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Rhode Island adopts homeless bill of rights: Do we need one?

Some believe the homeless deserve special protection, in fact their own bill of rights. The Rhode Island law is designed to “affirm”  the rights of the homeless and prevent discrimination against them at a time when cities, including Philadelphia, San Francisco and St. Louis, have passed ordinances targeting the homeless or beefed up existing regulations. Simply put, local […] Continue reading →

Safe Ground

All people deserve a safe place to be. Everyone deserves SAFE GROUND!       The Plan Safe Ground – a village community of 60 domiciles complete with cooking and bathroom facilities, meeting places, gardens including green houses and composting sites, storage rooms and security, social worker & job development offices. To see more and […] Continue reading →

Michigan artist knits a house

Annie Belle, 22, of Kalamazoo, Mich., built her own home this year. It’s small, open concept, neutral decor, and the best part is that Belle is mortgage free.   As It Happens co-host Carol Off spoke with Belle, who says her family lost their home to foreclosure when she was 16 and her mother taught […] Continue reading →

Bottom Out

In the foggy early morning of August 19, the Santa Clara River bottom is the scene of a chaotic exodus of approximately 70 homeless people who are hustling to pack up tents.     Linda, 64, puts her most valued belongings in two bags small enough to fit into the one commercial trash barrel per […] Continue reading →

New approach to fighting homelessness

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Catch the crowd of 500 to 600 people gathered at the Urban Ministry Center uptown on any given day – it’s just one of Charlotte’s numerous shelters – and the sheer size of the problem becomes immediately visible. There are over 7,000 homeless people in our area. To see more and […] Continue reading →

Homeless Camp Moves, Maintains Purpose

James Chastain’s tent sat by Ferry Street Bridge for a week. He pitched camp and others followed — three, then five, then 20. “It became a neighborhood,” he says. Homeless advocates say a neighborhood — or at least a safe place for the many homeless people in Lane County to sleep — is still needed. […] Continue reading →

South Carolina City Approves Plan To Exile Its Homeless

Many homeless people in Columbia, South Carolina are facing an arduous choice: vacate downtown or be arrested. That’s because last week, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved a new plan — the Emergency Homeless Response” — to remove homeless people from the downtown business district. Here’s how the initiative, which was spearheaded by Councilman Cameron […] Continue reading →

Occupy Madison Builds Micro-Homes For Homeless

Volunteers are equipping the tiny homes with beds, microwaves, refrigerators, compost toilets and heating. In an attempt to combat the issue of homelessness in the city of Madison, Wis., activists behind Occupy Madison have begun building mini-homes for the more than 3,000 persons in the city who experience homelessness annually. The group says it plans […] Continue reading →

Homeless people face a Catch-22 over IDs

Living with homelessness is hard enough. Try getting out of homelessness without an ID. Recent changes to the rules for acquiring a Social Security card have made it almost impossible for people who don’t already have a Florida ID to acquire one. It’s a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand […] Continue reading →