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  • Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness – Community First! Village Will.

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Seems like it’s only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes more than any […]
  • Carla Javits: Jobless On Labor Day

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Carla Javits
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce. Read more: Social Enterprise, Labor Day, Workforce Development, Homeless, Incarcerated, Job Creation, Youth Incarceration, Civil Rights, Veterans, Business News
  • Homeless in Silicon Valley

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Just two weeks ago I heard about The Jungle for the first time. Two local newspaper reports from 2013 call it the largest homeless encampment in America, home to nearly 200 people.
  • Transforming a Pink Floyd icon

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Ever since it appeared on the cover of Animals, Pink Floyd's 1977 album, Battersea Power Station in London has been famous around the world.
  • Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com

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

  • Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness – Community First! Village Will.

    invisiblepeople
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Seems like it’s only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes more than any […]
  • Scott

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

    invisiblepeople
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    “it just get’s into your bones. It wears you down. It’s a killer in the end” is how Steve describes sleeping rough. I met Steve in Chippenham, a rural town situated in Wiltshire, England. You […]
  • Reuel

    invisiblepeople
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Reuel is sleeping rough in Central London. Reuel is from Bulgaria and relocated to United Kingdom because he felt it would be safer. It was hard to communicate with Reuel, but from what I gather, […]
  • Barry

    invisiblepeople
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Barry is the type of colorful character I could sit and talk to for hours. He is smart, and funny, and a bit brash, with a lifetime of interesting experiences to share. I was invited […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Carla Javits: Jobless On Labor Day

    Carla Javits
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce. Read more: Social Enterprise, Labor Day, Workforce Development, Homeless, Incarcerated, Job Creation, Youth Incarceration, Civil Rights, Veterans, Business News
  • Leila J. Milgrim: High School Senior Founded a Charity to Provide Professional Attire to the Homeless

    Leila J. Milgrim
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Kindness runs in Blair Israel's blood. As a young girl, Blair and her triplet brothers, Brett and Blake, were told stories about how her grandmother and grandfather took homeless people off the streets and welcomed them into their home in Ohio. Read more: Charity, Community Service, Blair Share Project, Homeless Charities, Broward County, Homelessness, Blair Israel, Impact News
  • Laundry Love Provides More Than Just Free Suds To Poor

    The Huffington Post News Team
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in ... Read more: Homeless Ministry, Laundry Love Southern California, Free Laundry Ministry, Homelessness, Richard Flory, Christianity, Laundry Ministry, Laundry Love, Religion News
  • Mark Horvath: Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness -- Community First! Village Will

    Mark Horvath
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first! Read more: Texas, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Tiny Homes, Homelessness, Mark Horvath, Austin, invisiblepeople.tv, Homeless, Alan Graham, Invisible People, Impact News
  • States Classify Attacks Against Homeless As 'Hate Crimes' To Curb Rising Violence

    The Huffington Post News Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Attacks against homeless people are on the rise at an alarming rate and some states are turning to more stringent punishments to put an end to it. ... Read more: Homeless Attacks California, Homeless, Violence Against Homeless, Homeless Hate Crimes, Homeless Attacks Florida, Homelessness, Homeless Crimes, Impact News
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    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Homeless in Silicon Valley

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Just two weeks ago I heard about The Jungle for the first time. Two local newspaper reports from 2013 call it the largest homeless encampment in America, home to nearly 200 people.
  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: 3 Western U.S. cities decrease homeless populations

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Three Western cities have seen sizable decreases in their overall homeless numbers, particularly in the chronic homeless population, and much of the credit is given to programs that follow a Housing First model. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette
  • HOMELESS DAY THREE: First-person account: The attempts to help one Colorado Springs homeless man change his ways

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Standing under a dark, chilly bridge at 31st Street and West Colorado Avenue that he calls home, Calvin Muzzy described his hopes for the future: a warm, bright apartment he'll share with his best friend, Pete Hill. There will be no more wicked cold nights huddled near Fountain Creek. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Homeless advocates cry foul over BART anti-sleeping crackdown

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    by Jonah Owen Lamb The BART police crackdown on people sleeping in the common areas of the Powell and Civic Center stations — soon to expand systemwide — has sparked the ire of homeless advocates and came about in curious fashion. The longstanding, but never-before-enforced, law on blocking passageways that is being cited by BART was not unearthed by the transportation system’s lawyers in the ...
  • Colony of homeless people stays out of sight in Pemberton

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — In a stand of trees along the banks of a creek near Lakehurst Road, a quiet pocket of desperation exists just out of sight of people driving through Browns Mills.
 
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  • Kraft recalls American Singles cheese | abc7.com

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

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Originally posted on TIME: With an estimated 2,000 of its residents sleeping under bridges, on streets and in empty lots in a variety of makeshift shelters, the city of Portland, Oregon, is on a quest to provide more safe housing for those without a permanent address. Thinking beyond typical dorm-style shelters, it has launched a task force that will meet September 4th “to assess the viability of using tiny homes as a potential for housing houseless people,” says Josh Alpert, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mayor Charlie Hales. Alpert hopes the first batch of homes will be ready for…
  • Summer Hibernation

    AnnMarie Walsh
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    This is a great summer! Well, it has been rainy which I can do without. And I am having more problems with fibromyalgia. Thank God I have an awesome doctor! He really is the best–I couldn’t ask for anyone better. That’s my primary physician. My rheumatologist has just moved to California so I am looking for a new one. Quite honestly, I will not miss her. So what have I been doing with my summer besides taking pain pills and naps because of the fibromyalgia? I have actually been somewhat busy! I am getting out to more social media and networking events. I believe the next…
  • FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging

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

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

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Kerr-Tar, Southwest, Catawba, Rockingham, and Twin County Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Craven, Burke, Randolph, Southeast, Harnett, Person, and Beaufort Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Piedmont, Pitt, and Alamance Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Down East, Foothills, AHRMM, and Northeast Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
  • BoS Coordinated Assessment Workshop

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    NCCEH is holding a series of coordinated assessment workshops for Balance of State Regional Committees. This workshop is for delegates from the Iredell-Yadkin, Henderson, Onslow, Davie-Surry-Stokes, Lee, and Chatham Regional Committees. The training will run from 9:00 to 5:00 each day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The registration fee covers the cost of food and materials. If this registration fee will prevent you from being able to attend, please email NCCEH.
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    The Homeless Guy

  • A Quick Update

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    I am becoming more accustomed to sleeping on the street, most of the time I can sleep through any noise made by passersby or the other homeless - that is, unless they are making noise right next to my tent.   I'm also getting quicker at setting up and breaking down the tent, a skill that has come in handy  as the police did a sweep down the street recently. I was out of there before they
  • Nocturnal Breakthrough

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Finally it happened.  Through the rowdy revelry that downtown San Diego attracts, I was able to sleep soundly.  I got to my usual sleeping spot just after 10pm, quickly set up my camp and laid down to sleep.  Though there was a great deal of noise, it was more of a constant din, a white noise that my brain was able to tune out and focus on the task of sleeping.  As I've said before, the noisiest
  • The Following Night Etc

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Last night was Friday night and I expecting it to be a rowdy night and prepared for not getting much sleep.  I headed on down to my sleeping spot at 9pm - the earliest that cops will let us set up tents.  This is an hour earlier than usual. It was a cooler night than before, thank goodness.  My tent retains heat well, which I'm sure will come in handy in the cooler months, but in these summer
  • Thursday Night Nuts

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    So, this happened last night.   Around 10pm I got my tent set up for the night.  It's the same place for a couple nights in a row now, so that's a good sign that I won't have problems keeping the spot, and won't have to fight someone for it. My tent is situated near a homeless services program, and at night some of the homeless people in that program come outside near where I am,  to smoke
  • I'm Just Saying

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Most of the problems that people have with the homeless could be easily solved if they would treat the homeless with more compassion.  I'm just saying.
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Andy’s End of Month Update – August 2014

    jhuckleby
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – August 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • Aaron Valencia’s Ford Roadster Giveaway

    Steve Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Aaron Valencia’s story started a lot like a lot of stories we hear at the Mission. His dad slipped out when he was a kid, and at an early age he was a victim of child abuse, and exposed to meth and heroin. By age 15 he got kicked out of his house – strung out on drugs. The vicious cycle continued till he was about 19, where he decided he was sleeping at a park one last time. He awoke facing a liquor store he had just robbed and was nearby the local police station. If he could make it out of this situation he swore he would to go to rehab. Once a junkie always a junkie – or…
  • Exit Through the Thrift Shop

    Steve Lee
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Many of you have been crucial partners in our work to fight homelessness in Skid Row, and have heard the many stories of Life Transformation that have written within these walls. But most of our guests today need more than a transformed life to escape homelessness — they also need a job. With the opening of our new Thrift store in Covina, we are trying to help our program participants take the next step. We believe by getting them a job that they can truly exit Skid Row through the Thrift Shop. How Can You Help? 1. Donate When you donate your new and gently used goods to Union Rescue…
  • The Mission – August 2014

    Steve Lee
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I was a single mom with four young kids, and I desperately needed a job. But I had been a drug addict for more than 10 years. I had been arrested several times for shoplifting. And I had just left prison. I wanted a second chance, but who would hire me? It was my fault. Since the age of 18, I’d been on my own and I wanted to party, drink, and smoke weed. But I wasn’t irresponsible. I held good jobs. But then someone introduced me to “primos” — weed mixed with crack cocaine. It was love at first cough. Nothing else mattered. Before long, I was smoking every day, all day. It got so…
  • Alexandra

    jhuckleby
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/29XxsAPSzvU The post Alexandra appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • New CarMax Store Donates Money For Homeless

    PDXMission
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Nick Allard from KGW and Alexa Mason from Portland Rescue Mission. Photo credit: KGW Special thanks to CarMax and KGW for teaming up to raise money for hurting, homeless people through us at Portland Rescue Mission! On Thursday, CarMax hosted the grand opening of their Clackamas store, inviting local TV station personalities to do a series of competitions on behalf of a charity of their choice. KGW chose us and raised $1,000 for people in need — that’s 625 hot, nutritious meals! Funding for meals is especially important this time of year. Even though summer is still here, the…
  • Q+A with Jonathan, a Former Graduate

    PDXMission
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Q: For those who don’t know your story, could you summarize your journey to the Mission? J: I was born and raised in the church. My family moved up to Oregon in 1996 when I was most of the way through high school. I failed to get plugged in to church, I failed to get plugged in to school when I moved up here. I was mad at my parents and isolated myself and used my anger to allow me to make bad decisions. Those compounded over time and developed into a drug addiction. After many, many years of being immersed in the world of drugs, I felt the Lord put it on my heart to move away from that and…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 33 – Drive Away Hunger!

    PDXMission
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Did you know that you can donate or buy a car from Portland Rescue Mission to help provide meals and recovery care for people in need? The next time you’re looking to get a new car, come donate your old one to the Mission, or just give us a call and we’ll come get it from you! Did you know? A typical car donation helps feed more than 585 people in need!  Here’s Troy to explain more, and make sure to check out www.PortlandRescueMission.org/Car for donation and purchase information.  
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 32 – Meet Derrick

    PDXMission
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Derrick is in our Link program. He came to the Mission from the streets: hurting, homeless, hungry, in search of a place that could help him get back on his feet. DID YOU KNOW? Portland Rescue Mission’s Link and Connect programs help homeless men and women get jobs and housing. They live at the Mission for 3-5 months, working part-time at our Burnside Shelter while searching for employment, learning skills, saving money and getting other affairs in order. When he heard about our Link program that helps homeless men transition off the streets and into jobs and housing, he decided to give…
  • 5 Men Conquer Homelessness & Addiction

    PDXMission
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hunter (service resident), Damian, Doug, John, Jon, and Sean. A year ago, none of the men thought they could do it. Each was trapped in his own addiction, dragged down by a weight so burdensome that life just seemed hopeless. “I felt so alone,” Sean said. “I was deprived of any commitment to life. I didn’t have any purpose – the only thing that kept me going was using drugs.” SEE ALSO: Sean’s Story of Hope video But one by one, Sean, John, Damian, Jon, and Doug each discovered Portland Rescue Mission. Not just a soup kitchen. Not just the chance to get a good night’s rest.
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    Sans Houses

  • Sans Houses

    Tasha French Lemley
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    This project utilizes photography, sound, and relationship to attempt to capture a piece of those in and around the homeless community in Nashville, Tennessee.All photos and interviews © 2006-2013. Please do not use or reproduce.Thanks go out to all of these individuals for their openness, kindness and trust.
  • Criminals

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:23 pm
    These photos are from an article in The Contributor highlighting the “criminalization” of homelessness in Nashville. People who do not have homes are arrested and taken to jail or are cited and summoned to court (at rates disproportionately higher than non-homeless persons) for everyday acts of living—sleeping, sitting, standing—that, when committed in public, are treated as offenses against the law. While people experiencing homelessness are cited and arrested for a variety of offenses, here I photographed two types: “criminal trespassing” and “obstructing a passageway.”…
  • Ndume

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:04 pm
    These photos are from a story in The Contributor highlighting Ndume Olatushani. Ndume first moved into his (and his wife’s) East Nashville home on June 1, 2012—the day he was released from Shelby County Jail after serving nearly 28 years behind bars in Tennessee (20 of them on death row) for a crime he did not commit. Officially maintaining his innocence but pleading to second-degree murder in order to be released immediately and so avoid an indefinite amount of more time behind bars and a potentially exhausting second trial, Ndume walked out of Shelby County Jail without shackles or…
  • Policy Research Associates

    Tasha French Lemley
    5 Dec 2012 | 4:16 pm
    These images directly below are part of a project for Policy Research Associate's SOAR program.These photographs are digital shots from a Nikon D300.©2012 Tasha A. French Lemley
  • Richard

    Tasha French Lemley
    4 Dec 2012 | 5:00 pm
 
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    invisible homeless kids

  • Homeless: What About ‘Nowhere To Go’ Does HUD Not Understand?

    Diane Nilan
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    For the agency charged with “utilizing housing as a platform for improving quality of life,” assuming that includes those with nowhere to go, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has yet to step up to the task for millions of families and youth with nowhere to go Peruse the stories of parents and kids with nowhere to go on www.helphomelesskidsnow.orgHeartbreaking accounts from courageous youth who shared their stories before a congressional committee.Brutal reality from compassionate frontline workers. For the past 3 decades, our country has abdicated its…
  • Open Letter to Sarasota: Homeless Families Need More Help

    Diane Nilan
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    To the good people of Sarasota, I’ve waited long enough. From what I’ve read in the Herald Tribune’s article (July 8, 2014), you are stumbling in a very important responsibility—how to help homeless families in your county. I used to live in Sarasota, and I’ve returned many times, rekindling fond memories of this delightful area. I’ve cringed as I’ve followed your struggles to cope with a significant homelessness population. I could tell it wasn’t going well, but I waited to see what would happen. This latest account alarms me. I've worked with homeless families for…
  • New Report Quantifies Challenges Facing Homeless Moms: Give 'Em A Break...or Help

    Diane Nilan
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    As a former shelter director, I confess that big and little infractions by families staying at our shelter sometimes annoyed the snot out of me. If I knew then what I know now….Homelessness has gained more awareness, but unfortunately the stereotypical guy begging on the street corner image prevails despite the reality that families and youth without homes far exceed HUD’s “chronically” homeless individuals,last reported as 610,043 (Jan. 2013).  And despite documentation that homelessness among children/youth has increased more than 70% since 2006, homeless kids don’t seem…
  • Forget-Me-Not: Help Homeless Kids Blossom, the Peter Yarrow Inspired Campaign, Round Two

    Diane Nilan
    1 May 2014 | 5:34 am
    How to make Congress pay attention to homeless kids? With my frustration mounting, I remember driving home, listening to Garden Song, a clever little ditty sung by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was 1999, a beautiful spring day. And my pending call from my friend-colleague Barbara Duffield would be our chance to devise a theme for our upcoming unprecedented lobbying of Congress by homeless kids.The Garden Song haunted me. I could visualize row-by-row, dark soil, rakes, seeds and sprouts of new plants, the hopeful signs of new life (here's a little garden video I did using the song).
  • No Glow Till We Take Care of the Children

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

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Hampden County CoC Annual Meeting September 19, 2014

    Gerry McCafferty
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The Hampden County Continuum of Care is holding its Annual Meeting on September 19, 2014, at the Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center.  The meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to join the CoC is urged to attend. The agenda is still in draft form, but here’s an early look at the plan for the meeting: Business Meeting for the CoC Board of Directors 9-10:00 am Vote on requirement for PSH providers to use VI-SPDAT Vote on CoC policies and procedures Vote on process for selection of projects for FY14 CoC application Annual Meeting for the Entire CoC  10-11:30 am…
  • Provide input on the VI-SPDAT!

    Gerry McCafferty
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    We’ve all been talking about the VI-SPDAT, and in some of those conversations, I have heard ideas for how it can be improved.  If you have been piloting the VI-SPDAT and you have ideas, now is your time to make suggestions! The developer of the VI-SPDAT is updating it, and is seeking user input. Click here to give your feedback and make suggestions.
  • Next message from HUD’s Ann Oliva: Lessons Learned from FY13

    Gerry McCafferty
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Welcome to the next message in our new “SNAPS In Focus” series. This week, I’m going to focus on the results of the FY 2013 portion of the FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition now that the final award announcement has been made. This was a unique competition and while a full debriefing will be made available in the next few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight what generally went well and where communities could make improvements in the future. I’d like to start on a positive note by saying that we at HUD were incredibly encouraged to see in the competition…
  • October 16 Housing First Training Agenda

    Gerry McCafferty
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Registration for the October 16 training event at Holyoke Community College has been open for a few weeks, and many have already registered.  For those of you waiting for an agenda, it is now out: Agenda 9:00 – 9:15      Importance of Housing First in State and Federal Policy:  Liz Rogers, MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness 9:15 – 9:45      Overview of Housing First: Joe Finn, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance 9:45 – 10:45    Panel: Housing First in Practice – Serious Mentally Ill and Dual-Diagnosed, VASH, Families, A…
 
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • The Unending Search for Hope

    elizabethlombino
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This picture was taken this morning near my home. Yesterday, we had severe thunderstorms. Heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and gusty winds for the vast majority of the day and night. The skies were in turmoil and full of intense energy. This morning, however, the sky is back to its equilibrium. Blue, serene, calm, full of light, […]
  • Suicide is Not a Choice

    elizabethlombino
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    By now we’ve all heard the devastating news that Robin Williams has died from suicide. Such a tragic end to a comedic genius. Every year, over 39,000 people die from suicide. Friends, neighbors, family members, veterans, celebrities … Suicide does not discriminate. Those 39,000 people were most certainly a diverse snapshot of everyone in America. […]
  • My Journey of Acceptance

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

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

    elizabethlombino
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    After a long, extra snowy winter, Spring has arrived. Our windows gladly open, all heavy jackets retired, the warm, bright sunshine feels familiar and foreign on our skin. The trees are blooming. The colorful flowers are pushing through the cold, wet soil to share their beauty once again. Our world is waking up from a (way too […]
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    100K Homes Blog

  • Farewell to Campaign Director Becky Kanis

    Jake Maguire
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    After nearly twelve years, we say a bittersweet farewell this month to Becky Kanis Margiotta, the unstoppable director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and one of the longest serving members of the Community Solutions team. Becky leaves us to devote herself full-time to The Social Change Agency, an exciting new venture she co-founded with her wife, Christine Margiotta. Los Angeles, CA read more
  • Saying Goodbye to Mike Shore

    Jake Maguire
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This month we say a grateful goodbye to Mike Shore, longtime Operations Director for the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Mike brought policy knowhow and critical operational muscle at a time when the Campaign was becoming increasingly vibrant, but also increasingly challenging to administer. Phoenix, AZ read more
  • Ending Homelessness is Possible. Now Let's Get It Done!

    Jake Maguire
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Four years ago, we stood on a stage in Washington, DC and pledged to help communities find homes for 100,000 homeless Americans by today. This afternoon, we published this video showing what happened. Washington, DC read more
  • Apply now to join Zero: 2016

    Jake Maguire
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    The success of the 100,000 Homes Campaign has generated huge momentum in the fight to end homelessness. Still, while greatly decreased, chronic and Veteran homelessness continue to plague our nation’s streets, and the health effects of these solvable problems remain as lethal as ever. We know what works to end homelessness, and, as a nation, we have a moral imperative to bring the solutions to scale. The time to finish the job is now. Washington, DC read more
  • NAEH 2014: Where We'll Be

    Jake Maguire
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Monday, July 28, 7:00pm to 10pm 100,000 Homes Campaign Fully Committed Communities Celebration Location: Capitale, 1301 K Street NW, Suite 103, Washington, DC 20005 - 202.962.3933 Attire: Casual Washington, DC read more
 
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • Sometimes Your Clothing's Disposable Even If You'd Rather Keep It

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

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

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

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

    Amy L. Freeman
    13 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Earlier this week, a well-kempt silver-haired man in a yellow polo shirt sat at a table in Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center for the homeless. He had a great winter tan, and seemed quite calm. I didn't know him, but I assumed he was helping our clients in some capacity. At least, that's what I assumed until his conversation floated my way: "Where'd you get the tan, man?" the guy across from him asked. "Got tired of the weather here," the silver-haired man replied. "Went to Vegas." "Vegas?" the other guy snorted. "You? You're homeless! Dude! Vegas? You're kidding me, right?" "No, I'm not…
 
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    USICH Blog

  • Creating a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit

    communications@usich.gov
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
      By Debbie Thiele and Katy Miller This week CSH, in partnership with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, published Creating a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit. In the white paper CSH lays out an easy-to-follow framework for states that want to create a Medicaid benefit to pay for the services in supportive housing. The framework consists of five action steps: 1) Determine benefit eligibility criteria; 2) Define the package of services to be delivered; 3) Align the state Medicaid plan; 4) Establish a financing and reinvestment strategy; and 5) Operationalize the…
  • Hear from Two Community Partners about How They Are Ending Family Homelessness through Our Sept. 10 Webinar

    communications@usich.gov
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. Millions of extremely low-income households do not have access to affordable housing, putting them at-risk of housing instability and the types of crises that can result in homelessness. The challenge is clear: Our most recent data show that 222,197 people in families—an estimated 70,960 households—were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013.  In the first three years of implementation of  Opening Doors, we have reduced homelessness among…
  • Responding to the Crisis of Homelessness

    communications@usich.gov
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    At an individual level, the turmoil that comes from not having a safe place that is home is a crisis.  It is a crisis that without adequate resolution gets worse. Although  there are programs that provide housing and services for people, we will never have an adequate response that is at the pace and scale needed as long as it depends on people in crisis being required to navigate multiple programs in an attempt to get their needs met.  Responding in a person-centered way to homelessness requires that programs are operating as a system. Making this shift is not…
  • DESC to Create More Supportive Housing to Serve Seattle’s Most Vulnerable

    communications@usich.gov
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Seattle-based nonprofit housing provider DESC will create new units of permanent supportive housing in the Interbay neighborhood downtown.  The units will serve 97 people who are experiencing homelessness and live with health issues.  
  • Inspired by People: New Report Offers Alternatives to Criminalization

    communications@usich.gov
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Without housing options, people often are forced to rely on culverts, public parks, streets, and abandoned buildings as places to sleep and carry out daily activities that most reserve for the privacy of their own home. As communities recognize and struggle with the fact that people without homes often live in public spaces, multiple strategies arise. Unfortunately, many of these strategies include policies that criminalize homelessness. In a new report, In the Public Eye, author Lucy Adams, of Australia’s Justice Connect and guest blogger at USICH elevates the conversation.
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