Archive for October, 2007


Homelessness is a problem that affects many people in America. A “homeless person” is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as:
An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:
A shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill)
An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized
A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings
If you are a homeless person and need assistance, HUD and other federal agencies fund programs to help. These programs are managed by local organizations that provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs. You may wish to obtain assistance by contacting a homeless assistance agency in your area or, you may wish to view answers to frequently asked questions concerning the homeless.
If you are a homeless assistance provider, or you would like to help the homeless, please visit HUD’s web site for a wealth of resources at
In addition, the Department of Labor (DOL) has a long history of leadership in assisting homeless individuals with finding permanent employment and self-sufficiency. You may wish to view their mission to help the homeless in America find jobs at
If you are a veteran and are homeless, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.
Finally, if you have children and are homeless, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is intended to ensure that homelessness does not cause children to be left behind in school. States are required to have an approved plan for addressing problems associated with the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children in school. This includes addressing problems due to transportation needs, immunization and residency requirements, lack of birth certificates and school records, and guardianship issues. For more information please contact your state Department of Education.

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  • Hunger Games behind animal attacks? April 17, 2014
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    Top prizes go to 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at the MTV Movie Awards, but the most interest goes to movies yet to be released. The MTV Movie Awards handed top prizes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night, naming the dystopian thriller best movie and handing honors for best male and female performances to Josh Hutchers […]
  • Homeless person's belongings spur Lake Shore Drive closure April 16, 2014
    A suspicious object that temporarily closed parts of Lake Shore Drive for hours this afternoon turned out to be items belonging to a homeless person, including a blue sleeping bag, police said. […]
  • Homeless head for the woods April 16, 2014
    With the main Flagstaff shelter closed at night, about 75 homeless have nowhere else legal to sleep at night. […]
    Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed city budget would shift homeless services in San Diego away from year-round shelters in favor of programs focused on getting people permanently off the streets. […]
    Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed city budget would shift homeless services in San Diego away from year-round shelters in favor of programs focused on getting people permanently off the streets. […]
  • Hunt begins for new homeless shelter in northern Santa Clara County April 16, 2014
    The search is officially on for a new cold weather homeless shelter in northern Santa Clara County. In a 5-0 vote Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors charged County Executive Jeff Smith with identifying a replacement facility for the Sunnyvale Armory in Palo Alto, Mountain View or Sunnyvale as well as possible funding options. […]