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Mayor de Blasio Scorecard Shows City Homeless Shelters had 21,400 Code Violations by End of 2015

Mayor de Blasio Scorecard Shows City Homeless Shelters had 21,400 Code Violations by End of 2015

by Erin Durkin, 2/1/16

City homeless shelters had a whopping 21,401 open code violations at the end of 2015, according to a new scorecard issued by Mayor de Blasio's office Monday.

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The Face of Homelessness in San Diego

The Face of Homelessness in San Diego

by John Lawrence, 2/3/16

I met a homeless woman at a coffee shop in downtown San Diego. She had emailed me to correct a few points in a previous article I had written about the homeless. Her name is Jingles, not her real name, of course.

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New Homeless Housing Policy Leads to Tough Choices

New Homeless Housing Policy Leads to Tough Choices

by Teri Figueroa, 2/3/16

A North County nonprofit that houses homeless families says it will walk away from roughly $95,000 in federal funding rather than comply with new regulations that forbid it from requiring residents to stay away from drugs.

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Homeless, but Not Helpless

Homeless, but Not Helpless

by Renee Chavez, 2/4/16

I've never been homeless. The closest I ever came to it was when I got lost at Rehoboth Beach, Del. with my little sister. My 10-year-old brain conjured up what my future would look like as a dirty street urchin with a baby girl in tow—begging for change, stealing scraps from trash bins and sleeping in the hollow of a topiary at the nearest park.

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SF Drag Queens React to Homeless Sweeps with Food and Clothes

SF Drag Queens React to Homeless Sweeps with Food and Clothes

by Joe Rivano Barros

Some dozen San Francisco drag queens came together Tuesday afternoon to distribute food, clothing, and other essentials to the homeless under the 101 freeway near 13th and Harrison, laying out dozens of items outside the SoMa Streatfood Park and serving up hot meals they cooked that morning.

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Mosinee Students Learn About Homelessness

Mosinee Students Learn About Homelessness

by Liz Welter, 2/3/16

Seventh-grade students at Mosinee Middle School got a first-hand experience with homelessness Friday as they worked to make a shelter from an assortment of cardboard boxes and wrapped themselves in blankets to panhandle.

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Protest Tackles Homelessness

Protest Tackles Homelessness

by Broke-Ass Stuart, 1/28/16

The tent village on the border of SoMa and the Mission stretches for nearly a mile under the Highway 101 overpass. Its inhabitants range from weather-beaten men mumbling to themselves to women who could pass for soccer moms to a teenager who looks like he’s 15. I’ve lived a block away for nearly four years, my roommate has for eight years, and neither of us has ever seen it this bad. There’s been such a population growth in Tent Francisco (a name I just coined) over the past month or two that it’s almost like all the... Read More

9-Year-Old Is Collecting 1,000 Barbie Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age

9-Year-Old Is Collecting 1,000 Barbie Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age

by Avianne Tan, 1/27/16

Over 700 Barbie dolls currently fill the room of 9-year-old Gianni Graham's home in Norfolk, Virginia. "There are barbies everywhere, it's like we're living in Barbie-land!" Gianni's mother Whitney Graham told ABC News today. "But Gianni has... Read More

In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity

In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity

by Marcus Harrison Green, 1/28/16

As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.

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SF Mission artists sew blankets for the homeless

SF Mission artists sew blankets for the homeless

by Aria Killough-Miller, 1/28/16

On a beautiful day on Mission Street, Annice Jacoby of City Poets saw people walking past a homeless man at their feet. Fearing that San Franciscans have grown “numb” to homelessness, Jacoby turned to what she knows best: participatory art.

UNDERCOVER, a collaborative arts effort, is sewing and distributing waterproof hooded blankets for the city’s homeless. The project draws on organizations for arts and for homelessness, local businesses, and volunteers.

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VA proposes hundreds of housing units plus services for homeless vets at West L.A. campus

VA proposes hundreds of housing units plus services for homeless vets at West L.A. campus

by Gale Holland, 1/28/16

Federal officials released a blueprint Thursday for transforming the long-neglected West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus into a residential community with hundreds of housing units for homeless veterans, offering some potential relief as Los Angeles struggles to deal with an increase in homelessness across the city.

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Denver using $8.6M loan to build apartments for chronically homeless people

Denver using $8.6M loan to build apartments for chronically homeless people

by Liz Gelari, 1/27/16

Denver city officials say 250 chronically homeless people are costing taxpayers about $7 million per year. Some of those longtime homeless people will begin moving into apartments this week.

"And that costs the taxpayers a lot of money," said Cary Kennedy, Denver's CFO and Deputy Mayor.

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