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Southern City Enacts Controversial Measure Against People Helping Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact

Fighting hunger in Columbia, S.C., just became more complicated. As of Feb. 15, the city started requiring groups of 25 people or more to purchase ...

Lessons From the Invisible People

Tom Gerdy | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

There is a common bond between all these invisible groups -- the lack of money and power. Consequently, they are without a voice.

My Name Is Tom

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

That split-second of recognition that we were fellow humans, equally important, hit home. This was one of those moments where all of my ambition, grandiosity, ego and pride just fell away.

Pizza Party 'Prank' Has Deliciously Heartwarming Outcome

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.22.2013 | Good News

YouTube pranksters Roman, Dennis and Chase are up to no good again. Well, actually, they're up to a lot of good with this particular practical joke. ...

Guy Walks Around Giving $100 To Homeless People, Makes Us All Smile

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | Good News

A young man named Kyle from GiveBackFilms took to the streets of Salt Lake City to give $100 to people in need. The heartwarming reactions he gets wil...

Providing End-of-Life Care to Homeless People

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Christine Schanes

My letter is a tribute to all of the people and institutions involved in assuring that Karen Lee, an unsheltered homeless person, died free of pain and indoors.

Homelessness Myth #25: Here a Homeless, There a Homeless

Christine Schanes | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

I don't know anyone who believes that families choose a homeless lifestyle. There is nothing free and easy about their homelessness. And there are no romantic movies being made about their plight.

The Homeless Vote Matters

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 11.22.2012 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

Every citizen of the United States is presumed to have the right to vote; however, not having a permanent address interferes with exercising that right.

Homelessness: Man's Inhumanity to Man

Christine Schanes | Posted 10.07.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

When weighing the impact of both sides of homelessness issues, often one side appears to have a greater impact upon humanity than the other. In other words, in analyzing the issues of homelessness, the sides are not necessarily even.

Homelessness Myth #24: They All Frequent Bars

Christine Schanes | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Some housed people believe that all homeless people spend a great deal of time hanging out in bars and, by their very presence in those bars, negatively impact those businesses.

Homeless Is Homeless

Carey Fuller | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carey Fuller

Some homeless situations are bad because the individual made it that way, but most of the folks I see out here are doing everything they can to change their lives around. But what about folks who experience a life event out of their control that sends them into homelessness?

'Where Do The Homeless Get Those Fancy Clothes?'

William Laney | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
William Laney

To those who have jobs and housing -- but who struggle to make ends meet -- it often appears as though the jobless and homeless may actually be better off.

Homelessness Myth #23: They Have Too Much Food to Eat

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Sadly, in all of that time, I have never known a homeless person who was able to eat three healthy meals a day. Really.

Homelessness Myth #22: They Have Enough Money

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Do homeless people have $7? And if they need to get $7, how do they get it?

Homelessness Myth #21: They're All Happy-Go-Lucky

Christine Schanes | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Some housed people believe that homeless people don't have a care in the world. They think that because many homeless people don't appear to work, th...

In Celebration of Larry Milligan, Champion for Homeless People

Christine Schanes | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

For over 20 years, Larry Milligan worked tirelessly in San Diego to help homeless people in many ways. He used temperance, kindness and truth to bring about peaceful change. He was a true humanitarian.

Helping The Homeless: It Starts By Getting To Know Them

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Governments at every level are cutting or even eliminating funding to a multitude of programs serving the homeless and those living in poverty. So the need is real. But the people are real, too.

Beyond the Blackboard Highlights an Outstanding Teacher

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Beyond the Blackboard is another movie that is too good to be true, if it weren't true. Kudos to the Hallmark Hall of Fame for finding Stacey Bess' story and for making it a thoroughly engaging and impressive film.

How Homeless People Feel About Having ID

Christine Schanes | Posted 06.03.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Homeless people need identification documentation for the same reasons that housed people need ID: to prove who they are, to become eligible for services and for their own self-esteem.

Homelessness Myth #18: The Police Will Solve It

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Homeless is first and foremost a social service issue. Nevertheless, the myth exists that homelessness is primarily a police issue.

Homelessness Myth #14: They Choose to Be Homeless

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

No one truly chooses to be homeless. The answer: provide services for homeless people where they are.

Do Homeless People Have Rights?

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Schanes

If every city with an insufficient number of shelter beds were to pass an ordinance against sleeping in all public places, there would be no place for a homeless person to sleep.

Homelessness Myth #7: "Oh, No! A Transient!"

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

It's time to stop using the word, "transient," to refer to homeless people. How should we refer to people without homes? Just that way... we can say, "people without homes, "homeless people."

Homelessness Myth #9: It Will Never End

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

I suggest that we use the expression that is often used when speaking about resolving the enormous issue of global warming, "think globally and act locally," to encourage local solutions.

Homelessness Myth #10: Serving Is Tiring

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

How do these busy service providers defy the law of nature that says energy expended must be replenished? How do they continue to serve humanity with little support or encouragement?