Monthly Archives: March 2014

Richard Gere plays homeless man in new Time Out of Mind film

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From the Daily Mail by Cassie Carpenter:

Richard Gere was spotted chugging beer on a Manhattan park bench Wednesday, but it was just for his homeless role in Time Out of Mind.

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New phone app links homeless people to help in San Francisco

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From Here and Now:

Homeless men and women in San Francisco have a new way of finding services such as food and shelter.

It’s an app — Link-SF — that links homeless people to available shelter, food, medical supplies, a place to bathe or use the computer.

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‘Hacktivists’ get together to generate tech-savvy ways of helping homeless people

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From S.F. Gate:

Technology whizzes, nonprofit workers and others will converge this weekend in San Francisco to try to cook up new tech-savvy ways to help the homeless in a series of get-togethers organizers are calling “Hacktivation for the Homeless.”

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Young Professionals Experience Homelessness (for one night)

Check out how some people are organizing Homeless 101 training sessions.  –T.J.

Couple who met in a homeless shelter pay it forward, help others transform lives

Homeless Jesus statue

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Ready Steady Cook-style challenges help young homeless people to eat well

What about a food bank/kitchen that asks the people to be fed to come in and help prepare there own meal, thereby teaching them how to cook?

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By Claire Birch published on Guardian Professional:

Many homeless people rely on costly and unhealthy ready meals, but free creative cooking classes aim to change that

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Relationships Between Housing and Food Insecurity, Frequent Mental Distress, and Insufficient Sleep Among Adults in 12 US States, 2009

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Relationships Between Housing and Food Insecurity, Frequent Mental Distress, and Insufficient Sleep Among Adults in 12 US States, 2009
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease (CDC)

Housing insecurity and food insecurity may be psychological stressors associated with insufficient sleep. Frequent mental distress may mediate the relationships between these variables. The objective of this study was to examine the relationships between housing insecurity and food insecurity, frequent mental distress, and insufficient sleep.

We analyzed data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 12 states. Housing insecurity and food insecurity were defined as being worried or stressed “sometimes,” “usually,” or “always” during the previous 12 months about having enough money to pay rent or mortgage or to buy nutritious meals.

Of 68,111 respondents, 26.4% reported frequent insufficient sleep, 28.5% reported housing insecurity, 19.3% reported food insecurity, and 10.8% reported frequent mental distress. The prevalence of frequent insufficient sleep was…

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Racism and Homelessness

In my opinion, those who are racist in their hiring policies and associations should not have any say on how a town or city treats homeless people. If you don’t hire people, they end up on the streets. How dumb do you have to be to not get that?

Library Service to the Homeless » Public Libraries Online

If homeless people are attracted to libraries, why not use the opportunity to raise their awareness of services that could help them and make literature that addresses homeless issues available to them. –T.J.

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by Amy Mars on April 26, 2013

Public libraries are a primary source of information and refuge for the poor and disenfranchised. However, many public libraries have enacted policies that limit homeless patrons’ access to library resources. These policies are often put in place in response to complaints from other patrons about the presence of those exhibiting signs of poverty. District of Columbia Public Library put an “offensive body odor” policy into place that was later declared unconstitutional by the courts because of its uneven enforcement.1 Similarly, Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library banned the presence of bulky bags and bedrolls in the library.2

Other policies attempt to control the conduct of patrons, but their uneven application has led many to question whether these codes are little more than “poverty profiling.” Multnomah County (Ore.) Public Library, for instance, has enacted policies detailing the proper use of restrooms…

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