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    • Help All Homeless People, Not Just the ‘Respectable’ Ones
      My social worker looks up at us through the rear-view mirror, “I wish all my clients were like y’all.” Bittersweet you could say. It stung, even on the way out, and the words spoken by my social worker have stayed … Continue reading → The post Help All Homeless People, Not Just the ‘Respectable’ Ones […]
    • Are California Towns Illegally Banning Camping?
      According to Two City Councilmen, They May Be Doing Just That Los Angeles residents and officials have long felt that their city is pulling more than its fair share of weight when it comes to addressing the state’s homelessness crisis. … Continue reading → The post Are California Towns Illegally Banning Camping? appeared first on […]
    • What Surprised Me About San Francisco’s Homeless Count – Or Not
      I’ve studied San Francisco’s homeless counts for over a decade, and even volunteered one year. The City performs these enumerations every other year as a reporting requirement for a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department grant. In the middle of … Continue reading → The post What Surprised Me About San Francisco’s Homeless Count – […]
    • Rising from the Ashes: My Fall into Homelessness
      This three-part story series from 1987 is still relevant today. Employers and insurance companies still fight psychiatric work injuries with a vicious vengeance. Genuinely injured workers are treated as if they’re fraudulent criminals. Their claims are routinely denied for 90 … Continue reading → The post Rising from the Ashes: My Fall into Homelessness appeared […]
    • How One Citation Can Ruin A Homeless Person’s Life Forever
      Picture This: A homeless man ventures into a Burger King one cold November day in Boston, intending to trade what little cash he has for a warm breakfast eaten indoors. He approaches the register, cash in hand, anticipating a classic … Continue reading → The post How One Citation Can Ruin A Homeless Person’s Life […]
    • LA’s Homeless Veterans May Be Dwindling
      In a city infamous for its rising levels of homelessness, the number of homeless veterans has started to plateau The homeless people of Los Angeles frequently make the news. In fact, they’re some of the country’s most famous. As the … Continue reading → The post LA’s Homeless Veterans May Be Dwindling appeared first on […]
    • Homeless People at Greater Risk of Suffering Sexual Violence
      “Homeless women are the sexual assault survivors that no one talks about.” So begins a first-person essay, powerfully penned by Lori Yearwood of Salt Lake City. As far as plot points go, the story plays out like a familiar tune. … Continue reading → The post Homeless People at Greater Risk of Suffering Sexual Violence […]
    • Landmark Achievement: Canada Legislates Right to Housing Law
      Canada has long sought a solution to the ever-growing national homeless crisis currently affecting upwards of 235,000 people. Hopes have never been higher than this summer when a bill legislating a national right to housing passed the senate and was … Continue reading → The post Landmark Achievement: Canada Legislates Right to Housing Law appeared […]
    • Hawaii’s Homeless Population Ranks Among Highest in Nation
      The idyllic islands are not a paradise for everyone If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you probably had a great time enjoying the natural beauty, the unique culture and the amenities of your hotel. What you probably wouldn’t have seen, … Continue reading → The post Hawaii’s Homeless Population Ranks Among Highest in Nation appeared […]
    • Homeless Man Shares His Experience Volunteering in Homeless Shelter
      There’s no way I’m pretending to be the average homeless person. (There is no such creature.) I’m not one of the unfortunate Invisible People society so shamefully neglects in plain sight. I am more fortunate than most. Nevertheless, as someone … Continue reading → The post Homeless Man Shares His Experience Volunteering in Homeless Shelter […]
    • Options for Abuse: Homelessness or Domestic Violence
      “Why does she stay?” It’s a simple question. The answer is not. Victims of domestic violence have developed a complex mix of physical, emotional, financial and psychological difficulties. Yet we can point out one truth that forces the victim to … Continue reading → The post Options for Abuse: Homelessness or Domestic Violence appeared first […]
    • Strong Bonds Exist Among Homeless and Formerly Homeless People
      It is true that homelessness greatly removes you from what most consider mainstream society. Although many homeless people are employed, they are not housed. And, without a doubt, life not housed is such a difficult concept for those who have … Continue reading → The post Strong Bonds Exist Among Homeless and Formerly Homeless People […]
    • Why Homeless People Choose the Street Over Shelters
      Twelve books into Homer’s Odyssey, the unfortunate protagonist Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool … Continue reading → The post Why Homeless People Choose the Street Over Shelters appeared […]
    • What Do Homeless People Do All Day, Anyway?
      They’re definitely not “just sitting around” You may wonder to yourself as you pass the same person on the same corner every day on your lunch break, “just what do homeless people DO all day?” Your imagination may run wild … Continue reading → The post What Do Homeless People Do All Day, Anyway? appeared […]
    • We Cannot End Homelessness Without Accurate Data
      It’s easy to make a case about homelessness using government data and statistics. Oftentimes, when data is accurate, or even close to accurate, these numbers reflect the true struggle within the crisis. The problem occurs when a case regarding homelessness … Continue reading → The post We Cannot End Homelessness Without Accurate Data appeared first […]
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