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At the Surface

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Here are some of the surface level causes of veteran homelessness. I think it is important to understand each of the things on this list, but I think it is even more important to figure out why each of them is on the list. Only with the historical and political framework of an issue can we address it fully. I would like to go into more depths as to the why of these things.

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The US' Experience with War Related Homelessness

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Here is a slide from my presentation describing reasons why the US might have more difficultly dealing with our veteran homeless population than other countries.

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After war, many veterans confront another battle

After war, many veterans confront another battle | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers have come home with psychological wounds. A master reporter tells their story
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This article by David Finkel centers around the intense first person narrative of Patti Walker. Patti is a “Soldier Family Advocate” but does more than just advocate for the veterans she helps. Patti gives everything even her own health at time to help her patients. Pattie's husband is also a veteran and she has two children at home. In addition to telling the story of the men she works with, she describes what it means to have a veteran at home. Pattie has "a young son who at one point seemed so confused by the sight of a fake eye that his father decided to stop wearing it, and a teenage daughter who one day announced that she wanted to dye her hair blue. “We’re not trash,” Patti said. “Why?” “So when we go to Walmart, people will stare at me instead of Daddy,” the daughter said. In Patti’s life, the wounded are everywhere, awaiting her answers, and her answer in this case was to let her daughter dye a small section of hair as blue as she wanted, and when blue hair didn’t merit a second glance at the Junction City Walmart, she let her change it to pink."

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The year I was homeless

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Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.
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Activists say San Francisco trying to wash away the homeless | Al Jazeera America

Activists say San Francisco trying to wash away the homeless  | Al Jazeera America | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
Pilot street-cleaning program downtown exacerbates wider Bay Area conflict over living space amid second tech boom
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"SAN FRANCISCO — The crack-cocaine users who sleep across the street from Victoria — or "bubble boys," as she has nicknamed them, after a slang term for drug use — screamed when Department of Public Works employees sprayed them with high-powered hoses a few weeks ago, she says"

 

I had no idea spraying people with high powered hoses was still a thing. It disgusts me that it happened in San Francisco and that i didn't know anything about it until now. We thank the lord for Martin Luther king and everyone else who fought for race equality, but we ignore the injustice of our present. This article describes the homeless as bubble boys, but they are also usually black people. If people or color were being sprayed in the  50's and they are being sprayed now, what has changed? Well, the ladder is happening way more discreetly, that's for sure.

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Michael Pilossoph's curator insight, May 29, 2014 1:48 PM

Homeless person pushing his cart downtown. The Bay Area's homeless problem is escalating as a result of the tech boom. Wealthy businesses make it impossible for unstable individuals to pay for shelter.

 

Katie's comment, June 8, 2014 12:27 AM
This is crazy. I had no idea this was still happening either. Its especially disgusting because it is not publicized (at least in the 60's people knew it was happening). We live in San Francisco, and if this is happening here without the general public knowing I cant imagine what is happening in other parts of the country without anyone knowing. I also think it is interesting that this is both a class and racial issue.
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A Traveler's Life for Me: Dropping Out in the Haight Isn't the Same Anymore

A Traveler's Life for Me: Dropping Out in the Haight Isn't the Same Anymore | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
"My traveler name's Will Share. Because I will share. You need a cigarette? I'll give you a cigarette. I'll fucking help you out, unlike most of the individualists in this country."
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This article explores the perspective of homeless living in the Haight more by choice than by circumstance. Alex Fisher for example, and 18-year-old "greasy-haired kid from North Carolina", took the Greyhound bus from North Carolina just two days earlier in search of some summer of love wonder. He and others admit Haight st. is not as spectacular as the old stories they hear about it. Nevertheless, many people a drawn to it. For this reason, "the residents of Hippie Hill illustrate the distinction in the homeless populations of San Francisco. One is homeless by circumstances beyond its control; the other, largely by choice."

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Michael Pilossoph's curator insight, May 29, 2014 1:45 PM

The stigma surrounding homelessness is strongly against helping them out of their economic situations. Progress would mean more family owned/operated businesses and smaller institutions helping them succeed.

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When Soldiers Come Home

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Another slide from my veteran homeless presentation

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Why Are So Many Veterans in the US Homeless?

Why Are So Many Veterans in the US Homeless? | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
Yesterday, we in the USA observed Veteran's Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor all of the men and women who have served in the US military, and falls on
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Article in response to Veteran's Day. Good statistics and perspective.  Also good more specific than usual suggestions of ways of helping. " It takes writing letters to your representatives and senators, protesting, petitioning, and finding other ways to get lawmakers to bring their attention to the homeless population. "

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"Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness among US Veterans: A Multisite In" by Jamison Fargo, et al.

"Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness among US Veterans: A Multisite In" by Jamison Fargo, et al. | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
This study analyzes HMIS and American Community Survey data from seven jurisdictions to assess the prevalence and relative risk for homelessness among veterans by race, sex, age and poverty status. Results show that among the homeless population, approximately 14% of adult males and 2% of adult females are veterans. For males, this proportion is about 30% greater than the proportion of Veterans in the general population, and twice as large as the proportion of veterans in the population living below the poverty threshold. Similarly among the female homeless population, veterans are overrepresented compared to the general population by a factor of two, and by a factor of three when compared to the population living in poverty. The number of homeless veterans account for approximately 1% of male veterans and 2% of female veterans in the general population. These rates are higher for veterans identifying as black (4% for males, 5% for females). When looking only at veterans living below the poverty threshold, homeless veterans are 15% (regardless of sex) of this population, with this rate increasing to 30% when only looking at black veterans living in poverty. In multivariable analyses, veteran status was associated with increased risk of homelessness. For instance, after controlling for poverty, age, race, and geographic variation, female veterans are three times as likely as female non-Veterans to become homeless, and male Veterans are twice as likely as male non-veterans to become homeless. In terms of age, across the general homeless population (Veterans and non-Veterans), males have the highest risk for homelessness in the 45–54 year age group. For females, risk for homelessness is highest among the 18–29 year age group and risk declines as age increases. Black race (compared to all others) is consistently identified as a strong risk factor for homelessness, with little variation across sex.
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This is an abstract of a paper on the different factors concerning risk of veteran homelessness. It begins to put the race aspect of veteran homelessness into light and provides some startling statistics on the issue. Here are some key ones: "after controlling for poverty, age, race, and geographic variation, female veterans are three times as likely as female non-Veterans to become homeless, and male Veterans are twice as likely as male non-veterans to become homeless. In terms of age, across the general homeless population (Veterans and non-Veterans), males have the highest risk for homelessness in the 45–54 year age group. For females, risk for homelessness is highest among the 18–29 year age group and risk declines as age increases. Black race (compared to all others) is consistently identified as a strong risk factor for homelessness, with little variation across sex."

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Activists say San Francisco trying to wash away the homeless | Al Jazeera America

Activists say San Francisco trying to wash away the homeless  | Al Jazeera America | Access To Housing | Scoop.it
Pilot street-cleaning program downtown exacerbates wider Bay Area conflict over living space amid second tech boom
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One man who called himself Seven, 45, said police told him previously to relocate to 25th Street and Portero, a residential area, where police again ordered him to leave. Seven feels that multiple cleanups each night are part of the city’s attempt to try to get the homeless of Mid-Market to relocate permanently.

“There’s got to be a place for us. Just figure out where you want us to be,” he said.

 

 

After doing the poverty simulator, this article is even more painful to read. It is not like these people have chosen to be homeless, the usually just don't have any where else better to go.

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Katie's comment, June 8, 2014 12:25 AM
Super interesting article and comments. It seems that police make it especially hard for homeless in SF to find a more permanent place to live when they "relocate" them to residential areas where they loose community, and are potentially farther away from homeless shelters.
Lily Johnston's comment, June 13, 2014 1:15 PM
The response and action from the SFPD is really interesting.
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SPENT

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Think you’ll never have to ask for help? Here’s your chance to prove it.
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I learned about this a while ago, but every time I do it it shocks me. I got my mom to do it this time, and she was the first person I've seen to make it through the month, but she only had 70 dollars and had to pay the rent the next day. Its crazy how little options there are with so little money. Its not like you can just give up and do something easier. Well I guess you can, but that something easier is like crack dealing or prostitution.

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Sam and Phoebe's comment, June 4, 2014 11:46 PM
I like how they incorporate the emotional side of some decisions that one would have to make. I often see things like this/see people do activities that paint this picture as purely mathematical and fiscal, which is obviously not the case.
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Guiding Question

What are some of the ways I can help the issue of homelessness?

Why do some homeless people avoid homeless shelters?

How do I feel about people asking me for money and what is my role in their lives/do I have a role in their lives?

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