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Health-Wise, Homeless Americans Are Living in the 18th Century

Health-Wise, Homeless Americans Are Living in the 18th Century | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it
Also, you know who contracts tuberculosis up to 40 times more often than the average American? A homeless American

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“Housing First” Approach is Saving Money and Providing Homes for ...

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Housing First is currently endorsed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) as a “best practice” for governments and service-agencies to use in their fight to end chronic homelessness.

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:18 PM

Here's the info on the endorsement of Housing First by the USICH!

 

We've been talking about this in posts for a while now & in emails to the CSAH (Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless) Board Chairman & others.

 

Now we see it in plain english from another source!

 

Our comments at the recent (10/17/13) Public Hearing at Savannah City Council encouraging Mayor & Council to consider creating a "homelessness rountable" or other designated forum for addressing homelessness & give it as much attention as they have other isues & model it possibly after the Business Rountable seems to be proper timing.

 

We look forward to a soon-to-be-scheduled meeting with the Mayor (& possibly City Manager) on the subject!

 

Give us your input & let us know if you'd like to be invovled along with the other stakeholders we expect to be at the table!

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Homelessness can be solved. Learn about... - Homelessness News San Diego | Facebook

Homelessness can be solved. Learn about what works and what does not.
https://www.facebook.com/HomelessNewsandEvents (RT @HomelessnessSD: Homelessness can be solved.

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Homelessness is now at a crisis point

Homelessness is now at a crisis point | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it
We need to tackle the immediate problem of sleeping rough and ensure that adequate emergency accommodation is available (RT @the1stStarr: #Homelessness is now at a crisis point http://t.co/wgm8DcsSYN...

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The Characteristics and Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness

Among industrialized nations, the United States has the largest number of homeless women and children.

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Home under the bridge

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A child's bicycle, a child's jacket. A black lace robe. A sleeping bag. A bicycle helmet and some purple-and-white-silk hair clips. These and some plastic bags wrapped in tarpaulins are chained to a No Parking sign near a series of overpasses next to a church. 

The care with which it's all roped together and balanced on a small shopping cart says to me that this is someone's home. I made four morepictures of it as an illustration of the difference between homeless and houseless. This family has created a home on the road, though apparently they have no house to live in. No one was at home this afternoon. As I write this, it is 28 degrees F, -2 C. Some of the local churches allow houseless people to sleep in their recreation rooms at night. I hope this family is able to take refuge in the church near where they parked their home.


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Creative Housing Option

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Ibrahim Mubarak, here and here, says he is a "triple threat" to people who want to maintain the status quo: he's Black, he's a Muslim, and he's Houseless. Local people who do not have indoor places to stay sometimes call themselves "houseless," rather than "homeless," given that they create homes wherever they are--in tents, with shopping carts and cardboard, in cars or trucks, or however they can. Their housing situation does not dictate to others who and what they are. "I don't like the word 'homeless,'" Mubarak says. "We just don't, at the present time, have a house to live in. And there are as many reasons for that as there are people out here on the streets." Mubarak is a visionary leader who helped to create Right To Dream Too. (Link is to their blog, not updated since May.)

This morning I had business downtown, and I found myself in front ofRight to Dream Too. This last link is to an article about them in the newspaper sold by houseless people and is probably the most useful link to click on, if you're in a hurry. Right to Dream Too is affectionately known in the Portland Occupy community as R2D2 . Scroll down to the last picture in that last link so you can see better what you're looking at in this accordion-pleated row of wonderfully-painted recycled doors that form a fence around an empty lot where about sixty people have made their homes in tents. Some doors were painted by people in the houseless community; some were painted by college students, local citizens, and union members in solidarity with houseless people. Some doors have pictures, quotations, and proverbs painted on them such as the following:

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are."--Maya Angelou.

"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings." --Nelson Mandela. 

"Comfort the disturbed. Disturb the comfortable." 

"When we can't dream any longer, we die." --Emma Goldman.

R2D2 is a campground or "rest area" for houseless people. It is carefully patrolled and regulated by members of its own community. It's safe and at the moment, although Portland Police are demanding fees for permits and one stupid thing or another, it is a place where houseless people can sleep without being harassed by the cops. People pay a dollar a night to stay here, and I'm told there is a waiting list, although I wasn't able to find anyone to confirm that. It is one of the few places where heterosexual houseless people can stay together in couples (the other shelters are single-sex); and where houseless people with pets can stay with their animals. Some of the people in R2D2 self-identify as mentally ill. Others don't. Some have addictions but agree to a substance-free home base. Others have been evicted from their former houses and apartments. With local shelters overflowing, R2D2 is a creative option for some houseless people. But there are more people wanting in than there is space for.


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Atlanta making dramatic strides battling homelessness

Atlanta making dramatic strides battling homelessness | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it
Veterans and other chronically homeless focus of major effort in Atlanta to get people off the streets

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, September 30, 2013 10:09 AM

Here's one story about one of the individual successes now being talked about in the broader sense in Atlanta.

 

We need some of these stories for Savannah too!

 

Don't you think its time for Savannah to be having some commitment to the Housing FIrst model?

 

Check out http://housingfirstsavannah.com for our approach, ready to partner & evolve a strategy for Savannah!

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Group's agenda: solve homeless problem

About 100 people, including top city officials, gathered Monday night to discuss a new community group's six-point plan to end homelessness in Costa Mesa within the next several years.

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:13 PM

Here's one way to get a community engaged on homelessness issues! You rock Costa Mesa! Savannah won't be far behind (we hope & pray)!

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Be Our Guest: The road to ending homelessness starts with a plan to provide ... - New York Daily News

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Be Our Guest: The road to ending homelessness starts with a plan to provide ...

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:59 AM

A broad coalition in NYC (United to End Homelessness coalition) has approached the NYC Mayoral candidates with actual solutions! Hooray! Will they listen?

 

If a coalition comes to gether in Savannah we can address homelessness as well!

 

Who's up for this coalition for Savannah?

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Invisible Kids: Living on the streets in Billings - KTVQ Billings News

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Invisible Kids: Living on the streets in Billings
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BILLINGS - When you think of homelessness, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's addiction, substance abuse, or a number of different issues.

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In homelessness, diversity does not mean complexity

In homelessness, diversity does not mean complexity | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it

My thoughts:

 

I don't think people realize how big the homless population is. Kids, African Ameicans, Christians, anyone can be homless its not just one type of person. Although this article mostlty talks about the homless population in Canada, I think this goes for most places. In the article it says, "It is important to understand and communicate the experiences of people who often have no voice in society, but it is equally important not to appropriate their voices." This is the main reason why

I chose to do my project with people who need my help beause there are different circumstances and different stories for everyone.


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90,000 children homeless this Christmas

The artist taxi driver.

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Linda Lee King's curator insight, November 11, 2014 12:41 PM

We are all the same. No one deserves to be left out in the cold, hungry, alone, forgotten. Reach out to those in need, lift your heart, experience true joy. 

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Cost of Homelessness

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RT @ahamel18: The cost of homelessness to not just the homeless, but everyone else too.. http://t.co/waKSzYqcpO #opm20701

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:33 PM

Are you interested in the costs of homelessness & getting a handle on the savings that can come from a Housing First solution?

 

Here's your reading for today on this topic!

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Count shows 17.3 percent increase in homelessness in county - KSN-TV

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Count shows 17.3 percent increase in homelessness in county
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WICHITA, Kansas – Results of the 2014 Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count show an increase in the number of homeless since 2013.

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America's homeless: The rise of Tent City, USA

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Homeless encampments known as "tent cities" are popping up across the country.

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Nonprofit Provides Housing for Homeless Family

The organization often reupholsters and paints furniture found on the side of the road, makes art out of old doors and toilet paper rolls, and makes paint dropcloths into curtains.

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Room 221′s News Broadcast on Homelessness |

As a class, the students decided that homelessness is a major issue in their community.

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In freezing fog

In freezing fog | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it

It's my first time to see freezing fog. It's not snow, not sleet, not an ice storm--but tiny granules freezing in the fog that blankets us, coating each branch, each blade of frozen grass, and (worse) the street and sidewalks with slickness. Cars and walkers are slip-sliding away, though a few intrepid bikers seem to be coping with it. I managed, using my best Tai Chi balance strategies, not to fall while out taking pictures. 

Here again, on my One Street this time, is evidence of another person sleeping in the street. Homeless or houseless? The distinction was requested by Ibrahim Mubarak, a man who describes himself as houseless and is an organizer of people in Portland who are without houses to live in. I met Mubarak when I was writing for the Portland Occupier, and he told me, "I'm not homeless. I have a home, and I carry it with me. The bankers took my house, but they can't take my home, even if I make it on my feet, in a shopping cart, or in a doorway. I take care of myself and my few possessions while living on the street, and I don't like it when people call me homeless, as if they think I'm without roots or dignity." Mubarak is a man of great dignity. He has organized several parts of town where houseless people can live together and support each other, and he calls one of them "Dignity Village." The other area is R2D2, or Right to Dream Too, blipped here last July. R2D2 is still fighting the City, which has given the camp a bill for $13,000 for some bureaucratic idiotic unreason. Tomorrow the MLK, Jr. Day Parade will make a stop at R2D2, and that's where I hope my old friendFrank and I will join the parade.

This person's shopping cart filled with sleeping bags coated with freezing fog is much less well-organized than the arrangement I blipped a few days ago with a child's bike on it. But this appears to be somebody's stuff, and maybe it's their home. If I had seen the owner, I could have asked him whether he prefers to be called homeless or houseless. Perhaps he would tell me he doesn't give a shit what anybody calls him. Or perhaps he has a preference. Perhaps it would be nosey or intrusive for me to ask him. Or perhaps it would be respectful. I'd have to play it by ear.

Edit: The MLK Jr Day parade, which I thought was taking place on MLK Jr Day, in fact happened Saturday and I totally missed it. Hilarious. I don't know what Frank and I will do, but we will figure that out when he gets here.


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This week's update on homelessness in Madison

It's increasingly clear that there will be fewer services and no day center available for homeless people this winter. Pat Schneider has the story. Her reporting on the exchange between Mayor Sogli...

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:03 PM

Here's another take & viewpoint by a Mayor (of Madison) on the "responsibility" of the government to "take care of the homeless"!

 

The imported homeless population issue is addressed & responses from a faith based advocate are interesting & important to consider! 

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Homelessness is not just for Christmas, it’s an all year round concern

Homelessness is not just for Christmas, it’s an all year round concern | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it
Christmas appeal from industry charity CRASH seeks backing to help provide long term, sustainable support for UK’s homeless men and women

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:06 PM

Look how the UK approaches a campaign to turn giving for homelessness charities into an all year long campaign!

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Bridge confrontation renews concern about homelessness - KPTV.com

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Bridge confrontation renews concern about homelessness KPTV.com The latest confrontation between the homeless and Portland police took place underneath the Morrison Bridge on Tuesday morning when a dog bit an officer as police were trying to clear...


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Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance - News & Events - Next Practices

In October 2013, MHSA will partner with The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness and the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University to convene NEXT PRACTICES™ ROUND TABLE: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness.

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Marvin Heery's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:12 PM

This is known as "gettin er done" in the South!

 

It's not "Best Practices" anymore it seems, its "Next Practices"!

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A Day in Our Shoes - Homeless LGBT Youth

There are an estimated 3800 homeless youth in New York City. About 1500 of them identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Government funding provi...

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Welfare cuts and bedroom tax are forcing poverty-stricken families into homlessness, says damning report

Welfare cuts and bedroom tax are forcing poverty-stricken families into homlessness, says damning report | English Research: Homelessness | Scoop.it
THE report also found some families are refusing homes through housing associations because they can't afford to buy furniture.

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David Navarro's curator insight, April 7, 2017 12:29 AM
Some homeless people are being offered houses through housing associations, but help is being refused because the house is unfurnished. Yes, living in an unfurnished home is way better than living on the streets, but if the homeless can barely afford to eat  1 meal a day, how are they suppose to afford a fridge, bed, sheets, blankets, couches, or even a table to eat? If help is being offered, it needs to be till its full potential.