Monthly Archives: March 2013
- The Worst Part of Being Homeless: ‘No One Sees Me’ (alternet.org)
- Shelters seeing more elderly homeless (kansas.com)
- Raising Compassionate Kids (everydayfamily.com)
- 2 Years in Jail for Sitting on a Milk Crate? The Shocking Ways America Punishes Poor People Living on the Street (Hard Times, USA) (alternet.org)
- Homeless Appalachia (donnareevesblog.wordpress.com)
- 78 Yr Old Dumped On Sidewalk Outside Shelter By Relative (secretsofthefed.com)
Thought I would write a post about my one month anniversary at my place. I still have just an inflatable bed and necessities on hand. Lacking curtains, I got 2 plastic table covers from Walmart for 97 cents each and taped them on the windows. Used the excess to cover boxes on my closet shelves. Now everything is coordinated. Soon the heavy curtains that I found at Goodwill will be up on the bedroom windows.
I have sheets, etc in storage and will slowly bring them out. Trying not to bring in any junk because I tend toward packrattedness. Reading Organize for a Fresh Start and Apartment Therapy to help me decide what to keep and what to toss. For right now, I’m living in my apartment like I did in the Y. The consentration is on sleeping, eating, and cleaning up. So, I have everything I need in those areas. As everything settles down into a routine and the paychecks start adding up, then I will pull the rest out of storage. Some of the things are not going to make sense to keep, but since this apartment is a little bigger than I anticipated, I will have room for most of my things.
I love true stories about how dogs bring people together. This one comes from Florida, where people at The Doglando Foundation have created the Full Tummy Project.
The Full Tummy Project sets up every Thursday evening at the Global Outreach Center in Bithlo, Florida (east of Orlando, home to DisneyWorld) to provide food and other essential supplies to homeless pet owners.
The Center has traditionally provided meals for the poor and homeless (like most soup kitchens and homeless shelters), but the folks at the Doglando Foundation recognized that many homeless also own animals and the animals suffer from their poor living conditions and inability to pay for veterinary care.
“Between 5 to 10 percent of homeless people have dogs or cats, and in some [rural] areas of the country, it’s as high as 24 percent,” says Renee Lowry, executive director of Pets of the Homeless, a national organization that helps…
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I experienced ‘GateKeeping’ myself. The public housing people try to make it very hard for the homeless to get a unit.
- Homeless Shelter Population Reaches Record 50,000 (nbcnewyork.com)
- The City is for All: “We are not asking for free housing” (Budapest) (brainsections.wordpress.com)
- Dufty: Homelessness won’t be solved (sfgate.com)
Oh My God. Read this. Read this!
March 18, 2013 By Wendi Kent
AN OPEN LETTER TO: Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi
I am originally from Austin, Texas, a city I know the mayor to be quite fond of, understandably. I lived there until my mid twenties. At 15 years old, I found myself living on the streets. I was 5ʼ2”, 95 pounds soaking wet, severely depressed, and completely lost. For a while, I kept to myself and tried to figure out how to survive. I felt it easier to find places to sleep and food to eat when I didn’t have anyone with me who might scare away approval or offerings. This put me at greater risk of experiencing violence. I found myself the victim of sexual assault and other violent crimes a number of times before this part of my life was over. Later I learned that this was extremely…
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Read a dying vets last letter to Bush and Cheney:
and didn’t I say as much (plus more) during Bush’s second term in office?
The above link is to a March 4 Wall Street Journal article.
Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.
The numbers in New York, however, are starker, according to a report to be published Tuesday by the Coalition for the Homeless, a New York advocacy group, citing New York City government figures.
More than 21,000 children—an unprecedented 1% of the city’s youth—slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year, the report said, while homeless families now spend more than a year in a shelter, on average, for the first time since 1987. In January, an average of 11,984 homeless families slept in shelters each night, a rise of 18% from a year earlier.
“New York is facing…
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