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  • Help create a better future, work for Portland Rescue Mission

    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog
    PDXMission
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The kids of the Family Life Center gather to read a book at Shepherd’s Door. Believe it or not, April is over halfway done (though with all this sunshine in the Portland area right now, you might not realize it). Has your spring started off well? Here at Portland Rescue Mission, we continually strive to offer hope and restoration to those involved in one of our integrated ministries (Hope Ministries, Pathway Ministries and New Life Ministries). All three of these ministries work together to create a better future for the hurting men, women and children we serve on a daily basis. Each…
  • The Homeless Community Myth

    The Homeless Guy
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Most homeless people tend to live in groups outside of any shelter system.  They create camp like communities where up to hundreds of homeless live, so long as the city allows it. Even those homeless who don't "camp" are often found traveling in groups with other homeless people.  Even in some shelters the homeless are required (forced really) to live in what is called community with other
  • Rebekah Bastian: A Greater Good: How One Landlord Helps Low-Income Renters

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Rebekah Bastian
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    I wanted to hear stories about people who had turned their lives around after being given a chance at housing. As it turned out, Charles' own story was the most inspiring of all. Read more: Homelessness, Homeless, Good Samaritan, Altruism, Housing Market, Affordable Housing, Impact News
  • Judge orders quicker mental health analysis for jailed defendants

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    Rianna Hidalgo
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    The message behind a recent federal court order from U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman is clear: Jail is no place for those suffering from mental illness, and by forcing them to wait weeks or months for court-ordered services, the state of Washington is damaging their mental health and violating their constitutional rights.   “It was a very strong statement by the judge,” said Doug Honig, spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU). “It’s one of the strongest-worded opinions you’ll see.” 
  • What People on Public Assistance Are Actually Asking For vs What Public Opinion Believes the Poor Have Signed Up For

    Homeless in LA ©
    Sonya
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Crumb Diaries (great blog and I follow on Facebook) has posed a series of questions about people on food stamps who then use cash to purchase non-food stamp-eligible items that may be seen as “vice” items. Beer, cigarettes, cold medicine, gum, hard liquor:  these are the items that incite rage into the taxpayers who […]
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    Invisible People

  • Shaun

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

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

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

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

    invisiblepeople
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    John is sleeping outside in Philadelphia. He tried shelters, but someone stabbed John trying to steal his boots, so he feels safer sleeping on the streets even though the overnight windchill is reported to be […] The post John appeared first on Invisible People.
 
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  • John Feffer: Working With the Marginalized in Poland

    John Feffer
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    Until the 1970s, drug addicts didn't exist in Poland -- at least not officially. In those days, drugs were expensive and the supply was limited, so the Polish state could hide the problem by giving a different label to the small number of addicts. But then heroin became more readily available. And addiction started to grow. Read more: Poland, Drug Addiction, HIV/AIDS, Eastern Europe, Europe, European Union, Homelessness, World News, World News
  • Rebekah Bastian: A Greater Good: How One Landlord Helps Low-Income Renters

    Rebekah Bastian
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    I wanted to hear stories about people who had turned their lives around after being given a chance at housing. As it turned out, Charles' own story was the most inspiring of all. Read more: Homelessness, Homeless, Good Samaritan, Altruism, Housing Market, Affordable Housing, Impact News
  • New App Allows Homeless Newspaper Vendors To Accept Digital Payments

    The Huffington Post News Team
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Street vendors selling Seattle's Real Change newspaper will accept digital payments from Thursday... Read more: Homelessness, Homeless People, Seattle, Real Change, Homeless Newspaper Vendors, Real Change Newspapers, Seattle Homelessness, Real Change App, Impactx, Impact News
  • Joel Epstein: My State of the City

    Joel Epstein
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Live from La Casa de Joel, I am pleased to bring you my State of the City address. Read more: Eric Garcetti #StateoftheCity2015, Northridge, Ed Koch, Mid-City, Herb Wesson, Los Angeles, Metro Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Valley Performing Arts Center, Lax, Homelessness, Koreatown, Ladwp, Xeriscaping, Cal State Northridge, Lapd, California Drought, Los Angeles News
  • Here's Proof That Helping Homeless Isn't About Donating.. It's About Investing In Your Community

    The Huffington Post News Team
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    This nonprofit doesn't want your donation -- it wants you to "be selfish," actually. In an ad posted online last month, the Weingart Center points... Read more: Whatsworking, Homelessness, Los Angeles, Skid Row, Invest in LA, Fighting Homelessness, Homeless, Weingart Center, Los Angeles Homeless, LA Homelessness, Los Angeles Homelessness, Advocacy, Nonprofits, Community Kindness, Impact News
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  • Vendor Profile - Peter Scales

    Mike Wold
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Peter Scales was the seventh of 10 kids. “There was supposed to be 16, but those passed away.” His father was a mechanic; his mother a nurse. They moved a lot. “The houses weren’t worth nothing. In the winter months [in Detroit], it was cold, the draft going through.” Peter started smoking early. “My father said, ‘Boy, you want to smoke cigarettes, you’re going to have to pay for them.’ By 10 years old I had a job.”  And when he wasn’t in school, he was working at a produce stand for up to 12 hours per shift.  
  • The Middle Ground by Sam Day 4/15/15

    Sam Day
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Cartoon by Sam Day
  • Appalachian betrayals

    Mike Wold
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Book Review - Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal by Sue Eisenfeld What, exactly, is wilderness? In “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal,” Sue Eisenfeld tells how she came to terms with the fact that her favorite wilderness national park, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, was no wilderness at all when it was created in the 1930s. In fact, some 16,000 people were displaced by the creation of the park, many of them descendants of people who had settled there hundreds of years before.
  • Fresh Bucks are getting fresher

    Aaron Burkhalter
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Seattle’s Fresh Bucks program is receiving a $1.66 million boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand its work into South King County. In Seattle, Fresh Bucks allows people to use their Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) — known more widely as food stamps — to purchase produce at farmers markets around the city and receive a card to purchase additional produce from the same market.
  • Judge orders quicker mental health analysis for jailed defendants

    Rianna Hidalgo
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    The message behind a recent federal court order from U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman is clear: Jail is no place for those suffering from mental illness, and by forcing them to wait weeks or months for court-ordered services, the state of Washington is damaging their mental health and violating their constitutional rights.   “It was a very strong statement by the judge,” said Doug Honig, spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU). “It’s one of the strongest-worded opinions you’ll see.” 
 
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  • Clinical Director - Randolph Family Healthcare at MERCE

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Randolph Family Healthcare at MERCE, is currently recruiting a Clinical Director to manage the clinical operations of their medical facility. The Clinical Director has primary responsibility for the Nursing, Infectious Control, Continuous Quality Assurance/Improvement, supervision of medical Patient Services Representatives, Medical Records Clerk, Clinical staff, Patient Care Coordinator and Maternity Care Coordinator, as well as the daily Clinical functions for the Randolph Family Health Center at RFHC.  The Clinical Director works closely with the Medical Director…
  • Housing First Case Manager - Psychotherapeutic Services

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The Housing First Program helps formerly homeless persons with complex, and frequently co-occurring issues access and maintain housing. This program offers a structured and active professional care structure that facilitates access to resources to improve housing and life stability through brokering and advocacy for services, based upon an assessment of needs. Services are intended to provide the direct, hands-on assistance that persons served require to achieve greater independence in their life. Services are provided in the natural settings of the people supported…
  • Development Director - Genesis Home

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The Development Director is responsible for raising a significant portion of Genesis Home’s approximately $750,000 per year budget. The agency seeks an energetic, charismatic leader to mobilize staff and volunteers to reach the agency’s fundraising goals. The Director oversees the agency’s annual campaign in the spring, the holiday solicitation in late November, special event planning, grant applications, and is a designated United Way representative for the agency. The position is responsible for developing or contracting out: agency publications, the agency website, social…
  • Chapel Hill SOAR Training Follow-Up Call

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Everyone who attended the Chapel Hill SOAR Training on April 1-2, 2015 is invited to participate in this SOAR Training Follow Up Phone Call!   We will be checking in to see how your first SOAR application is going, answer questions, and problem-solve as a group about any barriers you have run into. Please join us to celebrate SOAR breakthroughs and to support each other in doing your first SOAR applications. 
  • The State of Homelessness in America 2015

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    On April 2. 2015, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released its report, "The State of Homelessness in America 2015." The report examines national and state trends in homelessness, risk of homelessness, and the assistance that is available for people experiencing homelessness. Overall homelessness declined 2.3 percent from 2013, during the economic recovery, with 37 states, including Washington, DC, and territories, showing declines in overall homelessness (homelessness increased in 23). The risk of homelessness is not declining despite the recovery from the recession. 7.7 million…
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Sleeping On The Sidewalk

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
  • Please Help

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    No longer being in a shelter, (winter shelters closed at the end of last month) and back to sleeping on the streets, this is an exceptionally difficult month, financially. Your donations are most needed and appreciated. Thank You, Kevin
  • It's Homelessness Me

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    It's me leaving the cafe because it's closing.It's me gathering my things in my cart and walking down the sidewalk  to the place I sleep.It's me looking for a spot for my tent.it's me setting up the tent while watching what the other homeless people are doing.It's me keeping an eye out for the crazies and hoping they don't bother me.It's me putting all my things inside the tent and spreading out
  • The Homeless Community Myth

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Most homeless people tend to live in groups outside of any shelter system.  They create camp like communities where up to hundreds of homeless live, so long as the city allows it. Even those homeless who don't "camp" are often found traveling in groups with other homeless people.  Even in some shelters the homeless are required (forced really) to live in what is called community with other
  • Homeless Reintegration Center

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    As I have just said, the best homeless shelter of all is no shelter at all.  Instead, shelters would be replaced with small bureaucratic processing centers that will divert people away from homelessness and into permanent housing of one kind or another. Every Homeless Reintegration Center will have three main types of resources available to allocate to the client.  The first is a funding
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Stories from Skid Row – Melinda

    jhuckleby
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/V7WINmnoIhI The post Stories from Skid Row – Melinda appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – April 2015

    Steve Lee
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Holly’s father was an alcoholic. Her mother didn’t want to raise children and spent increasing amounts of time away from the family. So from the age of 8, Holly was left in charge of her five other siblings. “I remember telling Mom I just wanted to be a kid,” says Holly, a 39-year-old single mother at Hope Gardens. Holly says she never remembers being kissed or hugged by her mother — and she never heard the words “I love you.” “I was so hungry for affection,” Holly recalls, “I started looking for a boyfriend when I was 11. I wanted a boyfriend who would love me.” By the…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – March 2015

    jhuckleby
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – March 2015 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • URM Easter Sunrise Service!

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

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

  • Help create a better future, work for Portland Rescue Mission

    PDXMission
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The kids of the Family Life Center gather to read a book at Shepherd’s Door. Believe it or not, April is over halfway done (though with all this sunshine in the Portland area right now, you might not realize it). Has your spring started off well? Here at Portland Rescue Mission, we continually strive to offer hope and restoration to those involved in one of our integrated ministries (Hope Ministries, Pathway Ministries and New Life Ministries). All three of these ministries work together to create a better future for the hurting men, women and children we serve on a daily basis. Each…
  • Joanne Jackson spreading the joy of gardening at Shepherd’s Door

    PDXMission
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Joanne Jackson smiles as she works in the community garden at Shepherd’s Door. For 38 years, Joanne Jackson spent her working hours as an Infection Prevention Nurse at Providence Portland.“It was a very enjoyable job, but it started to become too much for me to cope with,” Joanne said. It was time to retire. Fortunately for Portland Rescue Mission’s New Life Ministry at Shepherd’s Door, Joanne wasn’t about to “sit and do nothing.” She invested herself into something that would utilize some of her other talents. Joanne decided to share her insight and expertise about…
  • Connect at Burnside Shelter in need of larger clothes

    PDXMission
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Clothing closet for Connect down at the Burnside Shelter. Clean clothing can be hard to come by for a homeless man or woman. The loss of dignity hurts, but the lack of clothing also makes it that much harder to get a job. One of the gifts we are able to give to the men and women who join New Life Ministries or Connect (part of our Pathway Ministries) is new clothing to wear. Once they are part of one of these ministries of Portland Rescue Mission, not only are they able to start the process of recovery and/or transition to stable housing and employment, but they are able to leave everything…
  • Support Portland Rescue Mission through Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Whole Foods, more

    PDXMission
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    We serve over 330,000 meals a year to our homeless guests at the Burnside Shelter. Everyone shops. It’s part of our weekly routine. But did you know it is also one of the easiest ways you can support Portland Rescue Mission? Thanks to our shopping partners, you can get great deals and also help restore the lives of hurting people in need. Fox12 Daily Deals In case you missed our update about the community garden at Shepherd’s Door last week, Dennis’ 7 Dees donated a generous amount of seeds and soil to Portland Rescue Mission to help ready the garden for spring and summer. On top of…
  • Family Life Center shows kids affected by addiction ‘unconditonal love’

    PDXMission
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    Children aren’t typically who we first imagine when we think about homelessness. The truth is that women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Portland Rescue Mission seeks to embrace not only women in need of healing, but also their children who have also been deeply impacted by domestic violence and drug use. Two years ago, the Mission started the Family Life Ministry at Shepherd’s Door. As an integral and developing ministry within Portland Rescue Mission, Family Life Ministry provides a safe and healing place for the children of Shepherd’s…
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  • Sex—Not the Reason Most Homeless Moms Double Up With Men

    Diane Nilan
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Going from bad to worse. Frying pan to the fire. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. None of those adages express the level of dire anguish Melissa and her daughter face. A 3-year string of horrible events culminated in this pert mother and her adorable 7-year-old daughter landing in the Kansas version of prison: a town of less than 400, with nary a grocery store, much less any sign of life, no transportation and no support network.Melissa, who's worked in the home healthcare field for a number of years, tossed out a desperate Craig’s List plea a few weeks ago to escape from the…
  • Deep Hole of Homelessness Swallows Homeless Families

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

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

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

    Diane Nilan
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    She smiled as I cooed over her adorable 2-year-old daughter. I cringed.I didnt count, but Id guess this girls mother had all of 5 teeth in her mouth, none appearing to be healthy. This homeless mother and daughter rely on the goodness of a community-based shelter, a stopgapeffort to ensure homeless adults and children dont freeze to death for want of a place to sleep. These shelters dont have dentists or docs on staff. And every single person staying there has grossly neglected dental and medical needs.But this moms smile. How many smilestoothless all or mostwould you see in the average…
 
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • SNR supports anti-camping-law moratorium

    Thomas Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Cover of the 4/16/15issue of SNR.In the Sacramento News & Review this week, there is an unattributed editorial [which, I'm told, should be presumed to be the product of an ad-hoc Editorial Board, consisting of a bunch of employees and freelancers who happen to be in the SNR office when the topic for an editorial comes up] that proposes enactment of a moratorium on enforcement of the city's illegal-camping ordinance. The editorial is titled "No home, no fine," on the 6th page in the hardcopy edition of the publication and has the more-long-winded title "Sacramento should enact a moratorium…
  • Information and Instruction from the Ivory Tower

    Thomas Armstrong
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Loaves & Fishes is holding a forum on Homelessness on April 27. Sadly, the free tickets promptly sold out. That is a problem with things that are free. They go fast.Cannot say that I am intrigued to hear anything that Libby Fernandez would have to say about homelessness. The building where her office is is known by some lower-level L&F employees as the Ivory Tower. Why? Because that’s where Libby’s office is.There were times, when I made use of L&F's Friendship Park, that Libby would come into the park with prospective volunteers. Those people who came into the Park would look…
  • The Hard Times Camping Calamity

    Thomas Armstrong
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    A supposed NEWS item in the Sacramento News & Report, titled "No silver bullets," on the status of anti-homeless-people laws in the city and efforts to beat them back by self-identified “homeless advocates” is, likely, substantially right with its purported facts, but annoying in the way that SNR near-always is when it writes about Homeless World.Camping NEWS in 4/9/15 SNR.The piece is touted as NEWS, but is written by SNR Editor Nick Miller as if what is told to us comes from an Oracle (or, similarly, SSR's astrology columnist or a blogger), and not a journalist. And, too, there…
  • James "Faygo" Clark, social-justice advocate (and emerging Sac Homeless advocate?)

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

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

  • What People on Public Assistance Are Actually Asking For vs What Public Opinion Believes the Poor Have Signed Up For

    Sonya
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Crumb Diaries (great blog and I follow on Facebook) has posed a series of questions about people on food stamps who then use cash to purchase non-food stamp-eligible items that may be seen as “vice” items. Beer, cigarettes, cold medicine, gum, hard liquor:  these are the items that incite rage into the taxpayers who […]
  • When feeding your hunger isn’t always a SNAP

    Sonya
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Originally posted on thecrumbdiaries:By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the SNAP challenge that many celebrities are joining in on. I saw it but didn’t give it too much attention because it’s nowhere near the same as living on a meager food budget day after day, week after week, sometimes year after year.  It’s not…
  • 26 Things Everyone Should Be Told

    Sonya
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    26 Things all Black Girls and Latinas (and everyone else too) should be told.
  • Confessions of a Tired Working Mom | Babble

    Sonya
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    I used to have dreams that I was sleeping on a 200 foot high cliff shelf with Jax and always about to fall off. Being a single, working mom in poverty was terrifying.  Even now I feel guilty for all the stuff I wasn’t able to do or had to work through. And I think […]
  • ATTN: Next Time You Judge Someone on Food Stamps, Remember This…

    Sonya
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Next Time You Judge Someone on Food Stamps, Remember This… http://www.attn.com/stories/106/next-time-you-judge-someone-food-stamps-rememberFiled under: poverty
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Budget Action IMMEDIATELY for Network priorities!

    Pamela Schwartz
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Today at 5 pm is the deadline to file amendments to the House Ways and Means Budget.  I have summarized below (or find here to print Network Co-Sponsorship Requests) the amendments pertaining to Network priorities and the relevant representatives on each.  Our job is to either thank those who have filed the amendments or to ask for our representatives to join as co-sponsors. Top on our list to thank from our region: Representative Peter Kocot (Northampton) – Peter.Kocot@mahouse.gov – for sponsoring the amendment to continue Network funding at $125,000 (this funding is critical…
  • House Ways and Means Budget Update (Mass. Coalition for the Homeless)

    Pamela Schwartz
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Mass. Coalition for the Homeless has provided this update on the House Ways and Means Budget, released yesterday: The House Committee on Ways and Means (“HWM” or “House Ways and Means”) unveiled its fiscal year 2016 budget recommendations for the Commonwealth. This $38 billion budget marks the next step on the path to developing the state budget for the fiscal year that will begin on July 1st. Friday afternoon (Friday, April 17th) will be the deadline for House members to file amendments to the HWM budget, with the House budget debate scheduled for the week…
  • EFSP Funds Available in Hampshire County; 4/29 application deadline

    Pamela Schwartz
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    An announcement from United Way of Hampshire County: Local agencies that provide emergency food, shelter, rental or utility assistance in Hampshire County Massachusetts are invited to apply for federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  EFSP is a public/private partnership that disburses federal funds to local nonprofit organizations through a competitive process overseen by a local volunteer board. United Way of Hampshire County acts as administrator for the county. Hampshire County funding levels for the upcoming EFSP Phase 32 are unknown at this time. In the…
  • Regional Forum on Veterans Homelessness – April 14, Boston

    Pamela Schwartz
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    HUD is hosting a Regional Forum on Veterans Homelessness on April 14 from 9:30-12:30 at the O’Neill Federal Building in Boston. The targeted audience is mayors and state officials from New England and/or their points of contact for homeless and/or veterans issues, as well as non-profit partners working on the issue.  The purpose of the forum is to offer best practices and resources to help city officials develop local strategies to end veterans homelessness. Below is an invitation with a registration link, and click here for the draft agenda. Please join us for The New England Regional…
 
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    Ending homelessness in London

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

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

    Jeremy Swain
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
     My colleague Dean is telling me about his day, his harrowing day. Most of it has been spent at the hospital supporting Samantha.  Samantha is 31 and she has been addicted to heroin since the age of 15. Her weakened immune system has led to the onset of septicaemia. Dean found her in her usual rough sleeping spot lying in he own faeces and called an ambulance.  Samantha has lived the life of a homeless drug addict for the last decade. All her friends are from the street. Today she was visited in hospital by her boyfriend who is also a heroin user. He is found by her bed with a…
  • We are not powerless

    Jeremy Swain
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Last week I attended a ‘round table’ discussion with the Employment Minister Esther McVey. Around the inconveniently long rectangular table were familiar faces - other chief executives and civil servants from the Department for Work and Pensions. The minister responded thoughtfully to proposals about how job centres and agencies could work together more effectively. From some colleagues in the room there was unrestrained frustration that we had been here before and little had changed.  I left the meeting in a pensive mood, unconvinced that we had got our messages home. There was a…
  • How local uprisings can loosen the grip of the super-strength beast

    Jeremy Swain
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:34 am
    Sitting in my in-box is a report on deaths among our hostel residents during 2013. I busy myself with other e-mails, mentally preparing myself before opening it. And because I know what it will contain, I focus my mind on a couple of colleagues, Dave and Dennis, both of whom were once street drinkers knocking back death defying quantities of alcohol and are now, having tackled their addiction, skilled hostel workers. Eventually I resolve to click open the report. It includes the following grim statistics. There have been thirteen deaths, ten alcohol-related. In all but one case the…
  • Christmas Dream: A life more ordinary

    Jeremy Swain
    21 Dec 2013 | 2:21 am
    It is the last meeting of the Saturday Club before Christmas. Next week it’s the Christmas meal. Roy, the elected head, has negotiated a price of £12 a head with a restaurant near Leicester Square. ‘That’s turkey with all the trimmings’ he explains. The group is just about scraping by financially. Members are pleased with the deal Roy has struck. There is an end of term feel to the Saturday Club. An apprehensive mood prevails as each member ruminates over what the festive season may bring. The conversation revolves around memories of best and worst Christmas days. Each person, it…
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    15 Apr 2015 | 10:37 pm
  • wetheurban: SPOTLIGHT: Insane Micro Paintings by Hasan...

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    wetheurban: SPOTLIGHT: Insane Micro Paintings by Hasan Kale  Turkish magician artist Hasan Kale creates awesome micro paintings on a variety of unexpected surfaces ranging the delicate wings of butterflies to tiny coffee beans and candies. Read More
  • Dear lord, I have an apt in less than 7 hrs to talk to (basically) my therapist about a workshop...

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    Dear lord, I have an apt in less than 7 hrs to talk to (basically) my therapist about a workshop I’m designing about radical self-love and like….
  • I told my therapist a lot of stuff and then I went to my parents’ house because my parents are...

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I told my therapist a lot of stuff and then I went to my parents’ house because my parents are out of town and ate tater tots & ice cream for lunch and watched the L word for two hours and now I’m taking selfies in the bath. I don’t know why it sucks so much to talk about things that happened when I was 5. Everyone gets beat up when they’re 5. Lots of people have worse things happen to them when they’re 5. (I guess I didn’t suck that much to talk about it.)
  • Scorpio & Scorpio Rising In hopes that you took some of my advice last week and had a power...

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Scorpio & Scorpio Rising In hopes that you took some of my advice last week and had a power nap and some ceiling therapy, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to get back to work. Big work. The areas of your chart that have to do your with life-calling and the daily tasks we all have to bow to in order to get there are being lit up like Las Vegas. This is your moment to innovate your daily schedule so that you have the time and energy to show up like the all-star that you are in your career. It’s a week that helps you get clear on what your daily work needs are. If you do so it’s a…
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  • The State of the Newsletter

    Hugh Hollowell
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    In my life, I had seen many ugly things, and it was getting to me. I had found myself getting cynical, and thought that if I intentionally looked for the beautiful things, it would help inoculate me against the ugly. But I also knew I am horrible at keeping commitments to myself. So, my plan was to send a weekly newsletter to a few friends each week, with some beautiful things in it. But I am also easily bored, so I only committed to do it through Lent. However, something strange happened – I ended up enjoying it. I haven’t had this much fun doing something online since I began blogging…
  • Why I Stay in the South

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

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

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

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

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    By Matthew Doherty, Executive Director It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to serve as Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and to help carry forward the great work of this agency and of my predecessors. It is also a distinct privilege to work with the fantastic team of staff we have at USICH, both the team working here in DC and our Regional Coordinators working out in the field. Finally, I am humbled by the many sacrifices that my husband, Dean Thorp, is making so that I can step into this role. USICH’s work is successful because of our…
  • Building Blocks to Success: Community-Wide Partnerships and Commitments Drive Success in Central Florida

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    By Amy Sawyer In Central Florida, the most important building blocks to success are its people. People from all walks of life including landlords, judges, outreach workers, and faith leaders have partnered with the VA Medical Center to make a difference in the lives of Veterans experiencing homelessness and the data is showing that these strong partnerships are paying off, as the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness is decreasing in Central Florida. This past month, Federal partners from HUD, USICH, and VA joined Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to…
  • The New Orleans Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    By Martha J. Kegel Three months ago, after a campaign led by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans became the first major city to effectively end Veteran homelessness. During an intense six-month campaign, community partners connected every Veteran living on the street or in emergency shelter who would accept housing with an apartment of his or her own, with supportive services scaled to the Veteran’s needs. Now we actively work every day to maintain a “functional zero” in Veteran homelessness by housing any newly homeless Veteran within an average of 30 days. I firmly believe…
  • Ending Youth Homelessness in Connecticut

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

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