Tougher laws considered against attacks on homeless

April 29, 2008

USA Today reports, “A rise in attacks against homeless people in 2007 has more states considering harsher penalties in hate crime laws for attacking a homeless person.”

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Homeless, But Not Voteless

April 24, 2008

The City Paper reports that, “A program tries to make the homeless a meaningful political constituency.”

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City to keep open “overnight cafes” for homeless

April 22, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The city of Philadelphia temporarily averted a surge in the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets by agreeing yesterday to keep open three ‘overnight cafes’ – special all-night, drop-in centers that offer food and help.”

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Unsilent Nights: Life in a women’s homeless shelter

April 3, 2008

The City Paper reports, “When I ring the bell at the Eliza Shirley House, a women’s shelter on Arch Street, a security guard opens the door. Looking me over, he tells me that he’s seen me before and remembers my face. I tell him I doubt it. He insists, saying he remembers my locks, and as he checks my bag, says that yes, he saw me on 69th Street. He asks if I have any weapons, scissors or razor blades, then confiscates my bottle of green tea.”

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Nutter urged to reexamine homelessness in Phila.

March 27, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “n the face of a rising homeless population in Philadelphia, the head of a federal council on homelessness yesterday urged Mayor Nutter to come up with a new strategy for attacking the problem.”

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Washington’s Grand Experiment to Rehouse the Poor

March 21, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Citing a “moral goal,” the District of Columbia is preserving low-income housing by replacing dangerous projects with new communities that mix the poor with higher income residents.”

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The Homeless Services Grassroots

March 6, 2008

Behind the big shelters and agencies, tiny do-gooder groups keep people alive. Full Article