News Updates This Last Week

In Honolulu, many homeless people say they are losing precious belongings, medicine, food, and even their identification as the city aggressively clears out encampments. With some of the largest homeless encampments in the country, the city has been conducting sweeps since last November in order to enforce laws which prohibit blocking or storing property on sidewalks. 

Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma plans to use a new $1.47 million grant to continue expanding its services to homeless veterans in the Oklahoma City metro area. With the announcement this week that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs renewed funding for a third year, the program's director said he hopes to continue ramping up those services in surrounding areas.  This at the same time Goodwill is under investigation for the Ability One program to provide jobs to disabled individuals. 

A homeless woman previously convicted of murdering a homeless advocate has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The Shawnee County District Attorney announced Tuesday that Kimberly Sharp will be sentenced Sept. 30 for voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the death of 38-year-old David Owen, a homeless advocate from Topeka who disappeared in June 2006.

Josh McManus said at the beginning of his speech at the Team Jackson luncheon on Monday that he was prone to make controversial statements. Two examples: Detroit is misunderstood and is on the rebound. By feeding the homeless, churches in downtown Jackson create unintended consequences by giving street people reason to hang around.

A police chief in southwestern Ohio says he wasn't surprised that one of his officers delivered a pizza to a homeless man. Middletown Officer Jason Deaton was recognized on the police division's Facebook Wednesday after he gave pizza and a drink to a man who was sleeping on the streets.

An Ohio County woman isn't giving up her dream helping homeless women and children.  A zoning board denied Angela Porter-Stewart's proposal for a new homeless shelter last year but now---she's found a new location off Highway 62 in Beaver Dam.

Congressman Tim Ryan announces $119,552 for Shelter Care, Inc. in Tallmadge. This grant will fund the Street Outreach Services program, which addresses the needs of runaway, homeless and street youth by providing outreach services to help young people leave the streets and transition to a safe living arrangement.

A once homeless man is now working to help others overcome adversity. Daryl Dalton worked to organize the Homeless Community Cookout and Clothes Giveaway at Macintosh Park on Sunday. Several local organizations chipped in to help sponsor the event.

Richard Gere stars in a new movie about a mentally ill man who becomes homeless. Gere has been testifying in support of improving access to care for homeless mentally ill people. Time Out of Mind is a movie about homelessness and dropping out of society. 

Joyce Robinson

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