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  • This Could Help Curb New York City's Homelessness Issue

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio may have once been reluctant to admit how serious and widespread the issue of homelessness is in the New York City, but... Read more: New York, New York City, Homelessness, Bill De Blasio, Housing, New York Housing, Hpl, Homeless, New York Homeless, Impact News
  • Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD: Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    Before any data existed to prove the point, rapid rehousing was touted as a low-cost, common sense, humane approach to ending family homelessness. Read more: Hud, Homelessness, Family Homelessness, Poverty, US Poverty, Impact News
  • Brad Reid: Difficult Legal Issues Surround Anti-Panhandling Ordinances

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Brad Reid
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:09 am
    It is possible that some panhandlers view it as their profession and do not meet a "truly-needy" test that critics of panhandlers in general discuss. However, to the extent that panhandling reflects unmet human needs, it is one piece of much broader social issues that have no simple solutions. Read more: Panhandling, Ordinances, Public Forum, First Amendment, Gated Communities, Poverty, Homelessness, Business News
  • Ignoring Homeless Families and Youth: They Don't Disappear

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    Diane Nilan
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Lost housing, doubled up, staying with others.For thousands of students in Kansas, with and without parents, who have nowhere to go, doubled up means instability, tensions, and worse….High mobility, poverty, trauma, family crises, coupled with the lack of safe and affordable housing options combine to create an onslaught of families and youth with nowhere to go. Over 70% of the more than 10,000 KS students identified as homeless are doubled up, temporarily staying in the housing of others. Many go unidentified…but HEAR US Inc. invites them to tell their stories in these short video…
  • 100 Disposable Cameras Were Given To Homeless People. Here's What Happened Next

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In July, Café Art, a U.K.-based arts initiative, gave 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to homeless people in London with just one instructi... Read more: 100 Disposable Cameras, Homeless, Cafe Art, 100 Cameras, London, UK, Impact News
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  • Shelly

    invisiblepeople
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Shelly is homeless in Hollywood, but she refers to herself as a “canner that sleeps outside”. Shelly survives by recycling cans. She says it’s just a band-aide until the economy gets better. Thing is, Shelly […] The post Shelly appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Carroll

    invisiblepeople
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    Carroll is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He made me feel so good just by having a simple conversation with him. A trait I wish more people would put into practice. […] The post Carroll appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Lee Lee and William

    invisiblepeople
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    The first thing you notice about Lee Lee and William is how nice they are. We met while I was visiting Tent City 3 in Seattle. The first day I visited Lee Lee was working […] The post Lee Lee and William appeared first on Invisible People.
  • It’s Not “Wet Housing”. It’s Just Housing.

    invisiblepeople
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    When I landed in Seattle last month, I received an email from Daniel Malone, who at the time was Deputy Director of DESC and is now Executive Director. In the email, Daniel asked me what […] The post It’s Not “Wet Housing”. It’s Just Housing. appeared first on Invisible People.
  • Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services.

    invisiblepeople
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Los Angeles Times reported transient encampments and car camping grew 85% countywide in the last two years. This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to make it easier for authorities to clean up homeless […] The post Seattle’s Tent City 3: Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services. appeared first on Invisible People.
 
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  • Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD: Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

    Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    Before any data existed to prove the point, rapid rehousing was touted as a low-cost, common sense, humane approach to ending family homelessness. Read more: Hud, Homelessness, Family Homelessness, Poverty, US Poverty, Impact News
  • This Could Help Curb New York City's Homelessness Issue

    The Huffington Post News Team
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio may have once been reluctant to admit how serious and widespread the issue of homelessness is in the New York City, but... Read more: New York, New York City, Homelessness, Bill De Blasio, Housing, New York Housing, Hpl, Homeless, New York Homeless, Impact News
  • Steve Peck: Why Garcetti's Missed Deadline Misses the Point About Los Angeles' Homeless Veterans

    Steve Peck
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    Rather than pick an arbitrary end date, let's focus on what is important - that we use every resource at our disposal to get every last veteran off the street as soon as we can. Read more: Los Angeles Homeless, Homeless Veterans, Veterans, Homelessness, Los Angeles News
  • Brad Reid: Difficult Legal Issues Surround Anti-Panhandling Ordinances

    Brad Reid
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:09 am
    It is possible that some panhandlers view it as their profession and do not meet a "truly-needy" test that critics of panhandlers in general discuss. However, to the extent that panhandling reflects unmet human needs, it is one piece of much broader social issues that have no simple solutions. Read more: Panhandling, Ordinances, Public Forum, First Amendment, Gated Communities, Poverty, Homelessness, Business News
  • 100 Disposable Cameras Were Given To Homeless People. Here's What Happened Next

    The Huffington Post News Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In July, Café Art, a U.K.-based arts initiative, gave 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to homeless people in London with just one instructi... Read more: 100 Disposable Cameras, Homeless, Cafe Art, 100 Cameras, London, UK, Impact News
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  • In the UK a prefabricated house transformer for homeless and low-income people has been developed

    maggie
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    The project of the house with a total area of only 26 square meters was designed and implemented by the order of the famous charity YMCA, which for several years is looking for an alternative to traditional housing, the cost of which in the UK is very high to settle the poor and homeless, who are temporarily living in hostels. Conceived at the same time to lower the price level by about 40%, YMCA did not want to lose quality, so before the architects was a task to create affordable housing, but energy-efficient and attractive. Y-Cube is an elongated parallelepiped, covered with a gable roof…
 
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  • The Middle Ground by Sam Day 9/2/2015

    Martha Tesema
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:56 pm
    To view previous images from The Middle Ground, click here. Sam Day's work can be found online at http://www.samday.com
  • Making dollars and sense out of the United States and its government

    Martha Tesema
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Thirty years ago a friend gave me a Stetson fedora he’d bought for a buck at a thrift store on Aurora. It looked like the Indiana Jones hat. I’d never worn a hat before in my life and had always been told that wearing hats makes men go bald. So I thought, why not? Let’s test that theory. So for years, I wore that hat almost all day every day, looking for signs of male pattern baldness every evening. All I got was a slowly receding hairline. Nothing dramatic I could point to and say,
  • Letters to the Editor

    Martha Tesema
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Praise for Mother NatureWhat a fantastic article and photos (RC, “Lost and  found,” Aug. 19)! I’ve been staring at the images and have read the article several times now. Kudos to both Rosette Royale and Bryant Carlin on a great piece of journalism. My hope is that Bryant comes back from his six months in Olympic National Park with more great images. Corey Gault  |  Seattle
  • Stop The Hypocrisy

    Martha Tesema
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Protesters in Occidental Park saw the hypocrisy of President Obama’s visit to Alaska for the three-day GLACIER Conference on global warming while, at the same time, giving his permission to Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.  Protesters gathered on Aug. 31 to “March Against Hypocrisy.” The march began at Occidental Park and ended outside the federal building on Second Avenue with a “die-in.”
  • When will Amazon start doing its part to make up for the negative impact its rapid growth is having on Seattle?

    Martha Tesema
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Amazon’s impact on Seattle is a hot topic these days, in the news and on the street. It’s not hard to see why. Amazon isn’t merely a symbol of our city’s rapid growth, it’s the single largest engine driving that growth. Amazon now has well over 20,000 employees in the Seattle area, and that number could easily triple over the next few years.
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  • Woman flashes judge during bond hearing

    padschicago
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: [van id=”van/ns-acc/2015/08/20/SE-021TH_CNNA-ST1-1000000002dc8b68″] BROWARD COUNTY, Flor. — A woman was having her day in court when she displayed exhibit-A and exhibit-B. Susan Surrette was in court in Broward County, Florida, for disorderly intoxication, when she flashed her breasts at the judge. During a conversation with Judge John Hurley, Surrette said she was a hair dresser and had another job. “You’re also what,” asked Hurley. “Kayla Kupcakes.  I’m an escort too,” answered Surrette. Surrette calls herself Kayla Kupckakes on her website,…
  • Man gets invited to stranger’s bachelor party by mistake — but he’s going anyways

    padschicago
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    padschicago:Love this! Originally posted on WGN-TV: SEATTLE — In a couple of weeks, Joey DiJulio is flying across the country for a bachelor party. Good times with old buds, right? Not exactly. Joey doesn’t know who’s attending the party. In fact, he’s never even met the groom. No, it’s not the plot of a new Vince Vaughn movie or a remake of the old Tom Hanks movie. Joey is flying from Seattle to Philadelphia to attend the bachelor party of Jeff Minetti, a man he’s never met, has no connection to and only spoken to twice via email. How it happened On Feb. 11, Joey received an…
  • WGN weatherman reenacts sports highlights after video fails

    padschicago
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    padschicago:Gotta love my fave crazy WGN Morning News! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code=”Y0c25xczoZTgwg9L6a2KY6owKAbJMbID” player_id=”4441ed2a84e74b66b60ce980f20deb84″] CHICAGO — No video? No problem. WGN Morning News has been experiencing technical difficulties this morning – but have no fear, Demetrius Ivory is here. Weatherman Demetrius Ivory helped Marcus Leshock report sports news with a little reenactment. Watch the hilarious video in the player above View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

    padschicago
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is now accepting applications for their Commissioner’s Fellowship Program. A doctoral level degree is required however lower degrees will be considered. Find more information and to apply, go to the link below. http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/workingatfda/fellowshipinternshipgraduatefacultyprograms/commissionersfellowshipprogram/default.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ~ AnnMarieFiled under: jobs, links, News Tagged: administration, application, drug, FDA, fellowship, food, internship
  • Watch Out for Fake Gmail Messages in Your Inbox « BBB Consumer News and Opinion Blog

    padschicago
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    http://www.bbb.org/blog/2015/01/watch-out-for-fake-gmail-messages-in-your-inbox/Filed under: links, News Tagged: gmail, Google, hacking, malware
 
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  • RRH Case Manager - Housing for New Hope

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    Housing for New Hope has been dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness for over 20 year.  We currently have an opening for a full-time Case Manager. Position Summary The Case Manager will provide intensive case management and supportive services to homeless families transitioning out of emergency shelter into apartment-based housing. The Rapid Rehousing Program's office is located within Urban Ministries and the Case Manager will also spend time visiting clients in scattered site housing units, throughout Durham. Responsibilities & Duties  Provide initial…
  • Peer Support Specialist - Housing for New Hope

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:19 am
    Housing for New Hope has been dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness for over 20 years and currently has an opening for a part-time Peer Support Specialist. The Peer Support Specialist is responsible for providing peer support services to clients who have a mental illness with or without a co-occurring substance/alcohol addiction who are homeless in group and individual settings. The Peer Support Specialist will use one's unique recovery experience to teach and model effective coping techniques, self-help strategies, and efficient use of community resources and natural…
  • Occupancy Specialist - Asheboro Housing Authority

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The primary purpose of this position is to support the activities of the Authority’s Public Housing program by performing various clerical and technical tasks. The incumbent frequently interacts with applicants and residents by providing information, conducting interviews and preparing related paperwork. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) applicants preferred. The position manages and maintains HUD’s Low-rent Public Housing database of applications and the waiting list; verifies accuracy of all related documents; determines eligibility of new applicants and confirms continued…
  • Part-Time Counselors (2 positions) - Haven House

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Haven House has two openings: a part-time Residential Counselor and a part-time Overnight Awake Counselor. Full job descriptions are posted on the Haven House Services website. To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and the name of the position you are interested in to hr@havenhousenc.org or jkirby@havenhousenc.org
  • Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    For individuals and veterans living with disabilities or special needs, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. This guide identifies legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offers tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggests modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible. View the guide on the Expertise website.
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  • Feeling Better

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    The doctor had me sit up on the examination table, and then asked me to lift my leg up on the pull out table extension.  He put his hand under my calf to help.  As soon as he touched it he said, "Whoa!"  I took that as a sign that this 60 year old doctor had never seen a leg so swollen.  Both of my legs were the same.   One of the prescriptions he gave me was to help reduce the swelling, and
  • Medical Me

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    One of the many requirements for getting a bed at the shelter is a TB test. Well, one thing led to another this morning at the clinic and I've had blood work done, and I'm now on a high blood pressure medication and a diuretic to hopefully reduce the swelling in my legs. This afternoon I will also get a chest Xray. California's state medical insurance is a million times better than
  • I Am In

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:34 pm
    When I arrived at the shelter for my one night stay on a cot, I was informed that a bed had become available and I was assigned to a permanent program bed.  I'll be able to stay in this program for up to 90 days.   There are many services available here that might help me find a permanent place to live.
  • Reaching The Bottom

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Despite the respite I had last week, after three days back on the streets I was feeling as miserable as ever, and having a very hard time staying awake.  I can now estimate how long I sleep while in McDonalds by the amount of drool I find on my t-shirt when I wake up.   After all this time of waiting for an outreach social worker to find me on the street, I went looking for one myself.   Found
  • A Monumental Achievement For Homeless People in Nashville

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Making use of crowd sourcing, a church minister was able to raise over 50,000 dollars for the creation of a micro home village for the homeless.  Read about it at  http://www.gofundme.com/HomelessVillage
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  • 27 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Originally this blog was created when Blogger had certain functions available that aren't anymore.Originally the first post was created in 2004, so it's actually best if you start from there and continue reading 'older post' to get an understanding of what was going on in our lives at the time.Over the course of time, I became involved in 'monetizing' my blog and caught up in 'paid posts' for a few years.  A revamped site won't include those entries, so they won't detract from the story behind the people you're reading about within these missives.Comments are moderated, so if you…
  • The musician's friend

    19 Sep 2012 | 5:36 pm
    Have you ever seen a musicians friend play the banjo? It only works if the friend is a musician themselves.Months ago I sat down and watched my daughter attempt another round of Rockstar Rolling, or one of those similiar guitar playing video games. She genuinely smiles thinking she’s accomplishing something.Chances are in the next year I’ll check in to seeing if she wants to dabble in either strumming a dulcimer or learning to finger a violin. Anything beats the next phase she’s already interested in...the drums.
  • Why some police shouldn't be police

    23 Aug 2012 | 5:18 am
    I'm sorry, but I was trained to use lethal deadly force when necessary.I've had to make the decision of when or if to use such, and I've diffused situations much more dangerous than this with everybody involved being able to wake up the next morning.I've had people under my command who obeyed orders up to that point. 1 man with a knife facing multiple police officers, a canine police unit...and reportedly 45 shots fired?Obviously this town in particular is paying too much for too little on law enforcement. 
  • Fastforwardacademy

    23 Aug 2012 | 5:05 am
    I’ve mentioned Fastforwardacademy.com in prior posts, initially due to the need of many people needing to get their enrolled agent ethics course behind them.  They’re one of the most simplest means people can get their enrolled agent continuing education requirements fulfilled quick and easy.A month ago I noticed more questions being sent to me in my comments that I didn’t feel it was my place to speak for them.  For direct questions regarding the site, it’s best to check them out directly.  On another note there are some matters others seeking these…
  • Has it been six years

    5 Aug 2012 | 6:00 pm
    I was going through some posts. Some of the photos in the blog were originally lost due to site changes, but one entry that stood out was just prior to us leaving a shelter in June 2006. It made me realize 'why' the CEO of that agency felt compelled a year later to personally apologize to me.It still doesn't change the fact her subordinate is again directing a housing section of another non-profit agency in Jacksonville...nor the individuals still employed with a known history of unethical, immoral, and illegal activity.Please. Make no mistake.When an employee of a homeless shelter father's…
 
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  • Andy’s End of Month Update – August

    jhuckleby
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – August appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Stories from Skid Row – Jon

    jhuckleby
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/g_3V9v-CbKo The post Stories from Skid Row – Jon appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – August 2015

    Steve Lee
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    “For most of my life, the world viewed me as trash,” says Gary, 57. “But God used Union Rescue Mission to make me a treasure, and to show the world what He can do with someone like me.” Gary grew up in poverty, the son of a struggling mother who had difficulty providing for her family. “We never had what the other kids had,” he recalls. “They dressed nicer than we did. I guess that affected my self-esteem.” By high school, Gary was snatching purses, burglarizing homes, stealing cars, and gambling on the streets. Then his brother introduced him to crack cocaine. He was…
  • Lost Angels Children’s Project – Year Two!

    Steve Lee
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Lost Angels Children’s Project founder Aaron Valencia is at it again! This year he is building a 1936 Ford Coupe to giveaway at the 13th annualVentura Nationals Custom Cars & Motorcycle Show on Saturday, September 5th. Last year, the Lost Angels Children’s Project car build giveaway raised money to off-set the cost of the build plus donate $17,110 each to the youth department of Union Rescue Mission and Grace Resource Center. This generous donation from Lost Angels Children’s project was used to buy washers and dryers for the families currently living at URM, recreational and…
  • Stories from Skid Row – William

    jhuckleby
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/dT6V0QMdkFo The post Stories from Skid Row – William appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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  • Harry’s Fresh Food celebrates end of summer at Shepherd’s Door

    PDXMission
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sometimes, partnerships are simply meant to be. And after Harry’s Fresh Foods connected with Portland Rescue Mission last year, it was it was evident to all it was the perfect match. “After we talked last year, Harry’s Fresh Foods fell in love with who we’re serving, what we’re doing to help the community and wanted to know how they could get involved with the Mission,” said Alexa Mason, of our Community Engagement team. “Since then, they have gotten really involved, and have a special heart for Shepherd’s Door. “They really believe our Mission, and they want to be a part of…
  • Kat grows in responsibility stewarding the garden at Shepherd’s Door

    PDXMission
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Tomatoes have been a successful crop this year. Kat walks around the garden, checking tomato plants. “During the hot, hot weather that we had, they weren’t really liking that too much,” she said. With a basket in hand, Kat was in the process of harvesting. “There are a lot of tomatoes that I bring in. I am out here harvesting pretty much every day.” As a result, the tomatoes from the garden have contributed to many of the lunches and dinners for the women and children at Shepherd’s Door. “I think I have 35 tomato plants,” she pointed out. Kat is a New Life…
  • Portland Rescue Mission teaching guests to ‘Rent Well’ at Burnside Shelter

    PDXMission
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Malia Pearson (left) and Andrew Hall (right) teach the Rent Well class at the Burnside Shelter. For those who participate in our Connect Ministry at Portland Rescue Mission, one of the main reasons they enter the program is to gain stabilization as they transition to permanent housing and/or a job.  Connect is a key component of our Pathway Ministries. Our goal in helping men and women find housing inspired staff  at the Burnside Shelter to start teaching Rent Well – a program started in Multnomah County by Home Forward. “Some people really, really need to do the Rent Well program to…
  • Think differently about people experiencing homelessness in Portland (videos)

    PDXMission
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    At Portland Rescue Mission, we love stories that warm our souls. If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you might remember a recent story about Donald Gould. Donald found his way off the streets after his musical talent got him discovered on the streets of Florida. In that process, he was also able to reconnect with his long lost son. Donald’s story, of course, is a particular favorite of ours. Below are a couple of other great videos floating around on the Internet that just might cause you to think about packing a care kit next time you’re out and about or, maybe consider…
  • Mission Bar-B-Que, a hit at NW Alternative Housing’s annual picnic

    PDXMission
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The secret is out: Mission Bar-B-Que is a hit with people who have ordered from Portland Rescue Mission’s newest enterprise. Thanks, in part, to a story in The Oregonian about Mission Bar-B-Que pit master Dwight, a former New Life Ministries graduate of The Harbor, the praise keeps on coming. After reading Dwight’s story, as well as learning about the additional opportunities for vocational training for our New Life Ministries participants, NW Alternative Housing called up Mission Bar-B-Que to have us provide food for their annual picnic. Here is the response from one of their employees:…
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  • Shock! Homeless Families Get Attention In Florida Media

    Diane Nilan
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    (I read a column in the Naples Herald and have submitted this response to them. DDN)Kudos to Gary Levine and the Naples Herald for a thoughtful examination of the oft-ignored issue of homelessness (8/17/15). Mr. Levine points out the crux of this nation’s inability to address the issue of millions of people without an address: the “disconcerting…confusing” data that obscures, even distorts, the scope of homelessness in the richest country in the history of the world.Mr. Levine includes references to homeless families. That’s far more than data collectors from the U.S.
  • Shocking! Homeless Children and Youth--100% Increase

    Diane Nilan
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    If you wait long enough and do nothing, problems usually don’t go away. Such is the case illustrated by the astounding increase of homelessness among children and youth in this country. The latest numbers just released show a jaw-dropping 100% increase of students identified as homeless since I’ve been on the road—10 years ago.US Department of Education numbers indicate 1,360,747 students identified experienced homelessness in the 2013-14 school year, 8% more than the previous year. I’m almost too numb to be shocked. Almost. To be clear, the 1.36 million number does not…
  • Ignoring Homeless Families and Youth: They Don't Disappear

    Diane Nilan
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Lost housing, doubled up, staying with others.For thousands of students in Kansas, with and without parents, who have nowhere to go, doubled up means instability, tensions, and worse….High mobility, poverty, trauma, family crises, coupled with the lack of safe and affordable housing options combine to create an onslaught of families and youth with nowhere to go. Over 70% of the more than 10,000 KS students identified as homeless are doubled up, temporarily staying in the housing of others. Many go unidentified…but HEAR US Inc. invites them to tell their stories in these short video…
  • Don't Send HEAR US Flowers!

    Diane Nilan
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Sometimes I just don't do well asking for money.We have our 10th anniversary coming up July 1. Donations up to $5000 will be matched, so we can raise $10,000 without having a dinner, dance or auction.For the past 10 years, I've been honored to be the instrument to give homeless kids and parents voice and visibility. It's been quite a ride. Check our website and blogs for more info, www.hearus.us.Funds keep me going on projects that don't always have funding attached, but they're important. HEAR US is frugal. We're effective. And we've gained respect and gratitude of people across the country,…
  • Grandma Didn’t Sign Up For This

    Diane Nilan
    28 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    The cardboard sign poked out from the doorway where the family huddled. As Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shoppers and tourists streamed obliviously by, this (apparently) homeless family (I’m guessing grandma by her appearance) scrunched on the concrete, out of the way of foot traffic, tattered cup propped by grandma’s feet, kids leaning on her like a beanbag chair, all trying not to hope for a miracle to release them from this panhandling hell.If everyone who walked by in an hour would have given a dollar, their homelessness would have been solved for a month or so, assuming that money was…
 
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  • SNR Panhandling, Week Two

    Thomas Armstrong
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In this week’s Sacramento News & Review, the publication is in its second week of  panhandling.Except that the muck-a-mucks of the publication dress better than most homeless guys, the mucks are on a rough par with homeless people waving their “Help me with $$$” signs on freeway off-ramps.SNR's 09/03/15 coverTo her somewhat credit, co-editor Rachel Leibrock wrote a plea for reader donations that is shy and reluctant. Leibrock’s plea began thus:As a journalist, I'm typically loathe to cross the line between editorial and advertising. Reporters do the reporting, analyzing and…
  • The Science of Hating Homeless People

    Thomas Armstrong
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Science roars. It delves into everything. The reach of science journeys back to the tiniest fraction of a second following the moment when the universe came into existence and it looks all around the interior space of our skulls to seek brain activity in sync with our thoughts.Arrow points to the MPFC areaon the right side of a brain.The MPFC exists on both sides.An experiment, using American university-student volunteers, was conducted with the young people being shown pictures of various groups of people likely to be outliers to the folks they might normally know or admire.  They saw…
  • Sacramento Homeless Count 2015, Part II

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    This is the second part of a three-part post. Part I is here. Part III is acomin'.The Homeless Count that Sacramento Steps Forward conducts is, perhaps, the best it can be. My objection, though – and it’s not a very serious objection – is that the public gets too simplified a sense of who homeless people are.The homeless population is a vastly varying assortment of stark individuals. You can’t get a definitive count because you would first have to define what constitutes being homeless and, as with many categorizations, with any definition, there are instances that are borderline. It…
  • Is America going to start punishing criminals for crimes they theoretically might commit in the future?

    Thomas Armstrong
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    There is an OUTRAGEOUS story at the website fivethirtyeight.com , "Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet?" that tells us that in Pennsylvania convicted criminals’ sentences will soon, in significant part, be based on an evaluation of what their future likelihood is of committing additional crimes.On the face of it, the outrageous element of this development may not be obvious. Perhaps everywhere in the United States convicted criminals are evaluated in the sentencing phase based not only on the crime(s) of their current conviction, but on their record…
  • Sacramento Homeless Count 2015, Part I

    Thomas Armstrong
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Sacramento Steps Forward released reports providing data from the January Homeless Count they conducted. The count is “required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)” to occur on a bi-annual basis on a day during the last ten days in January. The reports are three in pdf format: A cover memo; A report on the survey by Focus Strategies; and A Resource Guide for People Experiencing Homelessness.Understandably, perhaps, the figure the Bee and other local news media glommed onto, pretty much exclusive of all else, is the overall count of homeless people in…
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  • USC notes on Monday Night.

    Sonya
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 pm
    8-31 506 Monday notes Previous attempts to upload my USC MSW notes did not work all that well. I am going to make a page just for this.Filed under: poverty Tagged: class, homework, MSW, MSW 506, notes, usc
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    Sonya
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:24 pm
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  • The Batman Cave

    Sonya
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:14 pm
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  • notes from August 31, Monday Night Class

    Sonya
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    506 Next Monday there is No class !! Boo! Conflict theory. Conflict is a normal part of life. Conflict is constant and creates change. It is a fact of social life. Psycho Dynamic theories – Freud (Id, Ego and Superego) 2 types of conflict Within systems – Endogenous Conflict Between of systems – Exogenous Changes […]
  • Tips for test taking

    Sonya
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    As I try new things, you are coming along for the ride. I’ve been telling you how stunted I feel with just a B.A., and you’ve heard my USC dreams, so now the I am here : enjoy! This was on my FB feed today, and I’m popping it here for reference in the future. […]
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  • Springfield/Hampden CoC: Seeking Your Input on Performance Goals

    Gerry McCafferty
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:56 am
    The Springfield/Hampden County CoC Performance and Outcomes Committee has been working very hard the last two months to create performance goals for our CoC. Over a number of meetings, the committee has thought about the individual program goals that will lead to overall system success, has reviewed data on current performance, and has considered appropriate goals for programs to strive for. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.  We’d like feedback on the draft goals, from the whole community, but especially from the programs that serve homeless people and will be measured. Click to see CoC Draft…
  • CT Declares End to Chronic Veteran Homelessness

    Pamela Schwartz
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:28 am
    Connecticut is First State in America to End Chronic Veteran Homelessness State Receives First-in-the-Nation Designation from Federal Government in Response to Positive Housing Efforts (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has been designated by the federal government as being the first state in the nation to have ended chronic homelessness among veterans. Last year, Governor Malloy announced several initiatives aimed at combatting veteran homelessness with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.  The state…
  • Residency restrictions for sex offenders struck down

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    On Friday, August 28, the MA Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling that struck down residency restrictions for sex offenders.  This Boston Globe article reported: Cities and towns cannot ban sex offenders from living near parks and schools, the state’s high court said Friday, in a sharply worded ruling that could invalidate local laws in 49 municipalities from Springfield to Fall River. The Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous decision likened the restrictions to two dark chapters in American history: the forcible removal of Indian tribes in the 19th century and the internment of…
  • Western MA Veteran Expo and Job Fair: Provider Sign-up Now!

    Pamela Schwartz
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Provider/Exhibitor/Participant:  Please join us for the 2nd Annual Western Mass Veteran Expo & Job Fair  October 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. MassMutual Center generously donated 40,000 square feet for this wonderful event. Vendor Registration is FREE – Provider Form DUE by SEPTEMBER 1st. (vendor organizers will contact you with details regarding logistics). Last year was a huge success with nearly 1,000 people attending. Come for the networking opportunities with other Veteran resource vendors and share your resources with Veterans, military members and their families.For up…
 
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  • Does Prayer Work?

    Hugh Hollowell
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Once upon a time, I had a monthly newsletter where I talked about faith matters. It was a short-lived project, but this one issue has stuck with people, with many, many people over the years telling me it resonated with them. More than one person has told me they printed it out and put it on the ‘fridge or in their cubicle at work. It has always been hard to share in it’s email format, however, so I am putting the text here, with the hope it may resonate with more people. Does Prayer Work? Dear Friends, I have a confession: I’m not sure I believe in prayer. In the small…
  • Hospital Diary – Day 11

    Hugh Hollowell
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    These are lightly edited versions of posts that were originally shared on Facebook while we were in the hospital, immediately before, during and after Renee’s transplant.  I am preserving them here for future reference.  Friday, August 21, 2015 We were released from the hospital around 4PM, after Renee was disconnected from the monitors, had the last of the IVs removed and a parade of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and Physician’s Assistants came through, each with instructions and often, papers for us to take home. But finally, the last paper was signed, they called the orderly with the…
  • Hospital Diary – Day 2

    Hugh Hollowell
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    These are lightly edited versions of posts that were originally shared on Facebook while we were in the hospital, immediately before, during and after Renee’s transplant.  I am preserving them here for future reference.  Wednesday August 12, 2015 They took Renee back just after 12:00am, and we went to the waiting room, ostensibly to sleep. but sleep did not come. I didn’t announce her going back, as I wanted some wiggle room in timing, so if something went wrong, I did not have a ton of people pestering me for updates before I could tell everyone.  1:32AM Keep watch, dear Lord,…
  • Helping Hugh and Renee

    Hugh Hollowell
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Tuesday morning the 11th, about 10:30, we got THE call – there was a heart waiting for us at Duke Hospital. Two hours later, we were sitting in pre-op, waiting  for the transplant team. As the kids say, things just got very real. If you have no idea what is going on, you can catch up on the back story here. People are already asking how they can help, and we are grateful. We will keep this page updated in the days ahead with our current needs. Here are practical things we need: Gift cards are amazing, and don’t expire. Subway, Starbucks, McDonalds are all decent options, and easy to…
  • Hospital Diary – Day 1

    Hugh Hollowell
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    These are lightly edited versions of posts that were originally shared on Facebook while we were in the hospital, immediately before, during and after Renee’s transplant.  I am preserving them here for future reference.  Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:28PM This morning we got a call from Duke Hospital in Durham, telling us to come in because they had a heart for Renee. I came home from work, and we ran around like crazy people, grabbing clothes and feeding the cats and rushing out the door. We have been here once before, and it didn’t work out, so we waited until we were pretty sure it…
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  • Celebrate Labor Day: 6 Resources for Connecting People to Job Opportunities

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    Meaningful and sustainable jobs provide people a path out of homelessness. They instill people with purpose and possibility. They help people engage in their communities and in society at large. This Labor Day, we hope you will re-commit to the employment strategies in Opening Doors and accelerate our work to connect people experiencing homelessness to employment. We've gathered six employment resources from our partners we think you should know about.
  • Good News from Philadelphia: Coordinated Services Produce Results

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Army Veteran Thomas Green struggled with multiple episodes of homelessness spanning the past 20 years. Thanks to the coordination of multiple VA programs, Mr. Green now has stable housing in the Veterans Multi-Service Center's (VMC) Shelter Plus Care Program. Learn more about Thomas Green's story and how the VMC, through coordination with other VA programs, is helping connect Veterans to housing in Philadelphia.
  • Country Girl Tackles Homelessness and the DC Metro as USICH Intern

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    By Mel Sullivan Let me start with a little background. My name is Mel Sullivan and I am a fourth year LINK-2-LEAD doctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in the Specialized Educational Services department. My focus is on how institutes of higher education (IHEs) and school districts prepare or train teachers to work with students experiencing homelessness or in foster care. In my future career as a teacher educator, I hope to improve teacher development in this area, in addition to emphasizing collaboration between professionals in education, social work,…
  • Project 25: Saving Money While Saving Lives

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    By Kris Kuntz Last week my friend Jeanine passed away. She was found unconscious in her apartment. Jeanine suffered from several health complications including a seizure disorder, bouts of depression, and a long history of drinking. The doctors concluded that her body essentially shut down and that nothing could have been done, although it is hard to believe given her athletic 6’2” frame, outgoing personality, and the fact that she walked five miles every day. She was only 52. I met Jeanine three years ago in the San Diego County women’s jail after her name was brought up…
  • Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, Making Strides to End Youth Homelessness

    diane.kean@usich.gov
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    By Jasmine Hayes, Jon Bradley, and Mary Li Since the adoption of the Federal Framework to End Youth Homelessness in 2012, the Council’s Interagency Working Group on Ending Youth Homelessness has made progress around the two broad areas for action: 1) increasing data on youth homelessness and 2) building community capacity to respond to youth homelessness. Council agencies have supported the improvement in counting youth as part of Point-in-Time counts, initiated community planning efforts, supported pilot projects, and launched the integration of Runaway and Homeless Youth Management…
 
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