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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  • Ryerson food bank launches inaugural report on student hunger February 27, 2015
    TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2015  /CNW/ - Hundreds of Ryerson students suffered from food insecurity during the 2013/2014 academic year, forcing students to turn to the campus food centre for aid. "We have always known that student food insecurity has been an issue at Ryerson," said Pascale Diverlus, Vice-President Equity for the Ryerson Students' Union […]
  • Ukrainian pilot could 'die within days' in Russian jail February 27, 2015
    A Ukrainian airforce pilot, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for 77 days, "could die within days," a member of the Kremlin's human rights council said Friday. Nadia Savchenko, a 33-year-old helicopter navigator, who has been charged with involvement in the deaths of two Russian reporters in a mortar attack in east Ukraine, has […]
  • The first trailer for Hunger looks beautiful, and a little familiar February 25, 2015
    LittleBigPlanet co-developer Tarsier Studios offered the first official look at its new game Hunger in a teaser video today that looks fantastic — and if you've been following games for the past 10 years or so, maybe a little familiar. Hunger is an original game from Tarsier, which developed the PlayStation Vita version of LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway U […]
  • Watch First Trailer for Creepy "Suspense-Adventure" Game Hunger February 25, 2015
    LittleBigPlanet developer releases debut trailer for its game about a young girl trying to escape a monster-filled labyrinth. […]
  • Syrians flee besieged rebel area with tales of hunger February 25, 2015
    At a shelter in Damascus, the strain of life under a crippling siege not far from the Syrian capital is etched on the gaunt faces of those who have escaped. Hundreds of families have fled the district of Eastern Ghouta in the past few months, after more than one-and-a-half years of hunger and deprivation. Abu Ali moved around Eastern Ghouta, trying to find s […]
  • Outreach teams watch over homeless out in the cold February 28, 2015
    A few homeless programs in the Twin Cities offer outreach services. They seek homeless men and women who resist shelters for various reasons and who may have trouble surviving the brutally cold winter months. […]
  • Bucks homeless number slightly lower February 27, 2015
    BUCKS COUNTY Homeless number slightly lower DOYLESTOWN The number of homeless people living in Bucks County this winter appeared to be slightly lower during a recent one-day count than it was in 2014, county officials announced Thursday. […]
  • Council proposal to declutter L.A. should be rejected February 27, 2015
    It goes without saying that being homeless means not having a closet or an attic or a basement to store your belongings. Those worn and filthy shopping carts, boxes, and plastic bags that homeless people are dragging around on the streets of Los Angeles are their possessions, the net worth of... […]
  • Homeless youth population difficult to quantify, challenging to serve February 27, 2015
    Homeless youths in Utah are difficult to quantify and can be challenging to serve. Collaboration and education about... […]
  • Star of Hope plans 48-acre complex for homeless women and families February 27, 2015
    Houston's Star of Hope mission plans to break ground this year on a 48-acre complex near U.S. 288 and Reed Road to provide housing and medical and social services for as many as 180 homeless single women and 420 families. The facility in south Houston, which will include a chapel, day care facility, computer lab and park, will double the charity's […]