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Sometimes a fashion ad can actually do some good

These Sneaker Ads Have a Larger Message to Send About Homelessness by Ellie Krupnick, 10/30/15

. . . sometimes a fashion ad can actually do some good . . .

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Ohlone Park neighbors brainstorm about homeless influx

Berkeleyside by Emilie Raguso, 10/26/15

Berkeley is looking to start a transitional storage center after visiting GTT's Transitional Storage Center here in San Diego.

More than 100 people crowded into the North Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday to strategize about how to address problematic behavior in Ohlone Park linked largely to the area's growing nomadic homeless population.

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As the Season Changes, One Writer Connects with Las Vegas Homeless

Las Vegas Weekly by Stacy J. Willis, 10/21/15

When I was a kid, I dressed up as a hobo for Halloween. Twice. That’s not the same thing as being grossly politically incorrect by dressing up as a homeless person, right? A hobo wore an oversized patched jacket and had a stick over his shoulder with a bandana tied to the end to carry his belongings. In my quaint imagination, he was a romantic nomad who often hopped trains and was, of course, hilarious.

So then, as tradition dictates, I’d go door to door dressed as a hobo and ask for handouts. I was completely oblivious to my own... Read More

Woman rises out of homelessness

The San Diego Union Tribune by Gary Warth, 10/17/15

She now has a job and looks forward but knows how quickly things can change.  Of the 8,700 homeless people in San Diego County, everyone has a unique story. One of those is Tari Harkonen’s, who now is off the street but had been homeless off and on since 1993. Harkonen, 53, shares many traits with other homeless people who have dealt with personal issues, financial problems and some poor decisions. At the same time, she also may be an example of how a worker earning a low wage and with no safety net may be just a few steps from... Read More

Richard Gere poses as homeless man, goes completely unnoticed

Richard Gere, 10/8/15

"When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I'll never forget. So many times we forget how blessed we are. We should not take that for granted. And if we can help someone in need, we should. That's why after I was done, I walked around and gave food and $100 to every homeless person I saw. They cried and were so grateful. Be the change you wish to see in... Read More

HUD Secretary Julian Castro visits San Diego

CW News by Carlos Correa, 10/19/15

SAN DIEGO -- Renovation over at the Hotel Churchill continues as it prepares to help as many as 1,500 homeless individuals. The project is part of the San Diego Housing Commission's three-year action plan. The 100-year-old facility will soon be home for homeless veterans and at-risk youth. ...
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Life on the Streets: San Francisco’s Homeless in Their Own Words

By SF Weekly Staff, 10/21/15

San Franciscans are experts in homelessness.  We step over homeless people, over their belongings, over their shit just to get to work. We know exactly why people are on the streets, we tell each other. They're mentally ill. They're addicted to drugs. They made bad choices. But unless we have been outside ourselves, we have no idea. ...

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Soldiers building homes for homeless Vets

WJCL News, by Dave Williams, 10/22/15

The number of homeless veterans is going up. As of January, 2014,  there were nearly 49,000 homeless vets in our country.  285 of those are right here. Now one program is trying to do something about it. ...

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To tackle homelessness, look to jails, hospitals, foster homes, group says

LA Times by Gale Holland, Contact Reporter, 10/22/15

Thousands of people stream out of Los Angeles county jails, foster homes, hospitals and state prisons with no place to go, overwhelming efforts to stem the rise in homelessness, experts said Thursday.

 

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A More Cost-Effective Adult Homeless Services System

by Nicole Bramstedt, Oct 22, 2015

Last week, the New York City Independent Budget Office published a fiscal brief -Albany Shifts the Burden: As the Cost for Sheltering the Homeless Rises, Federal & City Funds Are Increasingly Tapped- detailing the financing of city homeless shelters from... Read More

Resident describes difference homeless council made

Times Daily, posted 10/22/15 by Bernie Delinski, Staff Writer

FLORENCE — Most of the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama meeting Wednesday involved discussions of updates, upcoming events and grant applications. . . .

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Now What: Housing The Homeless

Homelessness is a very human problem that we've historically dealt with in a pretty inhumane way in this country. While there are a lot of individuals doing amazing one-on-one work, our overarching policies have historically relied on carrot-stick-type incentivizing... Read More