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  • Homeless Millennials Are Transforming Hobo Culture

    04/19/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Newsweek via MSN ^ | 4/19/15 | Betsy Isaacson
    On Reddit, he’s /u/huckstah, an administrator on /r/vagabond, a subreddit with nearly 10,000 members—many of them identify as “homeless”—who trade skills and stories. On “the road and the rails,” he’s Huck, and even after we speak twice by cellphone, he tells me he’d prefer I don’t print his real name. “People say, ‘Well, you chose to become homeless.’ But that’s wrong,” he says. Huck says he’s been a hobo for upward of 11 years and started hopping trains and hitching rides at 18. “I did not choose to become homeless. If you want to say I chose to become homeless...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON — St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Here’s what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 6:26:18 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | March 18, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. “They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • Homeless ‘bill of rights’ up for Sacramento debate

    03/08/2015 7:47:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | 06 Mar, 2015 | James Poulos
    t could soon get easier to live on the streets in the Golden State. As controversy swirled around the police shooting of a homeless and mentally ill man on Skid Row in Los Angeles, legislators in California considered a new set of regulations activists said would “decriminalize” homelessness by providing a so-called “right to rest” in public.
  • BREAKING: Cop Throws Elderly Man Down, Slaps Him in the Face, For Trying to Use a Restroom

    02/24/2015 2:03:58 PM PST · by redreno · 92 replies
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | 02/23/2015 | By Cassandra Rules
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL– A video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday shows Fort Lauderdale police officer Victor Ramirez harassing and assaulting an elderly gentleman at the Broward Bus Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The man is not being aggressive or threatening in any way when he is shoved to the ground and slapped by the officer. The man was reportedly trying to use the bus terminal’s restroom. “The guy didn’t raise his hand to the officer at all,” a witness told Local 10 News. “The officer just knocked him down with his hands. The guy was defenseless.”
  • Suspect arrested in Islamic center fire (Homeless guy)

    02/16/2015 7:12:42 PM PST · by SSS Two · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated: February 16, 2015 6:19pm | By Mike Morris
    Houston arson investigators have made an arrest in the early morning fire Friday at an Islamic center on the city's southeast side, fire department officials said late Monday. Darryl Ferguson, 55, of Houston, has been charged with felony first degree arson for the fire, according to HFD investigators. The arrest was announced at a 6 p.m. news conference at HFD's arson headquarters. Investigators say the suspect "rolled up on his bicycle" to speak to them about the fire during an on-scene investigation Monday.
  • Venice Residents Sue LA City, County Over ‘Lawless’ Boardwalk

    02/04/2015 8:30:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The lawsuit filed by the Venice Stakeholders Association claims authorities are failing to enforce “no camping” laws, which has created ” a public nuisance and dangerous conditions” in one of L.A.’s most popular tourist stops. Mark Ryavec, the president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that the lack of enforcement has spurred more physical attacks by drug-addicted and mentally ill homeless people. ... Ryavec believes officials have a double standard when it comes to public safety in Venice compared with other beach cities. “It is only at the Venice Beach Recreation Area and on adjoining streets that...
  • Sarah Palin talks 2016 bid while serving wild boar chili. Mitt who? (+video)

    01/23/2015 8:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 23, 2015 | Peter Grier, Staff writer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin, 2016 – is there any possibility? The former VP candidate and ex-Alaska governor hinted on Thursday that she might, just maybe, give electoral politics another try. ABC’s Neal Karlinksy caught up with Ms. Palin while she was serving wild boar chili to the homeless in Las Vegas (we’re not making that up). Mr. Karlinsky asked her if she ever mulled over a White House bid. “Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service,...
  • As National Press Mostly Snoozes, Add Seattle to the List of Cities Where Homelessness Is Rising

    01/23/2015 7:21:44 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    News Busters ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    A week ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, called homelessness in his city and the rest of King County a "full-blown crisis." Based on the numbers presented in coverage of the area's situation, we can certainly add the Emerald City to the list of areas where homelessness has been on the rise. Odds are that many readers here didn't know that, because the national press hardly ever pays attention to homelessness when a Democrat occupies the White House. Now imagine the firestorm which would erupt if a Republican or conservative proposed the "solution," however allegedly temporary, Murray is advancing...
  • 2.5 Million Children Are Homeless in US, New Data Reveals

    12/10/2014 8:37:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/10/2014 | Stephanie samuel
    A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes. The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living...
  • Homeless Man Steals Ambulance, Says He Was Headed to Topless Bar

    12/06/2014 3:10:16 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 34 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-5-2014 | unknown
    December 2nd, 2014, 6:44 AM A 51-year-old homeless man stole an unattended ambulance from a Pontiac hospital and told police he was headed to a topless bar, the Oakland Press reports. The keys were in the ignition. The man, who has mental health issues, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on car theft charges, the paper reported. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7dd_1417820886#IigS0m5ioYoiGcE7.99
  • Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment, "The Jungle," Dismantled

    12/05/2014 6:24:53 AM PST · by null and void · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/4/14 | Lisa Fernandez and Nanette Miranda
    Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Streams of homeless people wheeled their lives out of the encampment on Story Road, their shopping carts full of their belongings. Some...
  • Silicon Valley homeless no longer welcome in 'the Jungle'

    12/04/2014 10:56:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Gale Holland
    Veiled by the yellow willows and brush along a forgotten creek bed in San Jose, hundreds of people jerry-built a treehouse and constructed underground bunkers and ramshackle lean-tos to form one of the nation's largest homeless encampments. The 68-acre shantytown is just minutes away from downtown and the high-tech giants that made Silicon Valley one of the world's most opulent locations. For years, the city turned a blind eye to "the Jungle." But the camp along the muddy bank of Coyote Creek has become more crowded in recent years and is awash in rotting trash, rats and human waste —...
  • Homeless Man Kevin Darden ID'd As Suspect In Subway Shove Death

    11/18/2014 5:43:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The NYPD has identified a homeless man, Kevin Darden, 35, as the suspect in a deadly subway incident that took the life of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, of the Bronx. Darden has a long history of violence "with more than 30 arrests"—for crimes including "robbery, assault, and narcotics."
  • Child homelessness at historic high in US (Thanks 0bama!)

    11/17/2014 7:40:05 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 41 replies
    The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by...
  • Conflicts in New York City Parks as Homeless Population Rises

    11/14/2014 11:41:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | LISA W. FODERARO
    In Harlem River Park in Manhattan, homeless men can be seen sleeping on benches around the basketball courts and sprawled out on a soccer field by day, then hunkering under an overpass at night. In Brooklyn, dog owners in Fort Greene Park have had ugly confrontations with homeless people after their dogs woke them up in the early morning when they are allowed off-leash. And in the Bronx, there are so many homeless people in one small park, Devanney Triangle, that the community board and parks department are discussing the removal of all benches. After a decade in which the...
  • Elderly Florida man fined again for feeding homeless

    11/08/2014 4:31:25 PM PST · by Mortimer St. Hubbins · 180 replies
    WORLD Mag ^ | November 6, 2014 | Leigh Jones
    Do-good fine. Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., again cited a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless in a public park, in violation of a city ordinance. Arnold Abbott, who runs a ministry called Love Thy Neighbor Inc., was first cited on Sunday along with two pastors working with him. They face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said the ordinance is not designed to punish the homeless or those who serve them but to balance the needs of all the city’s residents. Abbott, who has been working with the homeless for...
  • Elderly man, 90, and two clergymen face jail time for feeding the homeless

    11/04/2014 11:49:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/4/2014 | BY MARC WEINREICH
    A senior citizen and a couple of clergymen in Florida face up to two months in jail for feeding the homeless. A group of volunteers with the non-profit charity Love Thy Neighbor in Broward County face up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail because they were feeding the homeless last Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, the New Times reports. World War II veteran Arnold Abbott, founder of the interfaith organization, and members of a local church were confronted by Fort Lauderdale police officers because they had reportedly been in violation of the new laws against food sharing —...
  • Are You a Bad Person if You Give to the Homeless?

    10/08/2014 8:45:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/08/2014 | Robert Wargas
    A few weeks ago, I was in New York City to meet someone for drinks, and got on the subway at 34th and 7th to head downtown. I dislike the New York subway for many reasons. It is the only such system in a major Western city to look as if it had been swapped with the metro of a third-world backwater. Pick any otherwise dodgy country on Earth, and chances are the subway of its capital city is a gleaming tube with smooth rolling stock and palatial stations. Not New York. The trains lurch between filthy platforms like...
  • Rochester(Mn) Police Arrest Holiday Robbery Suspect at Makeshift Homeless Camp

    10/04/2014 7:57:36 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | KTTC TV
    Police have arrested a man they believe robbed a Holiday convenience store on Wednesday. Police said Todd Mielke, 40, was arrested Thursday around 3 p.m. at a makeshift homeless camp near the HyVee South supermarket. Capt. John Sherwin said it all started when a man walked into the Holiday convenience store at 1520 2nd St. SW just before 1:15 a.m. and implied that he had a weapon. Sherwin said the man was wearing a camouflage mask and demanded money from a 20-year-old clerk. The masked man fled the Holiday southbound on 14th Avenue Southwest. The vehicle he was driving was...
  • Pot Draws Homeless To Colorado In Search Of Work

    09/26/2014 10:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    KCNC-TV ^ | September 25, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Legal marijuana is luring pot tourists and business entrepreneurs to Colorado, and it’s also attracting another demographic: the homeless, some of whom trek to the state in hopes of landing a job in the industry. “There’s an enormous migration, even a homeless movement, so to speak,” David Spencer, a homeless man from Tennessee, said. “I figured this would be a good place to start over.” While shelters across the metro area are willing to open their doors, they’re quickly running out of room. “We were averaging 190 (homeless) last year. We’re now averaging 345 a night,” Murray Flagg of the...
  • City uses meters to raise change for homeless (Pasadena CA)

    09/14/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
    The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope is that people who might be reluctant to hand spare change to a panhandler will be more open to putting it in a meter. […] Some homeless advocates complain the meters aren’t a serious enough effort to help the homeless. They also say that in some cities meters have been used to push panhandlers out...
  • Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Documentation Requirements

    09/08/2014 8:54:09 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    In response to an inquiry about unaccompanied minors from one of its school divisions, Virginia’s Department of Education issued a memo this month reminding its 132 divisions about their obligation to educate all children. According to the memo, under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless.” “In addition, division superintendents cannot exclude from school attendance those homeless children who do not provide the requisite health or immunization information required of other students,” the memo continued. Full title: Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to...
  • Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

    08/14/2014 6:46:24 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    SNIP “In light of the heightened media coverage of the issue of undocumented immigrant children, VDOE provides the following updated information for your use in responding to community questions or issues,” says the memo distributed to the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions and obtained by Breitbart News. SNIP “While a case-by-case review of each child’s circumstances upon enrolling in a Virginia public school is necessary, many of these unaccompanied children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law,” the memo reads. It goes on: Pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-3, a homeless child is one who lacks a fixed,...
  • Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

    08/07/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 58 replies
    Newser ^ | 7 Aug 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    In another interview with KJRH Tulsa, the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Lisa, says her parents kicked her out a week ago and dropped her off at a homeless shelter, where she met 19-year-old Jeremy Lake and the two began seeing each other. "He was my everything," she said. They spent the week at Jeremy's family's house, which is where her father tracked her down. "We were outside for five minutes and that's when my dad pulled up," she said. "There was no argument. I walked away and Jeremy tried to introduce himself and my dad shot him."
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Man Finds Family Living In His Miami Home [After Vacation]

    07/24/2014 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    miami.cbslocal.com ^ | July 22, 2014 11:55 PM | Gaby Fleischman
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A South Florida renter came home to find people living inside his house but the family illegally squatting inside said they are not leaving. The owner of the property on SW 5th street and 49th Avenue said his friend William Ruiz has been renting the house for the past two years and recently started to move out while the house was listed for short sale. Ruiz went on vacation for two days and said when he came back, he found the locks on the house changed and strangers living inside using his belongings. “They’re using his bed,...
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO News.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • Report: SMALL LIFELESS, DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande

    07/14/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by illiac · 81 replies
    Mexican emigrants crossing the Rio Grande near El Paso, Texas. (Danny Lehman/Corbis) A Fox News exclusive reported this morning by Jana Winter inexplicably buried the lede. Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered “washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this. This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from...
  • Orphan Davion Only who became famous is thrown out by adoptive parents

    07/04/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | By Associated Press
    The orphaned Florida teen whose impassioned plea for a family to 'love him forever' prompted an outpouring of sympathy from around the country has been removed from his foster home following a physical altercation with another child and the father. After 16 years of floundering in foster care, after taking the pulpit at a St. Petersburg church last September asking someone - anyone - to adopt him, after his story was shared around the world and 10,000 people offered to help or take him home, Davion Only moved to Ohio in March to live with the parents who had promised...
  • The Power of Ambition: Homeless Valedictorian to Attend FSU

    06/04/2014 10:07:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 8 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 5 2014 | By Rehema Ellis
    Griffin Furlong is a Florida teenager who knows something about heartaches and joy. The 18-year-old is homeless, but he graduated at the top of his class from Florida Coast High School in Jacksonville.
  • It is now illegal in 33 cities to feed homeless people

    06/04/2014 9:20:55 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 58 replies
    www.kulturekritic.com ^ | June 3, 2014. | Liku Zelleke
    The next time you can be bothered enough to feed a homeless person you might find yourself at odds with the law. Yes, you have to be “bothered” because you are under no obligation to help your fellow mankind, who has fallen on hard times and on harder concrete slabs. That’s right, because if you help homeless people in cities like Daytona Beach, Florida; Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Birmingham, Alabama you could be fined, physically removed and/or be threatened with time behind bars – and they have actually done it. In fact, 33 cities across the United States...
  • Nashville Nobody Makes it Big in Sweden

    05/31/2014 5:48:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 31 May 2014
    Former homeless man Doug Seegers is set to embark on a tour of Sweden after a chance discovery by a Swedish television crew turned the singer into an overnight sensation in the country. Seegers, 62, featured on the popular SVT show 'Jills Veranda' earlier this year. The street performer, who has admitted to living rough in the past, was catapulted to stardom after performing his song 'Going down to the river' on the programme. It then rocketed to number one on the Swedish iTunes chart. Swedish fans have since uploaded their own version of Seegers' hit song to YouTube, while...
  • Homeless solution remains elusive ( Kauai - Hawaii )

    05/30/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Garden Island ^ | May 29, 2014
    Homeless campers evicted’ That was the top headline in Friday’s TGI after campers at Anahola Beach Park were told to vacate or face arrest last week. We’re not disputing that these folks weren’t supposed to be there, but we will argue this is a sign of the severity of the homeless problem in Hawaii and specifically, on Kauai .... No surprise that homelessness is a problem. Kauai is a very expensive place to live. Rent, utilities, groceries and gas — all of which hit the shrinking middle class and the rising low-income hard — are among the highest in the...
  • Couple Fined $746 For The Crime Of Feeding Homeless People In Florida Park

    05/30/2014 12:13:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2014 | Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    <p>If you think about, the homeless actually serve as the perfect scapegoat for a former American middle class slowly being driven into serfdom. Still completely mesmerized by the religion of consumerism, how is a population losing its freedom and financial well-being supposed to feel better about itself. The easy answer is to look at an even more destitute class and treat them like the “elites” treat everyone else. Like a superfluous and unfortunate outgrowth of humanity.</p>
  • 8 Months After Learning To Code And Launching An App, Leo The Homeless Programmer Is Still Homeless

    05/27/2014 7:06:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/27/2014 | Caroline Moss
    Last December, a man named Leo Grand created a ride-sharing app that ended up earning him a modest sum of money. This, in and of itself, is nothing unique. However, Grand was homeless, and had learned to code only four months prior to the launch of his app. A few weeks after the launch, he had made about $10,000. But today, Leo the Homeless Coder is still homeless. He has yet to touch a penny of his money. When his app launched, he was center of national attention. No one has followed up on Grand. Grand and his teacher Patrick,...
  • Camden shuts down its tent cities

    05/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 14, 2014: 1:18 PM ET | Blake Ellis
    For Michael Powell, a 53-year-old ex-convict, his tent off the highway in Camden, N.J., is what he has called home for nearly a decade. But on Tuesday, he and dozens of others living in homeless encampments known as “tent cities” throughout Camden were forced out—leaving many of them homeless all over again. The eviction was conducted by the state of New Jersey, as well as Camden county and city, for health and safety reasons. […] Amid the commotion on Tuesday, Gino Lewis, director of housing at the Camden County Improvement Authority, assured people that the county would work to find...
  • Even Jesus Sometimes said “No.”

    05/20/2014 2:07:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the struggles that many Christians experience is that the needs around us are so great, and yet we are limited, both in personal strength, and in resources. And, lurking in the back of our mind, is a notion that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and so should we. But, then, is it always wrong to say no when there is need?It is a true fact, Jesus was quite generous with his time, attention, and resources. We too are counseled to be rich in mercy and kindness, expansive in our charity and to be willing to forsake...
  • "Feeding The Homeless" Is A Crime In Increasingly More US Cities

    05/16/2014 5:41:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/16/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, Have you ever given food to a homeless person? Well, if you do it again in the future it might be a criminal act depending on where you live. Right now, there are dozens of major U.S. cities that have already passed laws against feeding the homeless. As you will read about below, in some areas of the country you can actually be fined hundreds of dollars for just trying to give food to a hungry person. I know that sounds absolutely insane, but this is what America is turning into....
  • Tiny houses a way off the streets for Wisconsin homeless

    05/11/2014 8:43:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 81 replies
    news ^ | Brendan O'Brien
    MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - After surviving two long, cold Wisconsin winters on the streets, Betty Ybarra traded freezing park benches and tents for a tiny house made of recycled wood she helped build herself. Her 99-square-foot home, which boasts flower window boxes, was built by volunteers of the Occupy Madison group, as part of about a half dozen similar projects around the United States, including in New York and Texas, to shelter the homeless. "We can check on our flowers and we can now try to live a normal life," said Ybarra, 49, who shares her new home with her...
  • Tiny houses a way off the streets for Wisconsin homeless

    05/10/2014 11:12:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10 2014 | Brendan O'Brien
    After surviving two long, cold Wisconsin winters on the streets, Betty Ybarra traded freezing park benches and tents for a tiny house made of recycled wood she helped build herself. Her 99-square-foot home, which boasts flower window boxes, was built by volunteers of the Occupy Madison group, as part of about a half dozen similar projects around the United States, including in New York and Texas, to shelter the homeless. -SNIP- "The village will bring dignity. We will have a fence and we will have community," organizer Trina Clemente said. For Ybarra a tiny house means much-needed normalcy after many...
  • 3 people shot, 1 killed, at 'homeless camp' behind Orlando supermarket

    05/10/2014 12:58:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Brighthouse News 13 ^ | May 9, 2014 | Joel Schipper
    ORLANDO -- Right now investigators are looking for the person responsible for a deadly triple shooting in Orlando’s Pine Hills Neighborhood. It happened in the 2700 block of Hiawassee Road earlier tonight, around 7:15 p.m. Officers responded to a homeless camp behind the Bravo Supermarket in Pine Hills. Upon arriving, officers found three men in their 40’s all suffering gunshot wounds. All three of them were taken to the hospital where one has died and the other two in stable condition. So far investigators believe this began as some sort of robbery and that’s when the shots were fired. A...
  • Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community [NPR goes for class warfare]

    04/13/2014 11:32:14 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | April 13, 2014 | John Burnett
    A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church. The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes. Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away. The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn't. "One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says...
  • Victim from 'knockout game' located (Dayton, Ohio)

    04/09/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | April 9, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Dayton police have located a homeless man who was allegedly beaten by three area teens who recorded the attack characterized as "The Knockout Game." In the video, a 17-year-old is seen following Ronald Baird, 57, of Dayton as he was collecting cans in an alley near the Stivers School for the Arts on East Fifth Street in Dayton. The 17-year-old and a 15-year-old who recorded the video are students at Stivers. In the video obtained exclusively by WHIO and the Dayton Daily News, the teen is seen hitting the man, knocking him to the ground and following him when...
  • S.F. homeless youth count nears 1,000 despite spending ( $165 million a year )

    03/12/2014 2:40:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2014 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco spends $165 million a year on services for homeless people, but all that money hasn't made a dent in the homeless population in at least nine years. And in fact, the city's homeless tally may have long been underestimated. In addition to the 6,436 homeless adults counted during one night last year, a separate daytime count specifically of homeless youth found 914 children and young adults living in San Francisco without parents or guardians and without a roof over their heads. These findings are part of a new report by Harvey Rose, the budget and legislative analyst for...
  • Homeless Man Receives a ‘Winning’ Lottery Ticket – Make Sure You Have Some Tissues Ready

    03/04/2014 5:40:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | march 4, 2014 | liz klimas
    A homeless man was given a lottery ticket by a stranger. But it wasn’t this kindness that’s especially touching, it’s what the homeless man tried to do with some of the money after he won. In the age of video blogging, we’ve seen a lot of people film their heartwarming efforts to help those less fortunate in their community. This film on the YouTube channel Magic of Rahat sets itself apart. The channel host said he has seen a homeless man near a local shopping center in the last few weeks. “And from what people have told me, he’s a nice and...
  • The Path to Responsibility Can Start With a Broom and a Paycheck

    03/04/2014 9:58:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 28, 2014 | ROBERT DOAR
    ... Those on the My Brother's Keeper team searching for answers about how to help the most "at risk" young minority men would do well to stop by the Doe Fund in New York City, where, for more than 25 years, the organization run by George and Harriet McDonald has helped homeless men. The program they run is based on a clear contract between the shelter managers and the homeless men. "You get up every day and go to work and stay drug free—and we will pay you and house you and feed you. It's as simple as that," Mr....
  • Tiny houses help address nation's homeless problem

    02/26/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 26, 2014 | carrie antlfinger
    While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless. There's a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size. "You're out of the elements, you've got your own bed, you've got your own place to call your own," said Harold "Hap" Morgan, who is...
  • San Jose homeless would get hotel and motel rooms under city plan

    02/22/2014 2:01:54 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 29 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/21/14 | Mike Rosenberg
    Facing a growing homeless population, San Jose is ready to try a new strategy to get people off the streets: pay to put some of them up in local hotels and motels, potentially for years. ...housing prices continue to climb and landlords become pickier about renters...100 homeless people roaming San Jose streets have publicly funded vouchers for subsidized housing but cannot find a place that will accept them. "It's just a tough place to live because of how expensive it is," said Leslye Corsiglia, the city's housing director, who called it an opportunity for homeless people "to get themselves settled...
  • Baltimore's people of the woods: Inside the hidden homeless camps made of milk crates, wooden doors

    02/21/2014 10:05:31 AM PST · by Kartographer · 78 replies
    Daily Mail On Line ^ | 21, February 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel. On the edge of Baltimore's woodlands, dozens of the city's transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters. Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, 'The Camps', documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland's people of the woods.