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  • Ask a Homeless Person: What can the tragic murder of a homeless man by an L.A. cop teach us?

    Picture the Homeless | The Blog
    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
  • Here's What We Know About The Homeless Man Fatally Shot By LAPD On Skid Row

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating pro... Read more: Lapd, Lapd Shooting, Lapd Chief Charlie Beck, Lapd-Shoots-Homeless-Man, Lapd Skid Row Shooting, Skid Row, Homeless, Lapd-Homeless, Officer Involved Shootings, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Crime, Crime News
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – February 2015

    Union Rescue Mission
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – February 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • John

    Invisible People
    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.
  • City offers homeless 'one-way ticket'

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    A Polish city has started offering homeless people train tickets to leave the area.
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  • 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.
  • Cynthia

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Cynthia is going to school. She has a job. But what Cynthia doesn’t have, is a home.  At only 19 years-old, Cynthia has been couch surfing for the last three years. Her mom and dad […] The post Cynthia appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Over 900,000 Homeless Kids Are Invisible to HUD. We Can Change That!

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    When I worked as an outreach case manager in Los Angeles, nothing was more heartbreaking than when I would have to turn a homeless family away because U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development didn’t […] The post Over 900,000 Homeless Kids Are Invisible to HUD. We Can Change That! appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Bobby

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

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Michael had a breakdown. He is an alcoholic and used to do drugs. The effects were devastating. His family didn’t want him around, and he ended up living in a tent near Columbus, Ohio. At […] The post Michael appeared first on Invisible People.
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  • Here's What We Know About The Homeless Man Fatally Shot By LAPD On Skid Row

    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating pro... Read more: Lapd, Lapd Shooting, Lapd Chief Charlie Beck, Lapd-Shoots-Homeless-Man, Lapd Skid Row Shooting, Skid Row, Homeless, Lapd-Homeless, Officer Involved Shootings, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Crime, Crime News
  • California Bill Would Stem Criminalization Of Homelessness Statewide

    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Anti-homelessness laws are on the rise in California, but one state lawmaker is pushing back against the trend. Criminalizing homelessness has spi... Read more: Homeless, Homelessness, Homeless California, Right to Rest Act, Right to Rest Act California, California Shooting Homeless Man, Criminalizing Homelessness, Senator Liu, Impact News
  • Jeff Norman: LAPD Not Fit to Investigate Itself in Shooting of Skid Row Homeless Man

    Jeff Norman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    It's possible the police were justified in shooting the man known to locals as "Africa." But considering how the Times equivocated about what's visible in the video, it seems Smith and Beck have so far doled out more propaganda than credible information. Read more: Africa, Homeless, Charlie Beck, Andrew Smith, Skid Row, Lapd, Lapd Shooting, Crime News
  • It's Time To Bring Relief To The Homeless In L.A.

    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:23 am
    It's too soon to know exactly what happened on the skid row street where a homeless man was shot to death Sunday by officers from the LAPD. It will... Read more: Homelessness, Los Angeles Homelessness, Homeless-Man-Police, Skid Row, Los Angeles Skid Row, LA Skid Row, Black Voices News
  • John Tarnoff: 5 Reinvention Steps To Pave The Way For A Rewarding Old Age

    John Tarnoff
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Rather than looking at the last act of our lives as a downward slide into powerlessness, loneliness and abandonment, we can start to pave the way right now for a rich old age full of meaning, connections, support, love and caring. Read more: Baby Boomers, Career Reinvention, Retirement, Poverty, Homelessness, Encore Careers, Reinvention Steps, Second Acts, Second Careers, Life Handbook, Fifty News
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  • The invisible leech

    Mike Wold
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    An author shows how the free market often gets overlooked as it sucks the economy dry For the past 40 years, mainstream economics has prescribed bitter medicine for economies suffering from recession, inflation, negative trade balances or deficits. Their advice has been to cut government spending on social programs, reduce regulations on big corporations and reduce business taxes. It seems that there’s been one nostrum for every economic illness: trust the free market to take care of things.
  • Little home, Big idea

    Aaron Burkhalter
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    In Tacoma, Olympia and nationwide, people find shelter in a wealth of tiny structures James Hubbard traveled far underneath a highway overpass in Tacoma to reach his home.  To get there on an unusually warm February evening, he passed by two other people who used the covered roadway as a mile-long roof. They were bundled up in blankets or using layers of cardboard to get comfortable. Far down the overpass, Hubbard pointed up a small slope to his home. It was barely visible — if Hubbard wasn’t there to point it out, few people would see it — but there, tucked behind a concrete piling,…
  • After interim role, Catherine Lester to head city’s Human Services Department

    Aaron Burkhalter
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Mayor Ed Murray has promoted Catherine Lester to head the Human Services Department (HSD). Lester has been deputy director since she joined the department under Dannette Smith in 2011, and she served as interim director after Smith left the department. The department has had a revolving door of directors over the past several years. Since 2008, HSD has had five directors, three of whom, including Lester, were interim or acting directors. “One of the benefits I have is not as steep of a learning curve,” Lester said in an interview with Real Change.
  • Chipping away at a 'militarized' system

    Rianna Hidalgo
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    At UW forum, local panelists, minus Chief O’Toole, fault policing in communities of color In room 119 of William H. Gates Hall, Dustin Washington, of the American Friends Service Committee, took law students through the history of policing in the U.S. He had them reflect on the time when slavery was legal, when cops were first established as slave patrols. Next, he moved to the Reconstruction era, when police-enforced “black codes” were designed to keep freed slaves in servitude. Leaping forward a couple decades, he took students through the Jim Crow era to witness officers tasked with…
  • City council OKs two new SHA board members, issues them a word of caution

    Aaron Burkhalter
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    The Seattle City Council unanimously approved Zachary Pullin and Jermaine Smiley on Feb. 23 to join the Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Board of Commissioners. Smiley is an assistant business manager at Laborers’ District Council, and Pullin is a communications project lead for SEIU Healthcare NW.
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  • 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
  • Arlington Heights, IL: Free Program to Check Smoke Alarms, Replace Batteries on Saturday Nov. 1

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    From the Village of Arlington Heights website… Get new batteries placed in your home smoke detectors at no cost on Saturday morning, 9 a.m. – Noon on November 1, through “The Katie Project,” a community initiative to make fire safety easy and to help ensure that more homes in Arlington Heights have working smoke detectors.  Click the link to read more about this important (and FREE) fire safety project and how to register! ArlingtonHeightsIL on Twitter: “Register to have your home smoke detectors checked and batteries replaced for free on Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – Noon.
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  • HUD Coordinated Entry Policy

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    In February 2015, HUD posted the Coordinated Entry Policy Brief. An effective coordinated entry process is a critical component to any community’s efforts to meet the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This policy brief describes HUD’s views of the characteristics of an effective coordinated entry process. This brief does not establish requirements for Continuums of Care (CoCs), but rather is meant to inform local efforts to further develop CoCs’ coordinated entry processes. Download the brief here or read it on HUD's website.
  • HUD Notice: Appropriate Placement for Transgender Person in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Last week, HUD posted the Notice on Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities. This Notice provides guidance to ESG recipients and subrecipients receiving Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Continuum of Care (CoC) or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds regarding how best to provide shelter to transgender persons in a single-sex facility. This notice also provides guidance on appropriate and inappropriate inquiries related to a potential or current client’s sex for the purposes of placing transgender persons…
  • HMIS System Administrators - NCCEH

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness is seeking full-time HMIS System Administrators. This posting is for three open positions within the newly created Center for Data and Analysis. Please view the full job description for details and instructions on how to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by February 28, 2015, are guaranteed review.
  • Case Manager - Passage Home

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Passage Home is seeking a case manager to provide support and case management services to clients with the goal of increasing economic self-sufficiency. For details, please see the full job description. This position is for the Eastern Wake office, serving Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon.  Interested applicants should email resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three references to hr@passagehome.org
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:03 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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  • Video Surfaces Of Ft. Lauderdale Officer Slapping Homeless Man

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
  • Trying Times

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    I'm trying to get things in order, as the shelter tent will close soon - March 31st.   But I am having a Dickens of a time.   At the first of the year I fell into a depression.  Soon after I developed a cold.  I battled that cold until the end of January when it seemed that I had finally overcome it.  Then at the first of February I got hit with an even tougher cold that was harder to shake off.
  • I May Not Be Dying After All

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I still have an ugly cough and have to blow my nose an excessive amount. But that's a whole lot better situation than I was in just a week ago.   As I've said before, homeless shelters are a lot like day care centers.  There are just too many people too close to each other for too long of a period, for people to be able to maintain their health.    A kid in a day care coughs and the next day all
  • I Am The Worst Case Scenario

    2 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    In the world of bureaucracies, problems must be identified and well defined before they can be solved.  AND the solutions to those problems must also be identified and well defined.  And in applying the solution to the problem, the bureaucrat must follow all the rules and regulations that have been predetermined by the bureaucracy.  To operate outside of the rules and regulations can cause an
  • Technology And Me

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Many years ago I worked at a phone center, and we did, among other things, customer service for satellite dish tv.  It was all cutting edge technology. and some people, especially the elderly, just didn't get it.  The system requirements were just too complicated for them to comprehend.  And I used to think, "give it up pal, just go back to your old tv set and live out your golden years with
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Andy’s End of Month Update – February 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – February 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • A New Perspective!

    Rev. Andy
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I returned home 6 months ago from biking across Iowa then circling Lake Tahoe on our tandem on a charity ride and despite a wound boot was probably in the best biking shape I’ve been in the last 30 years. Then three flesh eating bacteria (likely from the streets of Skid Row) infiltrated my foot and nearly destroyed my foot and more. Well, I’ve ended up with lots of treatments and most importantly ended up learning patience and more by spending the last 6 months in a wheel chair. My first day in the chair while going to a meeting on Skid Row I was carrying a folder full of…
  • Stories from Skid Row – Laquita

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:58 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/FKhWXaMO7qs The post Stories from Skid Row – Laquita appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – February 2015

    Steve Lee
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Some traumas can hurt a life for a season — others take a lifetimeto heal. When Michael was 5, he fell intoa river and almost drowned. Herecovered physically, but from thatday forward, he could no longerspeak without stuttering. “That made my school years very difficult,” says Michael, now 68. “I was terrified of being asked a question in class or to read something out loud.” And the older he got, the more he isolated himself. “I always made sure I worked in jobs where I didn’t have to directly deal with anyone. I never personally answered phone calls or made small talk, other…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – January 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – January 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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  • Once scared and overwhelmed, Mike found purpose at The Harbor

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Between now and Easter, we will serve 700-800 meals each day as part of our Hope Ministries. Each meal serves as an opportunity to change a hurting person’s life. For some, the meal they get at Portland Rescue Mission will be the beginning of a new life in Jesus Christ. It was for Mike. Before Mike came to Portland Rescue Mission, he was shocked at how difficult it was to survive while being homeless. “I woke up one morning on the Burnside Bridge in the middle of January and couldn’t feel my toes. I’d been wearing the same clothes for three days and decided that I couldn’t do this…
  • Portland Rescue Mission: Where we’ve been in 2015, so far

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Don’t look now, but we are already through the first two months of 2015 and inching closer and closer to the official start of spring (March 20 to be exact). Have you been keeping tabs on what’s been happening at Portland Rescue Mission? If not, stay informed and up-to-date by signing up for our email updates. In the meantime, here are just some of the highlights you might have missed (find even more in our blog): The Harbor feels ‘earthquakes’ from Luke 5:16 solitude retreat For the men at The Harbor, our yearlong New Life Ministry program, working on themselves is often…
  • How do you handle panhandling? Portland Rescue Mission explains

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Vicky, 22, pandhandles regularly in downtown Portland. (Photo by Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian) How do you handle panhandling? That’s the question that The Oregonian posed in part six of their seven-part series on Portland’s “homeless crisis.” And here at Portland Rescue Mission, we’ve detailed out seven ways we think that can best be accomplished. Those seven ways include the following: Anticipate the opportunity and be prepared Smile and actually say hello. Go out of your way to approach rather than avoid them. Engage the person. Start a conversation. Take time to listen. Don’t…
  • Help train New Life Ministries residents for Helvetia Half Marathon

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Hunter (second from right) celebrates with others from The Harbor after completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon. Not all that long ago, Hunter Quinton’s life changed forever. (Watch Hunter’s Story of Hope). As one of the first graduates of our New Life Ministry at The Harbor since it moved into its new facility back in 2013, he discovered transformation comes in multiple facets. He trained for and completed a half-marathon with Up and Running Again. “Training for a half-marathon and actually completing it was completely life changing,” Hunter said. “The…
  • ‘Wow’ moments at Portland Rescue Mission (and current job openings)

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    When you work at an organization like Portland Rescue Mission, “wow” moments are regularly sprinkled throughout the work week. In a place where lives are being transformed regularly, our staff has the opportunity to hear those stories from guests as well as see those themselves. See some of the recent reports from staff below and then scroll down to see what job opportunities are available if you want to join us in our efforts to give hope and restore life: Regi Somboonsiri at our Burnside Shelter: “One day, a homeless woman who was losing teeth and was very dirty poked her head through…
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  • Open Your Heart for Homeless Kids on Valentine’s Day

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Do1Thing at Covenant House Texas Because One Person Can Do Wonders On February 14th, you have a chance to do something special for homeless kids. Please join Covenant House Texas on Valentine’s Day at our community open house to participate in Do 1 Thing. Do 1 Thing is an effort to raise awareness to the plight of teenage homelessness by encouraging individuals to “do 1 thing” to help these youth. When? Saturday February 14, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Where? Covenant House Texas 1111 Lovett Boulevard Houston, Texas 77006 Why? Did you know? On any given night, thousands of youth in…
  • Be a Hero for Children in New Jersey!

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Please help raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and the roles of child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams in promoting hope, healing and justice for child victims and their families! On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the New Jersey Children’s Alliance (NJCA) will host its first annual “Heroes for Children: One with Courage” statewide charity family fun run/walk in Essex County at The South Mountain Recreational Complex in West Orange, New Jersey. Please see below for more information.

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 27, 2014, Sharmain, a Montclair State University sophomore, (Montclair, NJ) and Center for Child Advocacy Youth Worker, was admitted to the Morristown Medical Center ICU, unable to walk with her breathing and swallowing capacity beginning to fail. A spinal tap was performed and she was subsequently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS causes the body’s antibodies to attack, targeting nerves as an infection or virus and eventually preventing nerve signals from being transmitted. Unfortunately, GBS has resulted in Sharmain currently receiving sustenance through a feeding…
  • Covenant House Texas to DO!THING on Valentine’s Day 2014

    4 Feb 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Do1Thing Because One Person Can Do Wonders Open Your Heart for Homeless Kids on Valentine’s Weekend When? Sunday, February 9, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Where? Covenant House Texas 1111 Lovett Boulevard Houston, Texas 77006 Why? Did you know? On any given night, thousands of youth in Houston/Harris County have one thing in common: they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On February 9th, you have a chance to do something special for homeless kids. Please join Covenant House Texas on Valentine’s weekend 2014 at our community open house to participate in Do 1 Thing. Do 1 Thing is an…
  • Covenant House to DO1THING on Valentine’s Day 2011

    10 Jan 2011 | 8:32 am
    For the third year in a row, Covenant House Texas is planning a big Do1Thing day on Valentine’s Day 2011. Located at 1111 Lovett Boulevard in Houston, Covenant House Texas will be accepting donations for their homeless teens. View a story Fox news did on last year’s Do1Thing even at Covenant House Texas. Exact times will be posted soon! ‘Do 1 Thing’ to Help Homeless Youth: MyFoxHOUSTON.com
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  • 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…
  • 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…
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  • 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.
  • Aid to homeless people has diminished, while poor, less-desperate people receive more aid

    Thomas Armstrong
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Government assistance to people with incomes that are one-half to two-times the poverty level has increased since 1983. But to those with incomes less than that, it has actually decreased.– text from a New York Times graph titled “At the Bottom and Left Behind.”A top-center of the front page article in the New York Times today tells of the incomprehensible actions of government in giving more aid to struggling low-wage workers and certain categories of poor folk seen as “deserving” of help, while the most-desperate poor folk -- most homeless individuals – are getting an…
  • The Union Gospel Mission (and, likely, other shelters, too) are adjusting their procedures to better protect against the spread of TB

    Thomas Armstrong
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Special note: This blogpost is NOT meant as a criticism of the Union Gospel Mission. The mission is just the example of issues regarding TB that was related to me by homeless guys I know. The same issues or similar issues are being dealt with by shelter programs elsewhere in Sacramento and throughout the country. If anything, UGM is to be lauded for its upgraded effort to better protect homeless people from contracting TB who come to its facilities for overnight stays and myriad other services.A change in procedures has been implemented at Union Gospel Mission with regard to newly homeless…
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  • I am messing up Gen X statistics

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    For 27 years the Longitudinal Study of American Youth has been following me. Sorry Gen X’ers. I’ve been messing up all your results. Filed under: poverty
  • CNN: On LAPD shooting, take a broader view

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The article by @cnn is thoughtfuk , read here http://cnn.it/1BQ72Nx But I have to ask, if homeless folk can register to vote with an Intersection as an address – isn’t a tent legally a home? Did the police forcibly enter a dwelling without knocking first? Admitted:the Central Division are crap. I’ve seen them wait for […]
  • LA Police Killed A Homeless Man

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    I feel sick. 1. Wait, what? The hardest part to believe I should the LAPD Central Division actually showed up 2. I have seen these clowns in action. This office is the worst of the worst when it comes to community policing, compassion and response time. In case of emergency pray the Fore Department gets […]
  • I want to be cute

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
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  • My day

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Today has been a Someone peed in their pants Someone else pooped in their pants Neither of them was me Neither was a child It all went down at my deskFiled under: poverty
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Advocacy Alert for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

    Pamela Schwartz
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    Please see message below from Mass. Coalition for the Homeless: We are grateful for the Legislature’s efforts earlier this winter to pass An Act promoting housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youths (Chapter 450 of the Acts of 2014). Now we need your help to secure the funding needed to implement this law, so that thousands of young people in Massachusetts can have a safe place to sleep and can access the services needed to develop as healthy, productive, housed adults. Please take action by signing this petition directed to your Representatives and Senators:…
  • Mass Budget Analysis: Workforce Development for Low-Income Families

    Pamela Schwartz
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    The Fireman Foundation funded the reports below by Mass. Budget and Policy Center to further dialogue around state policies pertaining to workforce development for low-income families.  Please read on! How can the state help low-income parents succeed in the workforce? Two decades ago Massachusetts and the US adopted reforms aimed at shifting our welfare programs towards supporting work. The goal was to help more low income parents to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support a family. To accomplish this, the state would shift funding away from cash assistance and towards important work…
  • Veterans Committee Meeting Minutes – 2/27/15

    Pamela Schwartz
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Veterans Committee February 27, 2015 In attendance: Ben Cluff, DPH, Steve Connor, Veterans Services, Scott Haskell, Turners House, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Matt Simmonds, Simtech Consulting, Dominick Sondrini, Soldier On, Kerry Spitzer, MIT grad student, Sabrina Willard, Springfield Partners SSVF Update on Hampden County Zero 2016: Gerry McCafferty provided a hand-out summarizing the homeless veteran counts in Hampden County for 2014 and 2015 (click here). She also displayed Zero…
  • Governor Baker Announces New Plan on Family Homelessness

    Pamela Schwartz
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015CONTACT Elizabeth Guyton elizabeth.guyton@state.ma.us Baker-Polito Administration Unveils Initiatives to Reduce Homelessness, Proposes $20 Million ‘End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund’ BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito unveiled a series of reforms aimed at reducing family homelessness and proposed a $20 million ‘End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund.’ The proposals reorganize efforts around prevention, support aggressive casework to shorten the length of shelter stays and task the Executive Office…
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • U.S. Report to the Human Rights Council Under-Represents the Violations of the Human Right to Housing

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last Friday, the U.S. government released its report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, downplaying the state of housing and homelessness concerns in the U.S. The report was prepared as part of the U.S. government’s obligations for its second Universal Periodic Review by the Council, with an oral review to take place in May. Every four-and-a-half years, the U.S.–and every other country—undergoes such a review on all its human rights commitments. In 2010, the U.S. accepted recommendations during its first Universal Periodic Review to: Reduce homelessness; Reinforce legal protections for…
  • The Law Center’s 2014 Accomplishments and an Overview of Homelessness in America

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    This past year was an incredible one for the Law Center thanks to our many advocates and supporters. We saw many accomplishments and raised an unprecedented amount of awareness on the issue of homelessness. See a synopsis of our 2014 successes here and in a letter from our Executive Director and Founder, Maria Foscarinis. It gives us great hope that one day these successes will translate into our ultimate goal, to end and prevent homelessness in America. For an overview of homelessness in America, please see our newest fact sheet which provides statistics and information related to the…
  • 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…
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  • Support alQaws --Queer Palestinian Organizing!

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Support alQaws --Queer Palestinian Organizing!: returnthegayze: Who we are We are DarkMatter, trans South Asian activists in the United States raising for alQaws in Palestine.  alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Palestinian activists and allies collaboratively working to transform Palestinian society’s perspectives on gender and sexual diversity and struggling for broader social justice.  Supporting alQaws forms part of our broader commitment to queer, anti-colonial organizing and…
  • fuck-yeah-feminist: lookdifferentmtv: Our Good Look panelist...

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    fuck-yeah-feminist: lookdifferentmtv: Our Good Look panelist Alok talks about growing up gender non-conforming: on.mtv.com/1rvjRkG Conversations about genderqueerness are almost always centered around transgender individuals— people whose assigned sex doesn’t align with their gender identity.But what happens when someone doesn’t fit into either of our binary boxes? What if they don’t identify as a woman OR a man?Check out Alok Vaid-Menon’s experience with gender neutrality.
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    5 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
  • Just so we’re clear, I’m fatter in person

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
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    3 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • 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…
  • The Relentless Pursuit of Beauty

    Hugh Hollowell
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I spend my days with people who live in homelessness. And people who do sex work. And people who are mentally ill. And people who are suicidal. I am not complaining, mind you – just telling the truth. That is what my life looks like. And my off time is spent reading poetry. And watching films from the 40’s. And planting crocus in my flower bed. And browsing used bookstores. And listening to, depending on the day, Bach or B.B. King or Miles Davis. Some people call this self-care. I call it pursuing beauty. I have mentioned before that Bart Campolo was a huge influence on how I…
  • Hugh’s Newsletter Situation

    Hugh Hollowell
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
      Here is the deal: I am going to send an email every Monday during Lent (roughly the next six weeks). It will consist of: Five beautiful things I liked that week A recommendation of a book I liked, and that I hope you will, too.   If it is a week when something is happening I think people should know about, I will tell you about that, too. And that’s it. No lengthy prose, no huge commitments. Just five things that struck me as beautiful, a book I read that was wonderful and things I think you should know. If this works (meaning I keep my commitment) then I might keep it up – or I…
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    USICH Blog

  • Early Childhood and HUD Working Together to End Family Homelessness

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    This blog was originally published on the Administration for Children & Families website. By Marsha Basloe, Senior Advisor for Early Childhood Development When my son was little, he had a favorite stuffed animal called “elephant.” Elephant went everywhere Benjy went! One of my favorite memories is standing in his bedroom doorway and watching him sleep in his “new big bed” with his arm wrapped around elephant under the covers. This memory was important to me last week as I attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Family and Youth Conference…
  • Data Drives Results: Take Down Targets Help Communities Zero in on Ending Homelessness

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    By Matthew Doherty and Beth Sandor   In our shared mission to end homelessness, we know that data drives results. It drives the strategies and implementation of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, a framework for action for partners at every level of government and the private and nonprofit sectors. It drives tools and practices of the Zero: 2016 effort to help 71 communities do whatever it takes to end Veteran homelessness this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. And it drives the day-to-day efforts of people across the…
  • Preventing and Ending LGBTQ Youth Homelessness:  HUD Issues Historic Guidance and Launches First of Its Kind Effort with True Colors Fund

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    By Diane Kean and Mary Owens In each of our cities and towns, every night, there are young people who face the unimaginable risk of exploitation, of abuse, of countless traumas that threaten not only their immediate health and well-being but that can inflict long-term damage. And the up-to 40 percent of youth who experience homelessness who identify as  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) are at an even greater risk for depression, physical abuse, suicide, and substance use. Tragically, these atrocities aren’t confined to the streets; the majority of…
  • Positive Outcomes for Victims of Domestic Violence and Families through Housing First Pilot Program

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    By Kiley Gosselin The link between domestic violence and homelessness is well-documented. Regardless of whether survivors seek help through homelessness services, housing assistance, or domestic violence programs, research shows a strong correlation between domestic violence and homelessness. A Department of Justice study found that at least one in four women were homeless as a result of domestic violence and a Massachusetts study found that a staggering 92% of homeless women experienced severe physical or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Often, it is not only the victim, but the…
  • #NAEH15

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    By Diane Kean The National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness is underway. We've captured some of the coversations, key moments, and insights. Here are some of the highlights!
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