NYC’s ‘Right to Shelter’ Doesn’t End Homelessness

I was stunned when I heard the couple who occupied our room before us spent almost a decade here. They stayed just a little over nine years at Park View, a family shelter overlooking the Harlem Meer. How terrifying and … Continue reading → The post NYC’s ‘Right to Shelter’ Doesn’t End Homelessness appeared first … Read moreNYC’s ‘Right to Shelter’ Doesn’t End Homelessness

Do Homeless People Need Protection from Us?

Troubling Trends: Violence Against Homeless People and Hostile Architecture How safe do you feel? Does your home have an alarm system? Your car? For many, these kind of safety precautions are a given—an unfortunate reality of the times we live … Continue reading → The post Do Homeless People Need Protection from Us? appeared first … Read moreDo Homeless People Need Protection from Us?

How Exposure Increases Health Risks for Homeless People

Living without a home is a dire situation. Every moment ignites a new mode of survival. In addition to the mental strain and anxiety brought about by these conditions, there is also a prevalent need for better health. Poor health … Continue reading → The post How Exposure Increases Health Risks for Homeless People appeared … Read moreHow Exposure Increases Health Risks for Homeless People

Five Things to Say to a Person Who’s Homeless

Advice for the tongue-tied So, you’ve taken my advice and stopped ignoring the homeless people you meet. But you may have found that stopping this anti-social behavior can sometimes lead to more interaction. Now, if you’re not a natural conversationalist … Continue reading → The post Five Things to Say to a Person Who’s Homeless … Read moreFive Things to Say to a Person Who’s Homeless

Alleged Reliable News Sources Exacerbate Homelessness

Use of Harmful Words and Stereotypes Negatively Influences Public Perception The media is a powerful tool. More powerful even than an army in many cases because regimes can only infiltrate a warzone. Reporters, on the other hand, have the power … Continue reading → The post Alleged Reliable News Sources Exacerbate Homelessness appeared first on … Read moreAlleged Reliable News Sources Exacerbate Homelessness

Media’s Use of Harmful Words Exacerbates Homelessness

Negative Terminology from Reliable News Sources Influences Public Perception About Homeless People The media is a powerful tool. More powerful even than an army in many cases because regimes can only infiltrate a warzone. Reporters, on the other hand, have … Continue reading → The post Media’s Use of Harmful Words Exacerbates Homelessness appeared first … Read moreMedia’s Use of Harmful Words Exacerbates Homelessness

Anti-Panhandling Campaigns Hurt Homeless People

Bay Area Transit System’s Deterrent to Panhandlers Is a Bad Sign Here we go again: another anti-panhandling campaign. To be specific, another plea for housed people to avoid giving money to usually unhoused or unsheltered people. This time, it’s the … Continue reading → The post Anti-Panhandling Campaigns Hurt Homeless People appeared first on Invisible … Read moreAnti-Panhandling Campaigns Hurt Homeless People

Ready to Solve Homelessness? Read This Book.

Book Review: Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages by Andrew Heben “While they are often portrayed as a disorganized state of emergency, I find that the self-organized tent city actually addresses many of the shortfalls of … Continue reading → The post Ready to Solve Homelessness? Read This Book. appeared first … Read moreReady to Solve Homelessness? Read This Book.

Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages

Book Review: Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages, by Andrew Heben “While they are often portrayed as a disorganized state of emergency, I find that the self-organized tent city actually addresses many of the shortfalls of … Continue reading → The post Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House … Read moreTent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages

Universal Basic Income: Can It Reduce Homelessness?

This is 2019. It is a barrage of technological advancements and individual losses. It’s a whirlwind of inflated wealth and extreme poverty. It is a time when ambitious startups are introducing autonomous vehicles in cities where families below the poverty … Continue reading → The post Universal Basic Income: Can It Reduce Homelessness? appeared first … Read moreUniversal Basic Income: Can It Reduce Homelessness?

Street Medicine Brings Healthcare to Homeless People

“When I was a bit younger, as a young teaching physician at the hospital, I found myself arguing with a homeless man. And despite the fact there was a snowstorm outside, he insisted on leaving against medical advice. I lost … Continue reading → The post Street Medicine Brings Healthcare to Homeless People appeared first … Read moreStreet Medicine Brings Healthcare to Homeless People

Tent City Forms After Canadian Homeless Shelter Closes

Tent cities. Sobering symbols of reality pitched over shaky ground. Tent cities often harbor social contradictions. They are beautiful and ugly, dangerous and safe havens. They represent both unity and societal isolation for homeless people living unsheltered. Behind each wavering … Continue reading → The post Tent City Forms After Canadian Homeless Shelter Closes appeared … Read moreTent City Forms After Canadian Homeless Shelter Closes

Homeless Youth Are Most Vulnerable to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it’s more common than most of us realize. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex … Continue reading → The post Homeless Youth Are Most Vulnerable to Human Trafficking appeared … Read moreHomeless Youth Are Most Vulnerable to Human Trafficking

Welcome to Homelessness: Feeling Safe with Papa Bear

For the first couple of weeks of living homeless on the Boardwalk of Venice Beach, California, all I’d do was walk up and down between Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. I didn’t know what else to do. With … Continue reading → The post Welcome to Homelessness: Feeling Safe with Papa Bear appeared … Read moreWelcome to Homelessness: Feeling Safe with Papa Bear

Street Photographer Suitcase Joe Captures the Unfiltered Beauty of Skid Row

Beneath the Surface and Behind the Lens “I just get down there and get into it.” ~Suitcase Joe on how he takes such poignant photographs. If you ever wonder where the United States’ housing crisis is headed, look no further … Continue reading → The post Street Photographer Suitcase Joe Captures the Unfiltered Beauty of … Read moreStreet Photographer Suitcase Joe Captures the Unfiltered Beauty of Skid Row

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Homeless People

Let’s start with a paradox: Could satisfying a prerequisite for good health also put it at risk? This isn’t simply a hypothetical scenario for many homeless people. While sleep has long been recognized as a foundational requirement for attaining and … Continue reading → The post How Sleep Deprivation Affects Homeless People appeared first on … Read moreHow Sleep Deprivation Affects Homeless People

Advocate for Homeless Neighbors Through Voter Registration

It’s not easy, but you can help make it less difficult One of the most powerful advocacy tools we have is our ability to influence policy. Speaking up for your homeless neighbors is good. Making sure their voices are heard … Continue reading → The post Advocate for Homeless Neighbors Through Voter Registration appeared first … Read moreAdvocate for Homeless Neighbors Through Voter Registration

Rising from the Ashes: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

Psychologically, physically and socially, I’m a failure of both nature and nurture. Genetically predisposed to psycho-affective disorders and spinal defects, I grew up in an emotionally violent home. Despite a world-class education and a passing fair talent as a multi-genre … Continue reading → The post Rising from the Ashes: You Don’t Have to Live … Read moreRising from the Ashes: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

Clown Taunts People in a Homeless Encampment

No Laughing Matter: Dressed in an Elf Costume, Slumlord Attempts to Blow Dollar Bills at Homeless People July 12th, 2019 was a very gray day for the down-trodden and poverty-stricken to endure. It marks the date of the time when … Continue reading → The post Clown Taunts People in a Homeless Encampment appeared first … Read moreClown Taunts People in a Homeless Encampment

Housing, Not Shelters, Remains Best Solution to Homelessness

In response to rising homelessness, key California politicians are drawing the wrong conclusions about what needs to be done. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who heads Governor Newsom’s Commission on Homelessness, is leading this misguided effort. Steinberg’s July 17 Los Angeles … Continue reading → The post Housing, Not Shelters, Remains Best Solution to Homelessness appeared … Read moreHousing, Not Shelters, Remains Best Solution to Homelessness

Why ‘Right to Shelter’ Is Wrong for California

Housing, Not Shelters, Remains Best Solution to Homelessness In response to rising homelessness, key California politicians are drawing the wrong conclusions about what needs to be done. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who heads Governor Newsom’s Commission on Homelessness, is leading … Continue reading → The post Why ‘Right to Shelter’ Is Wrong for California appeared … Read moreWhy ‘Right to Shelter’ Is Wrong for California

The 12 Dimensions of Canada’s Indigenous Homelessness

Media used to be so one-sided. Information was easily obscured from the general public. Whole nations of people lived on the fringe of our society. Their problems went unnoticed, ignored. Fortunately, a new wave of independent journalism and research has … Continue reading → The post The 12 Dimensions of Canada’s Indigenous Homelessness appeared first … Read moreThe 12 Dimensions of Canada’s Indigenous Homelessness

Advocates Try to Reclaim Property of San Francisco Homeless People

The homeless property yard at the San Francisco Department of Public Works saw an unusually busy Saturday afternoon on June 22, more activity than the workers anticipated. Eleven unhoused City residents — joined by about 100 supporters of unhoused people … Continue reading → The post Advocates Try to Reclaim Property of San Francisco Homeless … Read moreAdvocates Try to Reclaim Property of San Francisco Homeless People

Welcome to Homelessness: Venice Beach Boardwalk at 7AM

My first homeless morning I merged onto the Boardwalk heading north and strolled slowly past small fruit stands, convenience stores, ice cream parlors and such. Everything was closed because of the early hour. What caught my attention was on Market … Continue reading → The post Welcome to Homelessness: Venice Beach Boardwalk at 7AM appeared … Read moreWelcome to Homelessness: Venice Beach Boardwalk at 7AM