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Time, Hope, Homelessness

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

I saw hope almost crush a man: Day after day, "Joseph," an older man, silently took the same seat at the same table at our Center. He was waiting for approval of his housing application, and the waiting and hoping, combined, almost paralyzed him.

A Brief Rant About the Shutdown and Fiscal Stupidity

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 12.11.2013 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

I am angry about what the lack of paychecks will inevitably do to people living from paycheck to paycheck: It will put some of them on the streets.

How Can You Sleep in a Parking Lot? That's Not a Rhetorical Question

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Amnesty International describes sleep deprivation as "cruel, inhumane and degrading." Anyone care to tell me why our tolerating our citizens' living on the streets -- knowing they cannot be getting proper sleep, realizing what that means for their physical and mental health -- merits any kinder adjective?

Teaching Children Social Responsibility, Responsibly

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

We must teach children to protect each other and the earth. However, in trying to instill social responsibility, many adults forget how powerless children can feel, and thus, large-scale instructions ("Save the Whales!") overwhelm or fall flat.

A Home Is Not a Reward

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

He suddenly stood up, placed both hands on the table, leaned slightly forward and addressed the room in a clear, loud voice: 'I really don't think I deserve to be homeless.' His words echoed in my head and my heart.

Money for Manicures But Not for Rent

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

"If I had no money, if my life was crap, and all of a sudden I landed a few bucks, I sure as heck might blow it on something that made me feel good. I mean, that 30 bucks isn't going to get me into an apartment, but maybe the manicure'll make me feel human for a few minutes, you know?"

Down and out in Downtown Bethesda: A Morning's Vignettes

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Linda and I glance at each other, try to keep working. Not a single client reacts to the man's tormented sleep. I am betting they sympathize.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The First Step to Housing Someone Homeless

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Arrogant. Blithe. Insulting. But like most of the things I have shared with you in this new blog, I didn't know better, until I knew better.

When You Can't Just 'Pass Go and Collect $200': Minimum Wage and Affordable Housing

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Some years ago, when my daughter was maybe 8 years old, she took part in a social services workshop at religious school. I was one of the moms lurking in the background while another woman ran the show.

For Want of a Toilet, a Life Will Be Lost

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

The reasons that people experiencing homelessness are tremendously medically vulnerable are both physical and psychological, the factors quite complex. But there is that solution to the equation: Housing as healthcare.

Please Keep Your Bellbottoms: What Not to Give

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Does the organization on the other end wash these? Will someone fix that zipper? Isn't a warm coat with a broken zipper than no coat at all?

How -- Not Whether -- to Help a Panhandler

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Like most of us, I want to help people in distress. With panhandlers, though, I never knew whether the person was truly in need. I worried that my money would fuel some addiction, rather than funding food or shelter. I worried that I was being scammed. Was I right?

LOOK: Sexy Gym Ad Sparks Controversy In D.C. Suburb

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.03.2013 | DC

An ad featuring the humongous likeness of a scantily-dressed woman crawling over a pool table has caught the ire of a group of concerned citizens who...

REWARD: 50 Free Burritos

Posted 06.13.2013 | DC

Want to eat a free burrito a week for the next year? Just help Boloco apprehend the man who broke into its Bethesda shop on May 27. If your tip le...

2013's Healthiest Housing Markets

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

These 10 markets should set the pace as the national housing market continues to return to health next year. Here's to a healthy 2013!

Generations of Modern Iranian Art: A New Exhibit

Roshanak Taghavi | Posted 03.02.2013 | Arts
Roshanak Taghavi

The exhibit's juxtaposition of generations conveys how differently seven artists have translated their respective experiences, as individuals and as Iranians, into their creative works.

Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education

Tim Krepp | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tim Krepp

Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward.

Washington Is Building Into a Stronger Economy

Ronald D. Paul | Posted 12.15.2012 | DC
Ronald D. Paul

It will be small businesses that will be the engine for economic recovery. As they grow, so too will jobs. Here in the Washington, D.C. area, "small business" includes a lot of real estate developers. We will literally build ourselves out of the current state.

Rachel Tepper

'Real Housewives of D.C.' Producers Discuss 'Hot-Button Show' | Rachel Tepper | Posted 12.06.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Half Yard Productions, the Bethesda, Md.-based entertainment outfit behind the D.C. iteration of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, tu...

Korean Burger Chain Opens First U.S. Shop In Maryland

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper and Michael Grass | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Burgers aren't just an American domain anymore. Last week, Korean-owned chain Kraze Burgers quietly opened its first U.S. location in D....

Apple Store Employee Heard 'Oh God, Please Help Me'

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.28.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Two Apple store employees testified in a Montgomery County courtroom on Friday afternoon that they heard a violent commotion unfolding n...

Opening Statements Expected In Lululemon Yoga Shop Murder Trial

AP | Posted 12.26.2011 | DC

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Opening statements are expected in the trial of a woman charged with killing a co-worker at a yoga clothing shop in a Washington su...

O'Malley: Feds OK Preliminary Engineering For Purple Line

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.07.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The future light-rail line that is designed link communities in Montgomery and Prince George's County got one step closer to reality. On...

How Should Housing Bethesda's Homeless Be Prioritized?

Patch | Posted 11.21.2011 | DC

Bethesda Cares is investigating ways to prioritize housing for the chronically homeless after the group says not enough of Bethesda's most vulnerable ...

WATCH: Life Coach Goes On Hug Tour

Posted 09.04.2011 | Impact

Last April, Lauree Ostrofsky, a Bethesda life coach, decided to embark on a tour to teach people to "hug like they mean it." She started in April i...