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.
- This week, Nov. 14-20, is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week — We have been sharing Personal Reflections on Homelessness, which you can see here.
- For homeless, too, a daily commute in rush-hour traffic [Washington Post] — A city-operated free bus service shuttles people experiencing homelessness around D.C. to various services.
- More cities offer homeless free storage to ease mobility [USA Today] — Some cities, including Chicago, home to one of our five chapters, are developing services to give people experiencing homelessness locations for short-term storage of personal possessions. A homeless man from D.C. leads the story.
- Homeless man creates awareness with trip [Bismarck Tribune] — “Greg Staffa, 35, of Farmington, Minn., said he represents the new breed of homelessness — those who use social networking, but whose newer cars have replaced their foreclosed homes.”
- (Edmonton) Homelessness drops for first time in years [Canada.com] — No word on what caused the smaller count, which is interesting because the opposing trend, of course, is happening throughout the United States, from Tempe to North Dakota to Oahu to Brooklyn.
- Survey Finds Whole Families in Homeless Shelters [Hartford Advocate] — Counts in Hartford, Conn. show a growing number of full families in facilities.
- Convicted ex-Commissioner Koons honored for years of helping homeless [Palm Beach Post] — A County Commissioner recently conviced of extortion charges is celebrated for his work with the area’s homeless population.
- Reno to Order Homeless Squatters Off Streets [Kolo] — Lying on a sidewalk in downtown Reno has long been a misdemeanor crime, its enforcement and boundaries are being expanded.
- Plan to Jail Homeless Helpers Scrapped in Oakland Park [NBC Miami] — “City ordinance would have cracked down on giving to panhandlers”
- Homeless to get free services in East Palo Alto [San Mateo County Times] — This California community, like others across the country, brings together various agencies and nonprofits to offer mental and physical health screenings for people experiencing homelessness. It’s also happening around Cincinnati.
GIVE A GLANCE
- Thousands of children in state are homeless [WLBT] — 12,000 children are homeless in Mississippi. Find a profile of homeless teens in Anchorage. There’s another homeless census happening in a Colorado community.
- With Many Listening, Homeless Teens Lay Out Their Struggle [Kitsap Sun] — This Washington State community too is seeing a rise in teen homelessness. There are an estimated 25,000 from K-12 in the state.
- Homeless asked to leave strip of White Slough [Times-Herald] — A California tent city is cleared by authorities
- Lives of the homeless: Their stories told with photos [MinnPost] — Photos of some of Minnesota’s 13,100 homeless.
- The Fight To End Chronic Homelessness In SD Continues [KPBS] They have launched a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness.
- We’re winning homeless fight [Chelmsford Weekly News] — The U.K. community has reduced homelessness applications by working to stop people from losing housing and housing those who have. There is concern around growth of young homeless.
- If you can’t eliminate homelessness… [Hartford Courant blog] — A criticism of efforts there to push homelessness, not solve the issue.
A Thanksgiving ministry meal for the homeless in Knoxville, which you can watch below.
Find past roundups of homelessness news here.