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Homeless Lives: Unforgettable Personal Stories

Susan Orlins | Posted 05.27.2014 | DC
Susan Orlins

One homeless man tells about his more than ten years in a state penitentiary before a judge reversed his sentence and set him free. There are lighter moments too, like proving at six years old that Santa isn't real.

What You May Not Know About Street Sense, Washington's Homeless Newspaper

Susan Orlins | Posted 02.12.2014 | DC
Susan Orlins

With the cold weather upon us, I have been thinking about the day I sold Street Sense, Washington's homeless newspaper.

Time For 'Skip Lunch Feed A Bunch'

Posted 06.20.2013 | DC

By Kristen Farnam Street Sense It is Tuesday afternoon, about one o’clock, and you are headed for the closest sandwich shop, prepared to grab a ...

Poverty Is Growing In D.C. Suburbs

Posted 06.07.2013 | DC

By Molly Kraybill Street Sense In American suburbs, poverty is growing. Between 2000 and 2011 the number of poor people living in suburban are...

How Sequester Is Affecting D.C.'s Poorest Residents

Posted 05.31.2013 | DC

By Mary Otto Street Sense With help from housing and assistance programs, homelessness has decreased slightly in the Washington region in the past...

Churches March On To Support Homeless Services

Posted 11.01.2012 | DC

By Sydney Franklin Street Sense For 24 years, the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon brought crowds of spirited marchers to the heart of Washi...

D.C. Pushes Redesign Of Welfare Program

Posted 10.04.2012 | DC

By Mary Otto Street Sense Past the crowd waiting at the metal detector and the laminated signs pointing to disability assistance and burial assis...

Produce For The People

Posted 05.18.2012 | DC

By Meagan Ramsay Street Sense Move over cherry trees, there's a new orchard in town. On 2.75 acres in Beltsville, Md., just 30 minutes from D.C...

D.C.'s Homeless People Peddling So Much More than Newspapers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

One D.C. newspaper has seen its circulation rise a whopping 200 percent since 2003. Street Sense is sold on the street by homeless people seeking to educate Washington's workforce about the issues associated with homelessness.

'I Never Thought I Would Have So Many People Helping Me In My Entire Life'

Posted 04.19.2012 | DC

By Evi Mariani Street Sense Steve Cherenfant, 21, considers himself lucky. Although he grew up in what he called an “unstable environment,” he...

Out Of Prison But Still Struggling

Posted 04.05.2012 | DC

By Anna Salinas Street Sense Freddie Smith was determined to stay free. Newly released from a prison sentence in D.C. in 2008, he had been in and ...

D.C. Homeless Shelter System Can't Keep Up

Posted 03.07.2012 | DC

By Jessilyn Justice Street Sense When District officials made plans late last year to renovate rooms for 100 additional homeless families at the o...

Helping D.C.'s Unemployed Veterans

Street Sense | Posted 02.15.2012 | DC

By Brandon Cooper Street Sense Lewis Russell, 55, of Hyattsville, Md., has been unemployed for more than a year and a half. He came to the 16th...

D.C.'s Mental Health Landscape

Street Sense | Posted 03.27.2012 | DC

By Ted Henson Street Sense Volunteer Ted Henson, co-founder of Street Sense talks with Stephen Baron, the mental health director for the District ...

Remembering Homeless Lives That Are Cut Short

Street Sense | Posted 01.12.2012 | DC

By Mary Otto Street Sense A list of the homeless dead is by nature incomplete, steadily unfolding. The lives of the homeless are often cut two or ...

Living On A $31.50 Family Food Budget

Street Sense | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC

By Hannah Morgan Street Sense A 17-ounce box of Frosted Flakes cereal costs around $3 in many local stores. Add a gallon of milk, another $4, and ...

Why Am I Homeless?

Street Sense | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC
Street Sense

I continually ask myself: Could I have done something to make myself homeless? So, I begin to think of the road I have traveled to get here.

PHOTOS: The Last 10 Kentucky Derby Winners

The Huffington Post | Tim Stenovec | Posted 07.06.2011 | Sports

The world's best jockeys will on Saturday vie for a $2.1 million purse and a chance at the Triple Crown in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. The winner of t...