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Tell us why this homelessness plan will work when the others failed

Tell us why this homelessness plan will work when the others failed

by Robert Greene, 1/27/16

News flash: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors allocated $100 million to fight homelessness and came up with plans to make sure that inmates leaving prison and patients leaving hospitals don't end up on skid row. Joining with L.A.'s mayor, they called a news conference to announce that this time, finally, they really meant it: They would end homelessness. They had the money, the will and the momentum to succeed where their predecessors had failed.

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Project Homeless Connect serves 1,200 in need

Project Homeless Connect serves 1,200 in need

by Gary Warth, 1/27/16

More than 1,200 people in need came to Golden Hall in San Diego on Wednesday to receive free warm clothes, a hot meal, haircuts and information about shelters, housing, medical care and other services as part of the 10th annual Project Homeless Connect.

 

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Assessment Of Homeless Veterans In San Diego

Assessment Of Homeless Veterans In San Diego

by Benjamin Krause, 1/26/16

Volunteers are planning to conduct a “point-in-time” census of the homeless in San Diego that will help assess homeless veterans as well.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding the annual count to help get an idea of “what the vet count really looks like.” Director of the Regional Task Force On the Homeless, Dolores Diaz, confirmed the funding sources and reason VA is supporting the initiative.

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County considering new homeless program

County considering new homeless program

by Joshua Stewart, 1/28/16

San Diego County is poised to create a network of head-to-toe services for homeless people with mental illness.

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New $3 fee would add up to aid Cumberland's homeless, advocates say

New $3 fee would add up to aid Cumberland's homeless, advocates say

by Bill Gallo, Jr., 1/28/16

A new $3 fee on documents filed with the Cumberland County Clerk's Office would aid the local homeless community, advocates say.

Tuesday night, county freeholders voted 6 to 1 to introduce an ordinance to establish the Cumberland County Homeless Trust Fund along with a trust fund task force to oversee the use of the money.

"Morally this is the right thing to do," said Freeholder Director Joe Derella.

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Nonprofit to offer mobile showers for homeless

Nonprofit to offer mobile showers for homeless

by Gary Warth, 1/27/16

The nonprofit that has taken various actions to help homeless people downtown has plans to bring portable showers to the downtrodden to use in various neighborhoods. Think Dignity, formerly known as Girls Think Tank, already has the mobile shower and expects to have it in use within two months, said Executive Director Anne Rios. “This is the first thing on my to-do list,” said Rios, who took over the nonprofit’s top job from former Executive Director Heather Pollock on Jan. 11.

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Sharp Dressed Man

Sharp Dressed Man

by Curtis Blank, December 2015

 

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Resourceful Students Turn Old Plastic Bags into Sleeping Mats for Homeless

Resourceful Students Turn Old Plastic Bags into Sleeping Mats for Homeless

by Kimberly Yam, 1/18/16

These students' project will allow homeless people to sleep a little more comfortably while also finding another use for old plastic grocery bags.

Students from Three Rivers High School's National Honor Society in Michigan have been crocheting plastic bags together to create sleeping mats for the homeless as part of a project called A Mile of Mats. The students, who began the initiative this month and have completed five mats, plan on making a whopping 880.

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The Scary Reality of Being a Homeless Woman in the Winter

The Scary Reality of Being a Homeless Woman in the Winter

by Laura Donovan, 1/17/16

More than half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, and women in this group face increased hardships during the chilly winter season.

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Seattle 'safe lots' to hold homeless living in vehicles

Seattle 'safe lots' to hold homeless living in vehicles

by The Seattle Times, 1/19/16

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a homelessness-emergency order Tuesday to quickly open two safe-parking sites for people living in vehicles, and members of the City Council grilled the mayor’s officials about sweeps of unauthorized tent encampments.

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City to Fight for Homeless Vets

City to Fight for Homeless Vets

by Wendy Fry and Brie Stimson, 1/15/16

With more than 1,300 homeless veterans living on San Diego’s streets, the city clearly has a problem helping those who already gave up so much.

Homeless experts say San Diego is falling behind other cities in calling on landlords to rent to homeless veterans. There are plenty of rental subsidies, according to experts, but not enough landlords willing to rent to homeless people.

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Deaths Among Homeless in Orange County Jump 53 Percent in 2 Years

Deaths Among Homeless in Orange County Jump 53 Percent  in 2 Years

by Erika Aguilar, 1/19/16

While the number of homeless in Orange County has risen little in the past couple years, deaths among the population jumped dramatically from 2013-2015. 

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