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  • Deep Hole of Homelessness Swallows Homeless Families

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    Diane Nilan
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    [Kansas City, KS] Friday was payday for Crystal, a fast food employee. She cashed her check and then bought a few, too few for her way of thinking, birthday presents for her son whose 8th birthday was Valentine’s Day.She, her husband and other child, Brittany and her boyfriend and her 2 children, and Tyler and his partner, a motley community that shared this rundown but affordable house in Kansas City, Kansas, celebrated “Danny’s” birthday Saturday. On Sunday, they were picking through the ashes of their rental house. Everything was destroyed in an electrical fire caused by,…
  • Homeless anxious by shelter closing

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Homeless are anxious as close of winter shelters approaches.
  • Shaun

    Invisible People
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Shaun has lived on the streets of Philadelphia for 6 months now. When he first became homeless it was warm outside. The day of this interview it was deadly cold. Shaun is sleeping in a […] The post Shaun appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Deborah De Santis: DC Unveils Plan to Reduce Homelessness

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Deborah De Santis
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and members of the Interagency Council on Homelessness there began circulating what is lik... Read more: Muriel Bowser, Washington DC, District of Columbia, Homelessness, Homeless, Dc-General, DC General, Supportive Housing, Csh, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Impact News
  • Fort Worth demolishes homeless camp, scattering 80 people

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    FORT WORTH, Texas — The city of Fort Worth has started breaking up a homeless camp, using heavy equipment to... more »
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  • Shaun

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Shaun has lived on the streets of Philadelphia for 6 months now. When he first became homeless it was warm outside. The day of this interview it was deadly cold. Shaun is sleeping in a […] The post Shaun appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Cities, Stations and Times for March’s PBS Broadcast of @home

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    @home will be broadcast on public television stations in 35 states starting March 25th! The documentary is being featured on WORLD Channel programs. Help us spread the word via social media to your networks. Here is a […] The post Cities, Stations and Times for March’s PBS Broadcast of @home appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Daniel

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    The day we met Daniel on the streets of Philadelphia the weather was freezing cold. The night before Daniel slept in an emergency shelter, but normally he sleeps outside in a doorway. Panhandling is a […] The post Daniel appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Help Fight Homelessness by Hosting a @home Viewing Event

    8 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Call me crazy, but I have always believed in the magic of social media to do amazing things. In fact, back in 2008, all I had was a dinky laptop, a cheap camcorder and social […] The post Help Fight Homelessness by Hosting a @home Viewing Event appeared first on Invisible People.
  • John

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    John is sleeping outside in Philadelphia. He tried shelters, but someone stabbed John trying to steal his boots, so he feels safer sleeping on the streets even though the overnight windchill is reported to be […] The post John appeared first on Invisible People.
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  • Deborah De Santis: DC Unveils Plan to Reduce Homelessness

    Deborah De Santis
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and members of the Interagency Council on Homelessness there began circulating what is lik... Read more: Muriel Bowser, Washington DC, District of Columbia, Homelessness, Homeless, Dc-General, DC General, Supportive Housing, Csh, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Impact News
  • How Giving Homes To The Homeless Reduces Homelessness

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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    WASHINGTON -- For roughly 20 years, Mark Thompson lived alone in the woods, drifting between Maryland and Washington, D.C. He scraped by through odd j... Read more: What's Working, HuffPost What's Working, Housing First, Permanent Supportive Housing, Pathways to Housing, Homelessness, Chronic Homelessness, Poverty, Politics News
  • Steven Crandell: Lovers who Loved to Give - the Story of Tracy and Katherine Whitney McGregor

    Steven Crandell
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    They fell in love and then they fell to work - serving Detroit and its people. This is my brief account of how romance brought together two of Michigan's pioneering philanthropists - Katherine Whitney McGregor and her husband Tracy. Read more: Third Metric, Katherine Whitney McGregor, McGregor Fund, Philanthropy, The Giving Life, Detroit, Love, Relationships, Homelessness, Tracy-Mcgregor, Less Stress More Living, Love Matters, Inspiring Leaders, Oprah Winfrey Network, Service, Impact News
  • Genevieve Piturro: A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

    Genevieve Piturro
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us. Read more: Teaching, Pajamas, Literacy, Books, Teens, Education, Child Abuse, Foster Care Abuse, Foster Care System, Homeless, Reading, Foster Care, Volunteering, Group Homes, Orphanages, Pajama Charity, Pajama Program, Bookstores, Impact News
  • Sébastien Maillard: In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

    Sébastien Maillard
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house." Read more: Cardinals, Catholic Church, Christianity, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, Rome, The Pope, Vatican, Worldpost, WorldPost Europe, WorldPost Faith, Homelessness, Refugees, Following Francis, Everyday Heroes, World News
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  • Will Murray Lead?

    George Howland, Jr.
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    LEAD, a public health program involving cops, could help hundreds, but in Seattle, it's underused. The mayor's politics may hurt a promising effort to transform the way Seattle deals with substance abuse and public disorder. After 10 long years of being homeless and addicted to crack, Felicha Fields has been sober for 41 days. “I’m free! I love it!” said Fields, a high-energy, 45-year-old, Yakima-born woman. “I feel comfortable. I like it better indoors.” 
  • Ghosts in the machine

    Katherine Luck
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Book Review - Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman The nebulous Internet collective called Anonymous is a many-headed hydra. From its anarchic early days as an outgrowth of the notorious image-posting site 4chan to its evolution into a prominent force for online as well as real-world activism, Anonymous has always seemed designed to be a cultural shape-shifter.
  • What I see, an essay

    George Howland, Jr.
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Observations of public disorder In September, I started working in one of the centers of downtown Seattle’s “public-disorder” problem: Pioneer Square. Real Change’s offices are located at First Avenue South and South Main Street, a block from Occidental Park, one of the places where “crime and disorder are highly concentrated,” according to Mayor Ed Murray’s staff. 
  • Face for the cure

    Aaron Burkhalter
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Timothy Ray Brown underwent a difficult treatment that eradicated his leukemia — and his HIV Timothy Ray Brown is known as “The Berlin Patient,” but he was born and raised in North Seattle. The media dubbed him “The Berlin Patient” after he became the first person cured of HIV after a grueling stem-cell transplant to treat his leukemia. He was living in Berlin when he was treated and initially remained anonymous. Brown is public with his cure now, and in February, he visited Seattle to promote work to find a cure for HIV.
  • Space Needle employees protest low wages, anti-union management

    Josh Kelety
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    On Wednesday, March 18, a crowd of about 50 Space Needle employees and members of the Unite 8 union, protested outside the Seattle landmark. Workers alleged they had gone more than 1,000 days without a raise and disagreed with the anti-union attitudes of their employer, the Space Needle Corporation. Employees said the last raise they received was a 35 cent bump more than three years ago. Seattle councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata were also present.
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  • Man gets invited to stranger’s bachelor party by mistake — but he’s going anyways

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    padschicago:Love this! Originally posted on WGN-TV: SEATTLE — In a couple of weeks, Joey DiJulio is flying across the country for a bachelor party. Good times with old buds, right? Not exactly. Joey doesn’t know who’s attending the party. In fact, he’s never even met the groom. No, it’s not the plot of a new Vince Vaughn movie or a remake of the old Tom Hanks movie. Joey is flying from Seattle to Philadelphia to attend the bachelor party of Jeff Minetti, a man he’s never met, has no connection to and only spoken to twice via email. How it happened On Feb. 11, Joey received an…
  • WGN weatherman reenacts sports highlights after video fails

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    padschicago:Gotta love my fave crazy WGN Morning News! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code=”Y0c25xczoZTgwg9L6a2KY6owKAbJMbID” player_id=”4441ed2a84e74b66b60ce980f20deb84″] CHICAGO — No video? No problem. WGN Morning News has been experiencing technical difficulties this morning – but have no fear, Demetrius Ivory is here. Weatherman Demetrius Ivory helped Marcus Leshock report sports news with a little reenactment. Watch the hilarious video in the player above View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is now accepting applications for their Commissioner’s Fellowship Program. A doctoral level degree is required however lower degrees will be considered. Find more information and to apply, go to the link below. http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/workingatfda/fellowshipinternshipgraduatefacultyprograms/commissionersfellowshipprogram/default.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ~ AnnMarieFiled under: jobs, links, News Tagged: administration, application, drug, FDA, fellowship, food, internship
  • Watch Out for Fake Gmail Messages in Your Inbox « BBB Consumer News and Opinion 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
  • Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Morningstar Farms Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary, Precautionary Recall of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers in The U.S. Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergen

    10 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm429690.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdeliveryFiled under: links, News, Recalls Tagged: allergen, allergy, bean, black, burgers, food, Morningstar, peanut, recalls, safety
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  • Director of Development - Charlotte Family Housing

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Charlotte Family Housing is seeking a Director of Development. This position's objective is to create and sustain diverse funding opportunities; to utilize relationship based strategizes to foster philanthropy both internally and externally; and, increase the profile of Charlotte Family Housing within the community. Please view the job description for details and instructions on how to apply.  
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    This is a regular meeting of the NCCEH SOAR Caseworkers Dialogue Group. It is a caseworker roundtable to problem-solve and connect with others around the state who are working on SOAR cases.    Details on how to call in will be emailed to registered participants by the day of the call.   Dialogue Groups are free for all NCCEH members.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining, you can sign up here.
  • MCAH NCHMIS Training: Wilmington

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH), which will become North Carolina's HMIS administrative agency on May 1, is holding five in-person trainings across the state during the week of April 20-24. These trainings will cover privacy and sharing, additional Bowman modules, the role of the agency administrator, and some technical changes.  The target audience for these trainings includes HMIS end users, agency administrators, local system administrators, executive directors, Governance Committee members, and Continuum of Care leadership. The trainings will be located in…
  • MCAH NCHMIS Training: Raleigh/Durham

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH), which will become North Carolina's HMIS administrative agency on May 1, is holding five in-person trainings across the state during the week of April 20-24. These trainings will cover privacy and sharing, additional Bowman modules, the role of the agency administrator, and some technical changes.  The target audience for these trainings includes HMIS end users, agency administrators, local system administrators, executive directors, Governance Committee members, and Continuum of Care leadership. The trainings will be located in…
  • MCAH NCHMIS Training: Winston-Salem

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH), which will become North Carolina's HMIS administrative agency on May 1, is holding five in-person trainings across the state during the week of April 20-24. These trainings will cover privacy and sharing, additional Bowman modules, the role of the agency administrator, and some technical changes.  The target audience for these trainings includes HMIS end users, agency administrators, local system administrators, executive directors, Governance Committee members, and Continuum of Care leadership. The trainings will be located in…
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    Picture the Homeless | The Blog


    6 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Picture the Homeless is looking for help overhauling our website - not so much a redesign, as an under-the-hood restructuring. If you're an awesome web designer and think you can do something with the following project goal, pitch us a plan!! We actually have some dedicated funding to support this project, so we 're looking to get the job done right. read more
  • Ask a Homeless Person: What can the tragic murder of a homeless man by an L.A. cop teach us?

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Horrific video released this week captured an LA police officer shooting an unarmed homeless man to death. And unfortunately, all over this country, homeless people live in constant fear of violence and harassment from the police. read more
  • Announcing the return of our Homeless Organizing Academy's Political Education Classes!!

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    Dear PTH members, We're excited to announce the return of our Homeless Organizing Academy's Political Education Classes!! These are free for all currently and formerly homeless people, and they're intended to help people experiencing homelessness develop the skills and experience they need to become effective agents of social change. They're every Tuesday night, 5-7PM, in our office: 104 East 126th Street [storefront], New York NY 10035. The March schedule of classes is as follows: read more
  • The NYPD just admitted that 90% of the work they do is unnecessary. Homeless people have been saying that for decades!

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

    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
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Especially Homelessness

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Why do we always try to fix social problems with the least amount of compassion possible?
  • Funny that I still get emails like this

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    "Why should anybody bother to help you, you big fat fucking pathetic slob. i don't expect you to respond to this e-mail, because after reading it, you will probably cry & whimper all day." Some people do have worse problems than I do.
  • Some Financial Needs

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    So far this week I've raised a total of 16 dollars through paypal. Besides having to pay for all my basics, I have these new expenses - rent of a storage space to keep my valuables in - $107 a month, podcasting channel - 30 dollars a month, phone with wifi hotspot $120 a month, to have a clean and hot water shower when I need it, 30 dollars for a gym membership.  etc. If you 'd like to help
  • San Diego Weather And Homelessness

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    It comes up every time.  When people discuss homelessness in San Diego, or in any other fair weather city, there will be those who blame the good whether for attracting homeless people. But that just doesn't stand up to the factual information we have about homeless people. San Diego county has 8,500 homeless people. NYC has over 60,000 homeless people. Now consider the weather in each city.
  • San Diego Homeless Industry Questions

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    There are three ways this could be explained.  I'll get the easy one out of the way first.  This property, next to the St. Vincent DePaul's homeless shelter may not belong to anyone in the homelessness industry, and they just building on their property - as developers are prone to do.  If this is the case, then there is no problem here.   BUT this sure looks suspicious and I'll tell you why.
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • URM Easter Sunrise Service!

    Steve Lee
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with all of us at Union Rescue Mission! This is the 4th year we have been holding this event on the roof, and will have our very own Rev. Andy Bales as the speaker!   The post URM Easter Sunrise Service! appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Needed: Volunteers for Meal Service at Hope Gardens Family Center

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    We are in need of volunteers to help prepare and serve meals to the women, children, and senior ladies at Hope Gardens Family Center located near Sylmar, CA. If you are interested in helping and meet the criteria below, please contact Monique Johnson, at mjohnson@urm.org. Shifts:   Monday-Sunday   9am-1pm  1pm-4pm 4pm-7:30pm Age Requirement: 14 years and older Volunteer(s) must be able to drive or coordinate a ride to property, as there is no bus access or shuttle service. We need up to 3 volunteers per shift. If you would like to serve, contact Monique (mjohnson@urm.org) to confirm your…
  • Stories from Skid Row – Gary

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/cxOlJUC6_14 The post Stories from Skid Row – Gary appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Heartbreak on Skid Row

    Rev. Andy
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I am writing to you today with a heavy heart. As many of you may be aware and many of you have seen in the news, a resident on the streets of Skid Row was recently shot and killed in a struggle with the LAPD right in front of our building. It was a difficult day on Skid Row and we are still feeling the effects of this tragedy as we continue to do everything we can to be a light of God’s love in this nearly impossible and heart wrenching environment. It may be easy to pass judgment when something like this happens – it raises a lot of questions, but before anyone starts pointing…
  • The Mission – March 2015

    Steve Lee
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Jordan’s childhood was so traumatic, he remembers the high school counselor who expressed shock that he hadn’t tried to kill himself yet. Drugs and abuse followed Jordan his entire life — his parents were drug addicts and Jordan himself was born addicted to meth. Then, throughout his childhood, an abusive boyfriend of his mother beat him severely for such crimes as failing to make his bed perfectly, getting up at night to go to the bathroom, or waking up before 10:00 a.m. on weekends. They also completely isolated him in his room. “I was kept entirely alone,” the…
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  • Isolated no longer, Kelcey finds meaning at The Harbor

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Kelcey wanted a friend. He’d do just about anything to fit in to be accepted and known. “I thought alcohol would help me be this nice guy, that it was going to help me relate to people,” says Kelcey. He’d invite people over to his house or to a bar, hoping they’d chat all night and have fun. But his plans always backfired. Inevitably, Kelcey would drink too much, become angry and destructive. “It was really just tearing me apart,” he says. “It made me even more lonely. I’d be that guy that no one wanted to be around.” Rejection and isolation were normal feelings for…
  • Growing Roots, growing family at Shepherd’s Door

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Travis Vice pastors Roots Community in northeast Portland. Travis Vice was ready to be challenged. After serving as a local pastor for some time, he was commissioned to start a new church in the Parkrose neighborhood. Travis jumped at the chance to bring his passion to life – developing a supportive community of Christ-followers focused on bringing healing to hurting people. “I had done church for so long divorced from mission … so as a church planter, I spent a ton of time thinking about what it would be like to be on mission in this area, and for this area, while living in this…
  • Time for a new car? Donate your old one to Drive Away Hunger

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Looking to purchase a new car this weekend? Is a beater taking up space in your driveway? If so, Drive Away Hunger is here to help! Not only are the cars affordable, but whether by donation or through a purchase, you can give hope and restore life to the men, women and children who come to us in search of help and recovery. The average car donation can feed up to 600 families who come to our Burnside Shelter in search of a warm meal through our Hope Ministries. Many of those same people will seek help in our Pathway Ministries that provide short-term shelter with transitional help to housing…
  • John Dominguez’s ‘Story of Hope’ still strong, 10 years later

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    John Dominguez hosts karaoke weekly at the Burnside Shelter. Ten years ago, John Dominguez was completely lost. He had just spent 20 years in a deep haze of drug and alcohol addiction, and it had slowly taken everything from him. At age 21, and in the middle of his military service, John started losing everyone that was close to him. His mother died. His grandfather died a couple of months after his mother, and his grandmother passed away not long after that. John had lost the core of his immediate family, and rather than grieving or trying to look for help, he turned to drugs and alcohol.
  • Send a special card for our Birthday Party for the Homeless

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Our annual Birthday Party for the Homeless is back! And if you want to be part of the festivities this year, now is your chance. On Monday, May 11, many of our homeless guests will get a chance to celebrate something, that for many of them, they haven’t experienced for years. Many hurting men and women down at our Burnside Shelter will get the chance to celebrate their birthday! Will you help us let them know they are not forgotten this year? If so, one of the most personal and engaging ways you can do this is by sending them a birthday card with an encouraging note inside. (We have a…
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  • Deep Hole of Homelessness Swallows Homeless Families

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

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

    Diane Nilan
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    I’m a nomad-by-choice. For the past 10 years, under the banner of HEAR US Inc., my nonprofit organization, I’ve traveled over 200,000 miles of mostly backroads travel chronicling homeless families and youth across the country. I live full-time in a van converted into a motorhome/workspace. I used to run the largest shelter in Illinois outside Chicago. I’ve been working on the issue of homelessness for 3 decades.Last night I relented and paid for a campground in Asheville, NC instead of sleeping in my van in the ubiquitous Walmart parking lot because temps were down to 20 and I dont like…
  • 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…
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  • James "Faygo" Clark, social-justice advocate (and emerging Sac Homeless advocate?)

    Thomas Armstrong
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Cover of 3/19 issueAfter spending a few weeks away from homeless matters, SN&R has a nice item -- an interview of James “Faygo” Clark – on the next-to-last page in its 3/19/15 issue, in a space that is often used to highlight or introduce interesting Sacramentans.Clark is described by the interviewer, Editor Nick Miller, as “one of Sacramento’s leading social-justice activists.” He was involved in shutting down Nestle’s water-bottling plant last summer and is nowadays educating himself in regard to Nestle’s longstanding baby-formula scandal in Africa.He was part of the…
  • New study shows cigarettes to be more dangerous than was previously realized

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    It’s not news to anybody that a great many homeless people smoke. Smoking is a pleasure for many who don’t have many other pleasurable things to do. Some smoke a pack a day or more, or the equivalent in especially dangerous filter-free rollies.A friend gave me his best estimate of the percentage of Sacramento homeless adults who smoked tobacco. He said 85%, based on what he saw in Friendship Park. Well over 50% is my conservative, less-well-informed guess. John Lozier, the Executive Director for the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, says, in an interview online, that “there…
  • Use bicycle power to keep your devises charged

    Thomas Armstrong
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I subscribe to email from a website, The Grommet, that alerts people to new, clever, practical inventions.Devise attaches to bike's back wheel.One of their newest is The Atom from Siva Cycle Products. It allows a person to use his bicycle as a means of powering mobile devises. Homeless people have tech devises – cellphones, typically – that they need to keep charged, but often don’t have ready access to an electrical current.At the Mission – at least when I was there – there was a big rush, when the gate opened each evening at 5pm for fellows to get to an area on the south side of…
  • Tuberculosis Follow-up

    Thomas Armstrong
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    I promised an update in my post two weeks ago regarding tuberculosis issues at Sacramento Homeless shelters.I’ve learned a few things, which I will relate here and now, but hope to wrap things up with a complete understanding of what the shelters are doing, what the risks are, and what homeless folk can do to best prevent exposure to the disease in a later, final blogpost on this topic.First off, earlier I misreported what happens when homeless people are given a skin test. I now know that the injection that is placed just under the skin on a person’s forearm is a sterile version of the…
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Thomas Armstrong
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    This is an AMAZING 15-minute video about the devastating effects of traumatic experiences endured by children. From talking to "the guys" over the years, I have learned that a great many of them had terrible childhood experiences, most often because their parents were some combination of violent, troubled, alcoholics, drug users, had money problems or just simply had bizarre personalities. While the guys won't say this directly, you come to understand that many simply were not loved as children.
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  • On God and the worth of people

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Every minute of life is a gift from God, we shouldn’t waste time judging the integrity of his other creations. Deciding that “poor people are lazy, evil, & worthless” or that people who understand God in a different way than we do are “Evil and should die” or people who are colored and shaped in […]
  • How many of you really believe most recipients of aid are taking advantage?

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:06 pm
    I read comments from articles such as this and I don’t know if I should laugh, cry or scream. What are your thoughts? http://www.opposingviews.com/i/world/pregnant-mom-who-receives-58000-benefits-each-year-purchases-1300-purseFiled under: poverty
  • 5 Side Effects of Exposure to Social Work

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    The side effects of prolonged exposure to horrible human conditions are: 1. Your circle of friends will change. Friendship circles change all the time – convenience plays a big part as we have jobs and kids and such so you won’t notice this right away and attribute it to your environmental factors. You may think […]
  • dear @TOMSsupport grrrr

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Really? I just placed an order and it is going to the wrong address. I cannot cancel or change the order? Are you serious?Filed under: poverty
  • Sometimes I Cry

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I don’t think I have told you that before. Sometimes the work prompts me to cry. Today I met with a man who does not know where his wife is, and does not feel he should remove his children from living with her parents because he is homeless. He sees them in the daytime and […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • EA Shelter Contract Funding Update from Homes for Families

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    This update was provided by Homes for Families on Friday, March 27.  By the end of business on 3/27, EA shelter providers were given a 3 day contract extension.  The Conference Committee continues to meet today. The Time Has Come Today…(so what will happen with EA?) by Homes for Families The Time Has Come Today… ..when the 7 day shelter contract extension, from the 21 day contract extension, from the 7 month contract will expire.  This article from the State House News, and heard/posted on public radio, makes is clear that everyone knows we have a serious timing issue: When Gov.
  • Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Minutes – 3/17/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes March 17, 2015 In attendance: Toni Bator, HAPHousing, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Dave Gadaire , CareerPoint, Joanne LaCour, DTA, Lisa Lapierre, CPM, Darlene Morse, CareerPoint, 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 Commonwealth Corporation update: Lisa shared a quarterly report provided by Commonwealth…
  • Update and Advocacy Alert on the Supplemental Budget

    Pamela Schwartz
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Thanks to Homes for Families for this update: On February 27, the Governor filed a Supplemental Budget – “An Act Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2015 to Provide for Supplementing Certain Existing Appropriations and for Certain Other Activities and Projects.”  A “supp budget” is additional funding allocated during the budget year, which runs from July 1-June 30th.  The family shelter system has had to depend on additional funding year after year, due to the motel expenses.  This year is no different.  Included in the Governor’s bill was $44M for the Emergency…
  • Western Mass. Health Equity Network Survey

    Pamela Schwartz
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Our Western Mass. Network to End Homelessness has become a partner of the Western Mass. Health Equity Network in recognition that ending homelessness bears directly on public health outcomes.  The Health Equity Network has partnered with the MA Public Health Association (MPHA), a statewide advocacy organization, and it is asking for community input around its statewide policy priorities.  Please take less than 15 minutes by noon, Tuesday, March 31, to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WMHENpoll The results will be shared at the Health Equity Policy Assembly on April 1…
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • Life Force of Water

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    My whole life, I’ve had a strong connection to water. I’m a water sign (Scorpio) and I grew up on the Jersey Shore, so many of my formative years were spent near and in the ocean. Water sparks all 5 of my senses. The sound of the waves crashing or the gurgling of a pond. […]
  • 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 […]
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    Ending homelessness in London

  • Sleeping rough, working rough - with the Roma in London

    Jeremy Swain
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    5.00am. Dawn light is beginning to streak an indigo night sky. The battered caravan seems deserted. A brisk rap on its door by my colleague Ben breaks the silence. This is the early morning outreach shift in an outer Londonborough. In this road adjacent to a park there are a line of assorted vehicles, most of which appear to be derelict.  My two outreach colleagues, Ben and Helena, between them speak Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Russian and English.Eventually there is a rustle from inside and the heads of a man and women emerge. There follows an amiable conversation with Ben who has…
  • 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…
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Why I Stay in the South

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

    Hugh Hollowell
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Last Sunday morning, I didn’t feel good. I didn’t know it yet, but I was sick with the flu, and before the day was out, I would be running a fever of 102. I was laid out flat the rest of the day Sunday, and Monday, and Tuesday. I came in to the office for a few unavoidable meetings over the next few days, but was pretty much out of service until Wednesday afternoon. I had a meeting Wednesday night, which was hard to stay awake for, honestly. I got home around 9, and of course, my wife was already running a fever. Around 11 that night, her heart went nuts, and we ended up taking her to the…
  • Facebook Killed My Blog. This is What I’m Doing About It.

    Hugh Hollowell
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    In the  summer of 2007, I joined Facebook. However, I didn’t really hit my stride with it until late 2008. and my use of it shot up dramatically in late 2010. Now, it’s my most-engaged social network. Not the one I like the most – that would be twitter - but the one I do the most things on. Over the last nearly eight years, I have posted lots of snippets of my life on there – restaurants I have eaten at, quotes I liked, moments of snark, rants, thankfulness. And it feels so ephemeral. A week later, it ‘s gone, disappeared forever into the timeline of history.
  • You Get to Decide if They Own You

    Hugh Hollowell
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love this story about Diogenes, the philosopher. One day, Diogenes was eating bread and lentils, when he was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who made a very good living by flattering the king. Aristippus sneered at the humble meal and told Diogenes, “If you would only learn to be subservient to the king like I have, you would not have to eat lentils.” Diogenes replied. “If you would only learn to like lentils like I have, you would never have to be subservient to the king.” When I get emails from people who want to know how to start an independent ministry or…
  • Knowing When to Sing

    Hugh Hollowell
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    My favorite story my Dad ever told me: Once upon a time there was a baby bird, sitting in the nest. And like most baby birds, he wanted to fly. His mom had left him alone in the nest while she went for worms, and he ventured out, to try to fly on his own. He leapt off the edge of his nest, but plummeted down to the ground, where he was knocked unconscious. To make matters worse, it was very cold, and he was on the edge of death from exposure. Along came a cow, who crapped on the baby bird. The heat of the cow crap enveloped the baby bird, and warmed him. Revived, the baby bird began to…
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    USICH Blog

  • Ending Youth Homelessness in Connecticut

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    By Stacey Violante Cote If you have wondered why the goal to end youth homelessness is set for 2022 while our goals to end Veteran and chronic homelessness are set for 2015 and 2016 respectively, you’re in good company. Youth homelessness is an urgent problem with lots of costly outcomes. Addressing this is also a preventative measure to stem the tide of chronic homelessness. So why set the goal so far down the road? It’s because this population has been invisible for a long time. As a result, we haven’t had enough data and research to determine the way out. It wasn’t…
  • Mayor Rothschild Shares His Experience of Participating in the 2015 PIT Count with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    By Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson I was happy to welcome U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to Tucson earlier this year for our annual Point In Time Count, also known as the Street Count. The Street Count helps communities determine service needs by interviewing their homeless population. That information is then forwarded to our federal partners, who use it to allocate resources. At the Street Count, volunteers and staff from government and social service agencies canvass – in Tucson’s case, the surrounding desert – as well as underpasses, culverts, shelters, soup…
  • Count Us In – A Look at Youth Counts in Seattle and Portland

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    By Katy Miller In cities across the country there was great energy and collaboration around strengthening the count of youth experiencing homelessness as part of the 2015 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Point in Time (PIT) count. From Miami to Seattle, providers created new partnerships and shared innovative methods to get to a better count. This was driven by a deep desire to generate more accurate demographic data of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and ultimately to target resources towards interventions that are the most effective for the population.
  • Connecticut Launches 100-Day Effort to End Homelessness

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    By Robert Pulster I was proud to stand with Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman to support the March 9 launch of Connecticut’s 100-day effort across four communities to accelerate efforts to end homelessness. This exciting 100-day effort was brought together by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and Journey Home of Hartford. The Connecticut-based Rapid Results Institute, which developed the “100-Day” rapid results approach and has led similar efforts across the nation to successful outcomes, will facilitate. It is clear that Connecticut is successfully…
  • After Finals and During Breaks Throughout the Year, Foster Youth Students Face a Much More Difficult Test

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    This post was originally published on the U.S. Department of Education blog, Homeroom, in December 2014 under the title ‘After Finals, Foster Youth Students Face a Much More Difficult Test’. We have modified some language. By Annie Blackledge & Johan Uvin While many college students eagerly await spring break, planning beach getaways or trips home to see family and friends, many homeless and foster care students find themselves scrambling for somewhere to live until classes resume. Many college campuses traditionally close down for breaks. For these vulnerable…
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