Tenants face a confusing and impersonal system when threatened with eviction in New York City Housing Court. But programs like Poverty Justice Solutions are making a dent in the problem by targeting the issues plaguing housing court.
"Rabbi, could I get a glass of water?" asks Rose. It's Yom Kippur, a fast day, and we've just finished Kol Nidrei. This person is one of the seventy who have shown up at our home, Base, where I also happen to work. Rose has an eating disorder and is not supposed to fast.
Back home in Los Angeles, where homelessness has increased by 12 percent, the sprawling tent cities of America's homeless remind me of the desperate refugees half a world away.
I broke a glass from a cold pressed juice in downtown Los Angeles. Was walking too fast I guess. It tumbled out of my bag . I had plans to recycle it later
Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings.
Combatting homelessness is not for the faint of heart. Significant progress can be made with real and thoughtful partnerships in the government, business and philanthropic sectors. Our success will depend on our collective commitment to solving what is an undeniable and deepening crisis.
Pope Francis both speaks and lives in a way that honors the poor, that lifts up their humanity and their dignity through respect. This approach, of respecting and restoring the humanity and dignity of the world's least fortunate, is refreshing.
This program is more vital than ever as the need for affordable housing for seniors is growing exponentially. Yet, inexplicably, our leaders in Washington are de-prioritizing efforts to protect seniors by denying essential funding to HUD 202.
MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on...
This morning, for the first time ever, Cassie wasn't alone. Walking next to her was Pope Francis. White robes reflecting the light of the coming dawn. Just the Pope and Cassie. How he got to Chicago, I don't know. Hard to believe.
While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in reducing the number of homeless male veterans in cities across America, the numbers of homeless female veterans are actually on the rise.
"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.
We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.
How do we stop being complicit in the harm to innumerable LGBT youths done by the teachings of our Church? How do we create an environment in our parishes and our schools that help parents love and accept their LGBT children?
Any first-time parent knows that the challenges of parenthood are daunting. New parents are simultaneously blessed and stressed. However, young parents are a vulnerable population in America.
How can this occur in one of the wealthiest cities in the world? After all New York is not Calcutta nor a war torn city like Sana'a.