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

  • Poverty - Hunger September 21, 2014
    A truck from the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler is reflected in the window of the Nacogdoches HOPE food pantry on East Main Street on Thursday. The food bank serves pantries in 26 counties in East Texas that, in turn, provide for the needs of the region's increasing number of families living at or below the poverty level. […]
  • Sahrawi prisoners on hunger strike over ill treatment: Amnesty September 19, 2014
    Rabat (AFP) - Seven Sahrawi men who were severely beaten at a Moroccan jail in Western Sahara have gone on hunger strike to protest their ill treatment, Amnesty International said Friday. […]
  • Egypt: Critically ill hunger-striker denied crucial medical care September 19, 2014
    The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health has sharply deteriorated after more than 230 days on hunger strike, by denying him sustained medical care and placing him in solitary confinement. September 19, 2014 International The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health ha […]
  • ‘Hunger strikes win this round’ September 19, 2014
    The release from jail of a prominent activist on hunger strike is being hailed as a victory for the campaign to release ‘prisoners of conscience’. But the battle is far from over, writes Amira Howeidy […]
  • Hunger awareness campaign sparks agricultural debate on campus September 18, 2014
    Earlier this week, a hunger awareness group parked a black RV on the Oval to educate students about global hunger, but when one student group asked them if the organization advocated for industrial mo […]
  • Homeless woman finds refuge in art September 20, 2014
    Kateri Pomeroy's artwork. / Shelley Mays, The Tennessean NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kateri Pomeroy's hands hover over a cardboard canvas, crumbling vibrant shades of solidified water colors into tiny piles. […]
  • Silicon Valley Startup Homejoy Using Homeless Contractors As Housecleaners September 19, 2014
    A well-funded Silicon Valley-based housecleaning startup is using contractors who are homeless. In a New York Magazine story, Kevin Roose recounts learning that the person who arrived at his doorstep from San Francisco-based Homejoy to clean his apartment, for $19, was living in a homeless shelter. […]
  • Atlanta refuses $100,000 from homeless shelter; will cut off water September 19, 2014
    The City of Atlanta on Friday demanded a controversial downtown homeless shelter pay $600,000 for long-overdue water bills or go dry in a week — hours after rejecting a $100,000 payment. […]
  • 'Rescue' groups take a homeless man's dogs September 18, 2014
    To the editor: Gerrick Miller, a homeless man in Los Angeles with a dog he cherishes, finds himself with 11 puppies, problem enough for any dog owner for sure. ("Hounding a homeless man into giving up his dogs," Sept. 15) […]
  • Danish town outfits homeless with GPS trackers September 18, 2014
    Ben Hooper ODENSE, Denmark, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A Danish town outfitted homeless volunteers with GPS devices to help officials track the routines of "those who just want to sit on a bench and drink beers." […]