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Canada’s Federal Government Commits To Ending Homelessness

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Canada's most recent Speech From the Throne states, "the Government is now focused on entirely eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada." Governments in many countries acted during the early phases of...

Building The Bridge To Housing From Homelessness

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Interviews with people who are homeless leave no doubt that they would prefer to live in housing. The experience of finding and moving to housing highlights the challenges involved...

Do Tourists⬇ + COVID Homeless Shelters⬆ = Longer Term Opportunities?

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Will the tourist industry rebound? Sooner or later, COVID-19 will degenerate into one more everyday menace to be avoided (e.g. everything from catching the flu to falling overboard from...

COVID-19: Not Everyone Loves Hotel Rooms, Not Even The Homeless. But Some Do.

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In Western Australia, officials reacted with dismay and annoyance when a number of people who were experiencing homelessness "looked the hotel room gift horse in the mouth" and abandoned...

Helping Homeless Shelters To Welcome Pets And Their Owners

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Streetvet, a cadre of volunteers in England, offers veterinary services to over 1,000 pets that belong to people who are homeless. During the COVID-19 lockdown, local councils offered emergency...

Students Pitch In To Build Housing For People Who Are Homeless

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The foremost affordable housing charity in the world proved the method: unskilled volunteers can be enticed to pay to travel to another continent, make a cash donation, then contribute...

Homeless To Housing: Housing First. And Second? There’s A Big Time Second!

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'Housing First' is a world-respected program designed to rescue individuals from homelessness. It has been very successful. Indeed, its success has been communicated to city councils everywhere to the...

Pardon Our Enthusiasm: The UK Momentary End To Homelessness That Wasn’t

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So where did it come from — all the COVID-19 homelessness good news that actually wasn't? Affordablehousingaction.org thought that Everyone In, which directed local councils to provide housing for everyone who was...

Wonder Why Rehousing The Homeless Needs Support? A Dog Explains It

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If you think about people who experience homelessness at all, do you wonder why it seems so difficult to simply insert a certain number of street people into the...

Everyone In? Not Really.

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England's Everyone In program drew a lot of attention. On Mar 27, 2020, the national government gave local Councils 48 hours to find housing for everyone who was sleeping...

A COVID-19 Recovery Plan To End Homelessness

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The mission of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is pretty self evident. These days, it’s making the case that ending homelessness should be part of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery...

Preventing Homelessness Takes More Than Imagination

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In the article linked below, researchers in Wales report about how strategies to prevent homelessness can be undermined, rendering them imaginary. Iolo Madoc-Jones and colleagues wanted to investigate the effects...

Women Set Up Tent Community For Evicted Neighbours

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A recent article reports on the actions of one woman in Oakland California who decided she had a moral duty to both her community and her neighbours who had...

U. S. Housing’s Ben Carson, Maestro Of Medical Metaphor, Attacks California

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Thanks to a FOXBusiness report, the world is aware that Secretary Ben Carson of HUDHUD — the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has recently 'called out' the...

Persistence, Not Perfection, Plucks Homeless From Atlanta Streets

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For Atlanta, Georgia's homeless population, persistence has paid off. The city lays no claim to a magic formula for getting people out of the streets and into homes. Other...

Permanently Temporary: Sure Sign That Homelessness Solutions Are Becoming Part Of The Problem

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Cities in more advanced countries have made do for decades with handfuls of emergency shelters for the homeless, their number expanding in the winters of harsher climates. In many...

Researchers Issue A Challenge To Make ‘Housing First’ Work Better

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Have you wondered how people who are homeless leave the streets and move to housing? How does Housing First, a program proven to help people who are homeless move...

Lindsay, Ontario’s ‘Housing First’ Building Of Doom

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Housing First is a program that supports people who are homeless to move into housing.For more on Housing First, see What Is Housing First? Why Is It So Popular?...

California Homelessness: ‘Housing First’ Masks A Greater Problem

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Housing First is a much respected world wide housing program. It has been so successful in helping individuals who are chronically homeless to leave the streets that its approach...

Nevada Homeless: Sin Tax Money Buys Housing, Not Necessarily Homes

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The annual report of the NLIHC (National Low Income Housing Coalition) places Nevada in the thick of America's housing crisis for low income workers and families. In 99% of...

Finding The Path To End Indigenous Homelessness

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How can we support people who are homeless to leave the streets and move to permanent housing? The link below leads to a Canadian research study that tackled this...

‘Housing First’ Programs To End Homelessness Are Challenged By Boom Economies

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Rapid housing and client choice are two of the hallmarks of Housing First programs. For an introduction to Housing First, try: What Is Housing First? Why Is It So...

Ending Homelessness: Is There Something We’re Missing?

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In Seattle, a project that began with such hope is winding down. Tiny homes were assembled on a site and made available to people who were homeless. The lucky...

Compassion Vs. Institutionalization: Janesville Considers The ‘When A Car Is Your Home’ Issue

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Signs of the times: No overnight parking. Violators will be Towed. (Or more likely, harassed by security guards or police and forced to move on.) Lawyers argue that parking lots need...

What’s In A Name? Solutions To Housing Crisis Turn On Use, And Misuse, Of Words

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Words can be misused cynically, or simply by ignorance. During a local, regional or even national housing crisis, misuse of words can lead to both public and political confusion....

Homelessness: Ireland Tries ‘Health First’ When ‘Housing First’ Is Not An Option

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Housing First, a widely promoted approach to ending homelessness, is based on the idea that people who are homeless cannot properly focus on sorting out their often complex lives...

Los Angeles Leans On Trustworthy Non-Profits To House The Homeless

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So why would a landlord ever want to rent a market rate apartment to a homeless person? It's exactly what you thought. They don't. Small and large studies in America show...

Finding Ho-Hum: Good News Stories And Affordable Progress Vs. NIMBY Nastiness

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NIMBY almost inevitably marred a recent heart-warming Toronto tale of a single family's selfless gift to homeless women. A family purchased a mansion-sized house on a five lane commuter corridor...

Blue Mountain City Council, NSW, Invests To Kick-Start A Garden Flats Experiment

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What do you call a small residence squirrelled away on the grounds of a principal residence? They may be known as accessory dwelling units (ADU's), garden flats, second suites,...

Quick Fix? Housing First. For The Longer Term, Fort Collins Pinpoints Homelessness Causes.

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How do you get from, "Hey, there's too many folks sleeping on our streets!" all the way to "Wow! We've got all our homeless stabilized in housing?" A current Fort...

Kamloops Can Dodge NIMBY With Temporarily Permanent Transitional Housing For The Homeless

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In an age of increasing homelessness, the alarm is sounding in civic councils. They are struggling to find constructive, supportive ways to tackle the problem of people with nowhere...

Head-In-The-Sand Cincinnati Ostrich Gets Affordable Housing Stuck To Its Eyeball

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Out of sight, out of mind? By banning homelessness camps in public places, Cincinnati hopes to solve their affordable housing crisis. If you can't see it, the crisis must...

Keeping People in Affordable Houses: Non-Profit Makes House Into Home

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Whoever you are, the first time you climb onto a housing ladder of any kind, whether rental or ownership, you most probably face an immediate crisis. Sure, there are exceptions....

ADU’s+Tiny Homes+Mentors For Ex-Offenders? It Beats A Suicide Watch!

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Beginning on a sobering note, A recent British study outlined the dismally low percentage of success in finding housing for those newly released from the prison system. The most...

The Affordable Community: When An Affordable Home Is Not Enough

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Humans are by and large sociable animals. Or, if you prefer, sociable God's creatures. Indeed, religions are both powered and empowered by the social magnet of their communities. They...

Squat To Own: Impossible? Not So, Call The Expert Who’s Been There.

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Squatter's rights: hard to believe they have any. But they do, along with a host of wrongs, such as trespass. Ask Steven DeCaprio. He's been there. A squatter living in the...

Do Homeless In America Go Where Affordable Housing Is? Or Isn’t?

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Check it out, state by state. By and large, there is a consistent relationship between the states with the most homelessness and the states with the most affordable housing....

Wisconsin Activists: ‘Housing First’ Needs Vital Followup To End Homelessness

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Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness  has published a paper they hope will receive active consideration from the State Legislature. They point to the current interest in the respected Housing First concept as...

The View From Hobart: Booming Economies Swell Jobs, Shrink Homes

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In the United States, the current Republican-dominated congress, the president, big businesses and wealthy cronies have dined out on a 1.5 trillion dollar tax break which will supposedly more...

The Many Colors Of NIMBY: Bigly-Bad And Just Too In-Tents — A NIMBY Twofer

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Finland Ended Homelessness, Thanks To Housing First. But Not JUST Housing First!

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In a world plagued by a lack of affordable housing, and rising homelessness, the Finnish have seemingly achieved a miracle by eradicating homelessness in their nation. The 'saint' responsible...

Tent City Of Tomorrow? Strong, Cheap, Beehive Life In Sewer Pipes.

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Does the idea of life in a stack of sewer pipes sound like a nightmare? Do you shudder when you imagine a creepy high rise of tubular sleeping coffins?...

Homeless Bubbles. Moveable . . . Sure. Drainable? The Jury’s Out.

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Authorities have discovered that growing tent cities of homeless people can be torn down. But without taking steps to address the actual problem, a homeless encampment, just like a...

Tiny Houses As Personalized Homeless Shelters— A Stepping Stone To Permanent Housing?

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Can a temporary homeless shelter provide dignity and privacy? These are underlying principles of a San Jose, California initiative to create little villages of tiny, lock-upable homes instead of...
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