There was an explosive report issued out of the University of Berkeley and proof that cities are making it illegal to be homeless. The report shows that 58 cities are passing laws that are unequally enforced on homeless people. They cited anti-camping laws among others as unfairly targeting homeless people for criminal citations.
Channel 3 has been looking at people who live outside in this extreme cold. They talked to Rick and before that Christine. They have been talking to people who stay outside.
Channel 19 put aside their tabloid news and did a nice story about the Salvation Army Canteen (not a Cantina). The Salvation Army feeds hundreds in East Cleveland and Cleveland.
St. Louis takes steps to make it easier to participate in the voucher program and makes it difficult for landlords to refuse to take a voucher. We need similar laws that would not allow landlords to discriminate against voucher holders.
We love the libraries and in Cleveland they are really helpful to homeless people. This is a story about how libraries are trying to adapt to the number of people who are homeless and using the facility. This is a Huffington Post article about libraries attempts to help homeless people with jobs and health care.
How about a public restroom in Cleveland? New Mexico was looking at introducing a shower bus that goes around the community to help people maintain their hygiene.
Mother Jones did a long story about Housing First. I am always dubious about quoting statisitcs (72% drop) when we know how unreliable counting homeless people can be. They do a good job of outlining all the good items about homelessness. It does not mention some of the draw backs of the programs or how the programs that are saving money can spend that savings on other homeless people. It is a good overview of the issues and the program characteristics.
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