In New York City, during working hours, homelessness is there for all to see. An estimated 58,000 people forage for help and survival by day, then retreat to shelters at night. Now comes startling news of federal budget cuts that could mean the loss of 500 shelter beds operated by a dozen or so organizationsContinue reading NYTimes: New Priority Means Fewer Beds in City’s Shelters
Advocates for homeless people filed a complaint with New York City’s Civil Rights Commission on Thursday accusing the Police Department of targeting people living on the street, a practice they say violates a two-year-old law that prohibits “bias-based profiling.” In June 2015, police officers began issuing “move along” orders in the area around 125th StreetContinue reading NYTimes: New York Police Illegally Profiling Homeless People, Complaint Says
LOS ANGELES — They lean unsteadily on canes and walkers, or roll along the sidewalks of Skid Row here in beat-up wheelchairs, past soiled sleeping bags, swaying tents and piles of garbage. They wander the streets in tattered winter coats, even in the warmth of spring. They worry about the illnesses of age andContinue reading NYTimes: Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless
HONOLULU — Anna Sullivan is prohibited from sitting on a sidewalk. She cannot wander off to find food without worrying that the police might seize her shopping cart. She cannot sleep on Waikiki Beach without fear of being rousted. Ms. Sullivan, 45, has been homeless for eight years since she got out of prison.Continue reading NYTimes:Aloha and Welcome to Paradise. Unless You’re Homeless.
SARASOTA, Fla. — David Cross had been such a fixture at Five Points Park, a patch of green in the prospering heart of this city, that residents dubbed the homeless man “the mayor.” But that was before the city removed the park bench where he held court. Before a new panhandling ordinance made it illegalContinue reading The Washington Post: Homeless say booming cities have outlawed their right to sleep, beg and even sit
BOSTON —A homeless shelter in Boston is empowering its teenage girls in an unprecedented way: by teaching them how to code. During the past school year, a dozen or so girls have been coming together one night a week to take coding classes in the humble basement of Brookview House, a homeless shelter and affordableContinue reading WCBV: Boston homeless shelter empowering teenage girls through coding
They come at night, desperate, looking for a place to rest. For Boston’s homeless, the staff running shelters swoops in to offer assistance — a bed, warm meals, a safe place. Figuring out the root causes for why a person shows up must wait. Now, for the first time, city housing advocates are banking onContinue reading Globe: Walsh Budget Aims To Tackle Chronic Homelessness
As a photographer working in New York City, Erin Dinan often found herself drawn to the city’s homeless community. She’d photograph those living on the street as a way to bring awareness to the issue, and afterward, she’d always leave them a small parting gift. Read more here.
By Sriram Khe I picked up plenty of new ideas at the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in San Francisco. In addition to the scholarly sessions that served abundant intellectual fodder, the city streets also made me think, yet again, about one particular issue — the homeless. The Hilton atContinue reading The Register-Guard: Apathy toward homelessness baffling
On my commute into work one night this past January, I could tell that something unusual was happening: Several police cars with full lights and sirens raced past me, as did a pair of ambulances. I followed their wails through downtown Seattle to King County’s public hospital, where I work the night shift as theContinue reading The Atlantic: The Impossibility of Managing a Chronic Disease While Homeless