Living on the streets for years at a time can rapidly increase one's age, turning any young adult into middle-aged or elderly. And, Jennifer is no exception. Most of those elderly-looking people on the streets are, in reality, decades younger.
Dickinson College sophomore, Stephanie Applegate, is a double major concentrating on public policy and Spanish. As part of her public policy curriculum, she stayed at Carlisle CARES homeless shelter in central Pennsylvania.
April 2015 was noteworthy for reasons having nothing to do with the income tax. On April 19, 2015, Dan Price, the CEO of a company called Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company located in Seattle, Washington, announced that he was cutting his own salary.
My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.
I remember how dark it was, and windowless. It was impossible to find anything in the stacked unmarked boxes. My requests for a certain toy or belonging went without answer.
Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families embraced the Keeping Families Together (KFT) supportive housing model to change the trajectory of some struggling families. KFT is a model of supportive housing designed specifically for child-welfare-involved families. KFT is all about improving child well-being and decreasing family separations.
Until the 1970s, drug addicts didn't exist in Poland -- at least not officially. In those days, drugs were expensive and the supply was limited, so the Polish state could hide the problem by giving a different label to the small number of addicts. But then heroin became more readily available. And addiction started to grow.
I wanted to hear stories about people who had turned their lives around after being given a chance at housing. As it turned out, Charles' own story was the most inspiring of all.
Live from La Casa de Joel, I am pleased to bring you my State of the City address.
Lava Mae, Spanish for "wash me," is delivering dignity one shower at a time. The organization has repurposed San Francisco's old diesel buses, adapting them into showers and bathrooms for the city's homeless.
Mark remembers what it felt like to walk into the AimHire office two years ago looking for a way to rebuild his life. The high-paying job in the mortgage industry in California was gone. It went with the crisis.
It's time that we do a better job recognizing that our veterans return to their neighborhoods, families and friends. We cannot isolate any of their challenges with the mistaken thinking that government solutions are readily available.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a community that was there for the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and educator to the commanders of our all our modern conflicts, has dedicated its resources to fighting the war on the poor. But the evidence this loving community has gathered on the battlefield is ignored.
Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and members of the Interagency Council on Homelessness there began circulating what is likely that community's most ambitious plan ever to end chronic homelessness.
They fell in love and then they fell to work - serving Detroit and its people. This is my brief account of how romance brought together two of Michigan's pioneering philanthropists - Katherine Whitney McGregor and her husband Tracy.