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  • Kelsey

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Kelsey lives in a hotel room along with two newborn twins and two other adults.  Without income, they never know when their hotel stay will end. They live day-by-day trying to get funds for another […]
  • Deborah De Santis: Hilton Foundation Invests $12 Million to End Homelessness

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    Deborah De Santis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is receiving well-deserved attention and accolades for its $12 million investment in efforts to increase the supply of... Read more: Homeless, Hilton, Hilton Foundation, Csh, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Los Angeles, California, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Business News
  • Homeless center in holding pattern

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Optimism was high after consultant Robert Marbut presented his report on helping Volusia County’s homeless to the Daytona Beach City Commission on Oct. 1, but his plan is in a holding pattern until at least after the election, as stakeholders wait for the city’s and the county’s next move.
  • CDC 'not happy' either, official says

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    A nurse isolated after returning from West Africa says she felt like a "criminal," and local and federal officials were caught off guard by increased screening at airports in New York and New Jersey.
  • Arlington Heights, IL: Free Program to Check Smoke Alarms, Replace Batteries on Saturday Nov. 1

    @padschicago's blog
    AnnMarie Walsh
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    From the Village of Arlington Heights website… Get new batteries placed in your home smoke detectors at no cost on Saturday morning, 9 a.m. – Noon on November 1, through “The Katie Project,” a community initiative to make fire safety easy and to help ensure that more homes in Arlington Heights have working smoke detectors.  Click the link to read more about this important (and FREE) fire safety project and how to register! ArlingtonHeightsIL on Twitter: “Register to have your home smoke detectors checked and batteries replaced for free on Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – Noon.
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    Invisible People

  • Kelsey

    invisiblepeople
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Kelsey lives in a hotel room along with two newborn twins and two other adults.  Without income, they never know when their hotel stay will end. They live day-by-day trying to get funds for another […]
  • Leeza

    invisiblepeople
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    While walking with James to Best Buy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, my heart broke seeing Leeza sitting on the sidewalk “flying a sign”. Leeza is 22 years-old and has been homeless in […]
  • James

    invisiblepeople
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing. Ann Marie was the first and she taught me so much about […]
  • Homer

    invisiblepeople
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Homer has been sleeping rough in London for the last 20 years. Homer has tried staying in hostels, but he feels it’s like being in prison. Homer basically has been in the system all his […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Deborah De Santis: Hilton Foundation Invests $12 Million to End Homelessness

    Deborah De Santis
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is receiving well-deserved attention and accolades for its $12 million investment in efforts to increase the supply of... Read more: Homeless, Hilton, Hilton Foundation, Csh, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Los Angeles, California, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Business News
  • San Antonio Gave 12,000 Citations To Homeless People In Less Than 2 Years

    The Huffington Post News Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    San Antonio has no qualms with issuing hefty fines to its poorest residents. The city's police department gave out more than 12,000 citations to h... Read more: Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio-Texas, Homelessness, Homeless, Homeless Shelters, Homeless Families, Texas Crime, Crime, Crime in Texas, Texas Police, San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Police, War on Homeless, Impact News
  • Sugar Rautbord: Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

    Sugar Rautbord
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life. Read more: Interfaith, Interfaith Marriage, Spirituality, Slowing Time, Barbara Mahany, Abingdon Press, Recipes, Seasons, Holidays, Essay, Blessings, Chicago Tribune, Wisdom, Religion, Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Family, Books, Book News, Homelessness, God, Holiness, Books News
  • 60 Percent Of Homeless Youths Have Been Raped Or Assaulted: Report

    The Huffington Post News Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    A new study explored who is falling victim to youth homelessness and why, and the results are troubling. The survey, conducted by the University o... Read more: Homelessness, Youth Homelessness, LGBT Youth, Lgbt Youth Homelessness, Minority Students, Student Homelessness, Homeless Shelters, Homeless Youth, Homeless Children, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, Impact News
  • Pat LaMarche: Something Must Change, or Blackfeet Indians Will Freeze to Death

    Pat LaMarche
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The problems facing native populations are similar to those facing poor people all across the United States, except that there is even less money to help them than there is elsewhere. And those assembled agreed that there's one more problem that the native populations face. Read more: Blackfeet Tribe, Homelessness, Mckinney-Vento-Homeless-Education, Montana, Poverty, Unemployment, Impact News
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    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results

  • Homeless center in holding pattern

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Optimism was high after consultant Robert Marbut presented his report on helping Volusia County’s homeless to the Daytona Beach City Commission on Oct. 1, but his plan is in a holding pattern until at least after the election, as stakeholders wait for the city’s and the county’s next move.
  • Hidden truth about the health of homeless people

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    As many as 4 million Europeans and 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year, and the numbers are rising. Homeless people “are the sickest in our society”, but just treating ill health might not be enough to help get people off the streets, according to a new two-part Series on homelessness in high-income countries.
  • Homeless advocates say new Fort Lauderdale laws won't silence them

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The homeless may not have a place to live, but they and their advocates turned City Hall into a part-time residence this year as they fought against a wave of homeless restrictions.
  • Los Angeles housing official to head homeless services agency

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    A city housing official was selected Friday to head the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the city-county agency that manages $70 million a year in federal, state and local funding for shelters, housing and services for the very indigent.
  • GreenFields partners with Homeless World Cup

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Homeless World Cup (HWC) is a network of 70 international partner organizations that use football to improve the lives of homeless people throughout the world. The annual international tournament uses the power of football to energize homeless people so they can change their own lives. The HWC 11th edition 2014 is currently being played in the ...
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • CDC 'not happy' either, official says

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    A nurse isolated after returning from West Africa says she felt like a "criminal," and local and federal officials were caught off guard by increased screening at airports in New York and New Jersey.
  • Quarantined nurse slams policy

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Kaci Hickox, a nurse under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has blasted more stringent state policies for dealing with health care workers returning from West Africa, saying the change could lead to medical professionals being treated like "criminals and prisoners."
  • Latest developments in outbreak

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    A health care worker worker who just returned from West Africa is under a mandatory quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. New York, New Jersey and Illinois implement mandatory Ebola quarantine policies as the federal government considers a similar move. Mali quarantines as many as 55 people after its first Ebola death.
  • Ayahuasca

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Kyle Nolan did his research -- his mother made sure of that. She didn't want her 18-year-old son heading to the Amazon jungle at all -- let alone, without learning everything he could about the supposed "medicine" with the bizarre name that he insisted would help him turn his young life around.
  • Bill Murray

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    He doesn't have an agent. He doesn't have a publicist. He doesn't even seem to have a fixed address.
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    @padschicago's blog

  • Arlington Heights, IL: Free Program to Check Smoke Alarms, Replace Batteries on Saturday Nov. 1

    AnnMarie Walsh
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    From the Village of Arlington Heights website… Get new batteries placed in your home smoke detectors at no cost on Saturday morning, 9 a.m. – Noon on November 1, through “The Katie Project,” a community initiative to make fire safety easy and to help ensure that more homes in Arlington Heights have working smoke detectors.  Click the link to read more about this important (and FREE) fire safety project and how to register! ArlingtonHeightsIL on Twitter: “Register to have your home smoke detectors checked and batteries replaced for free on Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – Noon.
  • My Brother Is A Real Person, Dammit!

    AnnMarie Walsh
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    My brother’s name is Duane. He is a bit eccentric, but he is my brother and I am proud of him! I would like to end rumors once and for all wondering if he is real or not. I am tired of seeing stories on WGN News and hearing comments on @ChiefOliver‘s radio show “Breaking Good“. My brother IS REAL, people! His name is DUANE! If you see him, do not be afraid! He is a regular guy. Just really hairy. My Brother Duane My Brother DuaneFiled under: News, Personal Tagged: @ChiefOliver, bigfoot, brother, Chicago, chief, David, family, morning, News, Oliver, TV, Website, WGN
  • VIDEO: Redneck ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    AnnMarie Walsh
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: This embed is invalid Surfin’ the Web – 4 stars View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Dan Ponce welcomes Lourdes Duarte to the WGN Morning News

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    padschicago:I so love Dan Ponce’s musical talent! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="x3d3I0cDr7QVpQJX0LEy0C15IQrS00uS" player_id="4441ed2a84e74b66b60ce980f20deb84"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Two bulldogs work furiously to retrieve their favorite toy from the bottom of a pool

    AnnMarie Walsh
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Originally posted on Rare: A tire was submerged under a few feet of water in a pool, but that didn’t stop these two bulldogs from working tirelessly to retrieve it. View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
 
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    North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness RSS Feed

  • SSVF Funding Available from VA

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for funding for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The NOFA will make approximately $93 million available over a 3-year period for non-renewable grants to eligible entities proposing services for one of the 28 high-need Continuums of Care (CoCs) listed in the NOFA. The 28 locations were selected based on factors that include levels of Veteran homelessness and current unmet service needs. In North Carolina, the only high-need CoC is NC-501 (Asheville/Buncombe). Applications…
  • HHS Reports on Using Medicaid for Chronically Homeless People

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released two reports: A Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants of Permanent Supportive Housing, and a companion document, Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the Field. Reviewing these two documents can help Continuum of Care (CoC) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grantees understand needed next steps to advance access to Medicaid-funded services for homeless persons in their communities. These…
  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:24 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.
  • 3rd Annual SOAR Caseworker Meeting

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    SOAR Caseworker Meeting   Please join us for our annual in-person meeting of SOAR-trained caseworkers! All SOAR-trained caseworkers who are currently completing SOAR applications in their community are invited. SOAR caseworkers will have a chance to network, share tips, and gather information about the NC SOAR program. At this meeting we will discuss topics that impact SOAR applications in North Carolina, including: 2014 SOAR Outcomes Engaging local SSA offices SOAR and the Appeals Process Self-Care Participants will also have a chance to provide feedback on current technical…
  • CHIN Governance Committee Meeting

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    This is an in-person meeting of the CHIN Governance Committee at the United Way of Greensboro. The registration fee covers the cost of lunch. If you do not want lunch, please note in the Comments section that you do not want a lunch.  Please note any dietary restrictions in the Comments section of the registration form.
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    The Homeless Guy

  • Homeless Neighborhood Noises

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Last night was like most nights except that there was more of it.  Again, last night I made my way down to where I camp for the night, earlier still, so to make sure no one else got that spot.  The rule of thumb that the police has taught the homeless, based on actual laws on the books, is, no camping before 9pm.  So, if you were to make your way down to the streets where the homeless sleep for
  • Fighting Addiction Is Not Easy

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Well, my addictions are only psychological, and kinda lame compared to things like drugs and alcohol.  But, they are addictions none-the-less. To fight off my techology/internet/computer addiction, I've taken the bold step of reducing my usage of that stuff to just 2 hours a day - the amount of time allocated to each library patron on the library provided computers.   This will still allow me
  • They Beat Me To It

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    For the first time since camping at this one location, someone else had taken the spot before I got there.   It is a somewhat undesirable spot.  But as I took a walk around, looking for another place to set up my tent, I noticed that the streets had grown even more crowded than the last time I checked.   Tonight I will go back to my spot earlier in the evening and hopefully get there before
  • So I Did Survive The Night

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    I didn't get jumped last night. But, every thing I heard and saw sure looked like something was about to happen.   When I got to my 'camping' area at 11pm, all the homeless people across the street were up and active, talking up a storm, acting like they were at a party.  That in itself was peculiar because most of them are usually asleep, or at least lying down by then.  And what were they all
  • This Can Happen

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    A wise person on the streets will find a way to stay out of trouble, but sometimes trouble comes looking for them, and responding correctly can be tricky. When a person invades your space, you must defend that space.  If you don't, others will think you weak and will all begin to take advantage of you.  But, in making a stand you might also bring about an altercation. Every morning I go to the
 
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • It’s the Grand Opening of our Thrift Store!

    Steve Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We are super excited to announce the Grand Opening of the URM Thrift Store and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us! Please join us at 280 E. Arrow Hwy, Covina CA on Saturday, November 1st, for the grand opening of the newest thrift store in town! To celebrate our kick off, the grand opening will include Free Refreshments for the first 200 customers (Kettle Korn, Specialty Cookies, and Ice Cold Beverages) and we’ll have a store-wide Treasure Hunt where we will mix in free items with the other merchandise on our racks and shelves. Plus, we are giving YOU a 15% discount on…
  • Updates about the Mission’s Learning Center!

    Steve Lee
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Recently, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Andre Ethier granted $100,000 to the Mission to support the renovation of our Learning Center – soon to be called the “Andre and Maggie Ethier Learning Center”! After the room was cleared and permits processed, 50 volunteers from various Dodger departments, Dodger RBI players, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA joined LADF for a paint day. Since then flooring has been laid, cabinetry installed, signage designed and much more! With a little over 3 weeks to go, all final inspections and installations are underway (finishing…
  • The Mission – October 2014

    Steve Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When I was a kid, Thanksgivings were never a big deal. There was never that much to be thankful for. We were so poor, our Thanksgiving dinners were made only from whatever food other people gave us. But it wasn’t just Thanksgivings that were hard. We had so little money, we rarely lived in the same place for more than a year. We often moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. The few clothes we owned, we had to wash in the shower because we couldn’t afford a washer. I didn’t have many friends because I dressed so poorly. I also grew up around a lot of violence. I often…
  • Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014

    jhuckleby
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The post Andy’s End of Month Update – September 2014 appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – September 2014

    Steve Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Culinary school taught me how to create good food,” says Darren,the 49-year-old lead cook at UnionRescue Mission. “But the one thing they couldn’t teach me was howto make soul food. I don’t meanAfrican-American cuisine — I mean food cooked with love. My mom taught me howto do that.” Over the past year, Darren has helped serve more than 1,300 meals a day to hungry guests on Skid Row, and every meal is served with passion, love, and compassion. “I love to serve,” he says. “It comes from my upbringing. Our house was always the go-to house for the less-fortunate kids in our…
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Stay Updated With Mobile Alerts!

    PDXMission
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We have a brand new way to stay in touch! Get updated with Mission news by receiving text alerts on your phone! Remember the freak snowstorm we had earlier this year? What about the boil-water alert in the spring? Emergency situations that bring immediate needs to our Burnside Shelter are great examples of when having a text alert system is invaluable for getting word out quickly. Signing up is fast and secure. Simply fill out the form below with your mobile number, click submit, and then reply “Y” to the confirmation text we’ll text you. That’s it! You’re…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 40 – Meet Our Women’s Director

    PDXMission
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Shepherd’s Door is our women’s addiction recovery center that is home to over 40 women and 20 children. This yearlong residential program helps women discover the deep-seated roots that led to their addiction in the first place and heal from them through intensive classes, counseling, and spiritual understanding and growth. Women who have children also get the opportunity to learn what it means to be healthy moms while their children gain academic and social skills in our Family Life Ministry. Christine Ourada oversees Shepherd’s Door as the Director of Women’s and…
  • Fall Graduation at Shepherd’s Door!

    PDXMission
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We’re so excited for the three newest graduates of our New Life Ministry! Tina, Barbara, and Ashley completed the yearlong addictions recovery program at Shepherd’s Door this past weekend and will be moving on to amazing things! All three ladies will be sticking around for another year as service residents, where they will work here at the Mission, gaining valuable job and ministry skills. SEE ALSO: Ashley talks on camera before her graduation! Here’s what they had to say at Friday’s graduation: Tina Tina: “Graduating tonight is amazing. I don’t even know what…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 39 – Ashley Graduates

    PDXMission
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    This past weekend, three women graduated from our residential addiction recovery program at Shepherd’s Door! Check in later this week for the full blog post, and in the meantime, make sure to watch Ashley’s short video here! Your support gives hope to more hurting, lost people — just like Ashley. Make a donation today to give more people a bright future. 
  • Shelter Improvements Help Homeless

    PDXMission
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Mission staff and Burnside exterior renovation project managers Chris Hall and Dave Ketah. Our Burnside Shelter has gone through radical change in the last couple years. In 2013, we renovated the entire second and third floors of the building to make space for dozens of men and women in our transitional Link and Connect programs. We also transformed our chapel into a community center to give our homeless friends a safe, relational place to be during the day. This year, we’re excited for some brand new changes. Renovations will help our physically disabled guests more easily navigate our…
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    the 13th juror

  • “Why do they waste their money on junk food?” If you've ever said that, you need to read this

    Jacqueline Dowd
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition.Overall, this is a great trend. It’s becoming easier and more common to get fresh food, whole foods, local foods, and organic foods.Unfortunately, though, this shift in culture has also begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions about food.“Why do they waste their money on junk food?” “Why doesn’t she cook for her children?” “Ugh, look, he’s buying…
  • LA's homeless allowed to live in cars, appeals court rules

    Jacqueline Dowd
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A federal appeals court has struck down Los Angeles’ ban on homeless people living in vehicles, declaring that the law “opens the door to discriminatory enforcement” against the poor.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the city’s ordinance, which bans people from living in cars or recreational vehicles on city streets or in parking lots, is unconstitutionally vague.“This broad and cryptic statute criminalizes innocent behavior, making it impossible for citizens to know how to keep their conduct within the pale,” Judge Harry Pregerson…
  • If homeless people had a safe place to live, taxpayers could save millions

    Jacqueline Dowd
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    In a world where money talks, evidence that putting a roof over someone's head is a boon to city budgets could be the incentive cities need to build housing for the homeless.Researchers at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte's Department of Social Work have found that housing constructed specifically for homeless people saved the city millions.Providing housing at an 85-unit facility called Moore Place resulted in 447 fewer visits to emergency rooms and 372 fewer days spent in hospitals. That alone saved the city $1.8 million -- which makes plenty of sense. When people aren't exposed…
  • Almost half of homeless men had a previous brain injury

    Jacqueline Dowd
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    A new study of homeless men found that 45% of the subjects surveyed had experienced traumatic brain injuries in the past.“You could see how it would happen,” says Jane Topolovec-Vranic, a researcher in trauma and neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “You have a concussion, and you can’t concentrate or focus. Their thinking abilities and personalities change. They can’t manage at work, and they may lose their job, and eventually lose their families. And then it’s a negative spiral” — a spiral that, for the men in the study, ends up in a homeless shelter.
  • A Kissimmee native's view of homelessness

    Jacqueline Dowd
    8 May 2014 | 6:32 pm
    "Really it’s just a roll of the dice when you think about it, what separates you from the family living in the hotel room down the road," writes Samantha Stonebraker-Bailey. "When you can humble yourself to think about it, it’s very little. I am not too proud to say that there is nothing that separates me to the families who are homeless, what happened to these families was hardships, and could happen to my family too."Read the rest of her comments in the Osceola Woman Newspaper here.
 
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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

  • Don’t Like Family and Youth Homelessness? Deny It!

    Diane Nilan
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Twenty-five years after the massive “Housing NOW!” march for housing equality in October 1989, the beginning of a (paltry) venture to address homelessness in America, millions of families and youth with nowhere to go are still being mostly ignored.How can the federal agency responsible for addressing the housing needs of adults and children with nowhere to go continue to deny their vulnerability and needs?Members of Congress, criticized by Left, Right and in-between, hold the solution to this growing crisis in their hands. The Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bipartisan bill that…
  • 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).
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • Pastor Cole leaves Homeless World; returns to his church, wife and home

    Thomas Armstrong
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    #revonthestreetsPastor Rick Cole – the megachurch fellow who went out into Sacramento downtown Homeless World as a stunt to raise money and gain attention for himself and his church – has returned to his pastoral life as a fairly rich guy who sleeps in a bed with a roof over his head and, there, faces no danger of going hungry or needing ever again to sleep in an alleyway.Local TV station KCRA reported on the Return of the Adventurer. Their report included some curious things.Early Sunday morning, Pastor Cole hopped a light-rail train in downtown Sacramento and returned to his megachurch…
  • Rev. Rick Cole's Travels

    Thomas Armstrong
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    “There’s a lot of suffering in this world that ordinary people don’t knowanything about.” – Sullivan in Sullivan’s Travels. Script by Preston Sturges#revonthestreetsA front-page article on homelessness by Bee writer Cynthia Hubert had an interesting word in the first sentence: impersonating. “On his fourth day of impersonating a homeless man, the Rev. Rick Cole was starting to look the part.”Front-page article in the Oct. 3 Bee. One thing toquickly note is that Cole (as pictured) isn't getting a chest Xray like REAL homeless guys to get a first-time TB…
  • Mass confusion at the Sacramento Steps Forward website? or mass confusion in SSF's offices?

    Thomas Armstrong
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The organization’s Winter Sanctuary AND Give One Day [the acronym is “GOD”] campaign is beset by internally contradictory information about how money that is raised will be spent. If SSF has set up discrete pools of donations, it cannot launch a confused donations campaign that is likely to misinform potential donors, and put it astray of the rules for running a 501(3)c charity.Sacramento Steps Forward has launched a campaign to raise money. The organization hopes to raise $300,000, but in wording at the SSF website and in literature available through the Sacramento Bee, contradictory…
  • Latest Sacramento News & Review article on Homeless World is an irresponsible mess

    Thomas Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the recent especially thick Sacramento News & Review issue, dated September 11, honoring The Best of Sacramento 2014, an article out of sync with the issue’s theme (and certainly not part of any competition) was far from the best it could be. Its topic was homeless schoolchildren, many of whom have to struggle to get an education, which can add mightily to the anxieties and pain that come from not having a secure or tranquil home life.The article in question is “The school of homeless knocks,” written by SNR staff writer Raheem F. Hosseini.Cover of 9/11 issue of SNR.I am not…
  • WHO is dependent on Welfare?

    Thomas Armstrong
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This is an AMAZING video, both in its production values and with its message. I confess I have problems with some of what is in the message, but I will take that up in a follow-up post. For the most part, this viddy tells a great truth about how the poor are misunderstood and subject to unjust criticism and treatment.
 
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    Homeless in LA ©

  • Real Men Do

    Sonya
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Real men do abuse, kill and maim. I keep hearing people, even the POTUS , say "Real men dont…" But that’s not true is it? We are not imagining people who commit heinous acts. We have not been invaded by body snatchers. Real men rape. We don’t like it. We don’t approve. But if we […]
  • MEND Featured in Drive Time on KNX

    Sonya
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Awesome email from Marianne Haver Hill > This evening (Friday) at about 5:45, MEND was featured as part of KNX News Radio’s monthly “On Your Corner” live broadcast. This month, the station’s on air talent broadcast from the City of San Fernando, and businesses and organizations in the Northeast Valley were featured. > > This […]
  • Multiple Personality

    Sonya
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Summary of the annoyance that produced my PO’D paper pusher personality… Client " I went to jail and my psych says…" Me "Stop" Client " well I’m on medication for…" Me "Don’t tell me" Client " I don’t plant to look for work because. .." Me "Read this please. It is the rule about being […]
  • books… I am thinking of writing about poverty and homelessness

    Sonya
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    http://www.amazon.com/Sonya-Keith/e/B005MMNIDW Filed under: poverty
  • Noh8 , duct tape and Texas Religious Freedom

    Sonya
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I’m deeply bothered that they are using tale across the mouth ala NoH8 campaign for marriage equality.Filed under: poverty
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • State and Federal Officials Join the Network’s Leadership Council

    Pamela Schwartz
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the Network’s quarterly Leadership Council meeting yesterday, where over 40 leaders gathered from across Western Massachusetts, we had the pleasure of hosting special guests: DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein, DHCD Associate Director of the Division of Housing Stabilization Rose Evans, MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness Executive Director Liz Rogers and US Interagency Council on Homelessness Regional Representative Bob Pulster. It was a rich discussion about the intersection of federal and state policies impacting homelessness in Western MA (stay tuned for more…
  • Secure Jobs Connect Advisory Committee Minutes – 10/22/14

    Pamela Schwartz
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes October 21, 2014 In attendance: Toni Bator, HAPHousing, Debbie Bellucci, STCC, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Harry Duchesne, NEFWC, Joanne Glier, DTA, Donna Harris, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Sean Hemingway, CHD, Lisa Lapierre, CPM Secure Jobs, Ses Lopez, SJC/CareerPoint, Darlene Morse, SJC/CareerPoint, Melissa Mateus, Springfield Partners, Bill Mulholland, Berkshire Community College, Konrad Rogowski, FutureWorks, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Robin Sherman,…
  • Presentation: Harm Reduction and Housing First

    Gerry McCafferty
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    At the Networks’ October 16 Housing First training, we were fortunate to have Dr. Wayne Centrone, from the Center for Social Innovation and the t3 Institute, give a presentation on Harm Reduction and Housing First. Click here to view the slides from Dr. Centrone’s presentation (note, this is a large file; please be patient while waiting for download).
  • Fairfield County Housing First and Coordinated Assessment

    Gerry McCafferty
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Last Thursday’s training included a presentation from Lisa Bahadosingh about Fairfield County’s Housing First and Coordinated Assessment system.  Lisa has shared her slides with us, posted below.  
 
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    Hugh Hollowell

  • Stunning. #NoFilter #BlueRidgeParkway #FallColor #Latergram

    Hugh Hollowell
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1zrISHN The post Stunning. #NoFilter #BlueRidgeParkway #FallColor #Latergram appeared first on Hugh Hollowell.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway in October. One of the most beautiful places I know.

    Hugh Hollowell
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1DJwKR9 The post Blue Ridge Parkway in October. One of the most beautiful places I know. appeared first on Hugh Hollowell.
  • Will D. Campbell on The Church

    Hugh Hollowell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Photo via Associated Press Hell, I don’t know what the church is. Jesus said something about the fact that He was going to build the church. He did say that nothing would prevail over it . . . even the gates of Hell, but He didn’t ask me to build it. And He certainly didn’t ask me to define it. I believe the church is at work in the world only because of my faith in this Jesus person. Trouble is, I don’t know what Jesus is up to or where His church is. That’s good because if I found the church then I’d give it a name and start running it. Will Campbell, “Interview with…
  • Seven Reasons Poor People Rent to Own Furniture

    Hugh Hollowell
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Last week, the Washington Post ran an article with the provocative title, Rental America: Why the Poor Pay $4150 for a $1500 Sofa. Reaction on social media among my friends who have shared it has been… interesting. What has shocked me most is the utter lack of empathy people have shown toward the woman in particular and people who are economically poor in general. I swear, if one more person talks about how ‘When I was poor, during grad school, I bought my couch on Craigslist for $70”, I might just snap. Being poor, by definition, means your options are limited. Poverty is, more than…
  • What? You don’t want our help with the laundry?

    Hugh Hollowell
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1qWPOTN The post What? You don’t want our help with the laundry? appeared first on Hugh Hollowell.
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • Queuing and Q-ing with Dignity

    Amy L. Freeman
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    As I walked up to the food truck this past Monday, it was not quite lunchtime. But the food smelled fragrant, the neon lights on the truck were festive and the blasting tunes hit an early '70s tone to which I could relate. A few men stood near the truck, although none seemed in line for food. Spying the man I had not yet met, I held out my hand David "Curley" Cornblatt, of Curley's Q, chef of the barbecue food truck and soon-to-be restaurateur. We exchanged pleasantries. Guiding me by the elbow toward the service window in the truck, he quizzed me on my food preferences, explaining the menu…
  • Can I Put My Nose in Your Cup?

    Amy L. Freeman
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    At Bethesda Cares' Drop-In center the other day, it was a warm, late afternoon and I was silently musing about the wisdom of an evening cocktail. Apparently the folks in our center were thinking about the same subject, but with a very different twist: "Yeah, it's fine for all those folks to sit at those outdoor cafes, drinking beer and whatnot. Outside. But me? I sit on a bench right next to that restaurant with a container in my hand, doesn't matter what it is, I get a cop in my face asking, 'Can I put my nose in your cup?'" One man snorted in derision. "I know! I know! I walk across a…
  • 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…
 
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    USICH Blog

  • Ensuring Safety and Stability for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year is the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. Over the past several months, there have been a number of high profile cases involving domestic violence that have garnered significant media attention. The spotlight on these specific experiences has helped to bring a larger discussion to the public arena about domestic violence, including perceptions about perpetrators and survivors, as well as the supports that are an essential part of the network of emergency shelters and supportive services in responding…
  • Building Momentum to Abolish Criminalization of Homelessness

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    By Eric Tars Earlier this year, Jerome Murdough, a homeless Veteran, died tragically of dehydration and heat exhaustion in an overheated prison cell after being arrested for “trespassing” because he sought warmth and shelter in an enclosed stairwell of a Harlem public housing building during a week of sub-freezing temperatures. Every day, people who experience homelessness are subjected to local laws and ordinances that challenge their human rights and create real and lasting barriers. Jerome Murdough should have never been in that jail cell in the first place. If Jerome…
  • Shining Through: The Voices of Young People Heard Clearly at Forty to None Summit

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    By Robert Pulster USICH had the privilege of attending the first True Colors Fund Forty to None Summit held September 30, 2014, in New York City. The Summit was a powerful gathering that highlighted the voices of young people in a day-long national convening on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth homelessness.  In his opening remarks, TCF Director Gregory Lewis emphasized the day would focus on collaboration and innovation. Dr. Jama Shelton, the Forty to None Project Director, exclaimed that "today we are building a plan, we're building a movement, and…
  • Your Reallocation Questions Answered, USICH Releases Reallocation Tool

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Jay Melder Reallocations will help communities make the system changes needed to end homelessness, and in this year’s Continuum of Care NOFA, there is once again a strong emphasis on reallocations.  As in FY 2013, HUD is allowing reallocations of funds to new permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and rapid re-housing for families with children.  HUD and USICH encourage CoCs to take full advantage of reallocations, shifting funds away from underperforming or less cost-effective programs and toward evidence-informed models.  
  • Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action Forty Years in the Making

    dequendre.bertrand@usich.gov
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    by William H. Bentley and Laura Green Zeilinger Forty years ago, the U.S. government took the bold step of making the landmark Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, or RHYA, the law of the land. RHYA is the only Federal law that highlights the need for and funds critical services for youth experiencing homelessness. In July 2014, Congress introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.2646), new legislation that, if enacted, would reauthorize and strengthen RHYA. With continued funding for street outreach, basic center and transitional living…
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