Monthly Archives: May 2015

My First Night Homeless – by Mark Horvath

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My First Night Homeless - by Mark HorvathThere are first times for everything. The first time I drove a car, first time I broke my leg, first time I ate sushi, first time I went to work, first time I was fired — and I’ll never forget my first kiss. ‘Firsts’ are memorable parts of life and growing up.

Well, the same goes for that first night spent on the streets or in a homeless shelter. The first time you’re homeless, the intense feelings of fear and uncertainty are impossible to forget.

If you’ve never been homeless, it’s tough to describe that first night sleeping on the street. The fear and disillusionment are almost paralyzing. You just go through the motions, but at the same time you’re beating yourself up for being in this situation. It is very surreal because no one ever thinks they will become homeless. No one.

I’ll never forget my first night. All of a…

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When a house isn’t a home, homelessness doesn’t mean a lot

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Steve Borik, a 56-year-old homeless handyman, is being punished with forced eviction today for making a clean and tidy home for himself on an otherwise empty building lot slated for future development on the north bank of the Fraser River, in South Vancouver.

At the same time, on the south side of the Fraser, a couple in a wealthy subdivision of West Richmond have gone to the media to complain about the mansion next door that has never been lived in and is simply being used as an investment vehicle by an absentee owner.

The couple, Brian and Linda Cooper, believe it’s wrong. They say the space shouldn’t be left empty, that it should be used to provide “habitation for live human beings”.

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Utah’s Strategy for the Homeless: Give Them Homes

I wonder if the government decided to help those struggling with foreclosure (instead of bailing out the banks) and made it certain that they can keep their homes… I wonder what the homeless numbers would look like then?

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By the end of 2015, the chronically homeless population of Utah may be virtually gone. And the secret is quite simple:

Give homes to the homeless.

“We call it housing first, employment second,” said Lloyd Pendleton, director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force.

Even Pendleton used to think trying to eradicate homelessness using such an approach was a foolish idea.

“I said: ‘You guys must be smoking something. This is totally unrealistic,'” Pendleton said.

But the results are hard to dispute.

In 2005, Utah was home to 1,932 chronically homeless. By April 2015, there were only 178 — a 91 percent drop statewide.

“It’s a philosophical shift in how we go about it,” Pendleton said. “You put them in housing first … and then help them begin to deal with the issues that caused them to be homeless.”

Chronically homeless persons — those living on the streets for more than a…

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