Homelessness in the News
When Pope Francis comes to the U.S. in September, he will meet with people who are homeless, immigrants, and the incarcerated. This is very noble, but, as Lewis Diuguid points out, the visits should be impromptu to avoid politicians from scripting these meetings.
Community policing in Cincinnati is one of the best in the country, but Cleveland’s police do not know where to start when it comes to working with the community. Upcoming reforms will hopefully see the police making a positive difference in communities.
What community benefit comes from jailing a homeless person, who is obviously not in the right state of mind? Nothing. A person consistently, and incoherently calling 911 needs help getting a stable place to live, not prison time.
If cities want to end homelessness and improve the conditions of shelters, maybe it is time to start adequately funding the services needed to get homeless people off the street. After the murder of a shelter director by a former client, shelters in New York City are working to improve safety for the staff.
Student at Chicago Portfolio School has begun designing new signs for homeless. These new signs, drawn with an artistic touch, are meant to draw people to have an actual conversation with these people and create awareness. Sometimes it is just small gestures that make a big difference.
Los Angeles City Council legislation would make something as small as putting a bag on the ground a cause for action by police. LA civil rights activists urge the mayor to veto this legislation. Criminalizing homelessness does not see the results it expects to see, but hinders the possibility of ending homelessness.
Rapid Rehousing has been touted as a cure-all for homelessness, but for many, particularly families, it is not enough. These families are cut off way before they are able to sustain themselves. This report looks at the limitations or the Rapid Rehousing movement highlighted by a new HUD report.
New Orleans plans to build $7 million dollar centralized homeless shelter with less restriction. However, it faces opposition from business owners, who rely on myths about the homeless community.
Since Obama began a push to end veteran homelessness in 2010, many cities and counties have essentially eliminated homelessness. Now, will we see as much success ending chronic, youth, and family homelessness? Cuyahoga County will be declaring a "functional end" to veteran's homelessness on Veterans Day 2015.
A minister in Nashville, Tennessee is raising money to build micro-homes for the homeless.
Repurposed military base becomes a recovery center for addicted homeless people. This shelter is different from many by allowing the residents to run the shelter, while also providing meaningful things to do during the day, such as online classes.
by Dan the Intern
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