Homelessness

Over 600,000 people in the United States are unsheltered or unhoused. Although the number of homeless in the U.S. has grown over the past 30 years, modern day homelessness is not a new phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, in England in 1547 a bill was passed that subjected the homeless to two years servitude and branding with a "V" as the penalty for the first offense and death for the second.

What Happens to a Homeless Veteran?

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Tully Mackay-Tisbert: Jymm has two Purple Hearts. He left L.A.’s streets to live on his own — then ended up in the hospital.

L.A. Skid Row Residents: The Heart of Hope

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David Bacon: This part of downtown L.A. remains contested terrain these days, as swanky boutiques and cafes have cropped up and touch a world without stable housing for thousands of people.

Sheriff, Supervisors, and LA County’s Most Vulnerable

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LA County June election: We need to know which candidates are ready to take ethical, rational approaches to homelessness, reentry.

Homeless Woman Arrested 87 Times for Resting on Sidewalk

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Homeless Woman Arrested: Between the LAPD and city attorney’s office, hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money has been spent.

Sleeping Out for Homeless Bill of Rights

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Homeless Rights — Organizers demand that we stop criminalizing the poor and homeless.

LA’s Homeless on the Move

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Joseph Mailander: These days, when I walk the boulevards of Hollywood, I often see homeless and indigent types being coaxed by guards hired by business improvement districts to get up off the sidewalk and to start on their way to somewhere else. But where are they heading?

We Gather Together to Ask . . .

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Rosemary and Walter Brasch: May we all remember that when the basic needs are filled for all Americans, only then can we be truly thankful for the day.

Want to Increase Homelessness? GOP Plans New Affordable Housing Cuts

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Randy Shaw: House Republicans are planning to again play Scrooge. In this case, it means turning their backs on the housing needs of millions of ill-housed and homeless

City Hall Gunning for LA’s Food Charities Again?

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Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.

The Latest Trend: Ignoring the Federal Govt’s Anti-Poverty Role

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Randy Shaw: The longer homelessness and family poverty continues, the more their true causes are forgotten or ignored. Such is clearly true with the nation’s homelessness and affordable housing crisis.

Campaign for Homeless Bill of Rights Kicks Off in California

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Dan Bluemel: Citing a growing effort by local governments to use laws and business improvement districts to target the homeless and mold poorer neighborhoods in the interests of businesses and the wealthy, advocates say a state law is necessary to protect the basic rights of homeless citizens.

Republicans Couldn’t Care Less About Our Military

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Julie Driscoll: Last year the GOP voted against or rejected multiple bills designed to help our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act, the Veterans Retraining Act, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization.

On Being Homeless in Venice

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Brian Connolly: Through all this, there are unmistakable acts of kindness. There is this rich blonde woman and a well-dressed brown-haired man in fine clothes who’ll jump out of their limo with cookies, one time with a beef stroganoff dish.

Blame Politicians for Homelessness and Hunger in America

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Randy Shaw: While the media’s highlighting “the unfortunate” during the holiday season raises vital private donations to help their needs, letting the politicians responsible off the hook perpetuates the crisis.

No Homes But Food Stamps Are Cut

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Charley James: Most unemployed people will get cut off. Many working poor, who rely on food stamps to make ends meet, will go hungry. So, too, will countless military families’

A Policy Rx To Fix Homelessness

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Charley James: One speech on homelessness won’t do it; The White House needs to own the issue to keep it front and center, as do members of Congress who are concerned about poverty.

Leadership Needed To Solve Homelessness

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Charley James: America’s priorities, far too many of its politicians, and even a disturbing number of our everyday folks, are brutal – and brutish – about how to deal with homeless people like me who have lost everything except our dignity:

Homelessness Can Strike Twice!

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Charley James: For the estimated 10-to-12 million Americans who’ll be homeless for at least one night this year, the impact is devastating enough when you lose your own place once.

New York City Has Homeless Emergency

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Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.

Romney to Push Elderly into Poverty, Homelessness

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Charley James: If it was not for the financial floor provided by Social Security and Medicare, there is a significant risk that many of the nation’s elderly would be destitute, sick and homeless.

Downwardly Mobile Americans End Up Homeless

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Charley James: First they came for the working poor. Then they came for the lower middle class. Now, they are after the middle and upper middle classes. Next, they’ll come for the … 98-percenters.

Homelessness: Cheaper to Fix Than to Let Fester

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any of the social, economic and political ills facing the United States will cost tens of billions to fix, from updating the power grid and building a high-speed rail network to dealing with climate change and revitalizing public education. Solving the problem of homelessness should be easy because it will cost billions less to fix […]

Life on the Streets – July 17th Forum

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Men, women, and children living on the streets, in cars, or motels, – Los Angeles County has more than 50,000 homeless people

A Victory for Homeowners

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Caitlin Vega: It’s not about the numbers. It’s about the thought of taking your child’s drawings off the wall while telling him you cannot keep him in the place that represents safety and security.

Suddenly Homeless: The Invisibles

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Charley James: While the national poverty rate is around 13%, it’s more than 15% in rural areas and is a primary cause of homelessness.

Suddenly Homeless: Wasted Lives

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Charley James: It is a constant struggle to keep focused, to keep writing because it is my work, and to look for a sustainable way of getting back a bit of the life I lost.

Charley James Is Back

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Sharon Kyle & Dick Price: At last report as of this morning, Charley is still day by day able to get a night’s lodging, while he pitches writing ideas to editors. We encourage to catch up with Charley’s contributions and send whatever you can afford his way, as we have done. You can either send him funds directly to him through PayPal or send them to us and we’ll pass them all to him.

What’s Happening to the “Human” in Human Services?

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Vivian Rothstein: We seem to be taking the humans out of a system that I thought was organized to make life better for actual people. As the cynics say, human services would be so much easier if it weren’t for the humans.

Occupiers Rally in Beverly Hills Park Wednesday Evening

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On Wednesday, February 15 from 4 – 7:30 pm, Occupiers will rally at the Will Rogers Memorial Park at9650 Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills to call attention to the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Homeless in Los Angeles

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Jerry Drucker: In all of Los Angeles County, except for Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct their own census counts, the 2011 census count of the homeless was 51,340, 3% less than 2009 at 52,931.