Friday, August 15, 2014

A ROOF OVER US - BATTERED WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S HOMES - NEW SITE BURBANK CALIFORNIA

A ROOF OVER US - BURBANK CONTACT

Because our homes house abused and battered women and children, we do not give the addresses or locations of our homes.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact us at:

531-A N. Hollywood Way, #246
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 373-9012
aroofoverus@yahoo.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

ARE OTHER HOMELESS COACHING YOU TO "LEARN TO PLAY THE GAME" TO GET BENEFITS?

You've been trying hard to beat the obstacles you're living with like finding a job when you've got a big hole in your resume, not having clothing to wear on interviews or to work, needing dental work so you can show off your smile, and now other homeless are bragging to you about how they lied to get benefits. 

Maybe someone else in the shelter got housing, even furniture, and now they're telling you the problem with you is that you don't know how to "play the game."

Maybe your case manager is insisting you apply for SSI even though your doctor says your disability is temporary or your therapist has told you that you don't have a serious mental illness.

DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE TO COMMIT FRAUD TO SAVE YOUR ASS?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

BI-POLAR MENTAL ILLNESS - THE LATEST FROM PSYCHCENTRAL

PSYCHCENTRAL on BIPOLAR DISORDER  full article from Feb 2014

Assessing the Drug Burden of Bipolar Disorder By Rick Nauert PhD  Senior News Editor

 
In a new study, investigators followed 230 patients with bipolar I disorder whose symptoms were severe enough to warrant admission to a Rhode Island psychiatric hospital.

Additionally, many individuals were taking additional medicines for other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or metabolic disorders. In total, the average patient admitted to a hospital is on six different drugs.

“The study quantifies a difficult outcome for many patients with this difficult-to-treat disorder,” said study lead author Lauren Weinstock, Ph.D.

Weinstock found bipolar patients accrue a high burden of prescriptions each with their own side effects, with often unknown interactions, and with a complexity that can result in not taking the medications as prescribed.

This medication burden also includes high overall cost to patients and the healthcare system.

“Yet for those patients who’ve needed to come to the hospital, these complex combinations of drugs haven’t proven sufficiently effective,” Weinstock said.

The study, published online in the journal Psychiatry Research, also reports the likelihood of a high medication burden was significantly greater for women than men."
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

SALVATION ARMY HOMELESS SERVICES - NATIONAL ORG - SEARCH FOR LOCAL HELP - LOTS OF RESOURCES

SALVATION ARMY HOMELESS AND HOUSING SERVICES   national search for help

We've always heard that there is a focus on helping people with alcohol or other addictions at SALVATION ARMY but since they are national and have so many locations and services it's worth a call even if you're sober!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMERICAN SOUTH BECOMING SOLID BAND OF POVERTY - U.S. CENSUS - 62% LIVE IN POOR NEIGHBORHOODS

DAILY MAIL - ONE IN THREE SOUTHERNERS LIVE POOR


EXCERPT:

A grim new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a solid band of high poverty neighborhoods - running from Arizona east to North Carolina. Only Florida and Virginia are spared from the trend.
The data show that poverty in the United States isn't just growing, it's becoming more concentrated - which can exacerbate social problems and lower the chances of social mobility.
The Census report points out that the number of people living under the federal poverty line - less than $24,000 a year for a family of four - has increased between 2000 and 2010. The number of Americans living in poverty climbed 45percent to 45million. ...
 
However, the number of Americans living in 'poverty areas' - neighborhoods where more than 20percent of residents are impoverished - has increased even more dramatically. 
 
A quarter of the U.S. population, 77 million Americans, lived in poverty areas in 2010 - a shocking 56percent jump from the 2000 census.
In the South, the trend is even more dramatic. Nearly 31percent of Southerners live in poor neighborhoods - an increase of 62 percent from 2000.
 
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We notice that this United Kingdom paper has been reporting on homelessness in the United States recently. 

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

ARE YOU BEING SEXUALLY HARASSED OR ABUSED AT A SHELTER? LOTS OF ADVICE FROM US!

It's hard for us to believe that there is an American alive today who doesn't have a clue about what sexual harassment is.  We know sexual harassment is not always heterosexual or men harassing women, but since what we hear about most is heterosexual and men harassing women in shelters and on the street, we'll speak to the women and the rest of you can follow!

Women, you may be surrounded by men who don't know better or who do but figure they can get away with it. 

First thing is, NO CASE MANAGER or PERSON WHO WORKS AT A SHELTER or other SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY YOU RECIEVE HELP FROM, and that means security guards, upper management, volunteers who come in from somewhere else to help the homeless, may sexually harass you. 

It's not professional behavior.   It is also against the law. 

That's because these people have some power or authority over you and as decision makers and as people who are supposed to be helping you out of the poverty and homelessness loop and the least they can do is respect you by respecting boundaries and not expecting any "favors" or offering you special treatment in exchange for sex.

They may not touch you, hug you, come up behind you and kiss you, make remarks about your body or body parts, tell rude sex jokes in your presence that demean all women, call you a bitch or slut or ho, ask you for a date,  expect you to meet them at a motel, take you home with them, and when it comes to riding somewhere in a car or vehicle there, some shelters have a policy of being sure that no client or resident is alone in a vehicle with a case manager.  It's a smart policy and don't be offended by it.
 
It is not OK to be in a relationship even when you're both off the campus.  DO NOT MEET ANY PERSON WHO IS INVOLVED IN YOUR CASE off the campus to talk or to socialize unless this is a preplanned group meeting or party, say at a restaurant.  That's why there are offices.

Speaking of offices, we know that when you want to have a more private conversation that other residents can't hear, like that line outside the door, you probably want to close the door.  We understand that, but if the door closes, be sure that you are seated across the way from the  case manager with a desk or table or a few feet between you. That's why there's office furniture.  There should be no porn or erotica in the office, not on the walls, on the coffee table, or on the computer.

Also, women and men should arrive for meetings modestly dressed.  That means you don't dress like you would for the beach or a date for a meeting about your future at the shelter and beyond.  We know it's hot out and you don't have a lot of clothing, but we suggest you at least appear modest, if not ready for an important interview.  You can be your sexy self some other time with someone else.  So jeans are better than shorts and cover up that cleavage with a sweater or jacket.  The last thing you need is to hear that you asked for it or were coming on to your case manager because you wore a short skirt and no underwear or your swim trunks.

We think you should be dressed modestly at the shelter all the time, with no short shorts going up your crack or braless, and we know maybe you're young and you don't want to look like your grandmother, but sadly WE HEAR ABOUT MEN TAKING PICTURES OF WOMEN'S BODY PARTS AND POSTING THEM ON THE NET.  We hear about MEN TAKING NAKED PICTURES OF WOMEN THEY HAD SEX WITH AND SHOWING THEM AROUND DORMS.  We hear of men leaning down to stare at women's rear ends at close range.  We hear about met battering women by punching them, coming up behind them and kissing their necks in cafeterias, of threating to throw them off balconies, AND WE HEAR THAT WHEN WOMEN COMPLAIN TO CASE MANAGEMENT they get no support; the men get to stay, and sometimes the women are thrown out like all women are whores.  We even heard of a case where a man would get up and invite a woman to take his seat and then put his hands on the seat for her to sit on his hands.

MAKES US SICK!

One of the problems we hear about, from young pretty women especially, is that men at the shelter are trying to solicit them to be prostitutes, to pimp them out.  We suggest to you, even if you have been prostituting, not to do this out of the shelter or let someone you meet at the shelter pimp you out.  We understand hunger and poverty and we know you may've done things on the street to survive, but we still think the shelter is best a place to move forward and out of that life.  A good case manager should be able to refer you to other opportunities.  You're young and healthy?  You have a lot of life ahead of you!

Another form of sexual harassment is being stalked.  This is the person who may or may not tell you he is interested in you as a romance or hook up but who is watching your every move, asking your room mates or friends to report into him about where you're going and who with.   (You sure as hell wouldn't tell him! be sure your room mates know not to discuss your personal business or conspire with a stalker!)  He may be showing up at places you go off the campus and sometimes it's hard to tell what his intentions are.  If unsigned love letters or bouquets of flowers are mysteriously showing up at the mail drop or on your bed that's a problem.  Stalkers have fantasy lives with you, even when you tell them you already have a boyfriend, have never dated the person or slept with them.

If you have dated them, slept with them, or actually been in a relationship with the person and no longer want them to call you or go out with them you have to be firm and not get into an on and off again relationship which only makes them more addicted to you. 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE  on stalking and other crimes.

Another form of sexual harassment is when someone who you were friendly with or just friends with or who dated or were involved with is angry because you don't want to be more to them or continue a relationship and he or she revenges you for this.  This can be really scary because a person who persists in revengeful behavior over "rejection" is usually mentally ill and can become violent or dangerous.  A man who tells other men lies about you so that they will come on to you, treating you as a hooker or easy, is dangerous.  Any man who tells other men he had sex with you, true or not, is bad news.

We think you should be able to go to your case manager with these issues and be supported.  We think there should be a process for protecting yourself so that you can live at the shelter focused on your goals and not always watching your back.  OTHERWISE THE SHELTER IS A HOSTILE LIVING ENVIRONMENT. 

But that is not what we hear is happening.

WHEN CASE MANAGERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT DEAL WITH THE HARASSER OR ARE HARASSERS THEMSELVES, what can you do?

We know.  If you file a restraining order one or both of you may get kicked out of the shelter.  We've heard of women getting kicked before men are, even when men are verbally threatening to kill them, and we think it's because shelters get more money from Veterans or Parole programs.  Women are told they should "understand" that the shelter is actually a mental hospital and that some other residents are crazy when they are threatened.  We think "there must be a woman case manager somewhere who is strong and will help" but then we hear about upper management women who are the first to tell a resident "You have no rights!"  We think filing a police report(s) may be the way to go.   Sadly, we know that sometimes the police are also ignorant and will only be interested if it gets physical.  (But check out the link above and the other links under LEGAL on our sidebar!)

One person asked us what to do because her case manager told her that if she would do certain things then she would be prioritized for housing.  Shit!  We know women are sometimes put in this position of choosing not only at shelters but at jobs.  Some women who said no on the job lost their jobs and their apartments and their children and are homeless right now.

We want you to be at least informed and NOT COMPLIANT when it comes to being sexually harassed or abused.

We also want to caution you that it is inappropriate for a case manager or other shelter/non profit employee or volunteer to (unless this is an emergency situation) call you from their home, text message you after working hours or late at night, to come into the room where you are laying or sitting in bed and get physically onto the bed with you even if it's just to talk.  We think that using e-mail and texting is OK to keep in touch with a case manager, especially if you're working and not there most days, but keep it professional and brief (no selfies, no porn, no suggestive jokes) and do so on your break, not during after hours at night.

Another issue is if you should talk about your very personal life with a case manager.  It's important if you're homeless with children to substantiate that you're on your own.  If you hope to live with a partner in a Section 8 apartment you should tell them.  It's important if you're running from domestic violence to say that.  But you should not be talking details about your sex life.  Case management is NOT THERAPY and is not the DOCTORS OFFICE even if the case manager has a license to practice therapy!  If you start talking about personal details that are none of his or her business the case manager should shut you down and move the conversation back to what's important.


KEEP YOUR SELF RESPECT! 
KEEP YOUR SELF ESTEEM!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FULL MCKINNEY VENTO ACT and NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS LINK

MCKINNEY VENTO ACT (FOR HOMELESS) PDF FILE - NATIONAL

NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS official site  check this out for services listings, a blog where homeless and homeless activists speak out, and lots of research you can access to better understand the problem.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 462-4822

This organization has groups in many cities.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HOMEAID ORANGE COUNTY CELEBRATING 25 YEARS SERVICE TO HOMELESS

They just had another major successful giveaway...

HOMEAID ORANGE COUNTY  link

"HomeAid's mission is to end homelessness by building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid achieves its mission through advocacy, development (of shelters) and service.

Founded in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Orange County Chapter, HomeAid is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 50 building and renovating housing projects across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing.

Every year, over 12,700 people find themselves homeless in Orange County – one of the wealthiest counties in California. Of that number, an astounding 20% are children. There is the misconception that homelessness is a choice – that these people ended up on the streets because they chose to be there. Yet the truth is that most people are forced into homelessness because of life circumstances, such as job loss, illness, abandonment, or abuse. These numbers demonstrate a clear need for action. These people are the reason HomeAid continues to work towards its mission."

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We last posted a link to this organization in 2012 so we thought we'd do it again.  They're big!

Friday, July 25, 2014

SCHOOL ON WHEELS - HOMELESS CHILDREN -SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - OPERATING IN SEVERAL COUNTIES

SCHOOL ON WHEELS ORG - TUTORING FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

"Every week, School on Wheels' volunteer tutors give hope, educational assistance and support to the thousands of homeless children living in Southern California.  Join our team and change a life, become a tutor!" (volunteers needed)

Los Angeles
Orange County
Riverside County
San Bernardino
Ventura
Santa Barbara
San Fernando Valley


THIS IS A PROGRAM SEPARATE FROM LA UNIFIED.

1.6 million children in the United States are homeless, living in cars, shelters, tents, abandoned buildings, or other temporary situations.

LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT  HOMELESS EDUCATION PROGRAM

LA USD HOMELESS STUDENT INFO

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ELIZABETH SMART FOUNDATION FOCUS ON SEXUALLY ABUSED AND TRAFFICKED CHILDREN



Abducted from her bedroom at the age of 14 in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee, ten years later Elizabeth Smart wrote the book and revealed she had been raped multiple times a day for the nine months before she was found.  Focusing on abducted, sex trafficked, and sexually abused children (that includes teens!), she now head up her own foundation.  Elizabeth managed to go forward with her life without therapy because of her strong Latter Day Saints religious faith and supportive family.  She wants to let all those who have been sexually abused and exploited that she understands.

ELIZABETH SMART FOUNDATION  link

"We do have options. radKIDS is a program that was created not to react to a heinous crime committed against a child, but to prevent crimes from happening to children. There are many incredible people who devote much of their time, energy, and resources to going out and hunting down child perpetrators. The “Internet Crimes Against Children” task force are some of those people. How can we afford to not support those who stand as guardians and rescuers, who do everything they can to prevent crimes and protect our children? Every child in the world deserves to have a life without abuse in any form. Children are the future." - Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

 
LESS THAN HALF OF ALL CHILDREN ABDUCTED BY STRANGERS
EVER MAKE IT HOME

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TEMPORARY IMPAIRMENT - ADA AMENDED TO DEFINE AS DISABLED

TEMPORARY IMPAIRMENT - DISABILITY - ADA AMENDED   by Kevin P. McGowan

 A temporary impairment caused by an injury may be a covered “disability” under the ADA Amendments Act if it's “sufficiently severe” to substantially limit a major life activity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Jan. 23 (Summers v. Altarum Inst., Corp., 4th Cir., No. 13-1645, 1/23/14).

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This was recent and we'll wait to see if the ILLNESSES THAT COME WITH HOMELESSNESS such as the  NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS OF  LONG TERM SLEEPLESSNESS start to count!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HOMELESS GO PRO PROJECT HELPS NON-HOMELESS GAIN EMPATHY FOR HOMELESS

POLICY MIC - WHAT HOMELESS SEE WHEN THEY TALK TO YOU

"According to their website, Homeless GoPro "outfits homeless volunteers with donated high-definition personal cameras, which they use to capture the world as they see it." The project was first conceived by Kevin Adler, a 29-year-old San Francisco resident and sociologist and education technology entrepreneur. Adler's uncle suffered from schizophrenia and died about 10 years ago after spending 30 years of his life homeless. After visiting his uncle's grave site a year ago, Adler began thinking about the people who live on the streets and are ignored daily.

"The goal is to build empathy, enable the non-homeless to walk with a homeless person for a few moments, and to explore how a camera lens associated with 'hardcore' activities like snowboarding and surfing can showcase courage and difficulty of another sort," Adler wrote on the project's website..."


Friday, July 11, 2014

SHACK, CAVE, and TREE HOUSE DWELLERS IN SILICON VALLEY NEXT TO TECHIE MILLIONAIRES

DAILY MAIL UK : THEY THINK WE'RE SCUM OF THE EARTH - SILICON VALLEY MILLIONAIRES  

EXCERPTS:
  • Several hundred homeless people live in shacks, caves and tree houses
  • San Jose has a seven-year, 20,000-person waiting list for housing support

  • Jennifer Loving, executive director of the nonprofit housing agency Destination: Home, is spearheading a new, concerted effort in San Jose to house people and keep them housed, not just out of compassion, but to save money.
    A homeless person can cost an estimated £35,000 a year, including trips to the emergency room and jail. The cost of housing someone can be just £9,300 annually.
    In a 24-month pilot, they've housed 630 people, 76 per cent of whom were still in their home a year after moving in. 
     
    New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta have seen similar success with Housing First initiatives.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    DO YOU PRACTICE SAFER SEX BY USING RUBBERS EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEX?

    H.I.V and A.I.D.S is still out there and killing people.  STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are becoming drug resistant.  Best option is to use RUBBERS each and every time you have sex, even if you also use contraception (birth control) to prevent pregnancy. 

    MEN and WOMEN should ask their doctors for blood tests for STD's at least once a year, more often if you change partners.  Each and every time you break up with someone you should be tested before you take any disease to the next person!

    We want to know!  DO YOU PRACTICE SAFER SEX BY USING RUBBERS EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEX?

    Or are you taking your own health and other people's health to risky behavior?

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    SAM SIMON FOUNDATION GIVING AWAY VEGAN FOOD ON TRUCKS, SERVICE DOGS TO VETS, and MEDICAL CARE FOR YOUR DOGS and CATS

    Wow!  We heard that SAM SIMON, who got rich from the cartoon The Simpsons and was diagnosed with Colon Cancer, had decided to give away his fortune before he passes but we just found out HOW he's doing it!

    Get ready for this!

    If you are a Veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder SAM SIMON FOUNDATION is going to give you a service dog who is trained!  Or if you need a HEARING DOG...

    If you are suffering from food insecurity and VEGAN - something Sam Simon would like us all to become - you can receive vegan food from a food truck!

    If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered to keep the pet population down (and to prevent all those killings of unadopted animals at LA COUNTY SHELTERS) they will do it for you and if your dog or cat needs other surgery,  say the removal of Cherry on the eye or a hematoma on the ear, they will do so too!

    SAM SIMON FOUNDATION   "SAVING THE LIVES OF DOGS TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF PEOPLE"

    FEEDING FAMILIES ORG- LOCATON OF TRUCKS

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    YALE TRINITY CHURCH ON THE GREEN PROVIDES FOOD AND HOLY EUCHARIST

    YALE DAILY NEWS - UPCLOSE HAVEN FOR HOMELESS 

    Paul and Kirk Bacon are among the 767 homeless men, women and children in New Haven, many of whom count on Chapel on the Green for lunch on Sundays. In 2008, Trinity Church on the Green collaborated with other local agencies to provide a brief Holy Eucharist service followed by a meal...
    Yale is known as an institution replete with wealth and prestige, but its position in the heart of New Haven brings urban issues like homelessness to the forefront of students’ daily lives. Last year’s homelessness Point in Time count found that New Haven’s homeless population is nearly double of that in other Connecticut towns of comparable size, like Bridgeport and Stamford. It is also significantly larger than that in other Ivy League towns, including Cambridge and Princeton.
    All 25 undergraduates interviewed said that panhandlers asked them for money more than once a month, and more than half of those students said that panhandlers approach them on a daily basis. Even though students do not typically discuss these encounters with their peers, they said grappling with this visible manifestation of income inequality is difficult.

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    SUITS FOR SOLDIERS HELPS VETERANS DRESS FOR THAT IMPORTANT INTERVIEW! MICHIGAN BASED ORGANIZATION STARTED BY HENRI LANDWIRTH EX HOMELESS MAN

    SUITS FOR SOLDIERS  Michigan start up...  A terrific idea... one that we hope can become NATIONAL.

    SUITS FOR SOLDIERS CAN GIVE VETERANS VISION and HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

    ONE PAST FUNDRAISER VIDEO - THE MAN WHO STARTED THIS ORGANIZATION WAS ONCE HOMELESS, HENRI LANDWIRTH - He left a concentration camp and was homeless.



    "Very personalized giving!"

    DIGNITY U WEAR PROFILE OF HENRI LANDWIRTH  full article

    "2000 – Dignity U Wear After moving to Jacksonville, FL, thinking he would retire, Henri founded Dignity U Wear, answering the need to supply brand new clothing, underwear and essentials to families and children who are homeless, battered, abused and left behind. To date, Dignity U Wear has distributed over 4.1 million pieces of clothing valued at over $71 million to 354,000 in 30 states. -

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    WRITE HOME PROJECT - BERKELY UC ALUMNI - POETS GARIEL CORTEZ and NATASHA HUEY - CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOPS FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

    BERKELEYSIDE - HOMELESS YOUTH WRITE AND OPEN MIC -WRITE HOME PROJECT

    "Conceived and run by two UC Berkeley alumni and working poets, Gabriel Cortez and Natasha Huey, The Write Home Project facilitates creative arts work by homeless youth (under 25). Write Home provides an outlet for its participants to be heard while they tell stories about, and create a dialogue around, the state of homelessness.

    The Project focuses on three key components: weekly workshops and open mics provided in conjunction with The Suitcase Clinic, video production of the youth’s performances as a testimony of their struggle for the public, and town hall meetings to discuss the current state of homelessness..."

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    THE DIGNITY ROLLER POD IS HOMELESS HOUSING INVENTED BY GARY PICKERING



    GARY PICKERING JUST WANTS TO SPREAD HIS IDEA SO OTHERS CAN BUILD WHAT HE CALLS A DIGNITY ROLLER POD.   FOR THE HOMELESS.

    WE CELEBRATE THIS CITIZEN ACTIVIST!   He was once homeless and here is his BLOG!
    DIGNITYROLLER BLOGSPOT - GARY PICKERING