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  • Homeless artist's victory: living dream of finishing S.F. Half Marathon

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    While most of the other 5,500 runners alongside him had slept in comfortable beds the night before, the 54-year-old Goodman had spent his usual night in a tent under Highway 101. Goodman's dream was to be officially logged in to the city's premier racing event to see what he could do, and with the help of friends and readers moved by a Chronicle story to get him new shoes and pay the entry fee ...
  • Chris

    Invisible People
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Chris and his pregnant wife are sleeping rough in Central London.  Chris says the couple were living in a hostel that was closed down. Another hostel then wanted £300 for them to move into a […]
  • Gary Sinise: Taking a Cue from Forrest Gump to Help Veterans

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Gary Sinise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    While most veterans transition back to civilian life successfully, many still struggle. Securing steady employment in a rewarding, lucrative and long-term career is an enormous part of that transition. Read more: Skills Gap, Manufacturing Jobs, Veteran Unemployment, Veterans, Gary Sinise, Veterans Unemployment Rate, Veterans Unemployment, Homeless Veterans, Impact News
  • More people seeking homeless services in T&D Region

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    The number of people receiving homeless services in The T&D Region has increased over the last four years, according to a report issued by United Way of the Midlands this week.
  • Mixed reaction on new Wonder Woman

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    DC Comics' Wonder Woman has gotten a makeover.
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    Invisible People

  • Chris

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Chris and his pregnant wife are sleeping rough in Central London.  Chris says the couple were living in a hostel that was closed down. Another hostel then wanted £300 for them to move into a […]
  • Paddy

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I met Paddy while walking around Central London last night. It was obvious he was sleeping rough because of the sleeping bag under his arm. It was Paddy’s first night back in London, although he […]
  • Christine

    26 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Christine works at McDonalds overnight and her daughter works there during the day. They are working homeless living in a weekly rate hotel and splitting shifts so one of them is there to take care […]
  • Cheri

    17 Jun 2014 | 5:13 pm
    First thing Cheri said to me as I walked into her weekly-rate hotel room was “I never thought I’d be homeless at 58″.  Sadly, as the boomer generation is approaching their retirement years, and so […]
  • Greg

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greg lived in the suburbs, but after a bad relationship he started drinking and then lost his job and apartment.  Greg says his drinking got really bad when he started going to homeless shelters. Greg […]
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Gary Sinise: Taking a Cue from Forrest Gump to Help Veterans

    Gary Sinise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    While most veterans transition back to civilian life successfully, many still struggle. Securing steady employment in a rewarding, lucrative and long-term career is an enormous part of that transition. Read more: Skills Gap, Manufacturing Jobs, Veteran Unemployment, Veterans, Gary Sinise, Veterans Unemployment Rate, Veterans Unemployment, Homeless Veterans, Impact News
  • Leslie Handler: Sugar, The Movie, And Homeless Youth In America

    Leslie Handler
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    It's a beautiful film with a superb acting ensemble of both professional actors and actual homeless people. Read more: Movie Reviews, Homeless, Youth, Homelessness, Movies, American Homelessness, Homelessness in America, Entertainment News
  • Margaret A. Hacskaylo: The Devil Is in the District

    Margaret A. Hacskaylo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    For victims of domestic and sexual violence in the District, the most extreme consequence of a lack of affordable housing is actually homicide. And that outcome is becoming more and more likely in a city where safe housing options are dwindling while the need among victims is surging. Read more: Women, Homelessness, Crime, Sexual Assault, District of Columbia, Housing Crisis, Domestic Violence, Impact News
  • These Architects Have Ingenious Plan For Brazil's World Cup Stadiums

    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Brazil's national government poured $4 billion into new and renovated World Cup stadiums for this summer's tournament -- a sky-high price tag that dr... Read more: Brazil World Cup, Poverty, World Cup 2014, Homelessness, Brazil, World Cup Stadiums Plan, World Cup Stadium Housing for Poor, World Cup Stadium Housing, Brazil World Cup Poverty, Brazil Homelessness, Impact News
  • Sketches Of Homeless Vets Combatting Addiction Reveal Deep Struggles No Photo Could Capture

    The Huffington Post News Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Some just made one slip. Other members of this group of veterans never stood a chance against the soothe of drugs and alcohol. Fort Lyon, a militar... Read more: Homeless Veterans Sketches, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Homeless Veterans, Fort Lyon, Richard Johnson Sketches, Homeless Vets, Homeless Veterans Addiction, Veterans Addiction, Impact News
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    @padschicago's blog

  • FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging

    AnnMarie Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging. ISSUE: American Health Packaging (AHP) voluntarily recalled Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016 of Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544. In addition, AHP voluntarily recalled Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544, Expiration Date, 02/2016. This recall is the result of mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could result in patients…
  • Dan’s Duets: You won’t believe the age of this singer from Melrose Park

    AnnMarie Walsh
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    padschicago:Amazingly beautiful voice and just a 12 year old child! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="JyODVvbjo_XnRKNqn0Y1Fop_LI6syztz" player_id="5d88305d0c6c47eabc12e43063a41c69"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • For Mom

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 May 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Love you!Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: ecard, love, mama, mom, mother, motherhood, parenting, picture, rose
  • WATCH: Depressed goat ends hunger strike after reuniting with burro friend

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 May 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: Sometimes you just miss your friend. A goat, depressed over his separation from a burro, stopped eating at a California animal shelter. The Goat, Mr G, had lived with the burro in an animal hoarding situation. The goat and burro were taken to different shelters. Mr G. grew despondent and spent days not eating and lying in the corner of his stall. That is until a volunteer agreed to drive 14 hours to reunite the two animals. View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Ducklings rescued from storm drain in Skokie

    AnnMarie Walsh
    20 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    padschicago:Your feel good story of the day! <3 Originally posted on WGN-TV: Young children can get into trouble pretty easily, and one scenario in the northern suburbs required the police to step in. All of these 11 ducklings fell into a storm drain in Skokie on Monday. Animal control officers were called in to make the rescue, as the mother duck looked on. The officers decided to move the ducklings away from the storm drain, so they walked them across the street to the Evanston golf course, along with the mother. Their big adventure ended at a little pond, and it looks like dad even…
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    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed

  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This is a regular meeting of the NCCEH SOAR Caseworkers Dialogue Group. It is a caseworker roundtable to problem-solve and connect with others around the state who are working on SOAR cases.    Details on how to call in will be emailed to registered participants by the day of the call.   Dialogue Groups are free for all NCCEH members.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining, you can sign up here.
  • Programs Director - Good Shepherd Center

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Status: Full-time including regular evening hours and some weekend and holiday hours Target hire date: September 2, 2014 Background Founded in 1983, Good Shepherd has grown to become the largest provider of services to the hungry and homeless in the Cape Fear region.  Programs and services include a soup kitchen, food salvage program, day and night shelters, on-site medical clinic, case management and counseling, transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.  The organization has 30 part- and full-time staff and more than 500 volunteers.  Good Shepherd…
  • Affordable Housing Grants from TD Charitable Foundation

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    The TD Charitable Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the well-being of the communities served by the bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation’s Housing for Everyone Grant Competition provides support to nonprofit organizations that make a meaningful difference in the affordable housing landscape of their communities. The 2014 grant competition focuses on Housing for the Future. Applicants should highlight…
  • Data Administrator - Housing for New Hope

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Housing for New Hope (HNH) is seeking a candidate for the position of Data Administrator. The person in this position will be the primary staff member responsible for the day to day maintenance, accuracy, and report preparation of HNH’s Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) data management system. HNH uses CHIN for six of its programs that provide housing and assistance for homeless individuals and families. Specific responsibilities of the Data Administrator include, but are not limited to, the following: Data maintenance On a frequent basis, add new intakes, document…
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:38 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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    Cleveland Homeless

  • Larry Davis Talks About the Street Voices Program

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    This is Larry Davis our former Volunteer Coordinator and current Board Member talking about the importance of the Street Voices Program to the community.To see what Larry Davis has to say click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • Funding Changes Announced

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    The United Way on June 19th announced that they were funding 70 fewer programs in the community. To find out more about the program funding the United Way is cutting click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • Street Chronicle Newspaper Personal Story

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    The Street Chronicle is our street newspaper. Ken Payton of NEOCH trains the individuals to sell the papers. To find out more about what he does click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • The Street Voices Program

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Do you have people in your school or church who do not understand the struggle of poverty? Do you want to dispel the myths about homelessness to your students, friends, co-workers, and family? Then, the Street Voices Program brought to you by NEOCH is something you might to bring to your church, synagogue, school, or civic organizationTo find out more information about the Street Voices program click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • "Make Your Mark" Nonprofit Voter Engagement Training

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On July 17th we will be having a meeting that will teach you how to take advantage of your vote. For more information on the meeting click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
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  • URGENT: Heritage House closing; City seeking volunteers, donations, financial contributions, affordable housing

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    The City of Greensboro is in the process of condemning and closing Heritage House, and seeking volunteers, donations, financial contributions and affordable housing (studio, one, two and three bedroom units, not to exceed $600 per month) to assist hundreds of residents as they move out. (See below for press release with more info.) LANDLORDS: If you have affordable housing units, please help! If your units are above this amount, please consider renting at least one unit at or below $600 to help prevent homelessness. Case management will be available to help tenants succeed in their new…
  • 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…
  • StreetWatch partners to help house chronically homeless people

    Michele (ChosenFast.com)
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Post by StreetWatch.
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    The Homeless Guy

  • The End Is Near?

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I'm sure you can tell by my lack of enthusiasm that I'm pretty much done.  Blogging about homelessness is no longer a thing for me.  Way beyond burn out, I'm just exhausted.   Homelessness has consumed the better part of my life.  I'd say it's more than fair that what remains of my life should be mine to do with what I want. I'm in a good position to end my homeless journey very soon, perhaps
  • Mattress

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It's a plastic mattress but it's a mattress all the same.  It's cracked from much use. It's cold to the touch.  Sheets have trouble staying put.   But I slept on one last night, in a shelter.   A temporary location, they'll put me in another bed sometime today. Because of the mix-up yesterday, when they finally did get me processed as a new resident, it was late, and so I didn't get much of an
  • Total Bull Shit

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Update:  I emailed my case manager from Veteran Services - she in turn contacted the St Viny shelter, got the situation straightened out, and I am now in the shelter. ~~~~~~~ So, I know this guy here in San Diego who is a self made homeless advocate, and he's a good one, making use of his considerable business acumen to assist organizations to better serve the homeless.  I first met him in
  • Notes From The Past Couple Days

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I am now in my tent, on the sidewalk, across the street from the downtown library.  I am happy with it, though my paranoia won’t ever let me live completely stress free.  I worry that someone might try to mess with the tent during the night and that I’ll be stuck in the tent, unable to get out of it, if needed.   The rational side of my brain reminds me that I’ve never seen any such thing happen
  • Might Maybe Get VA To Help

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I had a meeting today with a group that works for the VA in assisting homeless vets get off the streets.  The group is very selective of those they help and so it will take a while to determine if I qualify for the help.  But the process has begun.  Just need to get a little more paper work in order.     Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately, been tired and not very motivated. Today I
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Andy’s July Update

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    The post Andy’s July Update appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Christmas Can’t Wait Till December!

    Steve Lee
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face. Sunny, thank you for that gleam that flows with grace. Marvin Gaye’s cover of “Sunny” washed over San Julian St while 20 tons of snow began to blanket the Mission’s parking lot with snow. It set the mood – moving Christmas up six months ahead of schedule to July needed a summer anthem to accompany it. Right outside our gate, you could see a crowd of children waiting eagerly in line – many who have never seen real snow. Aged anywhere from seven to seventeen, each exhibited the same sort of youthful excitement…
  • Backpack Drive For the New School Year!

    Steve Lee
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    *From the desk of Rosie Perez, Development Team Manager at the Mission Hi Friends, The new school year is right around the corner and as parents we always make sure to equip our kids with all the school supplies needed to be prepared and ready to learn. We often make a day of school shopping and let our children pick out cool pencils, colorful folders, backpacks etc. For many of the families who are experiencing homelessness or have low income, providing backpacks and school supplies for their children isn’t always as fun and can be a struggle. From now until August 15th, Union Rescue…
  • How Do Children Survive on Skid Row

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/cY-iy_dOIFY The post How Do Children Survive on Skid Row appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – July 2014

    Steve Lee
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    It’s not hard to understand why James holds tightly to Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15), the story of a young man who disgraces his family by living a wild life far from home and finally hits rock bottom — destitute, alone, and with nowhere to live. “That’s my story,” says James, a 45-year-old native of Korea. “It’s hard to get disowned by a Korean family. But I was. And when that happens, the break is pretty powerful.” James is the youngest child of a tight-knit Korean family. His parents had high expectations for him. “In the Korean culture, you respect your…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 29 – Part 6: Help A Hurting Person

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Have you been keeping up with our “How to Help a Hurting Person” video series this summer? We’re shedding light on how anyone can help out a person in need. It’s our goal that after you’ve watched the series, you’ll feel equipped and confident to lend a hand to someone you see holding a sign asking for help. Here’s a quick recap of the series so far: Anticipate the opportunity so you’re ready when it happens. When you see someone, smile and acknowledge them. Ask them questions and show interest in their life. Even if they ask for it, don’t…
  • Have You Read Our Summer Newsletter?

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Earlier this month we posted two Story of Hope videos right here on our blog featuring Sean and Barbara, a couple residents in our New Life Ministry addiction recovery program whose lives have been transformed over the last 12 months. Did you know that these stories are just one part of our summer newsletter? If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, check out the digital version of the newsletter below! 2014 Summer Newsletter 
  • Recovery Residents Enjoy Summer

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It’s been an awesome summer for our addiction recovery residents at The Harbor and Shepherd’s Door! Hot, sunny weather is here and the men and women in our programs have taken full advantage of the amazing natural beauty of Oregon. We’ve found that physical fitness and adopting a healthy, active lifestyle are key elements to the recovery process. The men at The Harbor have enjoyed exploring the Columbia River Gorge while on multiple weekend hikes as a large group. For most of the men, this is the first time in a long time that they’ve engaged in a healthy, fun,…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 28 – Part 5: Help A Hurting Person

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Summer keeps rolling along – and so does our “How To Help A Hurting Person” video series! This series teaches what you can do to help a person holding a sign asking for help on the side of the road, outside a grocery store, or anywhere else you may see him or her! SEE ALSO: “Have homeless people become invisible to us?” Watch this week’s tip here! Stop by next Monday for Tip #6!
  • Shoppers, New Seasons Raise 4,643 Meals!

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Earlier this month, New Seasons Market challenged its customers to raise meals for hurting, homeless people through Portland Rescue Mission. For the whole weekend, they matched customers’ donations dollar for dollar. Together, New Seasons and its customers raised funds to provide 4,643 meals for people in need! SEE ALSO: New Seasons employees volunteer at the Mission We want to say a big thank you to our partner New Seasons stores (Concordia, Sellwood, and Seven Corners locations) and to the many volunteers that helped pass out “LOVE PORTLAND” stickers, flyers, and reusable…
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    Do1Thing » Blog

  • 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
  • Social Media Blogger Tweets Do1Thing

    12 Dec 2010 | 11:39 am
    Social media blogger Beth Kanter’s blog talk about “How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change”. A leader in social media strategies, Beth blog has hundreds of thousands of followers. Do1Thing is thrilled that Beth chose to tweet about Do1Thing to her 366,711 followers on Twitter! Whether it’s spreading the word through social or traditional media, Do1Thing continues to work to highlight the need for everyone to Do1Thing to help homeless youth!
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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

  • 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).
  • No Glow Till We Take Care of the Children

    Diane Nilan
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A week ago tonight I was sitting on stage in Joliet, IL with the University of St. Francis president, the president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the USF VP of social ministry, and a few other folks who rotated on/off the stage. They had already hosted a delightful dinner, with most of the HEAR US board in attendance as well as plenty of key folks from the university. The audience for the Sister Clare Award ceremony included my high school teacher and 2 college professors as well as a slew of Joliet Franciscans I knew from days gone by. I was touched by the showing…
  • Connecting the Dots: Homelessness of Families and Youth Needs Attention

    Diane Nilan
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:14 am
    Lynne Weise, Anne Arundel School District (MD) homeless liaison, welcomes the audience at Abundant LifeChurch.My audience last night in Glen Burnie, MD (on the outskirts of Baltimore) was a mixture of seasoned veterans who've worked with families and youth experiencing homelessness for years and newbies, the kind-hearted folks disturbed by knowing that thousands of kids and their parents in their community "have no fixed, adequate place of abode," i.e. are homeless.I'd suspect, having done sessions like this all over the country for decades, that the group suffered from a massive guilt,…
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • 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.
  • Yet more trouble at the Safe Ground organization

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I am told that now, months after Steve Watters had been dismissed by the majority of the Safe Ground Board of Directors, those who have been working as organizers of the charity’s Pilgrimage Program are disgusted.The Pilgrimage Program has been Safe Ground’s ONE shining success. This in contrast to the bungled, constantly changing and expanding effort to secure a plot of land [ie, a “safe ground”] and then create some sort of secure camping or living area that homeless people can use to – at minimum – make their lives a little less miserable.  A name that has been used for…
  • Money Guy

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This blog post is only single-sourced -- but from a reliable source -- and fits so neatly with what is plausible and how people involved are known to think, I deem it as passing muster for ‘being true’ such to warrant passing the information on to you, the public, through this blog.I’ve neither met nor seen him, but I’ve certainly heard about him. There is a fellow who passes out two-dollar bills to homeless folk at a spot near to the Loaves & Fishes Compound on Ahern near North B St.  I hear that when he does this it is usually [or always?] on Wednesdays. A long line will…
  • Homeless Hating, by Design, and the Sacramento Library Benches Rip Out of 2010

    Thomas Armstrong
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:17 pm
    A new article in TheAtlantic looks at how heinous means are employed by some cities to make things uncomfortable for homeless people. It’s titled “How cities use design to drive homeless people away” with the subheading: “ ’saying you’re not welcome here’ – with spikes.”One of the total of two (identical) benches in frontof Central Library. It is perhaps possible to sleep on,but would be easy to roll off of and crack your head.A prime topic in the article is in regard to bench construction that makes them difficult or impossible to sleep on, or, in some instances, even to…
  • Should Safe Ground try Glamping?

    Thomas Armstrong
    27 May 2014 | 8:28 am
    Perhaps instead of putting up permanent-ish cabins, Safe Ground should initially host a TENT community. But, instead of a rugged atmosphere, which is typical for such a thing, they could make it a bit upscale.In Indianapolis, prior to the big race -- the Indianapolis 500 -- that takes place there each year, extreme fans gather and go "Glamping" for a period of four days. "Glamping" is a portmanteau word that combines the ideas of 'glamour' and 'camping.'  Perhaps the Safe Grounders should do something similar but with a few less indulgences. For example, it would probably be best if…
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Homeless in Westwood

    Sonya Keith
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    At @McDonalds. Even in the middle of affluence, there are people starving and homeless. There was a nice man out front whom I directed to Step Up on Second. Filed under: poverty
  • 5 people in 3 hours

    Sonya Keith
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I am so freaking sick of my own voice. Somehow I snagged a 10 minute lunch and was told I had people waiting in the lobby. Homeless parents living in LA Family Housing Living in cars Living with friends Being evicted And I have to assess languages, level of need, need for mental health therapy […]
  • Local activism

    Sonya Keith
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Dear @fuentds4la, I love Pacoima and bought a home here but now there is talk of gentrification what are the plans to keep the low income families in their homes and what’s the plan to boost mom and pop businesses and reduce crime. Let’s work together to make Pacoima a place of universal pride so […]
  • Back My Kickstarter – Shedding Affluenza

    Sonya Keith
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Shedding Affluenza, Our book will explore poverty, racism, cultural diversity and how other people live (rich and poor) around CA and writing an ebook. @URM, @mendpoverty
  • How to do the Drama Shot

    Sonya Keith
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    I love the game pictures with my Samsung and recently was asked to explain "lots of pictures in 1 shot". Here is how you do tbat. It is called the Drama Shkt Filed under: poverty
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Best practices for CoCs: Housing First

    Gerry McCafferty
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    HUD is providing a weekly series of messages in advance of the CoC Program funding competition.  The messages highlight best practices and identify federal funding priorities.  The first of these messages, below, focuses on Housing First: The Housing First model is not a new approach; however, it has only been since the adoption and implementation of Opening Doors that HUD and our Federal partners have really begun to emphasize the use of this approach. We have seen the impact of using Housing First principles and consider it to be a best practice when used in permanent supportive housing…
  • Minutes – Veterans Committee, 7/23/2014

    Gerry McCafferty
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In attendance:  Jay Levy, Eliot; Kerry Spitzer, MIT,; Beth Barbra,Vets Inc;  Isabel Belen,Vets Inc; Sabrina Willard,Springfield Partners; Netshari Ortiz,Soldier On; Ben Cluff, MDPH; Steve Connor,  Northampton Vets Services; Steve Como, Soldier On; Melissa Mateus, Springfield Partners; Susan White, VAMC Update on Veteran Resource Sheet *Ben Cluff notes that it is being used by the housing specialists in Springfield.  Sue White shared that a VA staff member was recently handed the sheet by the Holyoke VSO. So it is evidently being used.  No changes or updates suggested. *Ben Cluff asks if…
  • HOT Housing is Here!

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Housing Options Tool (HOT) is now live! Many of you have seen demonstrations of the HOT over the past few months, so you know that it provides an online venue to find housing for persons with long histories of homelessness – based on their preferences, program eligibility, income requirements, and desired level of services. Almost 50 programs are participating in HOT, and search results can be refined based upon more than a dozen filters! Even better: the tool includes an online Vacancy Reporting form so that any program can post and publicize a housing opportunity in real time, as…
  • Upcoming Webinar: HUD and USICH: Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing – July 22, 2014 – 1:30 PM EDT

    Gerry McCafferty
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) are sponsoring a webinar on July 22, 2014, which will focus on the core principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing. The webinar will be presented by Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at HUD, and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director with USICH. Participants will learn: Core Components of the Housing First approach Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing as a housing model How to implement a Housing First and/or Rapid Re-Housing Why both…
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • My Journey of Acceptance

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    “Until lions start writing down their own stories, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” ~ African Proverb Accepting all aspects of my life is difficult. Mental Illness and Trauma. They are real, present parts of my life. They are hard to acknowledge and accept. These are real illnesses and I experience them […]
  • Melancholy – A Poem

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Rain drops Slide along the window Where sunshine once shone through Warmth and light abundant Now gray and damp and somber   Flowers closing To the wind and gray of today Not dying, not yet Waiting, eager For the sun to nourish again   Clouds gather Block the sun The light is still there But […]
  • One and Done: Further Away

    28 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    After a long, extra snowy winter, Spring has arrived. Our windows gladly open, all heavy jackets retired, the warm, bright sunshine feels familiar and foreign on our skin. The trees are blooming. The colorful flowers are pushing through the cold, wet soil to share their beauty once again. Our world is waking up from a (way too […]
  • Parenting is a Competition?

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve never enjoyed participating in competitive sports. Too much aggression and intensity. Too many extremes. Win or lose. No in between. I thrive in the balanced calm of the “in between”, so I didn’t quite fit in with competitive sports. Cut to a clip of Breakfast Club, when Andy, the Jock, is impersonating his father, shouting […]
  • Words – A Poem

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Words Beautiful, artistic, intrinsic words Written, spoken, sung, read Any and every way I crave these words Each word enters my being Sparks memories Sparks emotions Sparks points on my body I am understood Words envelop me Surround me Comfort me I rely on words Simple letters coming together Creating complicated significance Touching and digging […]
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    100K Homes Blog

  • NAEH 2014: Where We'll Be

    Jake Maguire
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Monday, July 28, 7:00pm to 10pm 100,000 Homes Campaign Fully Committed Communities Celebration Location: Capitale, 1301 K Street NW, Suite 103, Washington, DC 20005 - 202.962.3933 Attire: Casual Washington, DC read more
  • Watch Our Announcement Event Live!

    Jake Maguire
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    Today's big announcement event will be livestreamed. You can watch at 11:30am ET at: http://bit.ly/1inR9PI Join us in celebrating the 100,000th homeless American housed! Washington, DC
  • Campaign Reaches Goal as 100,000th Homeless American Housed

    Jake Maguire
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
    For Immediate Release Washington, DC read more
  • When a Florida Community Springs into Action, an Ailing Man Finds a Home

    Jake Maguire
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:11 pm
    José spent 30 years homeless in Florida's Treasure Coast region with a large mass growing out of his neck. By the time Angela, a local mental health professional, discovered him on the side of the highway last month, he was without food and had become too weak to stand up. With few resources available, Angela called the Mayor of Sebastian, Bob McPartlan, who came out to check on José himself. Sebastian, FL read more
  • An Update on Some of the People You Met on 60 Minutes

    Jake Maguire
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:54 pm
    (Photo: Diane "Mama Bear" Garton and her dog, Sunshine) Anderson Cooper and the 60 Minutes team brought us moving stories of several of Nashville's homeless residents, many of whom are now housed. We wanted to provide an update on a few of them. Nashville, TN read more
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Real Commitment or Just a Show? An outsider perspective on the 2014 U.S. government human rights consultation sessions

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Reut Cohen As a Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law, I have had the privilege this past year to experience American life on the inside, but as an outsider. I call it a privilege because although my perspective is full of cultural and historical blind spots, and even when on many occasions I cannot understand subtle nuances, I feel that this position is also my biggest advantage. It enables me to think about issues that occupy Americans’ attention from a unique point of view. Indeed, sometimes this alien-like consciousness…
  • No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Imagine living in a place where it is illegal to sleep, sit, lie down, or share food outdoors. Imagine that this is a place where you are often ignored or rejected by your fellow townspeople, police officers, and local elected officials. While this seems like a ridiculous concept, it is the daily reality for millions of homeless people throughout the United States who are suffering under laws that criminalize their basic life necessities. Today, the Law Center released a new report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities. This report looks at the landscape of…
  • Upcoming Webinar – No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Which US cities have the worst policies that criminalize homelessness? How have criminalization laws changed in the past few years? What are some constructive solutions that communities can use to deal with homelessness? Join the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST for a free webinar addressing these questions and introducing our new report on the criminalization of homelessness in America, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, to be released on July 16. Please click here to RSVP for the webinar.   —…
  • Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges Under the Fourteenth Amendment

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is the part six of our Countering Criminalization blog series, examining Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees all Americans due process and equal protection of the laws. States and cities cannot discriminate in how laws are applied. But when laws are too vague or overbroad in punishing innocent or protected conduct, or do not provide sufficient opportunity to challenge the laws, they deny due process; and when laws are applied to homeless people differently or more aggressively than they are…
  • Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges Under the Eighth Amendment

    23 May 2014 | 3:29 pm
    This is the part five of our Countering Criminalization blog series, examining Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. With national and local shortages of affordable housing and shelter beds, people experiencing homelessness are frequently left with no option but to perform their basic, life sustaining activities – such as eating, resting, and sleeping – in public. Despite this, local governments continue to pass and enforce laws that restrict these behaviors. Homeless people are routinely cited and arrested for these acts, and the…
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Sigh…

    Hugh Hollowell
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
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  • Church parking lot optimism.

    Hugh Hollowell
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
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  • The view from my room. #BudgetTravel #RoomWithAView

    Hugh Hollowell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
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  • Johnny Cash on Music as Religious Calling

    Hugh Hollowell
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    I love everything about this.
  • What Casseroles Have To Do With Housing

    Hugh Hollowell
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Food is love. I have known that since I was old enough to know anything. That the biscuits my grandmother stood in front of the counter and rolled out were made with pure love. That the tender pot roast after church on Sunday was as sincere a sign of my mother’s affection as she was capable of making. That I have never felt as at home in the world as I did all those years ago, in the basement of Emory Methodist Church, eating Miss Bessie’s chicken and dumplings. If I were to make a list of the things I know for sure, food being love would be one of them. I thought about this a lot last…
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    USICH Blog

  • USICH Connects with Public Housing Leaders at NAHRO

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    by Mary Owens, USICH Program Assistant On July 19, 2014, USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger joined NAHRO President Preston Prince in an open discussion with housing officials from across the country at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Summer Conference in Tampa, FL. NAHRO is a professional membership organization comprised of housing officials who administer affordable housing and community development programs at the local level. The Summer Conference provided more than 450 practitioners across the country an opportunity to learn how…
  • Connect with USICH at the NAEH Conference

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Next week, the National Alliance to End Homelessness will host its annual conference in Washington, DC, convening policymakers and practitioners who are working across the country to prevent and end homelessness. The three day event will offer more than 100 workshops and sessions and will feature plenary remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, in-coming HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Cory Booker, and USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger. USICH and federal partners are looking forward to participating in conversations with stakeholders in preconference and workshop…
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Is Law

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    by Eric Grumdahl, USICH Policy Director For many people confronting homelessness, employment can mean the difference between housing and homelessness. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, fosters local innovation and focus on providing employment supports for people experiencing homelessness, by clarifying that the central purpose of the workforce system is to support people with significant barriers to employment. In doing so, WIOA and the President’s job-skills agenda will accelerate progress on ending…
  • Schools Are a Critical Part of Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    by Danielle Ferrier and Beatriz McConnie Zapater There are nearly 6,000 unaccompanied youth in Massachusetts. Experiencing homelessness often prevents motivated, hard-working youth from graduating high school and achieving success. A Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders article shows that without intervention, only about 27 percent of them will graduate high school. Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, sets a goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020 by ensuring communities can connect youth with stable housing, permanent connections,…
  • Register for This July 22 Webinar: Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Webinar

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Join Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for this informative webinar on Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing.  Register here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/352697119
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