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An educational journey into the causes and results of homelessness.
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More Young Americans Are Homeless

More Young Americans Are Homeless | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
Across the country, tens of thousands of jobless young people — many with college credits or work experience — are struggling to house themselves since the recession.
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Many young adults within Seattle are affected by the economic downturn.  Despite having college credit and job experience, many are on the street looking for sufficient pay in order to have the opportunity to live in appropriate conditions.  

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-Jonathan
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A rather large wrap of health news from the Federal Budget – and ...

A rather large wrap of health news from the Federal Budget – and ... | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
A National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework has been agreed and the Department will work with the states and territories to develop bilateral plans for primary health care by July 2013. • In 2013-14, the NPS will complete ...
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A peak into current medical events in Australia: although the nation is cutting millions and millions of dollars from health care, it is also starting to offer FREE BREAST AND BOWEL CANCER SCREENINGS to those who are most vulnerable. OK—I do not know if these are government-funded, but it's interesting to see where one's efforts lie. I wonder what would happen if we were more into prevention; there would probably be fewer people on the streets and people in their homes would be happier.

 

--Tanya

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Ending-homelessness-.png (1800x1451 pixels) | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
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By Amy's request - the cost of ending homelessness.

Shockingly small and totally tackle-able, but no one really seems to have the motivation to deal with this problem.

 

-- Canada

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Farming practices for food safety threaten valuable ecological systems

Meticulous attention to food safety is a good thing. As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick.

But in California's Salinas Valley, some more vigorous interventions are cutting into the last corners of wildlife habitat and potentially threatening water quality, without evidence of food safety benefits. These policies create tensions between wildlife preservation and food safety where none need exist, say scientists for The Nature Conservancy, writing in the Ecological Society of America's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The study will be published online ahead of print on Monday, May 6th, 2013.


Via Cathryn Wellner
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This article discusses the growing lengths that the food safety department is going to in order to keep food safe. Besides the fact that all of these chemicals they are using may be less safe than just leaving bacteria be. Connecting this to homelessness, it makes me wonder how much more expensive food will be. All these measures must be costly, and the people who may suffer the most may be those who need safe food the most. --Tanya

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Police Raid San Francisco's Largest Homeless Encampment

Police Raid San Francisco's Largest Homeless Encampment | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
In the past, when police officers cleared the popular homeless encampment under Interstate 280, the majority of individuals simply returned when the coast was clear. But this time, San Francisco officials want to make sure a different outcome ensues.
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San Francisco takes a unique and interesting approach to taking the homeless off the street. Through a sense of community, welcomingness, and hospitality, the homeless become more inclined to going to community shelter centers to live for extended periods of time.

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Lucy Gray

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This is a photography exhibit my mom did surrounding homeless people and integrating them.

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Local Homelessness 2012 Top Nonprofit Ranking

Local Homelessness 2012 Top Nonprofit Ranking | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
As of 2011,every night in America, about 750,000 people experience homelessness. Over the course of a year, 2.5 to 3.5 million people experience homelessness for a period of time (days to months).
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This page provides some statistics about homelessness, but most importantly presents us with the idea that we are starting to accept homelessness instead of trying to overcome it. It's some that happens so easily, but is so very hard to undo. 

 

--Tanya

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The crisis of homelessness is rooted in mental illness

The crisis of homelessness is rooted in mental illness | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
If left to stand, however, this city would eliminate 22 out of 87 SFGH locked ward beds and shift the funding to an acute diversion unit and a voluntary urgent care program.
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Closing of mental hospitals in the 1960's percolated into a much larger issue. Proof that a quick fix isn't the answer. - ZT

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Homeless SF campers rousted, given rooms

Homeless SF campers rousted, given rooms | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
Nearly all the people rousted from San Francisco's biggest homeless camp this week have moved into temporary residential hotel rooms and are receiving counseling intended to put them into permanent housing and take advantage of other services, city...
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I really like this plan as it shows that our San Francisco community can become united through organized plans to help the homeless.  This seems like a solid plan to steer those who are on the street off, specifically the rehabilitation program.

 

-Jonathan

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Gimme Shelter - The New York Times > N.Y. / Region > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 13

Gimme Shelter - The New York Times > N.Y. / Region > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 13 | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
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This slideshow is a group of photos from Lucky S. Michael's book, "Shelter," that chronicles the daily lives of homeless LBGTQ youth living in the Slyvia's Place shelter in Manhattan. 

I find this whole projtec to be incredibly important and poignant - Michaels, who took the photos, has also struggled with poverty and his sexual identity. I think that these photos really humanize those who have experienced homelessness in a way that writing sometimes fails to do. 

 

-- Canada

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 4:49 PM
Very powerful images!
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 3, 2013 3:40 PM
Also illustrates why so many homeless people don't want to live in shelters. -- David
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The downward spiral: Homeless in San Francisco

The downward spiral: Homeless in San Francisco | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
In the city by the bay, homeless citizens share how easy it is to lose the roof over your head.
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The reporter says, "Here in San Francisco, I spent time with three people who lost their homes and everything else. Everyone you'll hear in this story went to college. They're sober, they're smart -- yet they're still homeless."


There is literally no way that I could imagine becoming homeless, but from this story it seems like homelessness can occur really quickly and really unexpecedly.

 

-- David

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dperiodhomelessness's comment, April 29, 2013 5:33 PM
The thing that really gets me is that it seems to happen abruptly, but takes so long to undo. --Tanya
Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 4:50 PM
Great point, Tanya!
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My Map of SF Homeless Shelters

My Map of SF Homeless Shelters | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
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This is a google map of homeless shelters in sf (tried to do food shelters, but that didn't really work for whatever reason...). Most of the shelters are in this single-file line on  one side of the city, and there are none on the other side. I know that there are plenty of homeless people in my native Richmond district, so why don't we have a shelter? My question is, what and who decides where shelters are built?     --Tanya

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dperiodeducation's comment, April 28, 2013 7:53 PM
I would guess there is some thought that building a shelter will bring in more homeless people from other parts of the city, and a lot of people probably don't want homeless hanging around. So even if there are plenty of homeless people in the Richmond as it is, building a shelter may theoretically draw homeless people from other parts of the city, as well. It seems like there might be a big backlash from neighbors or something. -EG
Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 4:51 PM
Yes, Evan, that is true. Many communities feel that bringing in a half-way house or a homeless shelter will bring in crime. It is the stigma associated with homelessness.
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Can Puppies Help Homelessness?

Can Puppies Help Homelessness? | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
Puppies have some pretty magical powers: the ability to look cute from all angles, the ability to pee wherever they want.
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This article is about a progam intended to take the homeless off the streets by giving them the opportunity to take in a puppy.  This strategy seems to be an alternative to plans that intend to sweep the homeless off the street through force.

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dperiodeducation's comment, April 28, 2013 7:42 PM
This seems like it doesn't really do much for the homeless people living on the street, because you have to already be living in supportive housing (also, what is supportive housing) in order to be a part of the program. -EG
Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 4:53 PM
I think that having an animal can prevent you from being incarcerated? Not sure if they changed the law or not.
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 2, 2013 10:21 PM
-Jonathan
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Venice program gives the homeless a place to keep belongings

Bone-chilling fog swirled along Venice Beach one recent afternoon when Robert and Nani Valencia and Ana Maria Reyes stopped by the long, metal storage container beside the sand. After they showed...
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It seems that L.A. is taking a much more conservative approach to fixing their homeless problem.  They are disallowing anyone from keeping their belongins at beaches locked up, and are only allowing people to keep their possesions in shelters.  This seems to be a way to clean up the notoriously littered L.A. beaches.

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Trans Formed: To Be Homeless & Transgender

Trans Formed: To Be Homeless & Transgender | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
T he night my church opened its 10-bed homeless shelter for 18-to-24-year-olds, I volunteered to supervise them. A novice to any kind of shelter experience, I was nervous as I dragged my red cart...
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This is an awesome personal testimony from a white, cis, straight person who works in a shelter for LGBTQ homeless on the upper west side of Manhattan. It's great to see this issue humanized in this way. 

-- Canada

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 29, 2013 12:32 PM
A really powerful article!
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LGBT-Homeless-Youth.fixed-logo.v.2.jpeg (1111x5537 pixels) | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
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I decided to scoop this even though I am going to use it in my team teaching because it is such an amazing visual representation of what's going on with LGBTQ homelessness. The fact that HRC published it confuses me a little, though, because their history with trans* rights is not the best one. -- Canada

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This is a simple visual representation of why LGBTQ homelessness is such a big issue and how it comes about. I think that it is very important to understand that the factors that cause homelessness in the LGBTQ community can be very different than in other groups. -- Canada

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dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 13, 2013 5:06 PM
It's interesting to me that these "factors" are societally instigated; feeling ashamed of an aspect of your identity is oddly similar (although exceptionally different, as you point out) to poverty because there is a terribly limited control . Just interesting to think about how the aspects of who we are build us, from sexuality to socioeconomic status. --Tanya
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Shame of the city

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Kevin Fagan covers homelessness in SF - Shame of the city
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San Francisco notorious for its homelessness, spends over $200 a year to clean the streets and providing those who are homeless with an accessible means to finding a shelter.

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*$200 million a year
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 16, 2013 4:16 PM
I don't really understand where the gap between how much money we spend on homelessness and the huge problem we still have with it comes it. Where does all the money go? -- Canada
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Homelessness Documentary: Shine A Light (1 of 4)

Filmed in March 2007 in Montreal, Canada by two McGill management students. Its aim is to create awareness on the pressing social issue of homelessness.
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Watch part 1-4. ZT

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NAMI | Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

NAMI | Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest nonprofit, grassroots mental health education, advocacy and support organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,...
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Never considered a combination like this amongst the homeless. I feel like this is a huge issue specifically on Haight.

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dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 3, 2013 3:44 PM
The statistics about the combination of mental illness and substance abuse were shocking. I feel like this connection needs to be put more out into the open to help people understand the multiple factors that can induce homelessness.
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 3, 2013 3:44 PM
-- Canada
Amy Argenal's comment, May 4, 2013 12:28 PM
This is really interesting Canada. I have been thinking a lot about these interconnections lately with eating disorders as well. How one can influence mental illness or be caused by mental illness. I think it is so complex!
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Coalition on Homelessness: beyond protest

Coalition on Homelessness: beyond protest | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
Most people know the coalition as the band of protesters who show up at Board of Supervisors meetings to rail against cuts to anti-poverty programs, or who rally against the roustings of homeless encampments.
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I found this article intersting in that their organization provides many of the homeless with shelters.  It seems to be the most well funded homeless prevention organization within San Francisco.  I simply wanted to call attention to the coalition as many times they are seen as a very one dimensional type of organization.

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dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 2, 2013 11:23 PM
-Jonathan
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The Farm Bill: What Does It Mean for Food Crises?

The Farm Bill: What Does It Mean for Food Crises? | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
The Farm Bill, legislation Congress is currently considering, would make our food aid dollars go much farther and help fight poverty and hunger around the world
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This gets really deep into government aid and food. It's talking about how the food that the government gets for emergencies should be bought closer to the sight of the emergency for myriad reasons. It just makes me wonder how this will actually aid poverty, which the article claims it will. 

 

--Tanya

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:29 PM
Great question to bring up!
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Eighty-One New Grants You Made Happen | Pride Foundation ...

Eighty-One New Grants You Made Happen | Pride Foundation ... | Homelessness D Period | Scoop.it
Associated Recreation Council (ARC) Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (Seattle, WA) $2,500 to engage at least four peer youth organizers and 30 LGBTQ youth of color, with an emphasis on trans-youth where possible, .....
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This article says that 1/7 Americans are on foodstamps. Although it adds little else, it makes me think of the low quality of food that these people are getting. Kraft cheese and preservative-laden bread are not things that people should be eating. One of the comments mentions that 1/3 of Americans are also obese, which brings up the intersection of poverty, food stamps, and obesity; people in poverty lack the resources to get nutritious food, creating a huge portion of America that is not healthy. 

 

--Tanya

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:30 PM
Great connection!
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 6, 2013 5:12 PM
Also serves to take away the stigma from food stamps. If 1/7th of Americans are on them there really should be no reason to discriminate against those who need to use them.
dperiodhomelessness's comment, May 6, 2013 5:12 PM
-- Canada
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This is an incredibly long and comprehensive report on homelessness in SF, conducted in the beginning of 2012.

 

Some interesting facts:

 

"The largest single group of homeless individuals in San Francisco were black males between the ages of 31 and 50." -- not surprising at all.

 

"18% of homeless respondents reported that since they most recently became homeless, they needed medical care but were unable to receive it. This represented a decrease from 23% in 2009."

 

"17% of survey respondents over the age of 18 were veterans, the same percentage as 2009." -- this is pretty sad

 

-- David

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:31 PM
WOW! Shocking stats.
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soup kitchen food quality - Recherche Google

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Food in low-income neighborhoods as well as soup kitchens is of a significantly lower quality than in high-income neighborhoods, and we are not doing much to change this; while people mainly give high sodium, high fat food cans to shelters and soup kitchens, which is extremely unhealthy and not really doing anyone any favors. Sure, it's better than going hungry, but we're giving poor people health problems that they can't afford to combat. This opens up questions about health care as well as food. 

--Tanya

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Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:32 PM
This could also continue a cycle.
Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:32 PM
This could also continue a cycle.
Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 2:32 PM
This could also continue a cycle.