Aug 26

Street Blues, A View Through Music

Aug 26

How To Help!

Are you interested in doing something for the homeless in the Bay Area? Take a look at the St. Mary’s Center in Oakland. The non-profit center, providing services to the elderly and minor(under 18) homeless, has been helping the Bay Area for the past 25 years and has the Bay’s only Senior Shelter. They always need volunteers to help out. http://stmaryscenter.org/volunteer/

Aug 26

House Keys Not Handcuffs

House Keys Not Handcuffs has become a powerful slogan for homeless rights activists around the country. Paul Boden, previously homeless, is the author of a book with the slogan as the title. He has been an activist for the past decade and a half. Below is a PBS interview with Paul, discussing the book and its purpose.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/paul-boden/

Aug 26

Homeless Slide Show

Images of Berkeley homeless people.

Aug 26

Video Trailer!

Aug 17

Sheltered Vs. Unsheltered

Statistics taken from hudexchange.info

Statistics taken from hudexchange.info


These eye-popping stats show how unique California’s Homeless population is currently.

Aug 17

Another Example of Aggressive Policing

http://sfist.com/2015/08/17/video_homeless_amputee_taken_down_b.php

SFPD uses force on a homeless man with a prosthetic leg. You can see an officer with his knee on the prosthetic. The man repeatedly pleads for him to get off of him.

Aug 17

Understanding the Vocabulary

Every subject and sub-topic has its own vocabulary and lexicon. The major organizations that track and report on homelessness have loosely agreed on certain terms and their definitions as it relates to the topic. To keep all the following posts standardized and relevant, these terms will be used henceforth in lieu of non-industry lexicon. The following vocabulary is pulled from The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Continuums of Care (CoC)
Local planning bodies responsible for coordinating the full range of homeless services in a geographic area. (e.g. city, county, metropolitan area, state)
Individuals
People who are not part of a family during their episode of homelessness.
People in Families
People who are homeless as part of a household that has at least one child and one adult.
Unaccompanied Children and Youth
People who are not part of a family during their episode of homelessness and who are under the age of 25.
Sheltered Homeless People
People who are staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens.
Emergency Shelter
A facility with the primary purpose of providing temporary shelter for homeless people.
Safe Havens
Private or semi-private long-term housing for people with severe mental illness and are limited to serving no more than 25 people within a facility.
Transitional Housing Program
Housing where homeless people may stay and receive supportive services for up to 24 months, and are designed to enable them to move into permanent housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Designed to provide housing (project- and tenant-based) and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless people with a disability.
Chronically Homeless
Refers to people with a disability who has either been continuously homeless for 1 year or more or has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last 3 years.

Henry, Meghan; Cortes, Dr. Alvaro; Morris, Sean. The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress,
hudexchange.info web 8/17/2013

Aug 12

Torture

I have heard many homeless complain about being roused by the police.

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Aug 12

Progress!

Bluewallof

 

Below is an article from the SFist.com news site. The willingness of the Justice Department to prosecute Michael Lewelling in the beating of a disabled homeless man is a baby step in the right direction.¬†What I love about this piece is that it unintentionally highlights the decline of the Blue Wall of Silence. For those who haven’t heard that phrase, it is the unofficial policy of police departments around the country to not back claims or release evidence of abuses, brutality, and any unethical behavior reported against a police officer. http://sfist.com/2015/08/05/bully_sf_sheriffs_deputy_faces_thre.php

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