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  • People Disguised As Homeless Ignored By Loved Ones On Street In Stunning Social Experiment

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognize him or her? That's the question a new campaign -- Make Them Visible -- is asking... Read more: Make Them Visible Homeless, Video, Homeless Make Them Visible, Homeless Family Member Video, Homelessness, Homeless Social Experiment, Homeless Mother Video, Recognize Homeless Family Member, Make Them Visible Video, Impact News
  • Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem

    The Homeless Guy
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
  • Homeless Families Struggle To Get By In 'The Happiest Place On Earth'

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson foun... Read more: Minimum Wage, Homelessness, Homeless Children, Impact News, Homeless Families, Homelessness Florida, Florida Homeless Families, Homelessness Disney, Motels Homelessness, Impact News
  • Ron

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    I met Ron in Columbus, Ohio. He has lived on the streets for 4 years.  Ron relocated from Orlando for family and then found himself in trouble. After doing some prison time, Ron says when […]
  • Amy L. Freeman: The Moment Lost in a Smile Withheld

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Amy L. Freeman
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I wondered what has happened to her, what people have said (or not said) to or near her, words or glances that have torn at her soul so deeply that she expects nothing but scorn. Read more: Housing First, Homelessness, Bethesda, Affordable Housing, Random Acts of Kindness, Kind Gesture, Good News News
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  • Ron

    invisiblepeople
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    I met Ron in Columbus, Ohio. He has lived on the streets for 4 years.  Ron relocated from Orlando for family and then found himself in trouble. After doing some prison time, Ron says when […]
  • Tammy

    invisiblepeople
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Tammy has been “jumped” twice by kids and adults going on a rampage setting fires and abusing homeless people, but that’s not the least of her worries. She has lived in the tent you see […]
  • David

    invisiblepeople
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Sex offenders are at increased risk for committing another sex offense if they are homeless.If you get nothing else from this interview with David, please remember that first sentence! Some people actually believe that sex […]
  • Ending Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness: Interview with Jama Shelton

    invisiblepeople
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Many of you know me as a follower of Jesus and those of you that have been paying attention also know me as a “straight ally”. To me, I actually believe both of those descriptions […]
  • Patrick

    invisiblepeople
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    When I met Patrick he was living in a van with his wife and dog. They went from a 4-bedroom house to mobile homelessness, and at the time of this interview they were living in […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Amy L. Freeman: The Moment Lost in a Smile Withheld

    Amy L. Freeman
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I wondered what has happened to her, what people have said (or not said) to or near her, words or glances that have torn at her soul so deeply that she expects nothing but scorn. Read more: Housing First, Homelessness, Bethesda, Affordable Housing, Random Acts of Kindness, Kind Gesture, Good News News
  • Homeless Families Struggle To Get By In 'The Happiest Place On Earth'

    The Huffington Post News Team
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson foun... Read more: Minimum Wage, Homelessness, Homeless Children, Impact News, Homeless Families, Homelessness Florida, Florida Homeless Families, Homelessness Disney, Motels Homelessness, Impact News
  • People Disguised As Homeless Ignored By Loved Ones On Street In Stunning Social Experiment

    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognize him or her? That's the question a new campaign -- Make Them Visible -- is asking... Read more: Make Them Visible Homeless, Video, Homeless Make Them Visible, Homeless Family Member Video, Homelessness, Homeless Social Experiment, Homeless Mother Video, Recognize Homeless Family Member, Make Them Visible Video, Impact News
  • Ari Nessel: Standing in Solidarity: This Week in Daily Giving

    Ari Nessel
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here are the extraordinary people and projects that the Pollination Project's daily givers supported this week. Read more: Ohio River, Animal Rights, Ecuador, Yasuni National Park, Ojibwe, Atlanta, Sanctuary, Los Angeles, Indigenous People, Ecology, Chapel Hill, Sustainability, Giving, Crowdfunding, Vegan, Micro-Giving, Art Therapy, Amazon, Philanthropy, Climate Change, Grantmaking, Rainforest, Homelessness, Water Pollution, Water, Domestic Violence, Earth Day, Impact News
  • Michele Bigley: Planting Roots in the Homes of Others: Couch-Surfing in LA

    Michele Bigley
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    As a traveler, I am calling this an adventure -- a truth because being without a home with two young children is nothing short of an adventure. Read more: San Fernando Valley, Topanga, Family Travel, On the Road With Kids, Homeless, Travel, Travel Blog, Traveling With Kids, Los Angeles, Roadschooling, Los Angeles News
 
 
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  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 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.
  • Out of Reach 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Every year for more than 20 years, the National Low Income Housing Coalition releases Out of Reach, their report on the Housing Wage: the wage one must earn in order to afford a modest rental home in communities across the country. Advocates can use this information to show Members of Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials the great need for affordable housing and its impact on the daily lives of their constituents. On the 25th anniversary of Out of Reach, the report continues to demonstrate that large numbers of low income renters cannot find decent, affordable housing. As…
  • Human Services Coordinator - NC DHHS

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/Independent Living is hiring a part-time coordinator to serve Asheville and the surrounding counties. The purpose of this position is to lead a participant and the transition planning team through the transition planning process and ensure the participant has the supports in place to live successfully in his or her community once s/he has transitioned. Strong collabration with other community partners is essential for quality transition planning. DVR-IL (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation / Independent Living) and MFP (Money Follows the Person)…
  • Veterans Specialist (LCSW) - Men's Shelter of Charlotte

    4 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The Men's Shelter of Charlotte, a private non-profit agency serving homeless men in Charlotte, North Carolina, is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic Veterans Specialist (LCSW). The Veterans Specialist is responsible for the delivery of services to homeless veterans in partnership with the local VA. To view the full job description and instructions for how to apply, please visit the Men's Shelter of Charlotte's website.
  • City of Raleigh CD Program Coordinator

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Position Duties: Develops monitoring programs to review grantees and loan recipients for compliance and performance; develops and manages contracts for organizations providing services to low-income and/or special needs populations under the direction of the Strategic Planning Program Manager. Maintains records and budgets; provides technical assistance to grant recipients; performs research, prepares reports, and evaluates policies. Minimum Requirements: 2 years of experience in grant assistance programs to nonprofit organizations, monitoring of grant recipients for program compliance,…
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    Cleveland Homeless

  • Rally to Protest Benefit Cuts

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    There is a rally and March on Saturday April 12 at Noon at the Market Square Park on West 25th and Lorain Ave. across from the West Side Market.  The group will proceed down to St. Paul's Community Church on Franklin Blvd.  This is a grass roots efforts to call attention to the austerity measures taken by the federal government.  The Protest will ask the federal elected officials to: Extend unemployment insurance to the millions struggling to find jobs who lost benefits on January 1, 2014.Raise the minimum wage to meet the rising cost of food and shelter in the United…
  • Discrimination Report Issued by National Coalition

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The National Coalition for the Homeless has issued a briefing paper this week in Washington DC on the opinions of homeless people in the nation's capital.  This was a summer project by students at George Washington University to interview homeless people about their treatment that they receive by law enforcement, private businesses, medical services and social services. It is no surprise that law enforcement and private businesses were widely described as having discriminating against homeless people. For more on this post go here... Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • Housing 101 Workshop Scheduled for June

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    NEOCH introduces another Housing 101 workshop for social service providers in the community.  This new workshop will be Friday June 13 at 10 a.m. at NEOCH.  We will only have space for 40 people to attend, so you will have to get your reservation in quickly.  We have a flyer and a webpage dedicated to the Housing 101 here.  The workshop will give housing case managers information about HousingCleveland.org, and the new process for getting shelter in Cuyahoga County.  There is a presentation about landlord tenant issues from the Cleveland Tenants Organization and one…
  • Care Alliance Annual Meeting

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Care Alliance is hosting their annual meeting in two weeks  April 23 at Noon.  They are giving an award to Brian Davis at NEOCH, and you are welcome to join them at this event.  Please contact them if you are interested in attending.  You must RSVP by calling Mary Kate Hannan at Care Alliance 216/781-6228. For More on this post go here...Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • HUD Rejected Our Appeal Regarding Coordinated Intake

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    In April 2013, the County decided that anyone who does not go to the Coordinated Intake first would not be considered homeless and therefore not have access to the rest of the services in the community.  For men, you have to go to 2100 Lakeside shelter first before going to any other facility in the community for assistance with your homelessness.  Women and women with children must start their journey at the Norma Herr Center at 2227 Payne Ave.  If they go to one of the privately funded shelters in the community before going to Coordinated Intake, they lose their ability to…
 
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    Picture the Homeless | The Blog

  • Talking Trusts: East Harlem Residents Forum on Community Land Trusts

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Last week, dozens of East Harlem tenants and residents and shareholders gathered at Taino Towers to figure out how they were going to save their homes - and their community. They came together to see if community land trusts might be the solution. read more
  • Department of Justice: Investigate Ramarley Graham's Murder by the NYPD

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This morning, homeless folks joined allies in the movement for police reform at New York City's Federal Courthouse, as well as state and city elected officials & advocates, calling on the Department of Justice to fully investigate and bring charges read more
  • Criminalizing Homelessness Kills.

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It's been a hundred days since William Bratton came back to New York as commissioner of the NYPD, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. read more
  • Homeless People Need a Municipal ID!!

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Picture the Homeless was excited to join Council Members and allies in a massive rally on the steps of City Hall today, support the creation of a "Municipal ID" program that would help homeless people, undocumented immigrants, young people, and many other communities who have to deal with a whole lot of unnecessary stress and drama because they don't have a government-issued photo ID. read more
  • Ask a Homeless Person: What lessons should New York City learn from the death of Jerome Murdough?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Last month a homeless veteran died in a cell on Rikers Island, "baked to death," according to prison officials speaking on condition of anonymity. read more
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Resistance To Changing The Homeless Industry Paradigm

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Yes, homelessness is an industry, that is for those who offer services to homeless people - this includes everything from year round shelters to mom and pop groups that deliver food to the homeless on the streets.  Scouring the internet, I could not find a total count of all the official not-for-profit organizations nor for the  unofficial, yet altruistic, service providers dealing with the
  • Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
  • Almost There

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    When advocating for the homeless you will inevitably offend many people. Add to that my own innate ability to offend, and I'm surprised my advocacy has gone as well as it has. My thanks to all those who have donated so far to my laptop cause, we are more than halfway to the goal! Please, if you can spare any amount, large or small, it will be greatly appreciated.   See my Fundly post in the
  • A Lack Of Balance

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    So much of homelessness has changed in recent years.   It used to be that the economy wasn't a source of homelessness, except for a very few people.   But now, the economy is a much bigger driver of homelessness.     It used to be that the design of our economy didn't make people homeless, but only made it difficult for people to leave homelessness, but now it cannot be denied the role of our
  • When Movies Disappoint

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It is not usually a "bad" movie that disappoints people.  It is when advertising leads people to believe a film will by one kind of movie when it's actually another.  Many good films suffer at the box office because of this. I just watched "Blue Jasmine" and found it to be such a movie.  It was billed as a comedy of sorts, but there was really nothing funny about it, despite it being written
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Hearts for Hope 2014: A Garden of Hope

    Steve Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Union Rescue Mission partnered with the Hearts for Hope Committee on March 8th to hold our 5th Annual Hearts for Hope Gala. Held at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, this year’s event was a rousing success raising almost $400,000 for our Hope Gardens Family Center. Honored as “Hearts for Service” honorees were Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the Guggenheim Partners and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology Mental Health Clinic of Pepperdine; all who are long-time supporters of URM. The evening of entertainment featured recording artist Joy Enriquez, wife…
  • Sex, Drugs, and Prostitution…

    Steve Lee
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    In some ways, the 1980s were a great time for me. I was young, popular, intelligent, and a good Christian boy in my Baptist church in North Carolina. I dressed in suits and ties, I dyed my hair several different colors, and I danced to Prince, Madonna, and Boy George. And I dreamed of being stinking rich But there was another side to me. I discovered pot, alcohol, cigarettes — and sex. In fact, sex was my “drug” of choice. I not only loved sex, the more the better, I needed sex to fill the emptiness I felt and numb my terror of being alone. And as this other side to me grew larger, so…
  • Are We Really Reducing Harm?

    Rev. Andy
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I understand that the Housing 1st push to provide Permanent Supportive Housing along with The Harm Reduction Model (allowing drug use in the privacy of one’s unit within Permanent Supportive Housing) is being touted From Washington D.C. to Los Angeles as the latest silver bullet to end homelessness, but has anyone considered housing options for those who want to remain sober and reside in a sober and safe environment? Each quarter 14 to 30 men graduate from Union Rescue Mission’s intense 1 year recovery program sober, hopeful, and prepared for a job opportunity, a productive life,…
  • The Mission – April 2014

    Steve Lee
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    My mother was a drug addict and I never knew my father. So my grandparents raised me. They were strict, but they loved and sheltered me, and they did the best they could. The one thing they didn’t do was teach me how to take care of myself. So when I had my first child at age 18, I had no idea what to do. Then, when I met a man who promised to take care of me and my child, I moved in with him. I never had to work or anything. He provided for us, and we had two more children together. But he also beat me and controlled every part of my life. Worse, I was so afraid to be on my own, I felt…
  • Andy’s March Update

    jhuckleby
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    The post Andy’s March Update appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
 
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • An Easter Surprise

    PDXMission
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    A guest post by Judy Turley, Connect program manager Six weeks ago we opened the new Connect program to help women transition from homelessness to housing and employment. The facility holds 16 women and we currently serve 12. In just the first couple months of operation, we’ve seen a mix of women with the most incredible stories. Bringing them into a safe, loving place has given them a new lease on their lives. The women are planning, hoping and preparing for sustainable independence, and already there are several women working jobs and saving money for their own homes. On a daily…
  • Thank You For Giving Hope This Easter!

    PDXMission
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Less than a week ago we challenged each of our supporters, fans, and social media followers – everyone we could reach – to help provide meals this Easter season. The fundraising dollar amount for Easter meals had been down significantly from 2013, while at the same time we were seeing an increase in the need for meals. The response to our request was overwhelming. Hundreds of people pitched in to help, and over 9,500 meals were raised! Around 500 hungry, hurting people were able to share in good food and loving conversation on Easter day. Many homeless people don’t have…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 16 – Cheryl Gets Her GED!

    PDXMission
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Cheryl came to Shepherd’s Door, our addiction recovery facility for women, about six months ago. She was hurting and broken, but since being in our New Life Ministry program, she’s made great strides toward recovery, and she just recently received her GED! Check out her video below! Watch Cheryl’s video
  • Give An Easter Meal Today!

    PDXMission
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Easter is just around the corner! Provide a meal today that will bring hope to a person in need. Just days from now, families will gather around the table to share delicious food as we celebrate the Easter story. But there’s a growing crowd of men, women and families who are left out…literally. More people than ever are coming to the Mission for a hot meal and a second chance at life, and you can help them. With just a few days left until Easter, the window of opportunity is closing – and quickly!  Act now before it’s too late. Share Easter joy with a friend…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 15 – Meet Our Volunteers: Betty

    PDXMission
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Betty has been faithfully volunteering at Shepherd’s Door, our addiction recovery facility for women and their kids, for almost 5 years!  ALSO READ: Team from New Seasons Volunteers at Shepherd’s Door  Watch Betty’s video If you’d like to volunteer, please click here.  Not available to volunteer? Support the Mission by giving today.
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  • LOCAL FOSTER YOUTH IN NEED

    najlahhicks
    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

    najlahhicks
    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

    najlahhicks
    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

    najlahhicks
    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!
  • Do1Thing for Haiti Project Seeks Partnerships

    najlahhicks
    10 Aug 2010 | 11:20 am
    The Do1Thing for Haiti photographic project continues to move as acclaimed photographers and picture editors join the project to raise awareness and encourage action to help the more than 100,000 amputee Haitian children. If you know of an organization or work with an organization helping amputee children in Haiti and would like to partner with Do1Thing on this project, please contact us. Download our pdf describing the project.
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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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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • The Mission of the Mission and Questioning Authority, Part II

    Thomas Armstrong
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    [ Part I of this two-part post can be found here.]Joe Cambridge hasn’t (yet?) put a follow-up fb post online on what happened after his encounter with the Night Manager, but some of what happened has leaked out. So, using that – mission gossip – I’ll tersely report on the last of the Cambridge Caper and wrap up with the usual ramblings and blatherings about my days in the chapel seats.From what I hear, Cambridge was asked to come to the Mission on Monday afternoon and was shown around the place by higher-ups and others and given the semi-official Mission view of things. He was taken…
  • The Mission of the Mission and Questioning Authority, Part I

    Thomas Armstrong
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A provocative topic in the corner of Homeless World Sacramento I best know has to do with a discussion between a homeless man and Union Gospel Mission’s Night Manager that quickly got out of hand.A statue called "Homeless Jesus" shows anexhausted man sleeping on a bench. There aremarks from nail holes on the figure's feet.The homeless man in question is someone I don’t know but have heard quite a bit about.  For the purpose of this blog post, I’ll call him Joe Cambridge. From facts from his life I’ve heard and others that are provided on Joe's public Facebook page -- many of…
  • Fuck the poor?

    Thomas Armstrong
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
  • The Safe Ground Cabin Village Idea is Alive, Alive – so says SN&R

    Thomas Armstrong
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    March 13, 2014 issueA full-page article in this week’s Sacramento News & Review, “Is a Safe Ground homeless camp coming to north Sacramento?” [titled “Safe Ground breaks through?” in hardcopy] by SNR staff writer Raheem F. Hosseini declares, ambiguously [note the question mark in the piece’s titles], that Safe Ground (the charity) may have found some safe ground (i.e., acreage exempted from anti-camping laws or building-code requirements) to build the cabin village it wants. In other ways, as well, the article tells us SG may be on its way to “make it happen.”But while it…
  • Another in a long, long series of Bee articles that purports to show homeless people up close and personal

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Feb 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The Sacramento Bee’s latest article on homeless people, “Faces of the homeless in Sacramento”[February 9, 2014], is good in many ways, but the Bee continues to be stuck in the mud of thinking that homeless individuals are a pathetic amorphous mass that can best be interpreted by their nannies in the homeless-services industry. There is also this weird contagion from Loaves & Fishes newsletters that Bee writer Cynthia Hubert has that supposes homeless people are incapable of walking properly. Homeless folk do walk (or roll on bikes or in wheelchairs); what they/we don’t do is…
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    Homeless in LA

  • If I Had a Magic Wand

    Sonya Keith
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    The hard part of working with homeless families came at 4 :50 today. My computer still warm, keys freshly pulled from cabinet  locks ,  I was mentally  out the door when my name blurted from the overhead speakers. A woman and her 2 small children Had walked into the lobby with their world in a […]
  • Resume tips and tricks (link)

    Sonya Keith
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    #mendingUnemployment ways to stand out, be remembered and get that job! @mendpoverty Focus on accomplishments and point out that you have a life! http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/boring-resume-fixes/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-jobs-link Filed under: homeless
  • Get the Homeless Out of…

    Sonya Keith
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    You child’s park … or your child’s possible future? Pretending poor or homeless people don’t exist won’t change the system that led them to those circumstances.    Filed under: children, City of Los Angeles
  • Spot the space station

    Sonya Keith
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    The international space station will be visible tonight. This is the time for Central and Southern California Filed under: homeless
  • What Does Social Media Know About You?

    Sonya Keith
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Landlords, employers, assassins and lovers :what can they discover about you?
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • Western Mass. Secures Funds to Secure Jobs for Homeless Families

    Pamela Schwartz
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Governor Patrick announced yesterday $1 million in funding for the Secure Jobs Connect Initiative statewide, which includes $250,000 for Western Massachusetts.  This funding will allow our Secure Jobs Connect project to continue to serve homeless families seeking employment and housing stability.  Working with HAPHousing as the lead agency and Corporation for Public Management, CareerPoint, Future Works and Square One as grant partners, the success of this initiative relies on a vast network of partnerships across the region, including dozens of businesses, regional employment boards,…
  • Coordinated Assessment and the VI-SPDAT

    Gerry McCafferty
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In 2011, HUD mandated that CoCs establish and operate a coordinated assessment system. As HUD’s Ann Oliva describes in a July 2013 email to CoCs: Coordinated assessment is a powerful tool designed to ensure that homeless persons are matched with the right intervention, among all of the interventions available in the CoC, as quickly as possible. It standardizes the access and assessment process for all clients and coordinates referrals across all providers in the CoC. When providers intake and assess clients using the same process, and when referrals are conducted with an understanding…
  • Springfield Issues Request for Proposals for Emergency Solutions Grant Program

    Gerry McCafferty
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The City of Springfield has been allocated $305,439 in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for FY14.  These funds are to be used for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, and top provide some support for existing emergency shelters. The City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking providers to operate ESG programs.  Applications for program funds are due May 12, 2014, by 2:00 pm, at the Office of Housing.  For more information, view the RFP: Springfield FY14 ESG Request for Proposals Springfield FY14 ESG Budget Pages
  • Secure Jobs Initiative in House Ways and Means Budget!

    Pamela Schwartz
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    To our great surprise and delight, we learned last Thursday that the Secure Jobs initiative was written into the House Ways and Means budget!  It is $500,000 funding statewide, which is a critical start to targeted state support of this initiative.  SJ partners statewide scrambled upon learning of this provision to make some corrections in an amendment, which was sponsored by Rep. Wagner and co-sponsored by our own Secure Jobs Advisory Committee members Rep. Kocot and Rep. Vega, as well as other Western Mass. legislators (Rep. Andrews, Rep. Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Mark, Rep. Scibak).  The…
 
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • Parenting is a Competition?

    elizabethlombino
    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

    elizabethlombino
    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 […]
  • Observations from a (Former) Sugar Addict

    elizabethlombino
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Food. Much of my life has involved a strange, complicated relationship with food. Mostly foods that are sweet. It has been over 7 years since I was instructed to drastically changed my diet. Medical doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and nutritionists all agreed that my diet was a huge contributing factor to my many health and […]
  • Namasté and the Lotus Flower

    elizabethlombino
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you have ever taken a yoga or meditation class, you most certainly have heard the term Namasté. It is often used as a greeting, a farewell, or both. It’s traditionally accompanied by a slight bow, with both hands pressed together in front of your chest, with your thumbs pointing to your heart. It’s a […]
  • The Power of the Mask

    elizabethlombino
    9 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    I recently wrote my thoughts on the courage of Dylan Farrow. Now, some thoughts on the response from Woody Allen. Often times in situations like this, when the details are vague and the “facts” are not in abundance, popular opinion tends to side with the more dominant person. Often this is a man. Or a […]
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to Ineffective, Expensive, and Illegal Public Policies

    homelessnesslaw
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Homelessness is an ongoing crisis in the U.S., affecting upwards of 3 million Americans every year, and plaguing communities from coast to coast. At the core of this crisis is a nationwide lack of affordable housing. Adequate affordable housing units are only available to about one third of the millions of extremely low-income renters that need them. Further, there is a severe lack of temporary shelter space to meet the emergency needs of those priced out of the housing market, with fewer shelter beds than homeless people in the vast majority of U.S. cities. As a result, many people are left…
  • Believing the Unbelievable: Sharing a Model for Domestic Human Rights Implementation

    homelessnesslaw
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Yesterday was a day I believed would come for human rights, but now that it’s happened, it’s still hard to believe. I was asked by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to come to a meeting they were hosting together with the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women, to be on a panel with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), to talk about the model of domestic human rights implementation we’ve created with them, to an audience of four dozen DOJ, Education, Health & Human Services, and other government attorneys. Eric Tars speaks at the Department of…
  • Homeless Man Shot by Police; UN Remarks that Homeless Criminalization in U.S. is “Baffling”

    homelessnesslaw
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    A video released this past week shows Albuquerque Police Officers shooting James Boyd, a homeless man camping in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to BBC News, the video details police using a flash bang, a Taser, two rifles, a bean bag rifle, and a police dog in arresting Boyd. He died the following day. The tragic story surfaces in wake of the U.N. Human Rights Committee condemning the criminalization of homelessness in the United States as “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment”. The Committee’s statement is part of its Concluding Observations, following a two-day…
  • Tent Cities, the Law and Finding a Solution to U.S. Homelessness

    homelessnesslaw
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    A new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty takes a look at encampments, current state and federal legislation and the possible international remedies to inadequate and unaffordable housing. by James Swift Originally published by Uncommon Journalism. Cross-posted with permission. For five years, representatives of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School conducted media surveys, verifying the existence of at least 100 homeless encampments across the United States…
  • Congressional Briefing on Extending the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

    homelessnesslaw
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    If not made permanent, on December 31, 2014 the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) will expire, leaving renters living in foreclosed properties vulnerable. Without the protection of the PTFA, renters could have no idea their landlord has defaulted on their mortgage and could come home from work one day to find the locks changed and their belongings on the street. At a Congressional briefing held last week, speakers praising the PTFA’s effectiveness in protecting innocent renters included Tristia Bauman and Jeremy Rosen from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty…
 
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    Ending homelessness in London

  • 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…
  • Killing with kindness

    Jeremy Swain
    26 Oct 2013 | 3:18 am
    Much has been written about the psychology of giving, the reasons why we donate to charity and the different triggers that spark acts of generosity, some rational, others visceral. I am particularly fascinated by the impulses that lead us to give money to people begging on the street. In fact, to be candid, I am frequently left incredulous at the justification given for dropping money into that cap next to the sign that says ‘hungry and homeless’.Research indicates that for 90 per cent of people who give, compassion is the motivating factor. So I should not have been surprised that when…
  • England's dreaming if we think human trafficking isn't happening here

    Jeremy Swain
    10 Sep 2013 | 7:57 am
    Marek isn’t exactly sure at what point he realised his liberty had been lost, but he thinks it was probably when the expressionless van driver pushed them into the filthy storage room and he heard the key turn. He remembers the look of fear on Pavel’s face and was suddenly certain that they had been duped.It had started promisingly. Marek is naturally outgoing, but he tells his story with restrained earnestness, occasionally looking towards the door as if fearing his captors might burst in at any moment to return him to the storage room prison. Marek is from a small town in the Czech…
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • 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…
  • On the Road

    Hugh Hollowell
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    I am on the road this week, spending time in Asheville, NC to meet some people and then I am speaking this weekend at the North Carolina Women’s Missionary Union Missions Extravaganza. I am leading a session titled “Ministry Among the Poor, Not to the Poor“, which is a new presentation for me. I am going to try to record it, but no guarantees if that will work.  
  • Writing as a Means of Thinking

    Hugh Hollowell
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” -  Flannery O’Connor I told you a while back that writing was magic. That things are bottled up in your head, and you don’t know what you think until you write about them. In fact, I would argue that they are not really in your head – they are in the atmosphere, like water vapor, and they need you to sit at the keys in order for them to condense. But it isn’t just magic – I think of it as my superpower. I am serious. Example: I like to work in my yard. I also live in the inner-city. And people who…
  • In the last 48 hours at work:

    Hugh Hollowell
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I had a staff meeting to plan the Love Wins Ministries 7th birthday party. Met with the police about a problem at the building. Banned two people from the building Planned a wedding Met with the awesome Veda, video person par excellence, planning our video strategy for 2014 Planned a baptism Met with a documentarian who wants to work with us here at Love Wins Met with the worship planning team for the Love Wins Worshiping Community to plan out the near future Planned the itinerary for two upcoming trips Met with a church that wants to partner with us. Met with my Associate Pastor…
 
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • The Moment Lost in a Smile Withheld

    Amy L. Freeman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    You know that horrible, awkward feeling...when you go somewhere, public or private, and feel like you are underdressed, overdressed or just stand out like a sore thumb? Maybe you've escaped that particular misery, but I've felt it and can assure you it is uncomfortable. The outsider's perception as to whether you actually are inappropriately dressed doesn't matter; it's just how you feel, and it's very hard to shake. I was thinking about that feeling, the other day, when I was half-listening to an exchange at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center. A slim, African-American woman I've seen once or…
  • When a Full Fridge Overwhelms

    Amy L. Freeman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    I haven't yet been part of an actual moving-in, the moments when someone homeless metamorphasizes back to someone housed. At Bethesda Cares, those days, when our staff fill their own cars with donated household items and coordinate the delivery of yet others, when our Outreach Team helps a client sign a lease and accept a key, are emotionally charged even for those of us on the periphery. "How did it go yesterday, with 'Steve's" move-in?" I asked Sue, our Executive Director. Steve, a middle-aged man in failing health, had lived on the street for 19 long years. Sue smiled. "It was quite…
  • Does This Bus Shelter Make Me Look Fat?

    Amy L. Freeman
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last week, I overheard a conversation in which an enormous, middle-aged man -- not just tall, but carrying enough girth to be easily considered morbidly obese -- was talking about weight loss with a few other men. They were sitting around a table at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center for the homeless. "Yeah, I was doing okay for a while, there, but then the winter just messed me up. It was just such a bad winter, so cold, so hard to keep your head together, you know? Like, losing weight was the last thing on my mind." The other men nodded, muttered in agreement. "I'm on it, now, though," the…
  • For Want of a Key, a Life Will Be Squandered

    Amy L. Freeman
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A while ago, two men, both of whom I know currently sleep on our streets, were standing outside Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center. Each stood beside a shopping cart laden with blankets, clothes and bags brimming with who knows what. (The image of a person experiencing homelessness, pushing around a shopping cart is as unhelpful a stereotype as any other, but it is on occasion what I see.) We exchanged greetings; then one of the men glanced at the two carts, tilted his head toward the other man, looked at me and guffawed: "Look at this guy, Amy! He's got more stuff than Donald Trump!" We all…
  • Jail: Three Hots and a Cot

    Amy L. Freeman
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    A few weeks ago, "X," a client who has lived on the streets for years and is a regular visitor at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center, did something abhorrent outside our offices. I'll spare you the details, but it was pretty gross. Sue, our executive director, asked him to rectify the situation. He not only refused to do so, but was rude and abusive to her in return. As I discussed in my last post, no one, no matter what his or her issues, gets a behavioral free-pass at facilities for people experiencing homelessness. It would serve neither them nor us. So I wasn't surprised when, at the end of…
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