Hurricanes happen, but for those with resources, insurance payments, family and friends come to the rescue. For poor Americans, those safeguards are lacking -- friends and family are typically strapped themselves, and insurance coverage is thin or absent.
The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.
If our city governments insist on privatizing the development of affordable housing, which the District has done for the past 30 years, then it is the responsibility of that same government to step in when market forces come up short.
CSH has been working with our partners nationally and in the field to reverse budget caps and cuts imposed by our federal leaders through a process called sequestration (forced confiscation of funds).
One of the worst parts of being homeless was not having access to water. No water means no showers. I felt dirty for many, many days.
Kayla wouldn't have normally been shopping at this particular grocery store, because it was known as the "ghetto location." It was nearing the Fourth...
We applaud Santa Clara County and Abode for joining together to pursue the benefits of Pay for Success (PFS) to enhance communities and the well-being of the people they serve.
With so many honorable topics out there, companies and small business are working harder than ever at making a difference.
I know firsthand the pain of being among the homeless population. Even in the lowest of times, my family and I always mattered. Our only crime was being poor and lacking opportunities. The police, who should be providing protection to a vulnerable population, have chosen to use them to make political points.
Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?
Never assuming works well in your personal life. I have found this same rule also applies in the philanthropic world. Making assumptions that a problem can't be fixed or tackling a problem with the lack of facts leads to either inaction or the wrong solutions.
Homelessness is a consequence of many factors that plague our society and our communities -- from gentrification, to low wages, to issues of mental illness and family crisis. Yes, these myriad issues manifest themselves in our shelter system and the solutions are never easy.
This man, Alan, managed to not just touch my heart in 60 minutes, he managed to give me a wide-eyed reality check, a compassionate one, at that. I walked into that situation thinking that I was the one who was going to lead with compassion.
For a year now one man has been on a mission. He turned Hav A Sole into a nonprofit and was featured by Nikon as a photographer who uses his craft to give back. He has donated shoes to local shelters, skid row and to homeless youth centers.
If we want to save children from the trauma of homelessness, we must increase the resources available to families in need of stable housing.
This past week's FOX primetime debate showcased 10 well-fed stuffed suits bloviating about their talents. A defensive Donald Trump insisted that America's angry because of political correctness.