Archive for October, 2007

homeless

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 http://www.hud.gov/homeless/.
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 http://www.dol.gov/dol/audience/aud-homeless.htm.
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.

for a state directory see Homeless.us

  • Criminalizing the Hands That Feed the Homeless October 22, 2014
    On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the latest American city to pass a measure restricting food distribution to the homeless, part of a growing trend in the country over the past several years. "Street feeding is one of the worst things you can do, because it keeps people in homeless status," Robert Marbut, a consultant who advises cities […]
  • Homeless community, advocates vacate park October 22, 2014
    Rochester, N.Y. - The tent city in Washington Square is no more. According to a statement from City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, members of the homeless community and advocates for that community have agreed to take down the tents and move out. ... […]
  • Florida City Latest to Restrict Feeding Homeless October 22, 2014
    Commissioners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, approved restrictions to discourage homelessness that has seemed to increase in warm cities in the South. […]
  • Reliable Source: Cause Celeb: Cyndi Lauper advocates for homeless youth October 22, 2014
    The pop icon -- who was once homeless herself -- livens up a government-agency press conference. […]
  • More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless October 22, 2014
    Lots of groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts. […]