homelessness

Wealthy San Francisco residents actually started a GoFundMe to kill a homeless shelter in their neighborhood

California has long held a reputation for NIMBYism — constant zoning fights and deadlock as people mobilize to stop projects in the public good from being built "in my backyard."

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Ben Carson Says Homeless Trans People Make Others Uncomfortable

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has defended the removal of training materials for housing providers to prevent LGBT discrimination, arguing that the presence of transgender people in homeless shelters makes others feel uncomfortable. Responding to a question by Illinois Democratic Representative Mike Quigley during a House subcommittee hearing, Carson said: "There are some…{C}

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Black Tar, Black Markets: Denver's Opioid Crisis and the Search for a Progressive Fix

A hypodermic needle is not what you would expect to find if you reached for a worn copy of Harry Potter from a library’s bookshelf. And the last thing you would expect is to find a 25-year-old man dead in the bathroom. But for some guests at the Denver Public Library in Colorado, this was the reality. People were coming to the library to find a private place to inject drugs such as heroin away from the eyes of police. The needles were found in books, furniture, and on the lawn, and the man in the bathroom was found by staff in February 2017.

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Ben Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing Budget

The Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,561 on to spruce up the dining room in Secretary Ben Carson’s office, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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These 5 States Have Seen the Most Rapid Increases in Homelessness Over the Past Decade

Homelessness increased in the U.S. in 2017 for the first time since 2010, and advocates for homeless people are alarmed. Ten city and county governments have declared states of emergency since 2015 in response; meanwhile, Department of Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson shows ongoing disinterest in supporting local governments’ efforts. While cities like Los Angeles are facing a well-publicized crisis as they struggle to find long-term solutions, California is surprisingly not even one of the states with the five fastest increases in homelessness, according to a new survey compiled by Credit Loan.

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U.S. Study Finds 1 in 10 Youth Experience Some Form of Homelessness

One in 10 young adults aged 18 to 25 in the U.S. have slept on the streets, in shelters, run away from home, been kicked out of their home, or couch-surfed in the past year, according to a national survey.

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Could This Be the Solution to Homelessness We So Desperately Need?

Winter is a brutal time for the homeless of America’s cities, who frequently take refuge from the cold in underground metro stations or overcrowded shelters; that is, if they’re allotted space. Experts agree that the best solution to the growing homeless crisis is to simply help the homeless find homes. Some states have already initiated programs to construct housing for homeless individuals. As Mother Jones reports, “in the past nine years, Utah has decreased the number of homeless by 72 percent—largely by finding and building apartments where they can live, permanently, with no strings attached.”

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How the Gig Economy Has Created Permanent Low-Wage Nomads

The following is an excerpt from the new book Nomadland by Jessica Bruder (W.W. Norton, September 2017), available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound

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6 Cruel Moves Made by Local Governments Against the Poor

Often these days, Republicans in the federal government are credited with doing the most harm to America’s poor. Pushing for deep cuts to Medicaid exemplifies their disregard for those who are old, sick and have limited resources. But we should not forget to look closer to home to see the often shocking moves made by city and state governments that exacerbate problems in poor communities.

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Wealthy California City Confiscates Toilets from Homeless Residents, Forcing Them to Use Buckets

Somewhere in the southern California city of Anaheim, less than five miles from Disneyland, three porta-potties – two pink, one gray – are locked in a city storage facility. It’s not where they’re supposed to be.

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