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

  • Survey shows lower figure for involuntary hunger July 30, 2014
    The overall number of Filipino families who claimed they experienced involuntary hunger for lack of anything to eat decreased by about 300,000 households in the past three months, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed. The survey held on June 27-30 among 1,200 respondents said 16.3 percent or about 3.6 million families claimed […] […]
  • Hunger in Q2 dips but self-rated poverty up July 30, 2014
    The number of Filipino families that experienced hunger in the second quarter declined by an estimated 300,000 households from the previous quarter, despite more of them rating themselves as poor, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) report showed, in the same survey. […]
  • Less Filipinos go hungry -- survey July 30, 2014
    The overall number of Filipino families who experience involuntary hunger due to lack of anything to eat has decreased by about 300,000 households in the past three months, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. The face-to-face survey of Filipino adults established that there's "falling hunger among the poor, food-poor and non-food […]
  • First look at new 'Hunger Games' trailer July 28, 2014
    Katniss Everdeen is back. The trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" was released over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, and fans couldn't be more ready. […]
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' video: Katniss' rebel cause July 28, 2014
    July 27, 2014 | 10:44 p.m. The new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is out, showing how Katniss Everdeen reluctantly finds herself the symbol of rebellion in the world of Panem, and the target of ruthless President Snow. […]
  • Homeless: Where Are Our Humane Values? July 30, 2014
    KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Bernama) -- With the target set for zero homeless people by 2020, many consider this a herculean task to achieve especially when looking at the fact only six years remain to solve the problem. […]
  • Homeless man, saved from being robbed, reunited with family July 30, 2014
    — A 38-year-old homeless man who has lived on South Florida streets for more than a decade was yanked from obscurity when an off-duty Broward Sheriff's deputy saved him from being mugged. […]
  • Once-homeless Detroiter joins in for new challenge — soccer July 30, 2014
    Darnell Slocum was one of an estimated 25,000 homeless in Detroit. Now, he's off the streets and lives in an apartment. And on Friday, Slocum leaves for New York City to play a sport he didn't care about four months ago — soccer. […]
  • Grandmother helps homeless find rest July 30, 2014
    A weary Robbie Mills lived in a homeless camp under the Truman Parkway overpass at President's Street for five months. Then he found Divine Rest. Mills, a native of Ludowici, had lived a hard life. He had been in and out of prison six times. […]
  • Homeless camp growing in industrial West Berkeley July 30, 2014
    Awad is among the homeless who've taken up residence in the city's industrial area after shuffling from one transient camp to the next as authorities periodically clear out the accumulated shopping carts, tents, broken bicycles and other items. Awad and his fellow campers seem content at Second and Jones, but neighbors and merchants in the area say […]