Every Friday, the Back on My Feet blog will feature a roundup of timely, prominent homelessness news, issues, concepts and trends from across the country and world. Subscribe to content regarding homelessness by way of either an RSS feed or e-mail blast.
- Oregon: Saving Ryan [Wilamette Week] — The plight of one heroin user in Portland, Ore. is shared to show his relationship with two judges, as part of that state’s new budget-strained social services network.
- Canada:Local players loving Homeless World Cup [The Province] — The Canadian team is enjoying itself at the Homeless World Cup currently being held in Brazil, as we noted last week.
- 1.68 Billion Dollars in Homeless Assistance Grants to Support Thousands of Local Projects Nationwide [Rise Media] — For programs that house and serve homeless persons and families across the country
- Tax credits touted as key to homelessness [Calgary Herald] — Tax cuts — and not more funding for government-led programs — could be the key to helping end homelessness in Canada if Ottawa offers tax credits to lure private enterprise into building more low-income housing, according to a policy paper released by the University of Calgary.
- Sacramento County looks at shifting homeless services to nonprofit group [Sacramento Bee] — Facing historic budget deficit, the logic is that a nonprofit group could solicit donations and support more readily.
- Baltimore County plots course to end homelessness [Baltimore Sun] — Back on My Feet has a chapter in Baltimore city.
Below, a new focus on youth homelessness in Oregon, a homeless census in San Diego and more.
- Oregon: Number of homeless students continues to increase in Salem-Keizer School District [Statesman Journal] — “In this decade, however, the fastest-growing homeless population is parents with children….Ever since widespread homelessness re-emerged in America in the 1980s, solutions often seemed out of reach or even hard to envision. The lack of hope was among the greatest impediments to effective responses.”
- Australia: Vic govt pledges extra $42m for homeless [Sydney Morning Herald] — Pressure to reduce its homeless population has led to the announcement of increased funds targeting the reduction of portions of the city’s homeless population.
- Taiwan: Charity groups doing their best to help the homeless [Taipei Times] — “…His plight reflects the stigma of homelessness in Taiwan, where it is relatively uncommon and largely ignored as a social phenomenon, and the difficulty nongovernmental organizations like the foundation have in reintroducing the homeless to society.”
- Volunteers start count of city’s homeless [Sign on San Diego] — Volunteers help with homeless census, as part of national initiative to reduce the homeless population.
- New homeless shelter open in time for World Equestrian Games [WKYT] — Ahead of a national event, Lexington officials are opening a new facility for the city’s homeless, who often receive food at a facility that will be used for the games.
- Homelessness Solution Recognized by Clinton Global Initiative [Huffington Post]
- Los Angeles: Homelessness town hall meeting scheduled for tonight in Venice [89.3 KPCC radio] — A growing collection of non-permanent residents of Los Angeles County are stirring up conflict with others in the Venice community.
- Cincinnati: Lighthouse Youth Services plans new homeless shelter for young adults [Business Courier of Cincinnati] — A nonprofit in Cincinnati is building a homeless facility dedicated to younger people, aged 18-24.
- Dallas: Campaign against homelessness will be launched Friday in Oak Cliff [Dallas Morning News] — An initiative to confront chronic homelessness in Dallas will be launched Friday
- Homelessness figures on the rise in Wales [BBC]
- Washington state: Plan and a helping of hope are best tools to fight homelessness [News Tribune] –
- Virginia: Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Harrisonburg [WHSV]
Find past roundups of homelessness news here.