As with most anything there is a paradox in life. As I find the courage to face my fears, I am also finding freedom.
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If you've never been homeless, it's tough to describe that first night sleeping on the street. The fear and disillusionment are almost paralyzing.
In this short interview, Barbara Poppe talks about President Obama's "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness".
For this short interview I asked Nan to sum up the report on State of Homelessness in America.
Most, if not all, church recovery programs are very picky on who they allow in. The 'housing first' model helps the most vulnerable who are ignored -- yet need our help the most.
In my years of traveling helping to change the story of homelessness I must say Dignity Village is probably the coolest community I have experienced.
Collectively, we have the power to take simple actions of learning more, donating, volunteering, and sharing to bring solutions to homelessness.
These people should not have to live homeless like this. Point blank: the only reason tent cities exist in the first place is because the shelter system is broken.
"If it wasn't for Twitter, I'd be homeless," Mark Horvath confidently declares. "It's not Twitter, it's the people using Twitter. It's technology, but...
I was invited by Neil Donovan from the National Coalition for the Homeless to talk about grassroots advocacy: being the change that is needed.
Replacing a lost ID can be one of the biggest road blocks to getting a homeless person off the streets. One organization in Central Florida, however, helps the less fortunate get over this hurdle.
I was crossing a street in Salt Lake City and saw Sergei. That day was Sergei's 18th birthday. That day was also his first night homeless.
Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youth is a very real crisis in America, yet most of the funding to fight it goes to organizations that deal with international trafficking.
I met a wonderful woman at a senior homeless facility that was recently opened by State of Utah. Marian was homeless in Reno, then lived in a shelter, before going into the new facility.
Impoverished young people in Denver are routinely promised jobs with good pay and travel, but it's a scheme to traffic them into hard labor. Urban Peak gets kids out of these situations.
Ever since the people living in the tunnels under Vegas hit the news, people have been asking me to go visit. I found out today that my new friend, Matthew O'Brien, was the one who first broke the story to the media.
The plan: 100,000 homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans by July 2013. I believe it's going to happen and that Common Ground can do it!
Safe Place is a simple idea. When teens have a problem often they don't have anyplace to go -- so Safe Place offers them exactly that. My hope is that they will bring youth homelessness to light.
For most of the last 26 years, I have lived near Hollywood Blvd., and in 1995 I literally lived on it -- homeless and hopeless. I am proof that even the worst street person can change for the better.
The Glendale Winter Shelter closed early this year, leaving around 150 homeless people with no place to go. Three weeks ago, I was in the outreach van when we found Elaine sleeping on the sidewalk.
The thing keeping Sandy unemployed? Her age. She says that's the main factor keeping her from finding work, and she's living a "completely miserable" life on the streets.
On the windy streets of Chicago, people pass Robert as if he were invisible. This homeless man has a simple wish: he wants friends.
For Clifford, life on the streets in Chicago is hard. He's ready and willing to work, but options are hard to come by. How do we help people like Clifford get off the streets?
Paul is a cancer survivor, yet now has to fight for his life living on the streets of Los Angeles. He was in the hospital for over three months, and has now been homeless for four days.
As someone who abused alcohol for years, I can empathize with some of Anchorage's homeless -- many of whom have lost all family and friends due to their addiction. We must not give up on these people.
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