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  • Kelsey

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Kelsey lives in a hotel room along with two newborn twins and two other adults.  Without income, they never know when their hotel stay will end. They live day-by-day trying to get funds for another […]
  • Marian Wright Edelman: The Real Monsters

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Marian Wright Edelman
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty. Read more: Halloween, Homeless Shelters, Drugs, Violence, Chronic Hunger, Poverty, Ending Child Poverty, Child Poverty, 14.7 Million Poor Children, 6.5 Million Children in Extreme Poverty, Extreme Poverty, Public School Students, Homeless Children, Gun Violence, Protect Children Not Guns, Hunger, Economy, Competitive Future, Ina Hughs, A Prayer for Children, Health Care, Education, Vote,…
  • Wonkblog: These five charts show the progress made in fighting homelessness

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    The government's annual count of homeless people shows that their numbers continued to decrease this year, with the most progress made among homeless veterans.
  • Sign of trouble came at 45,000 feet

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The test-flight incident occurred over the Mojave Desert shortly after Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceplane separated from the vehicle that carries it aloft, the FAA said.
  • Arlington Heights, IL: Free Program to Check Smoke Alarms, Replace Batteries on Saturday Nov. 1

    @padschicago's blog
    AnnMarie Walsh
    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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    Invisible People

  • Kelsey

    invisiblepeople
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Kelsey lives in a hotel room along with two newborn twins and two other adults.  Without income, they never know when their hotel stay will end. They live day-by-day trying to get funds for another […]
  • Leeza

    invisiblepeople
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    While walking with James to Best Buy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my heart broke seeing Leeza sitting on the sidewalk “flying a sign”. Leeza is 22 years-old and has been homeless in […]
  • James

    invisiblepeople
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing. Ann Marie was the first and she taught me so much about […]
  • Homer

    invisiblepeople
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Homer has been sleeping rough in London for the last 20 years. Homer has tried staying in hostels, but he feels it’s like being in prison. Homer basically has been in the system all his […]
  • Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness – Community First! Village Will.

    invisiblepeople
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Seems like it’s only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes more than any […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Marian Wright Edelman: The Real Monsters

    Marian Wright Edelman
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty. Read more: Halloween, Homeless Shelters, Drugs, Violence, Chronic Hunger, Poverty, Ending Child Poverty, Child Poverty, 14.7 Million Poor Children, 6.5 Million Children in Extreme Poverty, Extreme Poverty, Public School Students, Homeless Children, Gun Violence, Protect Children Not Guns, Hunger, Economy, Competitive Future, Ina Hughs, A Prayer for Children, Health Care, Education, Vote,…
  • Bridget Fonger: Transformation: How Superheroes Pay It Forward

    Bridget Fonger
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Lauri started The Teen Project to give kids what she wishes she had been given upon exiting the foster care system: proper guidance to get on the road to success, or as Lauri calls it "parenting for the parentless." Read more: Lauri Burns, The Teen Project, Freehab, The P.a.D., Text Shelter, Youth Homelessness, Homeless, Rehab, Impact News
  • Guys Turned Van Into A Mobile Laundromat For Homeless

    The Huffington Post News Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Though it can be a struggle, homeless people can typically find organizations that serve food, offer medical care and provide shelter. But when it ... Read more: Homeless, Homelessness, Homeless Australia, Homeless Laundry, Orange Sky Laundry, Homeless Laundry Australia, Mobile Laundromat Australia, Video, Impact News
  • Genevieve Piturro: That's My Boy!

    Genevieve Piturro
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    There is nothing quite as touching as watching a group of children sitting quietly, though quite anxiously, for their names to be called to receive a ... Read more: Teaching, Pajamas, Literacy, Teens, Education, Child Abuse, Foster Care Abuse, Foster Care System, Homeless, Reading, Foster Care, Volunteering, Group Homes, Orphanages, Pajama Charity, Pajama Program, Impact News
  • Santiago Halty: The 'Other' World Cup Takes Place in Chile With a Mission to Fight Homelessness

    Santiago Halty
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    The entire event is about empowerment: an opportunity to better oneself and sense of worth. James Traynor, the goalie for Ireland, exemplifies everything the Homeless World Cup stands to improve. Later battling drug and alcohol addiction for years, James was displaced at the young age of 13. Read more: Homeless World Cup, Homelessness, Soccer, Street Soccer USA, Mel Young, Harald Schmied, Senda Athletics, Impact News
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Sign of trouble came at 45,000 feet

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The test-flight incident occurred over the Mojave Desert shortly after Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceplane separated from the vehicle that carries it aloft, the FAA said.
  • Oh, the horror? It's on your TV

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    With all the scary stuff happening in the world, it wouldn't be surprising if TV audiences steered clear of horror. But in fact, they're doing the opposite.
  • Opinion: The truth about spaceships

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Meg Urry says the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two is a reminder that rocket science is difficult.
  • Poll: Tight race in Iowa

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Republican Joni Ernst has a small lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in Iowa's Senate race, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows.
  • Rangel's remarks you must hear

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    LZ Granderson responds to Rep. Charlie Rangel claim that some Republicans "believe that slavery isn't over."
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    @padschicago's blog

  • Arlington Heights, IL: Free Program to Check Smoke Alarms, Replace Batteries on Saturday Nov. 1

    AnnMarie Walsh
    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.
  • My Brother Is A Real Person, Dammit!

    AnnMarie Walsh
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    My brother’s name is Duane. He is a bit eccentric, but he is my brother and I am proud of him! I would like to end rumors once and for all wondering if he is real or not. I am tired of seeing stories on WGN News and hearing comments on @ChiefOliver‘s radio show “Breaking Good“. My brother IS REAL, people! His name is DUANE! If you see him, do not be afraid! He is a regular guy. Just really hairy. My Brother Duane My Brother DuaneFiled under: News, Personal Tagged: @ChiefOliver, bigfoot, brother, Chicago, chief, David, family, morning, News, Oliver, TV, Website, WGN
  • VIDEO: Redneck ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    AnnMarie Walsh
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: This embed is invalid Surfin’ the Web – 4 stars View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Dan Ponce welcomes Lourdes Duarte to the WGN Morning News

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    padschicago:I so love Dan Ponce’s musical talent! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="x3d3I0cDr7QVpQJX0LEy0C15IQrS00uS" player_id="4441ed2a84e74b66b60ce980f20deb84"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Two bulldogs work furiously to retrieve their favorite toy from the bottom of a pool

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Originally posted on Rare: A tire was submerged under a few feet of water in a pool, but that didn’t stop these two bulldogs from working tirelessly to retrieve it. View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
 
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    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed

  • CHIN Governance Committee Meeting

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This is an in-person meeting of the CHIN Governance Committee at the United Way of Greensboro. The registration fee covers the cost of lunch. Please note any dietary restrictions in the Comments section of the registration form. If you do not want lunch, please note in the Comments section that you do not want a lunch. 
  • Senior Community Health Worker Housing Specialist - LATCH

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Position Senior Community Health Worker Housing Specialist (400897251) Division of Community Health Duke's Local Access to Coordinated Healthcare (LATCH) is recruiting a full-time Senior Community Health Worker to provide housing counseling services to help renters locate and apply for affordable rental units; help homeowners avoid foreclosure; help renters avoid eviction; assist the homeless in finding shelter; and address housing problems. Minimum Education/Training Job Requirements High school diploma. Housing Counselor Certification training preferred. Proficiency in English and Spanish,…
  • 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) on October 30, 2014. The AHAR finds significant and measurable progress to reduce the scale of long-term or 'chronic' homelessness as well as homelessness experienced by Veterans and families. HUD’s annual ‘point-in-time’ estimates seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January. Based on data reported by state and local planning agencies, last January’s one-night estimate reveals a 33 percent drop in homelessness…
  • MCAH HMIS Meeting (Charlotte)

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is holding this meeting for agencies that use CHIN HMIS. The CHIN Governance Committee selected MCAH to become the new HMIS Administrative Agency. This meeting is an opportunity for users and community leaders to meet MCAH staff. Agenda items include:  Identifying Strengths & Barriers in North Carolina's HMIS Implementation Making HMIS Work for You Individual Agency Evaluations Overview of Next Steps This meeting is for agencies located in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg CoC, Asheville/Buncombe CoC, and Gaston/Lincoln/Cleveland CoC.
  • MCAH HMIS Meeting (Winston-Salem)

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is holding this meeting for agencies that use CHIN HMIS. The CHIN Governance Committee selected MCAH to become the new HMIS Administrative Agency. This meeting is an opportunity for users and community leaders to meet MCAH staff. Agenda items include:  Identifying Strengths & Barriers in North Carolina's HMIS Implementation Making HMIS Work for You Individual Agency Evaluations Overview of Next Steps This meeting is for agencies located in the Guilford CoC, Winston-Salem/Forsyth CoC, and Northwest CoC. Agencies in the Balance of…
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Homeless People Make Art

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I've always enjoyed the arts.  Still, I don't go to art events as often as I'd like.  Over the years I've been to the Symphony, to fine art galleries, to less than fine art galleries, to craft shows in the park, etc.  One of my first experiences as a homeless blogger was to receive complimentary passes to the Symphony in Nashville.  Beethovens Pasturel was my favorite. I've also seen my share of
  • Homeless Neighborhood Noises

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Last night was like most nights except that there was more of it.  Again, last night I made my way down to where I camp for the night, earlier still, so to make sure no one else got that spot.  The rule of thumb that the police has taught the homeless, based on actual laws on the books, is, no camping before 9pm.  So, if you were to make your way down to the streets where the homeless sleep for
  • Fighting Addiction Is Not Easy

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Well, my addictions are only psychological, and kinda lame compared to things like drugs and alcohol.  But, they are addictions none-the-less. To fight off my techology/internet/computer addiction, I've taken the bold step of reducing my usage of that stuff to just 2 hours a day - the amount of time allocated to each library patron on the library provided computers.   This will still allow me
  • They Beat Me To It

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    For the first time since camping at this one location, someone else had taken the spot before I got there.   It is a somewhat undesirable spot.  But as I took a walk around, looking for another place to set up my tent, I noticed that the streets had grown even more crowded than the last time I checked.   Tonight I will go back to my spot earlier in the evening and hopefully get there before
  • So I Did Survive The Night

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    I didn't get jumped last night. But, every thing I heard and saw sure looked like something was about to happen.   When I got to my 'camping' area at 11pm, all the homeless people across the street were up and active, talking up a storm, acting like they were at a party.  That in itself was peculiar because most of them are usually asleep, or at least lying down by then.  And what were they all
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • It’s the Grand Opening of our Thrift Store!

    Steve Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We are super excited to announce the Grand Opening of the URM Thrift Store and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us! Please join us at 280 E. Arrow Hwy, Covina CA on Saturday, November 1st, for the grand opening of the newest thrift store in town! To celebrate our kick off, the grand opening will include Free Refreshments for the first 200 customers (Kettle Korn, Specialty Cookies, and Ice Cold Beverages) and we’ll have a store-wide Treasure Hunt where we will mix in free items with the other merchandise on our racks and shelves. Plus, we are giving YOU a 15% discount on…
  • Updates about the Mission’s Learning Center!

    Steve Lee
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Recently, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Andre Ethier granted $100,000 to the Mission to support the renovation of our Learning Center – soon to be called the “Andre and Maggie Ethier Learning Center”! After the room was cleared and permits processed, 50 volunteers from various Dodger departments, Dodger RBI players, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA joined LADF for a paint day. Since then flooring has been laid, cabinetry installed, signage designed and much more! With a little over 3 weeks to go, all final inspections and installations are underway (finishing…
  • The Mission – October 2014

    Steve Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When I was a kid, Thanksgivings were never a big deal. There was never that much to be thankful for. We were so poor, our Thanksgiving dinners were made only from whatever food other people gave us. But it wasn’t just Thanksgivings that were hard. We had so little money, we rarely lived in the same place for more than a year. We often moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. The few clothes we owned, we had to wash in the shower because we couldn’t afford a washer. I didn’t have many friends because I dressed so poorly. I also grew up around a lot of violence. I often…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014

    jhuckleby
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – September 2014

    Steve Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Culinary school taught me how to create good food,” says Darren,the 49-year-old lead cook at UnionRescue Mission. “But the one thing they couldn’t teach me was howto make soul food. I don’t meanAfrican-American cuisine — I mean food cooked with love. My mom taught me howto do that.” Over the past year, Darren has helped serve more than 1,300 meals a day to hungry guests on Skid Row, and every meal is served with passion, love, and compassion. “I love to serve,” he says. “It comes from my upbringing. Our house was always the go-to house for the less-fortunate kids in our…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • “Serving Hope” Kicks Off Holiday Season

    PDXMission
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Stewart, one of the dinner guests   Hundreds of men and women came to our Burnside Shelter last night for “Serving Hope,” our sixth annual kick off to the holiday season. We partnered with Harry’s Fresh Foods to serve about 500 special, restaurant-style dinners to give hope to hurting, homeless people. “The holiday season is often difficult for homeless men and women who are separated from their family and loved ones,” says Eric Bauer, our executive director. “A special meal, served by compassionate and caring volunteers, offers the warmth and home of…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 41 – Patrick Finds Hope

    PDXMission
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Patrick came to Portland Rescue Mission several weeks ago in need of help. He’d found himself homeless, living on the streets for almost 6 months after battling drugs and alcohol. He came to us looking for a bed and meal, but he found so much more in our Link program that helps homeless men get off the streets and into housing and jobs. Meet Patrick in his short video here! Support the men in our Link program by making a donation right now at www.PortlandRescueMission.org/Give.
  • Stay Updated With Mobile Alerts!

    PDXMission
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We have a brand new way to stay in touch! Get updated with Mission news by receiving text alerts on your phone! Remember the freak snowstorm we had earlier this year? What about the boil-water alert in the spring? Emergency situations that bring immediate needs to our Burnside Shelter are great examples of when having a text alert system is invaluable for getting word out quickly. Signing up is fast and secure. Simply fill out the form below with your mobile number, click submit, and then reply “Y” to the confirmation text we’ll text you. That’s it! You’re…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 40 – Meet Our Women’s Director

    PDXMission
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Shepherd’s Door is our women’s addiction recovery center that is home to over 40 women and 20 children. This yearlong residential program helps women discover the deep-seated roots that led to their addiction in the first place and heal from them through intensive classes, counseling, and spiritual understanding and growth. Women who have children also get the opportunity to learn what it means to be healthy moms while their children gain academic and social skills in our Family Life Ministry. Christine Ourada oversees Shepherd’s Door as the Director of Women’s and…
  • Fall Graduation at Shepherd’s Door!

    PDXMission
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We’re so excited for the three newest graduates of our New Life Ministry! Tina, Barbara, and Ashley completed the yearlong addictions recovery program at Shepherd’s Door this past weekend and will be moving on to amazing things! All three ladies will be sticking around for another year as service residents, where they will work here at the Mission, gaining valuable job and ministry skills. SEE ALSO: Ashley talks on camera before her graduation! Here’s what they had to say at Friday’s graduation: Tina Tina: “Graduating tonight is amazing. I don’t even know what…
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    Sans Houses

  • Sans Houses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Like Family and Youth Homelessness? Deny It!

    Diane Nilan
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Twenty-five years after the massive “Housing NOW!” march for housing equality in October 1989, the beginning of a (paltry) venture to address homelessness in America, millions of families and youth with nowhere to go are still being mostly ignored.How can the federal agency responsible for addressing the housing needs of adults and children with nowhere to go continue to deny their vulnerability and needs?Members of Congress, criticized by Left, Right and in-between, hold the solution to this growing crisis in their hands. The Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bipartisan bill that…
  • Homeless: What About ‘Nowhere To Go’ Does HUD Not Understand?

    Diane Nilan
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    For the agency charged with “utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life,” assuming that includes those with nowhere to go, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has yet to step up to the task for millions of families and youth with nowhere to go Peruse the stories of parents and kids with nowhere to go on www.helphomelesskidsnow.orgHeartbreaking accounts from courageous youth who shared their stories before a congressional committee.Brutal reality from compassionate frontline workers. For the past 3 decades, our country has abdicated its…
  • Open Letter to Sarasota: Homeless Families Need More Help

    Diane Nilan
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    To the good people of Sarasota, I’ve waited long enough. From what I’ve read in the Herald Tribune’s article (July 8, 2014), you are stumbling in a very important responsibility—how to help homeless families in your county. I used to live in Sarasota, and I’ve returned many times, rekindling fond memories of this delightful area. I’ve cringed as I’ve followed your struggles to cope with a significant homelessness population. I could tell it wasn’t going well, but I waited to see what would happen. This latest account alarms me. I've worked with homeless families for…
  • New Report Quantifies Challenges Facing Homeless Moms: Give 'Em A Break...or Help

    Diane Nilan
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    As a former shelter director, I confess that big and little infractions by families staying at our shelter sometimes annoyed the snot out of me. If I knew then what I know now….Homelessness has gained more awareness, but unfortunately the stereotypical guy begging on the street corner image prevails despite the reality that families and youth without homes far exceed HUD’s “chronically” homeless individuals,last reported as 610,043 (Jan. 2013).  And despite documentation that homelessness among children/youth has increased more than 70% since 2006, homeless kids don’t seem…
  • Forget-Me-Not: Help Homeless Kids Blossom, the Peter Yarrow Inspired Campaign, Round Two

    Diane Nilan
    1 May 2014 | 5:34 am
    How to make Congress pay attention to homeless kids? With my frustration mounting, I remember driving home, listening to Garden Song, a clever little ditty sung by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was 1999, a beautiful spring day. And my pending call from my friend-colleague Barbara Duffield would be our chance to devise a theme for our upcoming unprecedented lobbying of Congress by homeless kids.The Garden Song haunted me. I could visualize row-by-row, dark soil, rakes, seeds and sprouts of new plants, the hopeful signs of new life (here's a little garden video I did using the song).
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • Pastor Cole leaves Homeless World; returns to his church, wife and home

    Thomas Armstrong
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    #revonthestreetsPastor Rick Cole – the megachurch fellow who went out into Sacramento downtown Homeless World as a stunt to raise money and gain attention for himself and his church – has returned to his pastoral life as a fairly rich guy who sleeps in a bed with a roof over his head and, there, faces no danger of going hungry or needing ever again to sleep in an alleyway.Local TV station KCRA reported on the Return of the Adventurer. Their report included some curious things.Early Sunday morning, Pastor Cole hopped a light-rail train in downtown Sacramento and returned to his megachurch…
  • Rev. Rick Cole's Travels

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    “There’s a lot of suffering in this world that ordinary people don’t knowanything about.” – Sullivan in Sullivan’s Travels. Script by Preston Sturges#revonthestreetsA front-page article on homelessness by Bee writer Cynthia Hubert had an interesting word in the first sentence: impersonating. “On his fourth day of impersonating a homeless man, the Rev. Rick Cole was starting to look the part.”Front-page article in the Oct. 3 Bee. One thing toquickly note is that Cole (as pictured) isn't getting a chest Xray like REAL homeless guys to get a first-time TB…
  • Mass confusion at the Sacramento Steps Forward website? or mass confusion in SSF's offices?

    Thomas Armstrong
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The organization’s Winter Sanctuary AND Give One Day [the acronym is “GOD”] campaign is beset by internally contradictory information about how money that is raised will be spent. If SSF has set up discrete pools of donations, it cannot launch a confused donations campaign that is likely to misinform potential donors, and put it astray of the rules for running a 501(3)c charity.Sacramento Steps Forward has launched a campaign to raise money. The organization hopes to raise $300,000, but in wording at the SSF website and in literature available through the Sacramento Bee, contradictory…
  • Latest Sacramento News & Review article on Homeless World is an irresponsible mess

    Thomas Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the recent especially thick Sacramento News & Review issue, dated September 11, honoring The Best of Sacramento 2014, an article out of sync with the issue’s theme (and certainly not part of any competition) was far from the best it could be. Its topic was homeless schoolchildren, many of whom have to struggle to get an education, which can add mightily to the anxieties and pain that come from not having a secure or tranquil home life.The article in question is “The school of homeless knocks,” written by SNR staff writer Raheem F. Hosseini.Cover of 9/11 issue of SNR.I am not…
  • WHO is dependent on Welfare?

    Thomas Armstrong
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This is an AMAZING video, both in its production values and with its message. I confess I have problems with some of what is in the message, but I will take that up in a follow-up post. For the most part, this viddy tells a great truth about how the poor are misunderstood and subject to unjust criticism and treatment.
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Dear Homeless in LA. First letter!

    Sonya
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    This morning we had our first letter as shown in the image. My best answer is that Homelessness feels ugly, it doesn’t have to look ugly too. I’ve discovered some talented artist through the LAMP art project and Art Works (Rory White is a certified master). But I’ve never thought of using that art for […]
  • Dear Homeless in L.A.

    Sonya
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Just ask me. Don’t be embarrassed or awkward:just ask your questions so I might answer them here . You are probably not the only person with your question and everyone can benefit. I will he running this mid week or as often as I have fodder for it. I am not going to invent question, […]
  • I blame Obama

    Sonya
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    This is awful. So many of my fellow citizens are going to be angry and in disbelief. Others are going to be smug. http://jeff61b.hubpages.com/hub/14-Facts-About-The-Obama-Presidency-That-Most-People-Dont-KnowFiled under: poverty
  • Approval Not Required

    Sonya
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Respect is required to balance out gender roles. @arthuraidala of Foxnews applauds people on their outside appearance. Total strangers may warrant a standing ovation if they are 1. Female and 2. Pretty in his opinion. Wow. So that bald and rude dude right there is a microcosm of what happens to women all the time. […]
  • Halloween, Scary Things, and Fear; what is okay as a halloween costume?

    Sonya
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I am reading a lot of about why Ray Rice shouldn’t be a Halloween costume. The Devil = okay for Halloween. Ray Rice = not okay. HALLOWEEN IS ABOUT WHAT FREAKS US OUT Can we talk about this? Halloween is a chance to explore our fears, to laugh at what terrifies us, and to share […]
 
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Leadership Council Meeting Minutes – 10/23/14

    Pamela Schwartz
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Leadership Council Meeting Minutes October 23, 2014 In attendance: Father Stan Aksamit, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Paul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Jane Banks, Center for Human Development, Sara Cummings, Community Action, Sylvia deHaas-Phillips, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Harry Duchesne, New England Farm Workers Council, Doreen Fadus, Mercy Medical Center/Health Care for the Homeless, Dave Gadaire, CareerPoint, Brad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Jennifer Hohn, North Adams Housing Authority, Steve Huntley Valley…
  • Hampden County CoC Report on System Change

    Gerry McCafferty
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, provides a national framework for improving our response to homelessness. The plan emphasizes both prevention and rapid exit from homelessness into stable housing. Some communities are characterizing the optimal system as one that makes homelessness, when it happens, rare, brief, and a one-time occurrence. Two specific best practices that have emerged in furtherance of the plan are housing strategies for specific populations: Permanent supportive housing for households that are chronically homeless or very vulnerable;…
  • HUD Report on the 2014 AHAR: Homelessness in U.S. Continues to Decline

    Gerry McCafferty
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued general decline and specifically among veterans and persons living on the street. HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds that there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014. This represents an overall 10 percent reduction and 25 percent drop in the unsheltered population since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy…
  • The Fix: A Film & Panel Discussion about Addiction and Social Justice

    Gerry McCafferty
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    This FREE community event is sponsored by Human Service Forum, Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and Mercy Medical Center. Register Here
 
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Sara in a tiara. “Yes, I do think that I am a princess”.

    Hugh Hollowell
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
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  • What’s in My Bag?

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Several websites I like (such as Lifehacker and Cool Tools) have regular features, where they feature the contents of the bags of people who do unusual things for a living. I thought it would be fun to share the contents, and the thoughts behind the contents, of my pockets and everyday bag with you. The important thing for me is the routine – it is an ADHD coping strategy of mine. If I know what I am going to wear, know what I am going to carry, know where I am going to go and how to get there, it means one less choice I have to make, one less thing I have to remember to do. Which is a…
  • Cat in a box. #catsofinstagram

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
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  • Last rose of the year. #NoFilter

    Hugh Hollowell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
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  • Stunning. #NoFilter #BlueRidgeParkway #FallColor #Latergram

    Hugh Hollowell
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
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    USICH Blog

  • Partnerships for Opening Doors – Ending Homelessness through Meaningful and Sustainable Employment

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    “One of the best ways to eliminate homelessness is to get people jobs,” said Labor Secretary and Chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Thomas Perez at the Partnerships for Opening Doors summit, which took place at the Labor Department's headquarters in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2014. Co-hosted by the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), USICH and the Butler Family Fund, the day-long national summit focused on integrating employment and housing strategies to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Ensuring Safety and Stability for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year is the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. Over the past several months, there have been a number of high profile cases involving domestic violence that have garnered significant media attention. The spotlight on these specific experiences has helped to bring a larger discussion to the public arena about domestic violence, including perceptions about perpetrators and survivors, as well as the supports that are an essential part of the network of emergency shelters and supportive services in responding…
  • Building Momentum to Abolish Criminalization of Homelessness

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    By Eric Tars Earlier this year, Jerome Murdough, a homeless Veteran, died tragically of dehydration and heat exhaustion in an overheated prison cell after being arrested for “trespassing” because he sought warmth and shelter in an enclosed stairwell of a Harlem public housing building during a week of sub-freezing temperatures. Every day, people who experience homelessness are subjected to local laws and ordinances that challenge their human rights and create real and lasting barriers. Jerome Murdough should have never been in that jail cell in the first place. If Jerome…
  • Shining Through: The Voices of Young People Heard Clearly at Forty to None Summit

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    By Robert Pulster USICH had the privilege of attending the first True Colors Fund Forty to None Summit held September 30, 2014, in New York City. The Summit was a powerful gathering that highlighted the voices of young people in a day-long national convening on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth homelessness.  In his opening remarks, TCF Director Gregory Lewis emphasized the day would focus on collaboration and innovation. Dr. Jama Shelton, the Forty to None Project Director, exclaimed that "today we are building a plan, we're building a movement, and…
  • Your Reallocation Questions Answered, USICH Releases Reallocation Tool

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Jay Melder Reallocations will help communities make the system changes needed to end homelessness, and in this year’s Continuum of Care NOFA, there is once again a strong emphasis on reallocations.  As in FY 2013, HUD is allowing reallocations of funds to new permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and rapid re-housing for families with children.  HUD and USICH encourage CoCs to take full advantage of reallocations, shifting funds away from underperforming or less cost-effective programs and toward evidence-informed models.  
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