Domestic Violence Shelters

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to ending the epidemic of domestic violence by providing grants to women's shelters throughout the United States. Each year, the Foundation’s Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program awards grants of $20,000 to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state; remaining funds are distributed based on state population. Applying organizations must offer immediate overnight housing to women and children affected by domestic violence. Applications may be submitted from January 15 through April 30, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit…
  • RFP for Wake County Shelter for Homeless Single Women

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Wake County seeks proprosals for the acquisition, development, and/or rehabilitation of a building designated to provide emergency housing and enhanced case management services for single women who are experiencing homelessness. Allowable expenditures also include the purchase of equipment needed to upfit a facility for shelter services. Funds are available in the form of grants to nonprofit developers. The RFP and other information are available on the Wake County website. Please refer to RFP/Bid Number 15-016, Single Women Emergency Shelter Services. Applications must be received by 4:00…
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    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.
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Yep, It's A Full Blown Cold

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    I've got a cold.  I hate colds.  I will fight it off as best I  can.  Colds are a distraction and make people weak, and feel miserable.  My previous post had grammatical errors in it that messed up the meaning of what I was saying.   I've tried to fix some of that today. One thing that I'm now very proud about in the war on "Colds" is that I was recently proven right about something I've been
  • Shelter Like A Child Day Care

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Although the weather in San Diego is generally mild, it has it's own version of unpleasantness during the winter months, and people can die from exposure to the weather here, as well as anywhere else. So, a while back some people got together to create a winter shelter program.  Not many in the community were happy about having such a shelter and so it has always had limited support and
  • Homeless Blog

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    Yeah, that's what this is, a homeless blog.  No wait, it's  a blog about homelessness, sort of.  These things we call blogs can be all sorts of things, depending on the writer.  If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that this blog is equal parts homeless advocacy, personal diary, political soapbox, and web-log.   That's one of the very freeing things about having one's own
  • The Podcast Is Coming

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    My appologies for the delay in the start of this podcast.  I am working on it, and it will begin soon.  In the mean time, there is plenty of content on my blog http://thehomelessguy.blogspot.com Thanks so much, KevinCheck out this episode!
  • Where Did I Go?

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
     Sorry 'bout that.  I haven't posted anything new in a while.  I've been crazy busy with trying to get the podcast up and running, besides all the other issues I've been having.  I came down with a good case of the after holidays depression, as well as having a sinus infection for a few days.  But I'm feeling much better now, thanks for asking. As for the podcast, my worst enemy is myself, as I
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Stories from Skid Row – James

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/1KFRywamBrI The post Stories from Skid Row – James appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – January 2015

    Steve Lee
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
      The day is etched forever in Phillip’s mind. The wound will never go away. Phillip grew up in the projects near downtown Los Angeles. One day when Phillip returned home in the afternoon, the house was empty. “Your family’s gone. They got evicted,” a neighbor said. “They’re not coming back.” He was abandoned — and he was only 8 years old. “My mom left me,” Phillip, 53, recalls. “That hurt so much. I wanted to close my eyes and never wake up. I was so upset, but I didn’t know how to ask anyone for help. I never had a home after that.” At first,…
  • Special 2015 Sales Event – URM Thrift Store

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The Union Rescue Mission thrift store is humming along as we roll in to 2015.  It continues to provide needed resources to combat homelessness in LA and create jobs for URM graduates and community members alike.  As we begin 2015 we wanted to celebrate its success and say thank you by hosting a 2015 Special Sales Event! What 32 in. Flat Screen TV raffle (tickets given with any sale) Free soft drinks and kettle corn Items up to 50% off When Saturday January 10th from 9am to 6pm Where  URM thrift Store 280 E. Arrow Hwy Covina, CA 91722 Please join us for the fun and bring your friends!
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – December 2014

    30 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – December 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Christmas Treat for the pets of Skid Row!

    Steve Lee
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Last weekend, the pets of Skid Row received a Christmas treat! Hollywood Grooming, a mobile pet grooming company, came to URM to brighten the day of Skid Row residents – and their pets! Offering grooming services to dogs and cats, Hollywood Grooming brought smiles to the faces of pets and their owners as they helped them out with something they might not otherwise be able to afford. They also partnered with Pet Express to provide free leashes, collars, food and treats!       Nearly 40 dogs and cats were beautified during the event! Pets are a part of many people’s lives,…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Echoes of hope at Connect, Shepherd’s Door

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    When it comes to safe places for women and children who are homeless, options are limited. The streets of Portland can be dangerous. But amidst the unrelenting stress and insecurity that comes with living on the street, there are opportunities out there for a second chance. At Portland Rescue Mission, we see these stories regularly at Shepherd’s Door. Similarly to the men who have been through our programs at Link and The Harbor, watch and listen to some of the women talk about their new life below: KATHY IN THE PAST – “I got so into pills and spending money that I finally…
  • Echoes of hope at Link, The Harbor

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    God is constantly moving at Portland Rescue Mission. Over the span of 2014, and because of your generous prayers and support for what we do, we had our most successful year on record. We served 331,346 hot meals and provided 83,197 safe nights of shelter. We also had the honor and privilege of seeing many, many changed lives in both our 3-month Link and Connect programs as well as our 12-month New Life Ministry  at The Harbor and Shepherd’s Door. Watch and listen to some of our male program participants talk about how they have found new life by way of the services Portland Rescue…
  • Do something meaningful, work for Portland Rescue Mission

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Are you looking for a new opportunity to do something that truly matters? Do you desire to play a vital role in helping end homelessness, hunger and addiction right here in the Portland community? If so, Portland Rescue Mission is actively hiring and looking for numerous positions to be filled throughout the organization. We have three main facilities where we help hurting and homeless men and women. Our New Life Ministry programs are both located in northeast Portland at Shepherd’s Door and The Harbor. Shepherd’s Door is home to our 12-month addiction recovery program for women and…
  • The Harbor feels ‘earthquakes’ from Luke 5:16 solitude retreat

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Luke 5:16 (NLT): But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. For the men in our New Life Ministry’s 12-month addiction recovery program at The Harbor, working on themselves is often the hardest thing they have ever had to do. What can often take people their entire lives to navigate, individually, the men at The Harbor are trying to do in one year. It is an exhaustive undertaking. It’s also a very comprehensive process that calls for some much needed solitude along the way – including a recent retreat themed around Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness…
  • Portland Rescue Mission expands community outreach at Burnside Shelter

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Men in the Link program chat before lunch. At the Burnside Shelter, there’s never a dull moment. While it’s often bustling with guests eating warm meals, grabbing a safe night’s sleep, or taking their recovery to the next level with our Link and Connect programs, something is always happening at Portland Rescue Mission. But for Regina Somboonsiri, and the rest of the staff at the Burnside Shelter, the opportunity to offer even more valuable services to their guests was simply too enticing. “What was happening before was that after breakfast, there was some hours of the day our chapel…
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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

  • Toothless, Homeless—That Bites!

    Diane Nilan
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    She smiled as I cooed over her adorable 2-year-old daughter. I cringed.I didnt count, but Id guess this girls mother had all of 5 teeth in her mouth, none appearing to be healthy. This homeless mother and daughter rely on the goodness of a community-based shelter, a stopgapeffort to ensure homeless adults and children dont freeze to death for want of a place to sleep. These shelters dont have dentists or docs on staff. And every single person staying there has grossly neglected dental and medical needs.But this moms smile. How many smilestoothless all or mostwould you see in the average…
  • Perverted Reality: Shelter ‘System’ Is No System

    Diane Nilan
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Homeless people have shelters to go to, a common belief comforting those who don’t know better. Having just come from Carlisle Cares, the community-based shelter where my friend and colleague Pat LaMarche works, having run shelters for 15 years myself, having seen shelters across the country for the past 9 years of my HEAR US traveling, I find myself seething at the perverted reality of what our shelter “system” is in this affluent country.Pat’s shelter is probably average (no offense!). It’s in a middle-income borough in sort of central PA. Hundreds of similar communities dot…
  • American Christmas Celebrations, Not (Homeless) Family Friendly

    Diane Nilan
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Christmas spoiler alert: I am not a fan of what Christmas seems to have become here in America.Beyond that, I'm not a fan of what this country continues to do to millions of families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.Like Tina. Here's my latest AlterNet post on her holiday-hell. If you're not going to read it--the bottom line is this gallant mother of 7 children is right now scrambling around to move her family into a small house trailer before Jan. 1.The kicker--she's got to wait for the local housing authority to inspect the 3-BR trailer she's located to move into to make sure…
  • 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…
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • Another week, another weak article on homeless matters in SNR

    Thomas Armstrong
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    With the new year, SNR claimed, in a piece titled “2015: a to-do list,” that it would upgrade its efforts, thus to publish a kinder, gentler SNR – or, at least, it seemed that way from the tone, if not the substance, of the weird editorial/to-do list that made it to publication in the New Year’s Day issue. [I blogged about the piece a couple days after the story/whatever-it-is appeared: “SNR resolves to ‘do better’.” ]The paragraph in the “to-do list” on how articles relating to homeless folk would be different was this : We resolve to remember that the failures of our…
  • I should 'do better,' too.

    Thomas Armstrong
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    In late response (of a sort) to the Sacramento News & Review's resolve 'to do better,' I think I should 'do better,' too.Click to enlarge.I would want to live up to Jim Lehrer's Rules of Journalism (See "NEWS HOUR" graphic, at right. Click to enlarge.), but I know being all that responsible would be irresponsible, for me. It is necessary in writing this blog that I not quote homeless people except in rare instances and with their permission. This is so since many of the homeless-services charities are ruthless in denying services to those who say anything negative about them that becomes…
  • SNR resolves to 'do better'

    Thomas Armstrong
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    1/1/15 cover of SNRIn the latest (1/1/15) issue of Sacramento News & Review there is what seems to be a set of New Year’s Resolutions the publication has committed itself to, that is admirable.Before sifting through the wisdom in the words of the piece, there are perhaps-minor points that should be brought up: Who (or what?) wrote the thing? What is it, exactly? And how would a commitment to be more fair, more on top of government money matters, more environmentally aware and more compassionate to homeless folk, etc., manifest in future articles the tabloid-sized alternative magazine…
  • 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
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • The People on the Offramp

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    It makes me nervous to see folks standing on the side of the rode, the off-ramp, or intersection asking for money. I am afraid FOR them, not of them. Hospitalizations are a common occurrence for someone who falls into traffic or doesn’t vacate the roadway fast enough or just wants to be hit by a […]
  • Congratulations to The Bold and the Beautiful

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Your 7,000th episode is an amazing achievement and you deserve all the accolades.Filed under: poverty
  • all the ATMS that accept EBT with the QUEST Symbol

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Some of these are not going to charge you a fee. Cash_Access[1].pdfFiled under: poverty
  • Homeless Hot Meals

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    With the Restaurant Meals program for homeless folks with an EBT foodstamp benefit. Download the PDF Restaurants_list[1].pdfFiled under: poverty
  • I wish I had the luxury to be a conservative Republican

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Republican. Im.a registered Republican and I am sure the GOP doesn’t want me. Most Republicans are Conservatives. In my Romance genre reading and ice cream inundated comatose state I could believe I was rich and the problems of poor people wouldn’t bug me. Sadly, I have seen people deliver dead babies because they couldn’t afford […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Training on Addiction Treatment in Military; Veterans Committee Meeting Postponed

    Pamela Schwartz
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Due to a conflict with an upcoming training, the Network’s Veterans Committee is rescheduling its Jan. 30 meeting to Friday, Feb. 27, 9 am, at the Northampton Senior Center. The upcoming training registration closes today for “Military 101: What every addiction clinician needs to know,” Friday, 1/30, 8 am – 4:00 pm, Westfield State University.  More details and how to register are available here.
  • Leadership Council Meeting Minutes – 1/21/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Leadership Council Meeting January 21, 2015 In attendance: Mary Jane Bacon, Senator Rosenberg’s office, Tim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, Catholic Charities, Bonnie Caldwell, DHCD, Dave Christopolis, Hilltown CDC, Patrica Crosby, Franklin Regional Employment Board, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Linda Dunlavy, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Doreen Fadus, Mercy Medical Center, Judge Robert Fields, Western MA Housing Court, Brad Gordon, Berkshire Regional Housing Authority, Jennifer Hohn, North Adams Housing Authority, Lori Ingraham, Easthampton…
  • Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes – 1/20/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes January 20, 2015 In attendance: Toni Bator, HAP, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Harry Duschene, NEFWC, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Lisa Lapierre, Secure Jobs/CPM, Melissa Mateus, Springfield Partners, Bill Mulholland, Berkshire Community College, Konrad Rogowski, FutureWorks, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Robin Sherman, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Monthly Report Review and Discussion – please click here and here to…
  • Updated Western MA Directory of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services Directory

    Pamela Schwartz
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    The updated Western MA Directory of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services Directory produced by the MA Dept. of Public Health is now available.  Click here to obtain a copy.
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • 7 Things I’m Shaking Off in 2015

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Okay, this title alone was one I never thought I’d write. Let alone this whole piece. It’s kitschy, a little cliche, a kind of “every blogger does a ‘top 47 things list’ and I do not want to be like all other bloggers” piece, and it references a Taylor Swift song, for fucks sake. Yet, as […]
  • The Unending Search for Hope

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Supreme Court Asked to Review Wisconsin Voter ID Case

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

    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

    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

    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

    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…
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  • Asking For Help is Hard

    Hugh Hollowell
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Saturday night I was stuck at the Philadelphia airport, due to fog. I was coming back home from a whirlwind overnight trip to Lancaster PA, where I had keynoted the annual Winterfest teen and young adult conference for the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Synod up there, and I was tired. In the last 36 hours, I had been on two planes, four trains, been in three different cars, had probably 30 conversations and keynoted a high-energy talk in front of 500 teenagers. And was looking at two more plane trips before I get home. So I was tired. “…And miles to go before I…
  • Nothing says “We are glad you are here” quite like cake!

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    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.

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    1 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
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    29 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
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  • The True Youth Count Toolkit: A Resource for Your PIT Count

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    By Dr. Jama Shelton It’s January again, and that means many of you are gearing up for your community’s annual Point in Time (PIT) Count. PIT counts are conducted by most Continuums of Care (COCs) during the last ten days in January. The PIT count includes people served in shelter programs every year, and in odd-numbered years, CoCs are also responsible for counting people who are unsheltered. Are you wondering how to reach youth in this year’s PIT count? Are you concerned that you don’t have the time or the resources to adequately plan for including youth in your 2015…
  • The Work in New Orleans has been Transformative, and It Urges All of Us Forward

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    By Laura Green Zeilinger, USICH Executive Director I was so honored to be in New Orleans yesterday, to celebrate what for me, is the biggest accomplishment to date in our fight to end homelessness among Veterans in this country. Now, and for every day to come, Veterans in New Orleans have access to a safe, stable, home of their own. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Landrieu, Martha Kegel, and the amazing team of partners who have been working tirelessly for years, New Orleans has delivered on its share of the promise that every Veteran who has served our country has a home in our country.
  • New Orleans Ends Veteran Homelessness One Year Ahead of Goal

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    By Robert Pulster Today, there is a celebration happening in New Orleans, but it doesn’t involve Mardi Gras. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, joined by USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger, announced that the City of New Orleans has effectively ended Veteran homelessness, answering the call of First Lady Michelle Obama who last June called on local leaders to join the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness before the end of 2015.
  • The Year in Review

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Liz Osborn   For communities across the country, 2014 has been another year of continued progress in the effort to end homelessness. From the 2014 Point in Time (PIT) count data showing a 10 percent decline in overall homelessness since 2010, to 351 mayors, governors, and local officials joining the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, we have gained incredible momentum over the past year. Here are just a few of the events that helped to drive progress in 2014.   
  • Engaging Youth, the Next Generation Working to End Homelessness

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    By Marley Duchovnay I was eight or nine when the idea of working with people experiencing homelessness first crossed my mind. It had been a long day and some relatives and I were walking to dinner. The city was crowded and as we passed under a building’s scaffolding, through the fast-walking legs of adults, I saw a man crouched by the edge of the sidewalk. What struck me was that everyone ignored him. It seemed to me that I was the only one who could see him. Once we reached the restaurant I broke into tears. When I got home I explained what happened to my mom. “Maybe you can work…
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