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

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    DISNEY WORLD FLORIDA AREA - HUGE HOMELESS FAMILY POPULATION - NO SHELTERS - WHY DOESN'T DISNEY FINANCE ONE!

    YAHOO NEWS : DISNEY FLORIDA - HOMELESS FAMILIES

    "The Johnsons are among a growing number of families living in hotels in this Florida tourist corridor because they can't afford anything else and because their county has no shelters for the estimated 1,216 homeless households with children.

    The problem has created a backlash among the mostly mom-and-pop businesses, with some owners suing the county sheriff to force his deputies to evict guests who haven't paid or who have turned their rooms into semi-permanent residences. It also shines a light on the gap among those who work and live in this county that sits in the shadow of Walt Disney World, and the big-spending tourists who flock here.

    On any given day, tourists pay nearly $100 per person to get into Orlando's theme parks. There, they may be waited on by homeless parents. From their hotels, they jog past bus stops where homeless children wait to head to school. They buy coffee at Starbucks next to the motels that have become families' homes.

    Starting minimum pay at Walt Disney World — the area's largest employer, just a few miles from the motels — is $8.03 an hour, though that could increase to $10 under a contract being negotiated with the resort's union.... "  

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    Earlier we posted the news that a majority of homeless families and children live in Florida.   We believe that the DISNEY COMPANY SHOULD BE FINANCING A SHELTER AND HOMELESS SERVICES, that is, if they really love children!

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    JUDGE HARRY PREGERSON REALISTICALLY ENDS THE BAN ON LIVING IN VEHICLES - HOIDY TOIDY BILL CARROLL -KFI RADIO - WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT DEAD SLUMMING!

    KFI RADIO STATION LINK   Bill Caroll  and Bill Handel  (and a couple employees who have admitted they lived in vehicles when they came to LA!)

    LA TIMES APPEALS COURT ENDS BAN ON LIVING IN VEHICLES  full article

    "For the second time in two years, a federal appeals court has struck down a key enforcement tool in Los Angeles' efforts to deal with burgeoning homelessness, declaring a ban on living in vehicles an invitation to discriminate against the poor.

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously Thursday that a city ordinance prohibiting people from living in vehicles was unconstitutionally vague. That ruling followed a 9th Circuit decision in 2012 that prevented Los Angeles from confiscating and destroying possessions that homeless people leave temporarily on sidewalks.

    Both ordinances had been enforced, along with other policies, to help the city cope with a homeless population now estimated at 36,000 to 54,000.
              



    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    HOMELESS SHOULD NOT BE PUT ON DISPLAY - LETTER by DONNA EDWARDS TO DAILY TRIBUNE

    DAILYTRIBUNE - LETTER - HOMELESS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON DISPLAY  Donna Edwards full letter

    ..." I found it very disturbing to read in Ms. Kapen’s article, “The needy still have pride, dignity”, that a news station had been invited by a local synagogue to film homeless people to whom they had given shelter. The result of this was the homeless being subjected to that which had brought anxiety and humiliation upon them. I view the synagogue’s attempt to put their homeless guests on display before the media as an affront to their dignity, as well as a betrayal of the trust these people had placed in them.

    Due to recent frigid temps, the media has turned its attention to homeless people trying to survive on the streets. In one such story, a homeless man was filmed sharing his story while at a local shelter. However, no measures were taken to protect the identities of other homeless clients, who were shown milling about in the background, most likely unaware that they too were being filmed. In any given group of homeless individuals, there are some who actually have jobs and, thus, might not want their employers or workmates to know of their homeless status. Little children, in their blessed innocence concerning their circumstances, most likely would have no qualms about being part of all this media attention. However, older children, teenagers, are very self-conscious; these would be mortified should they become part of a homeless story and seen by their friends and peers. Extreme care must, therefore, be taken to preserve the dignity of all homeless persons — adults and minors.

     
    My question is, why should the homeless have been expected to participate in a “dog and pony show” to “earn their keep”, as in Ms. Kapen’s story, at a hosting synagogue?..."

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    HOMELESS JESUS SCULPTURE CONTROVERSY - "SOMEBODY CALLED THE COPS ON JESUS!"

    HUFFPOST RELIGION - HOMELESS JESUS SCULPTURE CONTROVERSY

    The statue, a work by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, places Jesus on a park bench, sleeping in a thin shawl. The man is unidentifiable as Christ save for crucifixion wounds on his feet.

    In a previous interview with The Huffington Post, Schmalz said he was inspired to craft the statue after seeing a homeless man n the ground before Christmas in 2011. "My instinctive thought was, that is Jesus Christ. I saw Jesus," he said.

    The statue is so lifelike, DavidsonNews.net Editor David Boraks told NPR, that people have called police after mistaking it for an actual person.

    "That's right," NPR observes, "Somebody called the cops on Jesus.