HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY
The city with no homeless on its streets
(Because Helsinki puts homelessness at the top of their political agenda not like the murderous tory regime
The State of Homelessness in America (553,742 people at the last count)
Homelessness: ‘People think it can never happen to them, but it can, in the blink of an eye’
Channel 4 associate homelessness with drug taking
(Doing no favours to the thousands on the streets thanks to political machinations
NOT drug use)(VIDEO)
Thousands sleeping rough as Britain freezes(VIDEO)
The many faces of homelessness
Freemason run councils giving homeless people 'meaningless advice'
(Councils and their staff treating homeless people in ways that are dismissive and at times discriminatory.
This is the most serious issue facing Britain but you would never guess from the complicit media)
If you're black your more likely to be homeless in London
|Homelessness the face of a selfish society
FULL ARTICLE HERE
The tragedy is that for every homeless citizen there are a 100, 1000, 100,000 or even 1,000,000 individuals who do not care or recognise the plight of the homeless. In Britain a country showing serious signs of a police state and draconian laws and austerity cuts, millions still vote for a government with a history of mass murder. It is not only the political scum that are to blame for the monstrous homeless figures but anyone who turns a blind eye and votes for the very party that does more to massively increase homelessness come election time.
Britain is a sick society devoid of the care and consideration required to be taken towards those least able to defend themselves who have been thrown in the gutter while millions of uncaring feet trample on their faces failing to realize, or deliberately avoiding the fact, they may become a homeless statistic like the homeless they ignore at their peril. Homelessness can happen to anyone, absolutely anyone, and individuals with the most distinct hatred of the homeless have found that ill health can very quickly lead them to spiral downwards towards an epidemic that they cannot stand themselves.
You may have a neighbour, friend, work mate or family member who shows the same traits of loathing towards the less fortunate and openly condoned by a media controlled by wealthy press barons with more money than sense who encourage the sheeple to vent their anger onto individuals with the least influence on their lives, as if the homeless are responsible for their own mishaps through life.
But what percentage of a country's population will it take for people to rise up over the most horrific of crimes against humanity? Only victims who have tasted homelessness know that real TERROR is a much more horrifying experience than the pseudo terror threats promoted by the compliant media. Or will it be just to late by then as more and more are targeted and pushed into homelessness due to the ever increasing greed of the super rich and the government legal and political thugs who do their bidding? Stealing property is the biggest money spinner in history and a small clique are vastly improving their bank balances
as more and more of their victims are pushed into homelessness. Only a political party with homelessness at the very top of their agenda
are worthy of your vote.
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BEWARE AMERICANS YOU MIGHT BE NEXT
Meanwhile NASA gets to spend $billions sending space junk to Mars. America
needs to waken up to how their political scumbags have their priorities
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AN ISSUE WE HAVE SPENT DECADES HIGHLIGHTING
Once again the media present homelessness as if it is caused through addiction
and NOT the failing political system in America that is causing widespread
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|The man building tiny homes for the homeless in Los Angeles VIDEO
|Removal of homeless camps trebles as charities warn of 'out of control' crisis
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Don't build new homes for the homeless just rent out rich people's garages
(How a rich mindset view the most pressing crisis on earth)
The number of homeless camps forcibly removed by councils across the UK has more than trebled in five years, figures show, prompting campaigners to warn that the rough sleeping crisis is out of control and has become an entrenched part of life in the country.
Tents, cardboard structures and a garden shed were among the hundreds of homeless encampments torn down by local authorities in the last five years, with the number of tent city clearances rising from 72 in 2014 to 254 last year.
Charities say the camp clearances are a symptom of an acute homelessness problem, driven by welfare changes, a lack of properly funded support services and insecure housing. Campaigners have criticised authorities for a heavy-handed approach. Some councils seize tents and even charge for their return.
In Brighton, home to the second largest population of rough sleepers in 2017 in England, the local authority charges £25 for a confiscated tent. In East Dorset, the fee is £50.
Brighton council said the £25 charge was waived if the items were “claimed by someone who needs their belongings and was unable to pay due to living rough”. East Dorset council did not comment.
Separate figures obtained by the Guardian show complaints to councils about homeless encampments have shot up 448% in five years, from 277 in 2014 to 1,241 in 2018, rising year on year with big increases in 2016 and 2017. On Sunday, a woman in her 30s was found dead in a homeless encampment in Leeds city centre.
The number of people living in makeshift camps is not recorded in official rough sleeping statistics, which the UK statistics regulator has warned should not be trusted, but the new figures obtained through freedom of information requests suggest it is a growing problem.
Matthew Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, said the findings did not come as a surprise. “We know that people living in tents as a form of rough sleeping has shot up 165% since 2010,” he said.
He added: “We have now reached unprecedented levels of homelessness across England. The rise is out of control … We are at point where, council by council, people are struggling to know what on earth to do, particularly when there is not enough affordable housing.”
Councils in the UK used a range of legal powers often enforced through court orders to clear hundreds of homeless camps from 2014 to 2018 with the help of police. The Guardian also asked all police forces in the UK how many times dispersal orders had been used to clear homeless camps, but all forces said it would take too much time to collect the data.
Downie said the clearance approach was not right. “The idea of dispersal and enforcement action against people who are homeless and destitute is not simply the wrong thing to do in moral terms but practically the most unhelpful thing to do as well. It drives people further into destitution and makes it more likely people will spend longer on the streets.”
In the past year, encampments of varying sizes have been reported in cities and towns such as Peterborough, Brighton, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, London and Northampton.
In Northampton, Father Oliver Coss has housed a group of tents in the walled yard behind All Saints church in Mercers Row since November 2018. What started as three tents became 11 when the encampment was at its largest about a month ago. Now, about five people are staying there in three tents, with a fourth tent unoccupied.
But Coss recently made the decision to ask those living in tents to leave after they refused to accept offers of support from the council, giving them 28 days’ notice. He said it was a hard decision to make but he felt it was best to support those living on the church grounds. “We took our present decision as we found it was hard to have a conversation about moving on as the camp was seemingly secure and it was settled and so we took the opportunity to do a light touch legal process and serve a notice on people, giving them 28 days to move on,” Coss said.
He added: “Being on the streets comes with a particular culture and resilience to survive and that comes about through the rhythms of the streets … We think that [these people] are worth more than a tent in a churchyard somewhere.”
One resident at the churchyard is Paul, 52, who became homeless when a relationship fell apart. “I have been here nearly four weeks. I have been homeless since 2013 and been in and out of prison. We’ve now been told we have 28 days to leave but this is the only home we’ve got.”
He added: “We have a lot of social problems and addictions. We just want to get out of reality and get high or drunk. Anything to help us through the day … There are too many rules in shelters, and they threaten you with eviction. So I may as well be in a tent and make my own rules.”
Northampton borough council said all rough sleepers in the area had been offered support and it was dedicating extra resources to support services for the homeless.
Stephen Robertson, chief executive at the Big Issue Foundation, said: “This increasingly alarming situation is an output of binary thinking at the highest levels. Our government’s history of enforcing an acceptable annual construction number of affordable social housing is well documented; with demand more than outstripping supply with a resultant lack of homes for people experiencing homelessness.
“The growth in communities living outside is evidenced now across the country to the extent that it has become normalised enough to have been featured as a story arc in Coronation Street not that long ago. It is no wonder that the public are deeply upset about what they are seeing.
“People are increasingly living in tents not because they have a newfound enthusiasm for camping. They are forced into creating communities outside because government and policymakers blankly refuse to join these issues and opportunities up to bring about a feasible end to a humanitarian crisis.”
The Guardian asked all councils in the UK how many homeless encampments they had cleared since 2014, how many complaints about encampments they had received and details on charges for confiscated tents and possessions. An encampment was defined as a location where one or more homeless people were living in the area in private or public land. 336 local authorities responded to the request.
In response to the figures on homeless camps, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the government was providing hundreds more bed spaces and support staff for rough sleepers this year, and a £100m funding boost for eradicating rough sleeping.
The Local Government Association said enforcement action was a last resort and councils always took a balanced approached when dealing with rough sleepers, also warning a £421m funding gap by 2024-25 was hampering their efforts to prevent homelessness.
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|Poverty in the UK is 'systematic' and 'tragic', says UN special rapporteur
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Tory's returning Britain to the good old days
The UK's social safety net has been "deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos", a report commissioned by the UN has said.
Special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said "ideological" cuts to public services since 2010 have led to "tragic consequences".
The report comes after Prof Alston visited UK towns and cities and made preliminary findings last November.
The government said his final report was "barely believable".
The £95bn spent on welfare and the maintenance of the state pension showed the government took tackling poverty "extremely seriously", a spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said.
Prof Alston is an independent expert in human rights law and was appointed to the unpaid role by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014. He spent nearly two weeks travelling in Britain and Northern Ireland and received more than 300 written submissions for his report.
He concluded: "The bottom line is that much of the glue that has held British society together since the Second World War has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos."
The Australian professor, who is based at New York University, said government policies had led to the "systematic immiseration" of a significant part of the UK population, meaning they had continually put people further into poverty.
Some observers might conclude that the DWP had been tasked with "designing a digital and sanitised version of the 19th Century workhouse, made infamous by Charles Dickens", he said.
The report cites independent experts saying that 14 million people in the UK - a fifth of the population - live in poverty, according to a new measure that takes into account costs such as housing and childcare.
In 2017, 1.5 million people experienced destitution, meaning they had less than £10 a day after housing costs, or they had to go without at least two essentials such as shelter, food, heat, light, clothing or toiletries during a one-month period.
Despite official denials, Prof Alston said he had heard accounts of people choosing between heating their homes or eating, children turning up to school with empty stomachs, increased homelessness and food bank use, and "story after story" of people who had considered or attempted suicide.
He said the cause was the government's "ideological" decision to dismantle the social safety net and focus on work as the solution to poverty.
"UK standards of well-being have descended precipitately in a remarkably short period of time, as a result of deliberate policy choices made when many other options were available," said Prof Alston.
Analysis: 'Life has become a lot harder'
To anyone familiar with the shifting landscape of Britain's poorest communities since 2010, there is nothing factually new in these findings.
By highlighting them in one short, 20-page report, however, Philip Alston raises a fundamental question - is the government, and the country, comfortable with the society that we've become?
He outlines the normalisation of food banks, rising levels of homelessness and child poverty, steep cuts to benefits and policing, and severe restrictions on legal aid.
In Professor Alston's view, these are the unequivocal consequences of deliberate, calculated political decisions.
Ministers have long argued they had no choice but to cut public spending. Whatever the motivation, life has become a lot harder in recent years for millions of people in the UK.
The DWP said that the UN's own data put the UK 15th on the list of the happiest places to live.
"This is a barely believable documentation of Britain, based on a tiny period of time spent here. It paints a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty," a spokesman said.
"All the evidence shows that full-time work is the best way to boost your income and quality of life," the spokesman added.
Prof Alston praised the "resilience, strength and generosity" of British people, as well as the compassion of local officials and volunteers.
And he said there had been some positive developments, with increases in the Universal Credit work allowances expected to lift 200,000 people out of poverty, and plans to introduce a consistent measure of poverty.
But he said the "massive disinvestment" in the social safety net continued, making the changes seem like "window dressing to minimise political fall-out".
Despite the government's focus on work and record levels of employment, about 60% of people in poverty are in families where someone works, Prof Alston said.
He said this, along with welfare cuts, created a "highly combustible situation that will have dire consequences" in an extended economic downturn.
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There really are no words to describe a virtual reality experience on homelessness starring real
homeless people and formerly homeless people. As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been
It's a real miracle, and I thank the team at Oculus and Rose Troche for having the courage to make this virtual
reality film happen. I shot this behind the screens vlog on the set of a virtual reality film made possible
through a partnership with Oculus's VR For Good, film director Rose Troche, and Invisible People.
There are lots of great takeaways in this video but the biggest I hope you all see is how the film crew was
changed through this experience by connecting to homeless people. Much of Invisible People's advocacy work
happens online, but in-person experiences may have the most significant impact. Whenever possible,
whether it's taking a college class out into the streets our a sock tour around Skid Row,
I try to connected the public to homelessness. We can and must change the harmful beliefs on homelessness
that have been reinforced for decades and it's a direct connection to homeless people that will
have the most impact. Another is how Rockey and Paul because they were given a purpose.
Homeless people want to take tangible actions to help fight homelessness. As service providers, we
must continue amplifying the voice of people experiencing homelessness and give them opportunities
to participate in advocacy. I am grateful and honored Oculus's VR for Good partnered Invisible People
with Rose Troche. Over the last several months, I have gotten to know the humanitarian side of Rose.
The day this vlog was shot was the first time I saw Rose work as a film director. Rose has a huge
heart, and she is extremely talented. The very first time I took Rose out into the streets we joined
a community action group in Koreatown. You can watch that vlog here: https://youtu.be/t7Ew-RC-n78
We then spent a day with Los Angeles County's C3 outreach team on Skid Row. While Invisible People
was working on a project to humanize homelessness in Venice Beach, Rose joined me several times
handing out socks to our homeless neighbors. Rose an I took a walk on the boardwalk to test
this Insta360 ONE X Action Camera Insta360 ONE X Action Camera https://youtu.be/lOyRUyDhR6Q
Because I help take care of my mother in Upstate NY, I am not in Los Angeles full time. I asked my
friends at LA Family Housing [https://lafh.org] for help. Huge thanks to Eric Montoya for believing
in this project and introducing us to Rockey. Criminalization of homelessness is expensive to taxpayers,
yet it does nothing to end homelessness. The money communities spend on homeless sweeps could go to
solutions that work like more shelters and more housing! From LAist: https://laist.com/2019/03/12/lapd_hom...
According to the reports, the Los Angeles Police Department recorded at least 2,146 uses of force
in 2018; 698 involved a homeless resident. That represents about 14 percent increase from 2017. At
the same time, homeless people are cited or arrested for things that the rest of us might not even
realize are crimes. In 2018, at least 1,424 people experiencing homelessness were cited for sitting
on the sidewalk in the City of Los Angeles; at least 468 people were cited for having more than
60-gallons of personal property; at least 415 people cited for possessing a shopping cart.
Los Angeles budgeted more than $30 million this fiscal year for supporting a small army of police,
sanitation, and homeless outreach workers dispatched daily to roust homeless encampments and clean
the spots where they were. According to the reports, L.A. "processed" more than 9,000 tents in 2018.
In the same period, sanitation teams disposed of more than 3,600 tons of garbage from cleanups,
and 60,437 pounds of human waste.
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I want to make sure you hear this powerful statement Walter shared in this interview:
"Who suffers? The elderly, the vets, more homeless, more minorities. Minorities, once
you're out here, it don't matter what color you are. It doesn't matter who you are,
you are a minority again. When you're a minority, no one listens. When no one listens,
you got to speak louder, and if you don't speak louder, like Martin Luther King says,
who gives a damn? Okay, I don't mean speak louder as in being totally angry, but
you got to speak up for yourself and that other person who's homeless, that other
person, no matter who it is — elderly, whatever, mental problem — you've got to
speak not just for yourself, you got to speak for everybody." Walter grew up in the
conservative midwest state of Missouri.
Walter has strong political views, and he
does not like Republicans. He feels that they don't "give a damn." Right or wrong,
that's what Walter believes. I try to stay away from politics, so I hope people
watching this video will see past any politics and listen to what Walter has to
say about mental illness and life on the streets living homeless in Venice Beach.
I have huge respect for Walter for having the courage to be open and honest about
his mental illness. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, multiple personality
disorder and bipolar. Walter hears voices and sometimes talks to himself. He
shares how people walk by him and say "he's one of them...crazy." Walter shares
that mental illness can happen to anyone.
In Venice Beach and in many Los Angeles
communities, police force homeless people to tear down their tents early in the
morning and move to another area. The problem is, there is no place for
homeless people to relocate to. It's an endless Whack-a-mole game paid
for by taxpayers. There is really only one way to stop this madness and
that's to get homeless people off the streets into housing. Every single
day Walter and his wife have to face the reality of homelessness. There
are no days off. No vacation days. No personal leave.
I cannot imagine how the stress
of life on the streets affects his or anyone's
mental health. Please watch this interview and listen to Walter's story and how he survives
with mental illness. Hear him speak with compassion on how we all need to speak up for other
people who need our help. Then please take tangible action to help fight homelessness in your
community. Housing people saves lives and saves taxpayer money!
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|Over 24,000 people facing sleeping rough this Christmas
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Shameless Tories use food banks for photo opportunities while plunging Britain into poverty
Child homelessness jumps by 73% since Tories took power
(Living under a tyrannical tory fascist boot)
While the peasants are distracted by the Brexit bullshit more and more of the population
are falling into a dark hole of deprivation and homelessness.
Crisis says people sleeping rough in England is more than double what government statistics suggest.
The number has increased massively over the past five years.
More than 24,000 people are faced with sleeping rough on the streets or spending their nights in tents or on public transport, new research shows. The number has increased massively over the past five years, according to the national homelessness charity Crisis, which commissioned the study from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes said: ‘Christmas should be a time of joy but for thousands of people sleeping rough, in tents or on public transport, it will be anything but.
‘While most of the country will be celebrating and enjoying a family meal, those who are homeless will face a struggle
just to stay safe and escape the cold.’
The research shows 12,300 people are currently sleeping in the streets and nearly 11,950 are
spending their nights in cars, on trains, on buses or in tents. It found that between 2012 and 2017, these
numbers increased by 120% in England and 63% in Wales – but the numbers fell by 6% in Scotland.
Crisis says people sleeping rough in England is more than double what government statistics suggest.
The charity said the study pulled together a range of sources, including data from support services that
record people’s experiences of sleeping rough which, according to the researchers, is not included in the government’s count.
The charity said those sleeping outside are subject to a range of dangers, with homeless people almost 17 times more likely to be victims of violence and 15 times more likely to be verbally abused. Crisis said it wants national and devolved governments to tackle the root causes of rough sleeping by strengthening the welfare system and making sure every homeless person has access to mainstream housing as quickly as possible. It is also asking the public to help by calling support services if they find someone sleeping rough, and by raising funds for both its year-round services and its Christmas centres. Mr Sparkes continued: ‘This situation simply cannot continue. ‘While the Scottish Government has taken the first step in announcing a plan to eradicate homelessness, full implementation cannot come soon enough.
‘Meanwhile, the governments in England and Wales must step up urgently with their own plans to end this crisis.
‘We know homelessness can be ended. Earlier this year we set out the exact government policies that would end homelessness
across Britain. ‘Our research shows that with these policies in place, homelessness could be ended in just 10 years.’
Housing and homelessness minister Heather Wheeler said: ‘It is simply unacceptable that anyone has to sleep on the streets
which is why we have set out bold plans backed by £1.2 billion to tackle all forms of homelessness, including
our £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy.
‘This is already making a difference through additional bed spaces and support workers and new legislation means people at risk are getting the help they need more quickly. ‘But we know more needs to be done to end rough sleeping for good and are committed to work with partners like Crisis to do just that.’ Campaign director at Shelter Greg Beales said: ‘This is a really important piece of research that shows how the official rough-sleeping statistics are likely to be way off the mark. ‘The government must address the deep problems in our housing system that are leading to homelessness – fixing the problems in the welfare system and committing to a major social house-building programme.’
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FULL ARTICLE HERE
Along with poverty and low incomes, the foreclosure rate has created its own crisis situation as the number of families removed from their homes has skyrocketed:
The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative along with Amnesty International are asking the U.S. to step up its efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by giving serious consideration to the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief for those at risk, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.
New government census reports have revealed disturbing information that details the cold, hard numbers of Americans who have been deeply affected by the state of our economy, and bank foreclosure practices:
In the last few days, the U.S. government census figures have revealed that 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes. And we know that the financial hardships faced by our neighbors, colleagues, and others in our communities will be all the more acutely felt over the holiday season.
Along with poverty and low incomes, the foreclosure rate has created its own crisis situation as the number of families removed from their homes has skyrocketed.
Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes.
It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over. This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing. In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.
The stark realities that persist mean that millions of families will be facing the holidays in temporary homes, or homes under threat, and far too many children will be wishing for an end to the uncertainty and distress their family is facing rather than an Xbox or Barbie doll.
Housing is a basic human need and a fundamental human right. Yet every day in the United States, banks are foreclosing on more than 10,000 mortgages and ordering evictions of individuals and families residing in foreclosed homes. The U.S. government’s steps to address the foreclosure crisis to date have been partial at best.
The depth and severity of the foreclosure crisis is a clear illustration of the urgent need for the U.S. government to put in place a system that respects, protects and fulfills human rights, including the right to housing. This includes implementing real protections to ensure that other actors, such as financial institutions, do not undermine or abuse human rights.
There is a link available at the Amnesty International website for anyone who is interested and would like to join the call on the Obama administration and Congress to urgently step up efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, including by seriously considering the growing call for a foreclosure moratorium and other forms of relief, and establishing a housing finance system that fulfills human rights obligations.
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FULL ARTICLE HERE
The criminalization of homelessness is only possible because of the vilification of homeless people
Homeless swept up in America's capital clean-up
The places America's rich and poor call home
Los Angeles' homeless crisis goes from bad to worse
They seem to be almost everywhere, in places old and new, no age spared. Sleeping on cardboard or bare ground, the homeless come together under bridges and trees, their belongings in plastic bags symbolising lives on the move.
Many have arrived on the streets just recently, victims of the same prosperity that has transformed cities across the US West Coast. As officials struggle to respond to this growing crisis, some say things are likely to get worse.
Vibrant Portland, Oregon's largest city, has long lured many. It is the City of Roses, of pleasant climate, rich culture and progressive thinking. It is also an innovation hub, part of what is called Silicon Forest, and new residents have moved here in these post-recession years attracted by its high-tech companies and their well-paid jobs.
But the bonanza, unsurprisingly, has not come to everyone.
Booming demand in an area with limited housing offers quickly drove the cost of living up, and those who were financially on the limit lost the ability they once had to afford a place.
Many were rescued by family and friends, or government programmes and non-profit groups. Others, however, ended up homeless. The lucky ones have found space in public shelters. Not a few are now in tents and vehicles on the streets.
"Even though the economy has never been stronger," Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, said, "inequality [is] growing at an alarming rate and the benefits from a [growing] economy are increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands... We have increasing disparity all across the United States, and that's definitely impacting people."
His city is indeed not alone. Homelessness has increased in other thriving West Coast cities that are destinations for young, well-educated workers, like San Francisco and Seattle, where the blame has also largely fallen on rapidly rising costs and evictions.
Exact numbers are always hard to come by but 553,742 people were homeless on a single night across the US in 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said, the first rise in seven years. (The figure, however, was still 13% lower than in 2010.)
Declines in 30 states were overshadowed by big surges elsewhere, with California, Oregon and Washington among the five worst. Los Angeles, where the situation has been described as unprecedented, had more than 50,000 people without homes, behind only New York City, which had some 75,000.
Joseph Gordon, known as Tequila, has lived in a homeless camp called Hazelnut Grove since its creation in 2015, when Portland first declared a state of emergency over the crisis. "It's very scary. [The] people I have come across," said the 37-year-old, "are from every single walk of life. And the homeless population is getting bigger and bigger."
Multnomah County reported 4,177 people homeless on a single night last year, a 10% rise from 2015. Many, however, believed the number was higher. Exposing tensions, the president of Portland Police Association controversially said in July the city had become "a cesspool", a comment the mayor dismissed as "ridiculous".
Tequila arrived from Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2011 and said they (Tequila is a transgender man and asks to be referred by this pronoun) became homeless after losing the apartment they shared with a former violent partner.
"Being out on the street you deal with all sorts of things [like] having to relax with living with rats. You also start to appreciate running water or when you can go to the bathroom anytime you want," said Tequila. (People usually thought they were Mexican because of the colour of their skin, and the nickname was in reference to Jose Cuervo, the tequila brand.)
The self-governed community of small wooden structures next to a highway had more than a dozen residents, half of them with some sort of income, Tequila said. "If there was access to actual affordable housing they would take it."
In Portland, the rent of a one-bed flat is, on average, $1,136 (£867), which is out of reach for those who rely on Social Security cheques, topped at $735 locally, or earn the minimum wage, $12 per hour. (Officials said half of the 1,300 units to be created would be reserved to those with extremely low income.)
Elderly people and minorities have been disproportionally affected, according to a study by Portland State University, which said technology could result in thousands of low-paid jobs being cut, probably making things even worse.
"We have a housing market that's really unaffordable for folks at the lowest income level," said Shannon Singleton, Executive Director of Join, a charity that helps homeless people return to permanent housing. "There's a real lack of hope. Folks are struggling to see the ability to end their homelessness and get back in the [market]."
While some defend Tequila's camp as a model for an alternative solution, authorities have said it will, eventually, have to go. No date has been set yet but there have been troubles with nearby neighbours recently.
Homelessness, in Portland and beyond, seems to be more visible than ever. Residents are growing frustrated with the smell of urine, human faeces and abandoned objects littering public spaces and, sometimes, their own doorsteps. In certain places, there is the feeling that this is a fight being lost.
But this is a crisis long in the making. Cuts by the federal government to affordable housing programmes and mental health facilities in the last few decades helped send many to the streets nationwide, officials and service providers said, as local authorities were unable to fill the gaps. The current affordability problem is now adding to it.
Australian academic Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, travelled across the US for two weeks last December in a mission that included visits to Los Angeles and San Francisco. It resulted in a scathing report in which he said the American dream was, for many, rapidly becoming the American illusion. The Trump administration strongly criticised his findings.
The future, he warned in an interview, did not look promising. "The federal government's policies under this administration have been to cut back, as much as possible, on various housing benefits and I think the worst is probably yet to come."
Other rich countries have faced rising homelessness, too, as the most vulnerable feel the burden of austerity policies, rising costs and unemployment. But in most parts of Europe, for example, there was still a "robust welfare safety net", Mr Alston said, to help those at risk. "In essence, if you're in Europe, you get access to necessary health care, psychological, physical rehabilitation... That contrasts dramatically with the US."
Across the country, many say the homeless are unfairly targeted by authorities and that they end up criminalised by their status when accused of offences like sleeping rough, begging and public urination. In August, a federal appeals court ruled that people could not be prosecuted for sleeping on the streets when there was no shelter available.
In Portland, the police oversight agency is reviewing how officers interact with homeless people - many suffering from drug addiction and mental health issues - after a report suggested they accounted for 52% of the arrests recorded last year, despite being a tiny fraction of the local population of some 640,000.
"People are simply trying to survive and they don't have means to do so," said Kimberly McCullough, Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon. "We're seeing a crisis of our humanity and how we're going to treat and help each other."
Tequila, however, was not surprised. "Of course there are tensions," they said. "If a police officer is having a bad day... the easiest target is a homeless person, especially the ones who are by themselves."
Back at Hazelnut Grove, Tequila, who had found a part-time job, was asking for donations of toilet paper, garbage bags and shampoo. They were gathering documents to join a local affordable housing programme but did not expect to move from the camp any time soon.
"A high homeless situation is not a good [sign], especially when you're the richest country," Tequila said. "There's very little hope. It's a dire situation."
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Noticeable images do NOT portray the true picture with many looking unkept with alcohol and drug dependency issues.
There are many thousands of ordinary working class people with NONE of those issues facing the theft of their home that they may
have spent years paying thousands into dodgy mortgage scams only to find the divorce vultures can steal them back.
The main reasons for declaring as homeless were disputes within households and relationship breakdowns
Charities have demanded action after the worrying new figures show the homelessness crisis is getting worse.
A Scots household was made homeless every 18 minutes last year, according to “shocking” statistics showing the problem is getting worse.
Official figures published yesterday revealed the number of people asking for help has increased for the first time in almost a decade.
Councils received 34,972 applications for homelessness assistance between April 2017 and March 2018, one per cent higher than the same period during 2016-17.
The increase follows eight consecutive years of annual decreases from a peak of 57,672 applications in 2008-09.
A total of 28,792 families were confirmed as homeless during the year – an average of one every 18 minutes.
Homeless charities said the figures highlighted that the crisis is worsening and demanded a new focus on getting people into permanent homes.
The report from the Scottish Government showed the number of people living in temporary
accommodation has increased by one per cent from last year.
There were 10,933 households living in temporary accommodation, with the number of children in such settings increasing by 557 (nine per cent) to 6615, the fourth consecutive annual increase.
The main reasons for declaring as homeless were disputes within households and relationship breakdowns.
Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown branded the statistics “shocking” and said they should “start alarm bells ringing in Holyrood that homelessness in Scotland is getting worse, not better”.
He added: “This is clear evidence that the good progress we have seen in recent years is now being reversed and bad housing and homelessness is blighting the lives of even more people in Scotland – robbing them of their health, security and a fair chance in life.
“We welcome the focus on homelessness in the last year from the Scottish Government.
“But it is now time for urgent action from all areas of local and national government to work together better to tackle and prevent homelessness in Scotland.
We need urgent action and resources now to start making a difference to all those facing or suffering homelessness.”
Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes is advising the Scottish Government on how to tackle specific problems related to homelessness, particularly that of unsuitable temporary accommodation.
Many of his recommendations for rapid rehousing are already becoming SNP policy.
He said: “While we welcome the Scottish Government’s recent commitment to limit the amount of time people are being forced to stay in the most unsuitable forms of temporary accommodation to seven days, today’s figures are a stark reminder of just how urgently we need action.
“Scotland is one of the world leaders in tackling homelessness and it has an opportunity to take a significant step towards ending homelessness for good by making long stays in temporary accommodation a thing of the past. Now is the time to act.”
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart added: “Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to call home which is why we are committed to ending homelessness and rough sleeping for good.
“While the long-term trend shows a decrease in the number of homeless applications – a reduction of 39 per cent between 2008-9 and 2017-18 – these figures are a reminder of why preventing homelessness and transforming temporary accommodation will remain a key priority for government.
“We want time spent in unsuitable temporary accommodation to be as short as possible, especially for households with children or where there is a pregnancy.
“This is why we introduced a cap of one week for families and pregnant women living in B&B accommodation.
“We also need temporary accommodation to be of a high standard, with good support, for everyone.”
A major report published last week claimed Scotland will need 5500 new social homes every year for the next 15 years to meet needs of homeless people and those on low incomes
A “housing first” strategy, which aims to reduce the need for temporary housing, would be rolled out UK-wide.
Scotland’s problem with overuse of temporary housing stems from the end of “priority need” in 2012.
It reduced rough sleeping but had a knock-on impact with more people in unsuitable homes for longer.
There were 400 occasions in the last year on which councils broke the law by housing someone in inappropriate accommodation for longer than seven days. Most of these were in Edinburgh (280 breaches).
Scottish Labour’s Housing spokesperson Pauline McNeill MSP said: “Having just one person homeless in 21st century Scotland is unacceptable – but to see homelessness on the
rise once again is a scandal.
“The SNP Government are not taking Scotland’s homelessness crisis seriously and they should be ashamed by these figures.”
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There are few sights in the world like nighttime in skid row, the teeming Dickensian dystopia in downtown Los Angeles where homeless and destitute people have been concentrated for more than a century.
Here, men and women sleep in rows, lined up one after another for block after block in makeshift tents or on cardboard mats on the sidewalks — the mad, the afflicted and the disabled alongside those who are merely down on their luck. Criminals prey on them, drugs such as heroin and crystal meth are easily available, sexual assault and physical violence are common and infectious diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis and AIDS are constant threats.
Skid row is — and long has been — a national disgrace, a grim reminder of man’s ability to turn his back on his fellow man. But these days it is only the ugly epicenter of a staggering homelessness problem that radiates outward for more than 100 miles throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. There are now more than 57,000 people who lack a “fixed, regular or adequate place to sleep” on any given night in the county, and fewer than 1 in 10 of them are in skid row.
Homelessness burst its traditional borders several years ago, spreading first to gloomy underpasses and dim side streets, and then to public parks and library reading rooms and subway platforms. No matter where you live in L.A. County, from Long Beach to Beverly Hills to Lancaster, you cannot credibly claim today to be unaware of the squalid tent cities, the sprawling encampments, or the despair and misery on display there.
At last, the problem became so acute — and so visible — that Los Angeles took extraordinary action. To your credit, to all of our credit, the citizens of this city and this county voted in November 2016 and again in March 2017 to raise our own taxes to fund an enormous multibillion-dollar, 10-year program of housing and social services for the homeless.
As a result, Los Angeles now has its best chance in decades to combat homelessness — an opportunity that surely all can agree must not be wasted. It is neither desirable nor morally acceptable nor practical for this city or this county to blithely tolerate the signs of destitution more commonly associated with 1980s Calcutta or the slums of Rio de Janiero or medieval Europe. We cannot go on shutting our windows to beggars at freeway offramps or stepping casually over men and women curled up in sleeping bags or turning away when people who have no access to public bathrooms use the city streets as toilets. We cannot indefinitely roust people who have nowhere to go or confiscate their belongings or criminalize their struggle for basic necessities. Such desperate stopgap measures are not solutions, but emblems of a deteriorating city, admissions of failure. We now have the opportunity to do better.
But here’s the bad news: Passing Measures H and HHH was the easy part. Money alone doesn’t solve problems, and in the end the tougher questions are how to spend it, where to spend it, on whom to spend it and how to measure success. If we hope that the crisis will be gone — or, more realistically, under control — when the money runs out in 10 years, we need city and county officials to explain what actions they’re taking and why, how many people they’ve housed or failed to house, what they expect to accomplish by the end of the year and by the end of the decade — so that we can hold them accountable for their actions.
Furthermore, those politicians who have for too long shamefully shirked their responsibility to address the festering problems must now exercise real leadership; they must stop pandering to the vocal minority of residents who object to housing for homeless and low-income people in their neighborhoods. Years of infighting, mixed messages and failures of political will must come to an end.
All the region’s politicians must step up, but especially Mayor Eric Garcetti — whose legacy and political future will rise or fall on how he handles this colossal urban crisis — and the members of the Los Angeles City Council, who have too often allowed political expediency and timidity to guide their actions. Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles has risen every year since Garcetti took office in 2013. Over the course of his tenure, it is up 49%.
County officials have made some progress — breaking down bureaucratic silos, leveraging new federal Medicaid dollars, setting sensible goals and priorities, using Measure H money to quadruple the number of homeless outreach teams, add shelter beds and help with rental subsidies — but they too have an enormous task ahead of them. And homelessness, which does not recognize municipal boundaries, is also present in most of the other 87 cities in L.A. county, many of which have historically tried to push the poor and homeless out, hoping the problem would go away. Only three cities in the county are on track to meet their “fair share” housing construction goals.
How did we get here? From the founding of this newspaper in 1881, the pages of The Times have been filled with stories of those we have called, at various times, vagrants, hobos, tramps, transients and drifters. And for as long as there have been homeless people, there has been a tendency to blame the victims themselves for their condition — to see their failure to thrive as an issue of character, of moral weakness, of laziness. Since the “deinstitutionalization” of the mentally ill in the second half of the 20th century, and the subsequent failure of government to provide the promised outpatient services for those who had been released, the problem has grown significantly worse.
Today, a confluence of factors is driving people onto the streets. The shredding of the safety net in Washington and here in California is one. (Consider the inexcusable shortage of federal Section 8 vouchers for subsidized low-income housing, or the dismally low level of “general relief payments” for the county’s neediest single adults.)
At the same time, California is experiencing a severe housing shortage. Gentrification is taking more and more once-affordable rental units off the L.A. market, and restrictive zoning laws along with high construction costs and anti-development sentiment make new affordable units hard to build. Over the last six years, the rent for a studio apartment in Los Angeles has climbed 92%, according to UCLA law professor emeritus Gary Blasi, so that even people who have jobs can find themselves living on the streets after a rent spike or an unexpected crisis. As Blasi notes: “In America, housing is a commodity. If you can afford it, you have it; if you can’t, you don’t.”
Contrary to popular belief, the homeless in Los Angeles are not mostly mentally ill or drug addicted, raving or matted-haired or frightening — although a sizable minority meet some of those descriptions. They are not mostly people who drifted in from other states in search of a comfy climate in which to sponge off of others; the overwhelming majority have lived in the region for years. Today, a greater and greater proportion of people living on the streets are there because of bad luck or a series of mistakes, or because the economy forgot them — they lost a job or were evicted or fled an abusive marriage just as the housing market was growing increasingly unforgiving.
It will surprise no one to learn that it is the most vulnerable among us who usually end up without a place to live. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, more than 5,000 of the county’s 58,000 homeless people are children and more than 4,000 are elderly. About one-third are mentally ill. Some 40% are African American. Also heavily represented: Veterans. The disabled. Young people from the county’s overwhelmed juvenile justice system and its foster care programs. Men and women just released from jail, without the tools or skills needed for reentering society. Patients released from public hospitals — often with untreated cancers, infections, heart disease or diabetes. Victims of domestic violence.
All the great social issues of American society play out in homelessness — inequality, racial injustice, poverty, violence, sexism. Naturally, life expectancy for the homeless is short: about 47 years, according to skid row doctor Susan Partovi, compared with 78 in the population as a whole.
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“It’s fantastic” — Burntisland community rallies round to bring homeless man in from the cold
Locals were worried the man would be rough sleeping during some of the coldest weather in Fife for years.
A kind-hearted community has united to bring a freezing homeless man in from the cold.
With the so-called Beast from the East due to hit large swathes of the UK, Burntisland folk were horrified by the plight of the man, known only as James, found shivering in a tent on the town’s beach.
But thanks to a Facebook appeal by local resident Darren Wapplington, James was given a warm room in a hotel paid for by generous townsfolk.
Jason Borthwick, owner of The Sands Hotel and one of the first to respond to Darren’s post, said he had been overwhelmed by the response of local people who rallied within minutes.
“The fact people have this spirit about them has restored my faith in humanity,” he said.
Darren stumbled across James as he was walking his dog on Sunday afternoon.
He later posted on Facebook: “James was very matter of fact about living in a tent.
“However, having seen the terrible weather forecast for the week would anyone be interested in contributing to funding him accommodation for a few days?”
He also urged local hotels or B&Bs to do a special rate for James and added: “Not a lasting solution but given the weather it would be a particularly horrendous time to be rough sleeping.”
Jason stepped forward to offer his services and donations began pouring in to cover the cost of the stay.
“I had a spare room and he was welcome to it,” he said.
“Then people were coming in to the hotel to drop off money for him and there’s in excess of £100 so far.
“I don’t know how long he’ll be here because the council have been to speak to him and we’re hopeful he’ll be sorted out with something.
“I’m not here to make money out of James’s situation, just to cover my costs, so if there’s cash left over when he leaves I’ll ask people if they want me to give it to him or to a homeless charity.”
Jason was full of praise for the people of Burntisland.
“It’s fantastic that so many people got together so quickly to find a positive result for this man,” he said.
“James was also delighted and very thankful and appreciative.”
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Exposing the Great 'Poverty Reduction' Scandal
The Billionaires Club
It is becoming clearer by the day that more and more of the world's citizens are being pushed into poverty and destitution by evil forces that are operating via the political systems of the world. There can be NO excuse for a single individual on this planet from being able to access the most basic necessities of life yet country after country shows little interest in the ever expanding poverty that exists even in supposedly rich countries like America and Britain.
If there was some sort of global lack of funds that was impacting on everyone across the planet there may be some rationale for this happening but there is NO shortage of wealth for those at the very top who are living in excess while their fellow citizens flounder on the streets homeless. We have documented where huge sums are being spent on the military industrial complex , Cerne, International Space station and a myriad of science projects that if stopped tomorrow and the expenditure redirected to feeding and housing the poorest and most vulnerable that could be eradicated almost immediately yet the powers that be simply ignore the growing mountain of the impoverished and carry on with a blatant disregard for large sections of the population's plight.
The very scumbags we are being asked to vote for are all hand picked minions of the global ruling elite and serve only their greed while vast swathes of the population are left with no support ultimately leading to their homelessness, hunger and destitution. The very media the sheeple rely on for news also are to busy reporting on that ruling elite when they know the mountain of poor are being shunned from the exposures of why so many now face a very uncertain future thanks to what they claim is some sort of democratic process.
If politics as it is operating today was functioning correctly ALL citizens of the world would be getting their fair share of the world's assets. Instead we are seeing ever more wealth being accumulated in the hands of the few
who continue to fund the very political systems that ensure what can only be classed as daylight robbery goes on and continues the vast inequality that like a tsunami is encompassing the world.
Unless people are prepared to rise up and let those powers that be know that they are no longer prepared to watch this brutal impoverishment regime continue, the world is heading for a monumental catastrophe as
turning a blind eye to the growing mountain of poverty can only lead to unrest across many parts of the world that are creaking at the seams from what is staring the deluded right in their face.
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I was walking in Philladelipa at night and saw a sheet tacked to a wall and a wheelchair. Next to the wheelchair was a sign that read "Disabled, Homeless, Denied Disability! I assumed a person was sleeping on the other side of the sheet, but I have a rule never to wake anyone up.
The moment messed me up. I generally do not share this type of photo, but this is the homelessness people don't see but need to see!
The next day I just happened to see the sign again, but this time, Robert was in his wheelchair. A plastic cup was placed in his prosthetic leg to collect change from people as they passed by.
Robert was volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and fell off a roof. Someone moved a ladder and didn't set it back right. The fall shattered both of Robert's wrists, and he ended up losing a leg.
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What it's like to be homeless in Melbourne
Melbourne homelessness: Meet the city's rough sleepers
Jessica Pearce was staying at a hotel in Flinders Street with her partner over the Christmas period when they came face to face with city's homeless problem.
"I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn't realise how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was,".
"The streets were lined with people sleeping on mattresses or on the ground.
"I guess it just touched me and I thought that maybe there was something that we could do."
'I wanted him to have stable accommodation'.
The couple spent two nights wandering the streets handing out $20 and $50 notes to those sleeping rough and talking with them about their circumstances.
Some of the hundreds of people sleeping rough on Melbourne's streets talk about how they ended up there.
One of those people was a man who was sleeping on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral.
"He had a two- and a three-year-old who were staying with his ex-partner and he wasn't going to have access to them because he didn't have somewhere to live," Ms Pearce said.
Ms Pearce and her partner invited him back to their hotel for two nights, before putting him up at a motel for a month.
"I wanted him to have stable accommodation for the children."
Four for the price of one
Ms Pearce had recently finished paying off her own mortage and was looking to buy an investment property in inner Melbourne.
But after her experience she decided to buy houses in cheaper areas, and two weeks ago purchased four houses "all about three or four days apart from each other" .
Lara: Short-term accommodation for people with children who are on a waitlist for housing
Corio: Accommodation for homeless young people studying or in an apprenticeship
Morwell: Short-term crisis accommodation for up to three months
Moe: Apartment providing permanent accommodation for up to three young people
"The price that I would have paid for one house in town was the same as buying four in cheaper areas," she said.
The properties in Corio, Lara, Morwell and Moe will provide either short-term crisis accommodation or a stable, long-term residence.
The house in Lara, for example, will be provided for up to three months to people with children who are on a waiting list for long-term accommodation.
"It's quite a lovely house, it's very much like you would imagine a grandmother's house to be," Ms Pearce said.
She said she had spoken to youth housing providers and government organisations about how to best administer the properties, which are still awaiting settlement.
"It's very much a work in progress."
Just why Ms Pearce has taken such a generous step might be explained by her own history.
Three days before she turned 16 her mother and stepfather asked her to leave home.
"I'd already been working at Hungry Jack's so I just took on some extra hours.
"It's funny, at the time I didn't think much of it, I kind of took it in my stride."
She confided in her maths teacher, with whom she had a good relationship, and he set her up in stable accommodation.
"He was connected with a house in Elwood that provided accommodation for young people who wanted to stay in school, which is probably a lot of the reason that I had the idea of providing a house like that myself now."
Ms Pearce now has a successful business and her four children "have not really wanted for anything".
"I've probably got it better than most people," she said.
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New York is facing a crisis. The city that never sleeps has become the city with the most people who have no home to sleep in. As rising rents outpace income growth across the five boroughs, some 62,000 people, nearly 40 percent of them children, live in homeless shelters—rates the city hasn’t seen since the Great Depression.
As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces reelection in November, his reputation and electoral prospects depend in part on his ability to reverse this troubling trend. In the mayor’s estimation, combatting homelessness effectively will require opening 90 new shelters across the city and expanding the number of outreach workers who canvass the streets every day offering aid and housing. The effort will also require having the technology in place to ensure that work happens as efficiently as possible. To that end, the city is rolling out a new tool, StreetSmart, aims to give city agencies and non-profit groups a comprehensive view of all of the data being collected on New York’s homeless on a daily basis.
Think of StreetSmart as a customer relationship management system for the homeless. Every day in New York, some 400 outreach workers walk the streets checking in on homeless people and collecting information about their health, income, demographics, and history in the shelter system, among other data points. The workers get to know this vulnerable population and build trust in the hope of one day placing them in some type of housing.
Traditionally, outreach workers have entered information about every encounter into a database, keeping running case files. But those databases never talked to each other. One outreach worker in the Bronx might never know she was talking to the same person who’d checked into a Brooklyn shelter a week prior. More importantly, the worker might never know why that person left. What’s more, systems used by city agencies and non-profits seldom overlapped, complicating efforts to keep track of individuals.
“It would require reinventing the wheel in every case,” says Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steve Banks.
A True View
Banks wanted a tool that would not only enable workers to coordinate their efforts, but also give the city government a true overview of the homelessness problem that would enable officials to design interventions based on real data, not rough estimates. The city’s tech team worked with non-profit organizations such as Project Hospitality in Staten Island as well as BronxWorks to find out what the outreach workers on the front lines of this citywide disaster need.
“The work itself is difficult, but then managing the work, and where people are and tracking folks is a big, huge thing we deal with,” says Juan Rivera, who directs homeless outreach for BronxWorks.
Outreach workers need to be armed with as much information as possible if they’re going to build trust with clients, Rivera says. They need to know, for instance, if a homeless individual in their neighborhood recently left a detox program in another neighborhood. That person might need more than just a bed to get back on his feet. StreetSmart gives outreach workers access to that information. At the same time, the team behind StreetSmart took pains to protect clients’ privacy, so, for instance, only authorized officials would have access to people’s medical history.
The big promise of StreetSmart extends beyond its ability to help outreach workers in the moment. The aggregation of all this information could also help the city proactively design fixes to problems it wouldn’t have otherwise seen. The tool has a map feature that shows where encampments are popping up and where outreach workers are having the most interactions. It can also be used to assess how effective different housing facilities are at keeping people off the streets.
Which, of course, is what all of this is really about. All of the technology in the world won’t matter if the facilities available to homeless people are fundamentally unsafe places where they don’t want to be. “The more we can integrate services the better,” says Deborah Padgett, a professor of social work at New York University. “But my concern is what is waiting for them once they get off the street?”
Padgett is one of many advocates who argue that what the city is offering today is far from enough. The Coalition for the Homeless has argued that expanding the shelter system is simply a Band-aid on the much deeper wound: the lack of permanent affordable housing in the city.
Commissioner Banks, a former attorney-in-chief at the Legal Aid Society, which represents low-income New Yorkers, acknowledges that underlying issue. “This has been a trajectory over multiple decades reflective of the need for affordable housing,” he says.
These knotty societal issues, decades in the making, could very likely take decades to unwind—no matter how efficient the technology working in service of ending the problem.
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MUCH MORE ON THE MASS MEDIA RAGS HERE
The most major failing of the global rags, many run by billionaires, is how they rate any country's success.
It doesn't matter what percentage of the population are millionaires or even billionaires what matters is how
a country's population as a whole are doing. There is no use having a small percentage of the population living like
kings and queens when the rest of population can hardly keep a roof over their head or feed, clothe and heat
So much emphasise is spent looking at what the rich are doing when a whole underclass are forgotten and
the media spends so much time ignoring their issues because they totally rely on advertising revenue and
to cater for those who have the spare cash to buy the tacky goods they sell to those with more money than sense.
The mark of a country's success is the quality of life that everyone should enjoy without living in squalor and indebted
to a state that has placed the interests of the rich, who in the end fund the political ego's, that in time will find out how
long the peasants can tolerate their indifference.
Only the rise of technology has leveled the playing field and why the corporate rags are desperately trying to
avoid their past history steeped in some of the most fascist articles that vilify the poor as if they themselves are responsible
for their own poverty. These evil bastards are now paying a heavy price for that indifference and deservedly so.
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staff member abused the homeless lady and continued to humiliate her rather than seeking help for her.
A lady called Samantha Isherwood kindly came to the woman's aid and intervened because of how she was
being spoken to by the ASDA staff member. The homeless lady had no shoes on her feet and was bought some from
Samantha from the ASDA store in Rochdale. Because of this Samantha has been banned from the store.
This is disgusting and the store must compensate Samantha and the homeless lady. The staff member is the one
who needs banning.
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When a young child is more in touch with humanity than governments you know you are living
under an oppressive regime.
Selfless Bella Wiles, 5, was moved to tears last December when she saw a homeless man during a family holiday
A little girl forfeited all her Christmas presents this year after telling her parents she wanted the money to be spent on the homeless instead.
Adorable Bella Wiles, 5, has been dubbed a "guardian angel" after using the money to buy people sleeping rough warm clothes.
The youngster was inspired to help after she burst into tears when she saw a homeless man while on a family holiday last December.
Bella decided she didn't want any presents this Christmas, asking mum Samantha Elliott and dad Adam Wiles to use the money they would have spent on her to buy gifts for the homeless.
Bella didn't stop there though as she decided to spend Christmas day cooking hot food at an organised dinner for people without a home.
Now, thanks to Bella's generosity, she is affectionately known as the 'guardian angel' to homeless people in her town of Basingstoke, Hants.
Miss Elliott, 32, said: "Bella burst into tears while we were on holiday in Cornwall last December when she saw a man sleeping on the street and asked to buy him some food.
"Bella gave him some hot pasta, a cup of tea and a reindeer cake, and since then she has bought food for homeless people whenever she sees them."
In October, while visiting London to with her parents, little Bella became concerned about the number of homeless people she saw and asked Miss Elliott and Mr Wiles how much they would spend on gifts for her this Christmas.
When they told her, she said she did not want presents this year, instead wanting them to use the money to buy clothing for people sleeping rough.
Miss Elliott said: "We couldn't ignore her request and took her shopping to buy hats, gloves, socks, underwear and other warm clothing for her to give to people.
"Bella wrapped them up with a candy cane and gave them out to rough sleepers at a Christmas lunch organised by a drop-in centre called the Camrose Centre, in Basingstoke.
"And while most children would have spent their Christmas holiday playing with new toys, Bella used her free time cooking hot food to give out to homeless people.
"She used leftover food from Christmas Day to cook a turkey risotto, that she found in a Jamie Oliver recipe book, and she also made sausage sandwiches.
"Then she delivered them personally to people, with a message saying 'love Bella' written on top."
Accounts manager Mr Wiles, 40, added that one of the homeless people who Bella served at the dinner was so amazed at what she was doing that she ran out to buy her a Christmas present.
He said: "We didn't want to get in her way while she was at the dinner so we left her to it, but one of the people there told us about a homeless woman who ran out of the meal.
"She actually went and bought Bella a Christmas present to say thank you.
"Bella was so moved that this lady who has nothing went out and bought something for her to say thanks."
The selfless five-year-old has also started a JustGiving donations page, with the help of her mum, to raise more money to try and buy more clothing and sleeping bags for people.
The page has reached £840 of its £1,000 target so far.
Miss Elliott, who also has another eight-week-old daughter, said: "Bella is becoming known as their little guardian angel.
"I'm so proud of her but it's hard not to get choked up talking to these people who are out in these freezing cold nights whilst we are warm at home.
"If people took the time to talk to these people they would realise that a lot of them have fallen on tough times.
"They are friendly and welcome a hot meal and more than anything they are happy they are being spoken to like human beings."
Miss Elliott added: "It amazes me that Bella would rather help others than do things for herself.
"She amazes me daily with her selflessness. She makes me a better person and is such an inspiration.
"My little lady with a big heart is planning to change the world and do some good."
Forget about the supposed charities who claim to help the homeless
but instead help their Chief Executives fund mansions and flash cars this is a far surer
way of ensuring your money goes directly to those that matter.
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Luke doesn't plan on staying homeless. Even at 6, Luke wants to continue his education at Los Angeles City College where he holds a 3.0 GPA (grade point average).
Luke's desire is to help other people, but right now he is the one who needs some help. Luckily Angelenos can help end homelessness this Election Day. Vote YES on Proposition HHH to build as many as 10,000 permanent supportive housing units in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times endorsed HHH - check it out to learn why.
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More than 22,300 private renters were evicted by bailiffs in the last 12 months - that’s 1,075 people per day ending up on the street.
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This is almost double the figure from the same period five years ago at 11,338 households.
Shelter says every day it hears from families facing the devastation of losing their home and the charity is struggling to keep up with demand.
Shelter Chief Executive, Campbell Robb, said: “The figures are a painful reminder of the catastrophic impact welfare cuts and our drought of affordable homes are having on thousands of people in England.
“We are extremely worried that short-sighted plans in the government’s Housing Bill will further shrink the numbers of genuinely affordable homes and make things even worse.
“The government can’t continue to ignore the root cause of the crisis and the ordinary families most affected by it.”
Paying rent should always be your priority. Don’t ignore letters or phone calls, you might hope will sort themselves out, they won’t. It’s important you read everything you receive from your landlord.
If you’re struggling with your housing don’t wait until it is too late to seek help. Get free, confidential advice from Shelter at or by calling its helpline on 0808 800 4444. You can get free help with debt repayment worries from your local Citizens Advice or the National DebtHelpline on 0808 808 4000.