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Fighting Homelessness

Canadian City On Brink Of Becoming Country's First To End Chronic Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact

Fulfilling a promise six years in the making, Medicine Hat, Alberta, is expected to become the first city in Canada to end chronic homelessness. No...

Renewing Our Focus on Homelessness

Mike Bonin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Mike Bonin

Along with my colleague Jose Huizar, chair of the committee, I have proposed several ideas to close the gap between the supply of housing for the homeless and the enormous demand, including:

NY Mayor Vows To Give 7,000 Homeless Families Permanent Shelter

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's new budget allocates $100 million toward fighting homelessness in America's most populous city, The New York Time...

Utah Has So Few Chronically Homeless People Now, It Knows Each One By Name

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact

Utah has inched further toward winning its war against homelessness. As Deseret News reported, chronic homelessness in the Beehive State has droppe...

San Francisco Will End Chronic Vet Homelessness This Year: Mayor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact

San Francisco is on track to reach a major milestone in its fight against homelessness, according to its mayor. During a stop at the city's veteran...

'Homeless' Man Gives People Cash In Eye-Opening Experiment

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact

One YouTuber is hoping his 5.3 million subscribers start challenging social hierarchies and their effect on how we treat one another. In the vide...

Here's Proof That Helping Homeless Isn't About Donating.. It's About Investing In Your Community

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact

This nonprofit doesn't want your donation -- it wants you to "be selfish," actually. In an ad posted online last month, the Weingart Center points...

Origami-Inspired Personal Shelter Provides A Quick Solution For Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact

Tina Hovsepian didn't just want to get an "A" on her class project -- she wanted to change people's lives, too. The architect is the inventor of Ca...

Teens Create Tiny Home Village For Seattle's Growing Homeless Population

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact

Some Seattleites are challenging what's possible when it comes to the local fight against homelessness. Nonprofit Sawhorse Revolution is the brainp...

U.S. Spending Historic Amount Fighting Homelessness, And It's Working: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact

Uncle Sam is prioritizing the fight against homelessness like he never has before. Federal funding for programs addressing homelessness is at its h...

Homeless People Read Mean Tweets About Themselves To End Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, it's funny. When homeless people do it, it's heartbreaking. In a powerful PSA by Canadian advoc...

The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?

Cops, Social Workers Are Joining Forces To Help Homeless People Get Off The Streets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact

Laurie-Anne Walton was hired by the police department of Hollywood, Florida, last year to keep a watchful eye on her community. But Walton -- dres...

This Critical Step Could Keep Homeless People With Mental Illness Off The Streets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact

It's becoming more and more clear: Providing homeless people with housing first and foremost is vital in getting them off the streets for good. A n...

How Giving Apartments To Homeless Actually Saves Money In The End

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact

A county in New Jersey is aiming to put roofs over heads in order to fight homelessness -- and save some of its taxpayers' money in the process. O...

How Libraries Are Adapting To Help Homeless Find Jobs, Health Services

Associated Press | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who s...

NYC Dedicates $6 Million To Help Homeless Who Sleep In Subways

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact

The city that never sleeps is upping efforts to reach those without beds to call their own. New York City, currently experiencing record-high rate...

Artist Inspired By 'Humans Of New York' Launches Series To Help Homeless In Canada

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact

A picture is worth a thousand words -- and its impact can be contagious, too. Inspired by the work of photographer and humanitarian Brandon Stanton...

Norway Drops Plan To Jail People For Helping Homeless

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact

OSLO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Norway's government dropped a plan to ban begging on Thursday after opposition parties and rights campaigners said it would ...

Obama Just Quietly Sent His Chief Of Staff To Count Homeless People In San Francisco

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

It's not every day a top-ranking White House official gets hands-on in a local operation -- especially with very few cameras around. But last Thursday...

Number Of Homeless New Yorkers New Record-High.. Again

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

New York City's homelessness crisis continues to grow. According to city records, the number of residents living without stable shelter reached an ...

A Blizzard Couldn't Stop These People From Helping Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact

For some New Yorkers, Monday's blizzard conditions meant braving the cold for the sake of others who needed some help. Although the winter storm f...

Activists Create Subversive 'Dream Pods' For Homeless To Highlight Poor Living Conditions

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

It's not a coincidence that several homeless people in Tuscon, Arizona, have chosen a highly trafficked park downtown to stake their territory. To ...

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac May Help End Homelessness In America

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

Two organizations synonymous with the 2008 financial crisis could play vital roles in helping America's most vulnerable residents get off the streets....

5-Star Hotel Reverses Decision To Bar Homeless Guests After Backlash

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact

A Delaware hotel has apologized and changed its course of action after canceling a reservation for guests on Christmas. Matthew Senge and Deb Benne...