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  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 13: A bum from Share testifies (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED)

    10/14/2016 6:42:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    Well its been awhile since I reported on the mayhem in Seattle being caused by Democrats and by an organization called SHARE/WHEEL, this organization is really a cross between the mafia, the SEIU and occupy wall street. The comparisons are obvious yes but surprisingly this is not known well to people outside of the pacific Northwest. In fact I didn't even hear about it until I learned from Steve Ferrell AKA Seataclibertarian my business associate who lives there about Share's existence. Share wheel runs homeless shelters inside churches run mainly from taxpayer funds, despite having a supposed "zero tolerance" policy...
  • Artful Veteran Affairs

    10/10/2016 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/10/16 | Joanna Rosamund
    We’ve got to stop using veterans as political pawns Department of Veteran Affairs has for its mission statement: To fulfill President Lincoln´s promise: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America´s Veterans. Naturally, funds are needed to serve the purpose, but how come it is that the VA goes on an art shopping spree while our Veterans’ life span is dramatically reduced by inhuman living conditions and lack of medical care? While the department worries about overpayments to ex-soldiers and...
  • Camping in the end zone: How Seattle's homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields

    10/03/2016 3:31:56 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 34 replies
    KIRO7 ^ | 9-30-16 | Gary Horcher
    Coaches say if a proposed Seattle homeless ordinance passes, it would make their current problem far worse. "We would be at risk of losing all of this," said Whitney. "If there were wide open rules, I could show up and there could be thirty tents out here. What do you do with twenty-eight little eight and nine-year-old kids who just want to play sports?" According to the proposal, only encampments that pose "an imminent and likely public health or safety harm" could be considered a hazard and cleared within 48 hours. Even in those cases, campers in city parks would...
  • Sacramento police tried to run over man before shooting him, recordings reveal

    10/01/2016 7:10:03 AM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | September 30th, 2016 | By Anita Chabria and Phillip Reese
    Two Sacramento police officers attempted to run over a mentally ill homeless man with their car less than 35 seconds before they shot and killed him, according to recordings released by police this month. One of the officers says “f--- this guy” in the frantic final minute before they shot Joseph Mann on Del Paso Boulevard. Moments later, the driver says, “I’m going to hit him.” “OK. Go for it. Go for it,” his partner responds. During that sequence, the officers gunned their vehicle toward Mann, backed up, turned and then drove toward him again, based on dashcam video released...
  • PROBLEMATIC: Hillary Clinton Insults Homeless People on ‘The Tonight Show’

    09/21/2016 7:06:56 AM PDT · by oblomov · 64 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 20 Sep 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton made a very problematic and insultingly “othering” joke about homeless on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The host handed his guest a brown paper bag full of props to set up his jokes, and Clinton observed that the bag was “pretty beat up” and “looks like a homeless person’s.” No. She. Didn’t. [VIDEO AT LINK] Social media users were not impressed with multimillionaire (and multiple home-owner) Hillary Clinton’s condescending attitude toward real estate-challenged Americans. Sarmo @jordansarmo It's like a homeless persons bag? Wow... Go home Hillary #NeverHillary … 10:52 AM - 20 Sep 2016
  • Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

    09/12/2016 11:05:04 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 56 replies
    Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in...
  • De Blasio has somehow made the homeless problem worse

    08/30/2016 11:10:06 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | Michael Goodwin
    <p>Early in de Blasio’s stint, the rise in public vagrancy was a flashpoint, with many residents and visitors complaining about being harassed and attacked. Asked why they slept in the streets or parks instead of going to shelters, street people usually answered that the shelters were crowded and dangerous.</p>
  • Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

    08/24/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Al Gore Vidal · 17 replies
    The Heroin Task Force formed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine has endorsed opening safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S. But some say getting homeless addicts off the streets requires an even bolder move.
  • ‘I wasn’t crazy.’ A homeless woman’s long war to prove the feds owe her $100,000.

    08/22/2016 4:37:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 22 Aug 2016 | Petula Dvorak
    If you’ve spent any time in downtown D.C., you’ve likely seen 80-year-old Wanda Witter. Shock white hair, a determined, unsmiling set to her mouth, jeans. She may have asked you for some change and probably didn’t smile if you gave her some. This month you may have also been taken aback by the black eye and stitches across her face. For years, Witter bedded down for the night at 13th and G streets in Northwest Washington, on the cement in her blue sleeping bag, pulled up tight to keep the rats and cockroaches out. Her tower of three suitcases was...
  • Fed. Mandate: Homeless Shelters Must Admit Transgenders Despite Risks

    08/18/2016 11:00:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 16, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Ahh, how to begin a story about “transgender accommodations” and the government? Well, one could simply look at the issue of “transgender accommodations” as a political economist, and see that the conflict over new rules and laws teaches us something incredibly important about the nature of politics. Let’s take two breaking news items as examples. First, on Aug. 15, Dominic Holden of BuzzFeed reported that the federal General Services Administration (GSA) will post new rules this week commanding 9,200 properties run by the federal government to open their bathrooms to folks according to their “gender identities.” GSA spokesperson Ashley Nash-Hahn told BuzzFeed: This includes all kinds...
  • Homeowner accused of running illegal homeless shelter

    08/18/2016 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    The State ^ | 8/18/2016 | AP
    A North Charleston homeowner is facing charges after officials say he was operating an illegal homeless shelter at the property. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports North Charleston officials say 51-year-old Cyrus Kamini was charged Monday with operating a business without a license, operating an unsafe dwelling and not having permits for work done on the site. Officials boarded up the 1,500-square-foot home owned by Kamini that was divided into as many as eight units.
  • Special Report: Nearly 4,000 students homeless as Boston crisis deepens

    08/15/2016 4:42:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 15, 2016 | Kathleen McKiernan
    After a three-day stint in Lynn, the family moved on to the emergency room of Boston Children’s Hospital, where they tried to blend in among the waiting patients and hospital staff. “We went to go sleep at Boston Children’s Hospital,” Nicole said. “It was so embarrassing.” “We sat down in the emergency room and didn’t say anything. I told my mom I felt embarrassed,” Jose said. “My mom went to the receptionist and talked to a social worker. They gave us a fake checkup and gave us two rooms to sleep in for only one night.” The next day, Children’s...
  • This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless.

    08/13/2016 6:00:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 11,2016 | By Colby Itkowitz
    Republican Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.” Throughout his administration, as part of a push to connect the homeless population to services, Berry had taken to driving through the city to talk to panhandlers about their lives. His city’s poorest residents told him they didn’t want to be on the streets begging for money, but they didn’t know where else to go. Seeing that sign gave Berry an idea. Instead of asking them, many of whom feel dispirited,...
  • Hillary Clinton's plan to tax and wipe out the middle-class

    08/06/2016 10:52:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies Hillary Clinton plans to raise taxes for the workers the affluent and middle class. Pay roll taxes and national sales taxes for workers, Higher income taxes for the rest with the middle class bearing the brunt of these taxes. With commentary by Mike Savage Also get a load of some of the people who are gonna benefit the most from these new taxes, yokels, alcoholics, potheads, anarchists, thugs and crazies!
  • Portland ENDS its pilot program allowing homeless to sleep on streets undisturbed by police [tr]

    08/03/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2016 | Staff
    Portland has announced the end of a pilot program that allowed homeless people to sleep on the streets undisturbed by law enforcement, saying it created confusion because some believed it legalized public camping. The so-called 'Safe Sleeping Guidelines' policy will end immediately, but several other pilot programs that also were rolled out in February in the famously liberal City of Roses will continue or even expand, the mayor said.
  • Homeless Encampments Worry Commuters At Penn Station [DeBlasio's NYC]

    07/26/2016 7:40:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CBS New York ^ | July 25, 2016 | Staff
    As the New York City homeless problem persists, passengers have been encountering crowds of people camped outside Penn Station. As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, Penn Station commuters said the city needs to do something.
  • High schooler who was homeless for THREE YEARS after his mother died graduates top of his class

    07/04/2016 1:28:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2016 | Hannah Parry For
    A Texas high schooler left homeless after the death of his mom has graduated top of his class and even won a full college scholarship. Liyjon DeSilva was just five years old when he lost his mother, and spent the next few years living with between different relatives until he was finally just abandoned. But even while he was spending his nights sleeping in parking lots or on park benches in southwest Houston, Texas he never considered missing school.
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 12: Share supports Rape

    07/03/2016 1:36:00 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 2 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    In our last 11 episodes we chronicled the homeless crisis in Seattle Washington created by liberals and a particular nasty group of homeless who have started their own mafia of sorts. Share Wheel. In this episde we'll look at a devastating rape that took place at a tent city under Morrow's protection. rape at share Imagine you're a single mother of four, pregnant, and looking for work. Your husband dumps you and You lose your apartment and end up living in a tent encampment. The camp is far from social services. Going to job interviews means leaving your teenage children...
  • Seattle Homeless crisis episode 11: Scott Murrow share Wheel Bum Boss

    06/26/2016 12:35:11 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 5 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Scott Morrow circa 2010s at the founding of the nickelsville homeless encampment then known as Tent city 1 Yes Folks, We've confirmed from reliable sources its his actual picture from about a decade earlier.  Although SHARE is run by the homeless guests themselves, the administration of tasks and spending of annual expenditures comes from the staff. In this case Share coordinator Scott Murrow who is one of the founding fathers of SHARE WHEEL. But it would seem that his tenure is not without controversy... Ever since Scott Morrow who also once ran the Nickelsville homeless encampment has used intimidation...
  • Court: Man can't be punished 'simply for being homeless' [Boston MA]

    06/23/2016 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2016 1:47 PM EDT | Denise Lavoie
    A homeless man convicted of criminal trespassing for taking shelter in privately owned buildings during harsh winter weather won a new trial Thursday when the state’s highest court ruled that he should have been allowed to argue it was his only way to protect himself from the cold. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the judge at David Magadini’s trial was wrong to deny a request to instruct the jury on a so-called necessity defense. Magadini wanted to use that defense to argue that his behavior was justified for a person trying to escape extreme temperatures. […] The owners of...
  • Seattle homeless crisis episode 10: a former share memember testifies

    06/09/2016 7:13:29 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    The following is the testimony of one David Campos, a former member of Share Wheel who witnessed first hand, discrimination, theft, fraud and other problems in SHARE My name is David Campos, I am a former member of SHARE. I was in Share from 2010 to 2012. I became homeless after I was laid off from work and my job got outsourced to China. I was able to get a part time job to help myself but it wasn't enough. I joined Share in 2010. I liked the place, it was laid back, everyone kept to themselves there were just...
  • Brutal slaying in Golden Gate Park stirs San Francisco’s raging debate over homelessness

    06/08/2016 11:49:28 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2016 | Michael E. Miller
    On the morning of May 24, a gardener working in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park spotted something out of the ordinary. At the eastern edge of the scenic park, less than 100 yards from Haight Street and its bustling shops, lies a small, shallow pond called Alvord Lake. In that lake floated a dead body. On Monday, authorities charged two men in connection to what they described as a brutal incident of vigilante justice among the park’s homeless population. According to prosecutors, Stephen Billingsley and Nikki Lee Williams attacked fellow homeless person Stephen Williams because they believed the victim had...
  • Four Arrested in Beating Death of Transgender Man in Vermont Homeless Camp

    06/05/2016 10:24:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | June 3, 2016 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    Four homeless people face murder charges after using their fists and feet to fatally beat a transgender man in an encampment in Vermont, and then fleeing across the country to a San Diego beach, where they were arrested, officials said on Friday. The four are accused of killing Amos Beede at the camp in Burlington, the police chief, Brandon del Pozo, said at a news conference. Mr. Beede was beaten up on May 22 and suffered blunt force trauma to his brain, the police said. He died seven days later. Law enforcement officials said they were not ruling out the...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis 7: Use Greyhound therapy it works!

    05/25/2016 11:12:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Brian Ball
    In part 7, we discuss a solution to American homelessness and unemployment that no one except those who really are concerned are discussing. A way to get the homeless off the streets into employment and into housing while saving money in the long run. its something that liberals generally will not give into except as a last resort because they want to get the money by making the homeless problem prolonged and and visible and line their pockets. Its a policy that is being used in major cities and cash strapped states everywhere and in the case for those who...
  • Seattle Homelessness Crisis: City Shutting Down ‘The Jungle’ Camp

    05/19/2016 8:28:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 17 May 2016 | Tim Marcin
    Amid a homelessness crisis, Seattle plans to shut down an unsanctioned homeless encampment known as "the Jungle," Washington state and city officials announced Tuesday. Officials detailed plans to clean up the area stretching along and under a highway after the people are moved out, the Seattle Times reported. The announcement comes after a shooting in January that killed two people and wounded three more. Part of the plan is to offer shelter and services to the people living in the encampment, which sits under a freeway. Then the city and state will work to clean up health hazards like human...
  • Seattle's homeless Crisis: ULTIMATUM FOR SHARE

    05/17/2016 4:24:42 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 6 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball and Maurice Newhope
    The following is an email to the city of Seattle and administration Too whom it may concern: My name is Brian Ball. I am an activist, small businessman and lobbyist from the New England Area. I am head of the New England Alliance for liberty And Free markets which is part of the free state movement. Recently I and several of my associates infiltrated the SHARE/WHEEL organization Last winter and one of my other associates spent last summer in 2015 at several of the indoor shelters and tent cities. We are not happy at all with how SHARE/WHEEL conducts itself...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 4: Going inside the SHARE/WHEEL mafia complex

    05/17/2016 3:56:13 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Maurice Newhope
    The following is a testimony by Maurice Newhope, who has stayed at Seattle's notorious share shelters and tent cities. Maurice Newhope is a conservative libertarian activist who has experienced homelessness in the past after he was wrongfully and unjustly accused of a crime. Despite having his name cleared, his arrest record has stopped him from finding work and he has difficulty. It is his third time being homeless in America. Maurice expects to get housing in a month or so in New Hampshire. He currently works part time in the Manchester Concord metro area.  Maurice was enrolled in SHARE/WHEEL from...
  • Seattle's homeless emergency episode 3: Women in black

    05/14/2016 9:31:40 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 4 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian ball and Maurice Newhope
    The women in black are as misguided, left wing and limp-wristed (more ways then one) Than when they were founded in Israel in the 1960s. Originally called Women in black for justice against war, they were founded by Israeli and Palestinian women, many widows who believed that the solution for the middle east crisis was, well... hippie values like communism, appeasement and more communism. They're biased against the US and Israel in favor of the Arab militants in case you're wondering yeah... The group has grown to chapters all over the world including most major cities in the united...
  • Seattle's homeless emergency episode 2: SHARE/WHEEL The homeless mafia

    05/13/2016 11:22:10 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 15 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball and Maurice Newhope
    Shocking isn't it? Tent cities, refugee camps, they are all over America but in Seattle they are considered the norm. Today as of the writing of this article, one such tent city has been erected over Seattle city hall. It is illegally established and yet city hall not only tolerates it but is using taxpayer funds to promote it. They have but one demand. GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! The Tent city, dubbed Tent City 6 is run by two organizations of militant homeless bums called SHARE/WHEEL. Share stands for Seattle Housing and Resource effort. Wheel stands for Women's Housing, Equality...
  • Seattle''s homeless Emergency Episode 1: Big fat government always = big fat failure

    05/10/2016 7:44:27 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 6 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    This is part 1 of a series of episodes I am doing on the Seattle homeless crisis. It illustrates perfectly the problems with big government, the insanity of liberals and the great lengths these red diaper doper baby liberal degenerates will go to get a free lunch off the backs of those who earn their lunch by their own sweat and tears. This first episode is a prologue of sorts, at focus is the failure of Olympia and city hall in particular a taxpayer funded program, The committee to end homelessness in King county that has gotten little attention but...
  • Cruise Ship Passengers Helping Themselves To Free Coffee & Donuts At Homeless Shelter

    We get it: Cruises can be expensive, and often the food and drink at ports of call can be pricier than what you pay back home. But that doesn’t mean you have to bogart the free coffee and donuts at the homeless shelter near the dock. For many cruise ships making the trip up the Pacific coastline to Alaska, the small city of Ketchikan is the first stop heading north, allowing travelers to get off the ship for a bit, walk around and do a bit of shopping before moving on to the next port. Earlier this week, at a...
  • L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents

    05/04/2016 7:06:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 4,2016 | Gale Holland and Peter Jamison
    Homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Nearly two-thirds of the homeless people tallied countywide, or 28,000, were in the city of Los Angeles, representing an 11% jump in January from a year earlier, a report from the agency stated. The county's homeless population grew 5.7%. The mayor's proposed budget earmarks $138 million for services as...
  • Sonoma County debuts court specializing in cases of homeless defendants

    04/17/2016 1:41:24 PM PDT · by rey · 7 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 15 April 2016
    Things were looking up for Roy Burress. After a few years living on the streets, he moved into a Santa Rosa motel converted to homeless and veteran housing where he started volunteering with an eye toward full-time employment. Then financial disaster struck. Burress was pulled over by the CHP for driving in the carpool lane on Highway 101. He was slapped with a $500 ticket. Fearing he would never be able to pay it and could lose his license, Burress turned to Sonoma County’s new homeless court, where Commissioner Anthony Wheeldin allowed him to work off the steep fine with...
  • This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

    For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University's design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it? In January, after years of building prototypes, the team finished their first pilot project in the real world. Partnering with a commercial developer outside Atlanta, in a tiny community called Serenbe, they built two one-bedroom houses, with materials that cost...
  • Homeless Teen Arrested in Killing of University of Texas Student Haruka Weiser

    04/08/2016 10:24:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    NBC ^ | 04-08-2016 | by Erik Ortiz and Gabe Gutierrez
    A 17-year-old homeless "runaway" was arrested on a murder charge in connection with the killing of a University of Texas freshman this week, Austin police said Friday. The suspect — identified as Meechaiel Criner — was arrested Thursday and booked in the Travis County Jail, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference. Student Haruka Weiser, an 18-year-old dance and theater major, was last seen alive on the Austin campus Sunday night before she was reported missing the following morning. Her body was discovered near a creek on Tuesday, and investigators declared her death a homicide — setting...
  • Abandoned buildings can be converted into homes with modular kitchen and bathroom block

    03/31/2016 2:03:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    De Zeen Magazine ^ | March 9, 2016
    Rotterdam studio Kraaijvanger has designed a modular kitchen and bathroom unit that can be inserted into an empty building to turn it into a residence (+ slideshow). Called the Hub, the boxy 15-square-metre unit is designed by Kraaijvanger to be installed into almost any type of building, from disused office blocks to warehouses, as long as the structure has electricity and water connections. Each module contains a kitchen, bathroom and toilet, as well as facilities including heating, a sound system and a Wi-Fi connection – providing residents with almost everything they need to live comfortably. It is also possible to...
  • Portland Offering Homeless People a One-Way Bus Ticket Out of Town

    03/27/2016 9:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 26, 2016
    The city of Portland, Oregon, has set aside $30,000 to pay for bus fares for homeless individuals to leave town. The program, called Homeward Bound, is similar to programs offered in other cities. It is intended to help solve the homelessness problem in the city, which is so serious a state of emergency was declared last fall....
  • Mayor Bowser's plan to relocate DC's homeless persons is not what it seems [DC cronyism]

    Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed closing the family homeless shelter at DC General due to its inadequate conditions, and replacing them with smaller shelters in 7 of the City's 8 wards. While many agree with closing DC General in its current form, the Mayor's plan to relocate the 260 affected families is irresponsible. The Mayor's proposal is unacceptably expensive, lacks oversight and transparency, and most importantly does little to serve the very people it is meant to help. We deserve answers now. Not after the plan is in place and tax dollars are being spent. Ignoring Financial Consequences The cost...
  • Keeping Veterans Homeless is a Nonprofit Imperative

    02/19/2016 10:36:11 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 4 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 2/19/16 | Bob and Laura Parks
    Despite the onslaught of radio and television commercials you consume from supposedly benevolent entities who are doing this for veterans or that for veterans, but the reality appears to be a whole lot different and those who claim to be helping vets (of course, with your charitable donation) don't really want to solve the problem because that would eat into their bottom line.
  • Obama Will Seek $11 Billion for Homeless Families

    02/10/2016 12:11:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2016 | by NIKITA STEWART
    After making progress in reducing homelessness among veterans, the Obama administration is turning to the larger and more complicated challenge of homelessness among families with young children. In his 2017 budget, to be presented on Tuesday, President Obama will propose spending $11 billion over the next 10 years to fight family homelessness, a phenomenon that is closely linked to the dearth of affordable housing in New York and other big cities. Of that amount, $8.8 billion would go to housing vouchers and $2.2 billion to more short-term assistance. In addition to the $11 billion plan, Mr. Obama is proposing discretionary...
  • San Fran spends record $241 million on homeless, can't track results

    02/08/2016 3:24:11 AM PST · by bugseye · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02-06-16 | H. Knight & K. Fagan
    '...Visitors may wonder why one of the wealthiest cities in the world can’t cough up enough money to alleviate homelessness, but, in fact, San Francisco spends tremendous amounts of money on the problem. The city is allocating a record $241 million this fiscal year on homeless services, $84 million more than when Mayor Ed Lee took office in January 2011. But the city struggles to track exactly how all that money is being spent and whether it’s producing results. Eight city departments oversee at least 400 contracts to 76 private organizations, most of them nonprofits, that deal with homelessness. No...
  • Meet Ka Lani – Santa Rosa’s Guitar Hero

    02/07/2016 8:30:35 AM PST · by rey · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Amy Schaus
    “Just because you live on the street doesn’t mean you don’t have value.” – Ka Lani If you walk into the Coddingtown Starbucks, don’t be surprised to see a man with headphones quietly strumming an electric guitar and jotting down chords in a notebook. Meet Ka Lani, a homeless musician and Santa Rosa Junior College student. With 35 years’ experience playing the guitar, he earns money as a street musician while studying to become a substance abuse counselor. He wasn’t always homeless. In the 1980s he played guitar for The Crypts, a Marin punk rock band who opened for Black...
  • Teenage Brothers Held in Killings at Seattle Homeless Camp

    02/02/2016 9:29:48 PM PST · by windcliff · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2-2-16 | Ashley Southall
    Three teenagers who were arrested Monday in the shooting deaths of two people at a Seattle homeless encampment called the Jungle are homeless brothers who live in another camp under an overpass. On Tuesday, a King County Juvenile Court judge ordered that the three, ages 13, 16 and 17, remain in custody while prosecutors decide on charges against them. The brothers were each being held on investigation of two counts of felony murder, three counts of first-degree assault and several firearms violations, the county prosecutor’s office said. Jeannine L. Zapata, 45, and James Q. Tran, 33, were killed and three...
  • Mayor shuts down Tent City (Charleston, W.Va.)

    01/24/2016 3:22:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies ^ | January 19, 2016 | wowk
    Update 10:35 P.M. 1/19/2016 Without warning, dozens of public works employees raided Tent City. "They just coming in and taking all their personal stuff. People's life is in that box that they're throwing in that garbage can. Might mean nothing to nobody else, but it does to them," said Tim Walker. Walker lived in Tent City for years but was recently able to get an apartment through Covenant House. Tuesday, about 30 homeless were camped out on a strip of land which legally belongs to Waste Management. "Who knows what might be in there, your baby pictures, pictures of your...
  • Woman Lets Homeless Guy Spend The Night, Wakes To Alarming Scene

    01/19/2016 12:12:16 PM PST · by lowbridge · 76 replies
    mad world news ^ | january 18, 2016 | amanda shea
    A Texas woman, wanting to give a homeless guy some reprieve from the cold and a warm place to rest, invited him in to stay the night in her spare bedroom. -snip The 66-year-old woman, whose name was not released, lives alone with her two granddaughters in Houston. With a spare bedroom and a big heart, she offered the space to Thomas Smith, who had no place else to go. Everyone in the house had turned in for the night, or so the woman thought, when she was woken up by what Smith was doing, just after 1:30 a.m. According...
  • The Chronically Homeless Americans

    01/18/2016 11:56:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Why must we relegate the homeless, the unemployed, and the poor to ePodments, to tiny homes, to mini-homes, to dwellings made of junkyard scrap and other cheap materials, to dwellings the size of closets? The mark of a civilized society is how well the most helpless are treated—animals, children, the elderly, and those who are homeless. There is always room for improvement. We are plenty generous with people from other countries, but we miss the mark when it comes to helping our own chronic homeless, the veterans, babies in the womb, the elderly, and others who cannot protect themselves. It...
  • Cuomo orders homeless to seek shelter during cold spells

    01/03/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 | Brooks Hays
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order require all homeless people to seek shelter when temperatures drop below freezing. The order directs state agencies -- including police, social services and others -- to take "all necessary steps to identify individuals reasonably believed to be homeless and unwilling or unable to find the shelter necessary for safety and health in inclement winter weather, and move such individuals to the appropriate sheltered facilities." The directive goes into effect Tuesday. A 2015 count tallied 88,250 homeless people in New York, statewide -- the...
  • Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver

    12/26/2015 2:50:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | December 25, 2015 | Jennifer Kovaleski
    DENVER (KMGH) - A local nonprofit hit the streets of downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint. Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they're trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause. The cause? To raise money to buy several RV's and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo...
  • Oregon woman held in Las Vegas Strip sidewalk rampage drove with license suspendedOregon woman held

    ..... Holloway's child, who was unhurt in the incident, is in protective custody, Lombardo said. The sheriff said investigators were trying to piece together Holloway's background. In the spring of 2012 Holloway received an award from a career-mentoring nonprofit in Portland for being a role model for high school students, according to The Skanner, a community website and newspaper published in the Pacific Northwest. The story recounts Holloway describing her mother as having "turned to alcohol, leaving Lakeisha to fend for herself." Holloway was homeless during her freshman year in high school, according to the newspaper, but had since graduated....
  • Homeless squatters are taking over LaGuardia Airport

    12/14/2015 12:21:05 PM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 14, 2015 | Danielle Furfaro, Philip Messing and Georgett Roberts
    Vice President Joe Biden once compared it to a "Third World country" - but LaGuardia Airport has become so riddled with homeless that it could now even make some of those nations look good. The number of derelicts living at the airport has increased dramatically in the past year, turning the main terminal into the city's most popular de facto flophouse, where they sleep, eat and wash up while competing for space with passengers, according to Port Authority sources.