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

  • Shoreline CROP Hunger Walk Set for Oct. 5 October 2, 2014
    Hundreds of walkers from Guilford, Branford, North Branford, and Madison will step off on a four-mile walk at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, to help eradicate hunger along the shoreline and... […]
  • W. Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia October 1, 2014
    By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says. Tourism is a significant source of income for the country, and even though Gambia has not seen cases of Ebola […]
  • West Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia October 1, 2014
    By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says. Tourism is a significant source of income for the country, and even though Gambia has not seen cases of Ebola […]
  • Upstate entrepreneurs fight world hunger by playing video games September 30, 2014
    As technology advances, the way people buy things and donate to causes has changed. That's why a Spartanburg-based nonprofit teamed up with a Greenville game developer to inspire young people to give back. […]
  • Gitmo hunger strikes are a cry for help. Why is the US fighting back with secret torture? September 30, 2014
    Force-feeding at Guantánamo shames America not just in the bad old days of George W Bush, but today, in 2014. And you deserve to hear the truth, loud and clear Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent: so goes the slogan of the worlds most famous offshore prison. Its an Obama-era rebrand, a bid by Gitmos PR people to persuade Americans that todays is a kinder, gentl […]
  • Report on homeless gets warm reception October 2, 2014
    If there were critics of a consultant's report on homelessness discussed at Wednesday night's City Commission meeting, they didn't stand in front of the podium and share their concerns. […]
  • GOAL MISSED, BUT HOMELESS PROJECT ORGANIZERS HOPEFUL October 1, 2014
    An effort to get 250 homeless people off the streets of downtown San Diego within 100 days fell far short of its goal, organizers said Tuesday, but they said much was learned that could lead to long-term solutions to homelessness. […]
  • Skid row groups are divided over future of homeless district October 1, 2014
    A deep divide over the future of skid row and of the thousands of homeless people living in the 50-block district's streets and shelters emerged during a community forum in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night. […]
  • World Homeless Day cook off to raise awareness October 1, 2014
    This October 10th World Homeless Day will be observed in over 100 countries. […]
  • Deaths of 'most vulnerable' homeless bring call for change September 30, 2014
    One man had a heart attack walking from his camp. A woman bled to death from cirrhosis. Two people died of cancer. And a 31-year-old man with schizophrenia was found drowned in a downtown Orlando lake — the result of an apparent suicide. […]