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  • Leeza

    Invisible People
    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 […]
  • Number Of Homeless School Children On Rise

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools. Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 milli... Read more: Homeless Kids, Homeless School Children, Youth Homelessness, Homeless, Homelessness u.s., Homeless Kids Schools, Impact News
  • Schools seeing more homeless children in class

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Schools see more homeless kids The number of homeless schoolchildren is rising in U.S. schools. Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. A vast majority of the homeless …
  • Scholar sentenced for 'separatism'

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Less than a week after a tightly controlled trial, a Chinese court Tuesday found a prominent Uyghur scholar guilty of "separatism" and sentenced him to life in prison, his lawyer said.
  • My Brother Is A Real Person, Dammit!

    @padschicago's blog
    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
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    Invisible People

  • 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 […]
  • Scott

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

  • Number Of Homeless School Children On Rise

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools. Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 milli... Read more: Homeless Kids, Homeless School Children, Youth Homelessness, Homeless, Homelessness u.s., Homeless Kids Schools, Impact News
  • Wisconsin Couple Faces $300 Daily Fine For Allowing Homeless People To Sleep On Porch

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    A Wisconsin couple's act of compassion could end up costing them big time. Throughout the past year and a half, Brenda Konkel and Robert Bloch of ... Read more: Social Causes, Rates of Homelessness, War on Homelessness, Think Progress, Wisconsin, Madison, Homelessness, Madison Wisconsin, Homeless, Homeless Shelters, Humanitarianism, Impact News
  • Woman In Bikini Takes 'Selfies 4 The Homeless' To Raise Funds For Vet Living On The Streets

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Just when we thought the“Selfies with Homeless People” trend was on its way out, another similarly questionable photo stunt sprung up. Tired o... Read more: Homelessness, Homeless Veterans, Selfies for Homeless, Homeless Venice Beach, Homeless, Pranks Tube, Homeless Vets, Dennis Roady Deeds, Homeless Selfies, Homeless California, Selfies Homeless, Impact News
  • Ari Nessel: Good Neighbors Around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

    Ari Nessel
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    What is it like to make a financial investment in a social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, through the Pollinatio... Read more: Veganism, Generosity, Neighbor, Animal Rights, Pets, Charity, Vegan, Artisans, Special Needs Children, Peace Corps, Skiing, Girls, Philanthropy, Animal Sanctuary, National Association of Realtors, Education, Homelessness, Women's Health, Giving Back, Spay Neuter, Daily Practice, Uganda, Dogs, Impact News
  • Compassionate Cops Pool Their Own Money To Help Homeless Family Of 6 Get Off Streets

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    One of the best ways to earn a person's trust is to lend them a helping hand when they least expect it and need it most. While Kim Washington hesit... Read more: Abuse, Homelessness, Police, Kim Washington, Homeless, Community Support, Police Help Homeless Family, Kim Washington Home, Good News News
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Scholar sentenced for 'separatism'

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Less than a week after a tightly controlled trial, a Chinese court Tuesday found a prominent Uyghur scholar guilty of "separatism" and sentenced him to life in prison, his lawyer said.
  • What you need to know about strikes

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The United States and several Arab nations carried out airstrikes against ISIS in Syria early Tuesday, intensifying the campaign against the Islamic militant group.
  • 'Big Bang' season 8

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    "The Big Bang Theory" is back in action with its season 8 premiere on CBS Monday.
  • The world's coolest brands?

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    When the NBA's most popular player Lebron James re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, he announced it by posting a photo on his Instagram account. Not Twitter -- the favored social vehicle outlet for so many celebrities -- but Instagram.
  • Don't try this at home

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    In the world of diving, this is as good as it gets.
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    @padschicago's blog

  • 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
  • Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com

    AnnMarie Walsh
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com. Kraft Foods Group is recalling 7,691 cases of American Singles cheese because of possible premature spoilage or food poisoning.A supplier failed to store an ingredient in compliance with Kraft’s temperature standards. The company is voluntarily issuing the recall as a precaution. No consumer complaints have been made.The following products have been recalled across the U.S.: 12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices); Best when used by: Feb. 20, 2015 and Feb. 21, 2015; Package code: 0 21000 60464 7; Case code: 00 21000 60464 00   16…
 
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  • BoS Steering Committee Meeting

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    This is a special meeting of the Balance of State Steering Committee for the purpose of approving the final, ranked list of project applications to be included in the BoS CoC application. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be sent out to the BoS email list prior to the call.
  • BoS Project Review Committee Meeting

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    This meeting is for members of the Balance of State Project Review Committee. During the meeting, committee members will review final project application scores and create a ranked list of applications to present to the BoS Steering Committee for approval. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
  • BoS Project Review Committee Orientation

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    This meeting is required for all members of the Balance of State Project Review Committee. NCCEH staff will review the scorecard that committee members will use to score project applications, explain the scoring process, and answer any questions that committee members have. The meeting will be held via conference call and online presentation. Information on how to join will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting.
  • BoS Scorecard Committee Meeting

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    This meeting is for members of the Balance of State CoC Scorecard Committee. During the meeting, committee members will review the scorecard for the upcoming CoC application and discuss needed revisions. The meeting will be held via conference call and webinar. Instructions for how to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the meeting.
  • Presentations from the 2014 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness' 2014 conference was held July 29-31. Presentations from the conference are posted on the NAEH website.
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    ChosenFast.com

  • Politics: Another way to exploit homeless people

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Shameful. See video below. “Few pro-fracking supporters made themselves visible. People favoring the drilling technology were booed and hissed at during previous fracking hearings. There were some, however. Three or four from America’s Energy Forum and N.C. Energy Forum, groups that receive financial support from American Petroleum Institute. And there was Winston-Salem resident Christian Bradshaw, who said he made the three-hour trip to support “energy-creating jobs” for North Carolina. Another 18 or so men sported turquoise-colored “Shale Yes” T-shirts. Some of them…
  • Yes! Weekly: Camp closures bring sudden change to Greensboro’s homeless.

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The latest on downtown homeless camp closings in Greensboro: If there is a concerted effort to close down multiple longstanding homeless camps on the outskirts of Greensboro’s downtown then nobody’s talking. Like any good conspiracy theory, there are threads of suspicion that run off in numerous directions without any real motivating nexus. But in conversations with homeless advocates, law enforcement and neighbors who’ve lived in harmony with discrete camps for years on end a pattern emerges that suggests some force – like one small pebble dropping into a pool of water – has sent…
  • Cold Weather Crisis Shelters in Greensboro

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:42 am
    January has been an unusually cold month. Temperatures in the single digits and below are dangerously cold for the many homeless people who live outside in Greensboro. But staying in an emergency shelter — Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Weaver House or WE (winter emergency) shelters in churches — is not an option for most of them. Some can’t stay in the shelters because of eligibility rules: time limits on stays; ID required; no sex offenders; etc. Some are banned because of previous behavior issues — often related to addiction or mental health disorders. Some…
 
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Anyone Can Become Homeless

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Yep, that's one way of putting it.  It is kind of a short sighted and incomplete description of what happens, which may cause people to develop assumptions from that notion that aren't exactly correct, but enough people are saying it, so we should just agree and move on from there. Right? Naw. Yes homelessness can, in one sense, happen to anyone, but we have to consider the difference between
  • Panhandling

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    UPDATE: A donation came through this morning, so I was able to have breakfast. I may have to give it a go.  How much could I make?  What trouble would I get into?   I hate facing the public and hate getting into trouble.  It makes my anxiety go way up.   Still, homelessness is expensive.  People say, "oh but all your needs are met with homeless services."  To that I say "HA!"  Have you ever
  • Austerity

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I have 15 dollars to last me the rest of the month.  And I need to do laundry, which is about 5 bucks a load.   To smell or to eat, that is the question.   If so inclined you can send help to my paypal account, using my email address, thehomelessguy@gmail.com.  Or use the link on the right.
  • It's Hot In San Diego

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    For about 2 weeks or so, in San Diego, the weather is uncomfortably hot.   San Diego has a unique climate and terrain that, when working together, creates some of the most beautiful weather in the world.   But if just one thing or another is missing from the equation, the weather can become ugly.  A lot of it has to do with the ocean breeze.   When the sun is beating down on the city, the
  • "Joe" Starring Nicolas Cage

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Ho - lee - shiat !   I just saw a movie ' blowed me the f*ck away! If you want to see what it's like to be homeless, at least for some people, then watch this movie!!!  The movie is "Joe" staring Nicolas Cage (an often over rated actor in my opinion, though he does a good job in this movie).   The movie happens to be the 99 cent movie of the week on iTunes.  So I downloaded it, not knowing
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    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…
  • Keith

    adaniels
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/BrWaezEQ_54 The post Keith appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Dream with URM this Upcoming Year!

    Rev. Andy
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    We’ve just completed fiscal year 2013/2014 at Union Rescue Mission and when I say “we”, I mean you and all of our partners, providing the resources, lifting us up in prayer, joining our volunteer team, and spreading the word of the excellent life changing work happening here on the streets of Skid Row as well as out at our Hope Gardens Family Center in the Valley. These are some of the accomplishments your gifts made possible this past year: • Grew and strengthened our Jobs program for graduates & guests at URM • Established a Thrift Store (opening soon) as the first of…
  • Run the LA Marathon’s “LA Big 5k” with Union Rescue Mission

    Steve Lee
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Have you been looking of a reason to lace up your running shoes and get out and feel the brisk morning nip at your face? How about if your decision to run helps the many hurting people who enter our doors on Skid Row – to make a difference? We would love to invite you to join team Union Rescue Mission at the LA Marathon’s “LA Big 5k” and run with us to raise support and fundraise to help hurting men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles! We’d love for you to be an active partner with us – operating in the LA area since 1891! This is…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – August 2014

    jhuckleby
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – August 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 36 – Elizabeth Learns To Cope

    PDXMission
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Two years ago, Elizabeth’s husband passed away. Not equipped to deal with the grief, Elizabeth sank into a dangerous drug addiction. She wanted to improve her life, but didn’t know how. Never having done treatment before, Elizabeth came to our New Life Ministry recovery program several months ago and began to process her grief and pain in a healthy way. Check out her great video below to see how she’s doing! ALSO READ: Tiffany Helps Homeless Women After Graduating From Recovery Program Click here to make a donation to help more men and women get the help they need.
  • Camping, Hiking, Bonding, Healing

    PDXMission
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
     Last week, the men in our New Life Ministry addiction recovery program at The Harbor embarked on a first-ever, four-day retreat into the wilderness of Central Oregon. For many of the men, this was their first opportunity to sleep under the stars, go boating, fish on a lake, and invest time engaging with other men, God, and His beautiful creation all around us. “This was my first time doing something like this,” says Tasson. “I’ve never been on such an incredible trip. It was amazing. We had a campfire, made s’mores, even played volleyball. During the trip, I noticed a change in my…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 35 – Meet Our Volunteers: Ray

    PDXMission
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Ray is just one of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from serving meals to helping men and women in our recovery programs to playing worship music and bringing hope to thousands of people each year. Ray volunteers each month at The Harbor, working alongside the men during their 12-month recovery process. “I’m sure you would enjoy giving back to these men and the Portland Rescue Mission. I know the men appreciate it. They’ve expressed to me very much appreciation for what the Mission is doing for them. I would encourage you to get involved.” ~Ray ALSO READ: Jonathan…
  • Homeless to Employed: Vince’s Story

    PDXMission
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Chris and Vince A year ago, Vince walked through the doors of our Community Center, a place for homeless men and women to come in off the streets and engage in fun, relational activities as well as enjoy snacks and drinks. Vince struck up a conversation with Chris, one of our staff members, who encouraged him to check out our Link program. Link is a 3-4 month program where homeless men live at the Burnside Shelter, receiving regular meals and shelter as well as resources to help them figure out their housing and employment situation. In return, the men work 25 hours a week at the Mission,…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 34 – Tiffany Helps Homeless Women

    PDXMission
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tiffany came to Portland Rescue Mission just over a year ago: broken, addicted, homeless. With just a sliver of hope left, she entered our New Life Ministry addictions recovery program at Shepherd’s Door. Twelve months later, Tiffany’s life has been radically changed. “What a change between the person I was in my addiction to the person I am now,” says Tiffany. “There’s no feeling like it when you know you are yourself again.” ALSO READ: Tiffany Graduates From Recovery Program!  Tiffany now gives back by working in our Connect program for homeless women. She’s…
 
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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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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Women’s Pay With Education

    Sonya Keith
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Education and ethnicity still not equalize pay for women. Still less than pay for men. So: 1. Research pay for your field of interest. 2. Speak to others who have the job you want and ask about pay and benefits … you will need this to negotiate. 3. Do not ask this of the folks […]
  • Sterilize Poor People

    Sonya Keith
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Oh wait, just the women…because low income women clearly get themselves pregnant with no help from sperms makers known as men. Seriously Arizona? Republicans, your driving me crazy with your women’s oppression and criminalization of poverty. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/12/conservative-christian-gop-official-sterilize-poor-women-who-get-federal-aid-and-put-them-through-hell-audio/ I’m going to start a list of folks who need to STFU Filed under: politics, poverty, pregnant Tagged: […]
  • Let’s Educate Ourselves… Angry Republican Rant.

    Sonya Keith
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    F.Y.I. This is where Syria is on the map. Many of my friends are spouting get off about politics today (eyeroll) and the few I asked literally could not locate Syria when I removed the marker. Of course, some of them were angry our President said ISIL instead of ISIS. Clearly, I know some stupid […]
  • Who Earns Minimum Wage

    Sonya Keith
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Half a million workers. And these are not always temporary jobs. Think on that. And then think that it is easy to blame the employees and vilify the poor:but the problem is the lack of jobs. How do we create more jobs. Real jobs. Real pay. Do we bring back all the outsourced jobs or […]
  • Happy Dance and Carl’s Jr

    Sonya Keith
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    My clients to found employment at Carl’s Jr. And I got excited because I had someone to talk with about their app. Oh, and of course this means money to pay for shelter and food and stuff for her, but look, a phone app! It the little things that bring me joy and remind me […]
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • 3 County CoC Competition Applicant Guidance

    Gerry McCafferty
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The 3-County Continuum has released its CoC 2014 applicant guidance, with important information for renewal and reallocation projects, as well as announcement of a competition for $241,296 in Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus funds for projects that will serve chronically homeless individuals or families. All existing 3-County CoC grantees, and any organizations interested in creating new programs that provide permanent supportive housing should review the guidance.  The deadline for the 3- County competition is Friday, October 17, 2014.  
  • NEW! Funding Opportunity for Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals or Families

    Gerry McCafferty
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    The Hampden County Continuum of Care is seeking one permanent supportive housing project to include in its FY2014 funding application to HUD.  Based on already-released need scoring, the CoC is very likely to be awarded funds for the selected project. The CoC has released the FY2014 Request for Proposals to Provide Permanent Supportive Housing to Chronically Homeless Individuals or Families. The amount of available funds is $530,189, which may be used for a grant term of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years. Seventy percent of funds must be used for housing costs–rental assistance, leasing, or…
  • Hampden County CoC Application Ranking and Selection Process 2014

    Gerry McCafferty
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The Hampden County CoC Scoring and Ranking Committee has released guidance for the CoC Application Ranking and Selection Process 2014. The guidance is critical information for all applicants seeking renewal or new funding in the 2014 CoC Competition.  Most importantly, the guidance provides the scoring rubric that will be used to evaluate and rank applicant projects. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the CoC will release Instructions for Renewal and Reallocation Applications, and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus project.  The announcement will be posted…
  • Minutes: Hampden County CoC Board of Directors – Business Meeting 9/19/2014

    Gerry McCafferty
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Present: Karen Dean (Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept.), Doreen Fadus (Mercy Medical), Charlie Knight (Rainville), Bill Miller (FOH), David Ferenz (HRU/Lighthouse), Lizzy Ortiz (City of Springfield, Jerry Ray (Mental Health Association), Lauren Voyer (HAP), Steve Huntley (Valley Opportunity Council),, Dawn DiStefano (YWCA), Marianne Polmetier (River Valley Counseling Center), Gerry McCafferty (City of Springfield), Pamela Schwartz (Western Mass. Network to End Homelessness), Shannon Barry (Springfield Public Schools), Maria Perez (New North Citizens Council), Alicia Zoeller (Holyoke), Kathleen…
 
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Will D. Campbell, on Freedom

    Hugh Hollowell
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo via Associated Press “Later on, he reckoned that what he was really looking for was for someone to pay him to do and say what he wanted to do and say. Slowly he learned that that isn’t freedom, that freedom is not something you find or that someone gives you. It is something you assume. And then you wait for someone to come and take it away from you. The amount of resistance you put up is the amount of freedom you have.” – From Forty Acres and a Goat. WTH? My love for Will D. Campbell is well known. This post is part of a series – Wednesdays with Will,…
  • Renee, in her natural environment.

    Hugh Hollowell
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
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  • Starting to look like a chicken coop.

    Hugh Hollowell
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
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  • Wendell Berry Reading The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer

    Hugh Hollowell
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    I love Wendell Berry. This is him reading my second favorite of his poems, The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer. You can find it in The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry.
  • Will D. Campbell on Patriotism

    Hugh Hollowell
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Photo via Associated Press “I believe God made the St. Lawrence River, and the Rio Grande River, and the China Sea and the English Channel, but I don’t believe God made America, or Canada, or Mexico, or England, or China. Man did that. . . . It is doubtful that there has ever been a nation established for bad reasons. Nations are always established to escape tyranny, to combat evil, to find freedom, to reach heaven. Man has always been able to desire to build a heaven. But it seems he has never been able to admit that he didn’t pull it off. So he keeps insisting that he did pull it…
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • Can I Put My Nose in Your Cup?

    Amy L. Freeman
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    At Bethesda Cares' Drop-In center the other day, it was a warm, late afternoon and I was silently musing about the wisdom of an evening cocktail. Apparently the folks in our center were thinking about the same subject, but with a very different twist: "Yeah, it's fine for all those folks to sit at those outdoor cafes, drinking beer and whatnot. Outside. But me? I sit on a bench right next to that restaurant with a container in my hand, doesn't matter what it is, I get a cop in my face asking, 'Can I put my nose in your cup?'" One man snorted in derision. "I know! I know! I walk across a…
  • Sometimes Your Clothing's Disposable Even If You'd Rather Keep It

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

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

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

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

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By Laura Green Zeilinger, USICH Executive Director   Whether as a result of a health or economic crisis or fleeing domestic violence, the experience of homelessness is extremely traumatizing for families generally, and can be especially traumatizing for children. We know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every family experiencing a housing crisis. Connecting families to housing interventions and services that are appropriate to their specific needs is an essential part of the actions we identified as critical to meeting the goal of ending homelessness.
  • Building Systems to End to Homelessness: HUD’s FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Notice of Funding Availability for the Fiscal Year 2014 Funds in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition asks CoCs to continue investing in what works and to target interventions appropriately to needs.  It calls on CoCs to make the final push to reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness, make greater progress on family homelessness, and build the partnerships needed to reach and engage Veterans and youth experiencing homelessness in services. Although the policy priorities and many aspects of this NOFA remain the same as in FY 2013, there…
  • Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    By Liz Osborn Homelessness has many faces. People experiencing homelessness can be old or young, male or female, and can come from any ethnic background. But when one thinks of a person experiencing homelessness in this country, few people picture the face of a child. The fact is, nearly one-quarter of all people experiencing homelessness at a point in time are children, and most of them are very young.  In one 2013 Abt Associates study on family homelessness, almost a third of the participating children were two years old or younger, and more than half were under the age of five. 
  • How Our Shelter Began Focusing on Permanent Housing, And Started Ending Homelessness for Our Clients.

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    When I joined the staff of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVSF) as the program manager of the SERVE Shelter in February 2010, I had many things to learn about the 60-bed facility for singles and families located in Manassas, Va., approximately 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Though the beds were filled, it was evident that clients were staying for long periods of time, many up to six months or longer.  In 2012, things started to change. Our shelter went through an expansion to 92 beds, and we had the opportunity to become a Housing First Model. (It seemed fitting that a shelter…
  • A Sea Change in Fresno’s Homelessness Crisis Response

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The 25 Cities Effort is designed to help communities intensify and integrate their local efforts to end Veteran and chronic homelessness. Fresno launched its local 25 Cities Effort in May 2014, setting a goal to house 60 high-priority individuals. Local stakeholders, however, were in for a surprise when one activity at an introductory meeting challenged everything they thought they knew about working together to connect individuals in need with housing. Here's what they learned.
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