It’s Imperative that We Connect We’re Headed Through Rough Seas We Need Sanctuary for Everyone

The hassle with the Denver center for people who are on the streets is that it works more essentially with the deserving motivated people who are limited in their lives.  

 

 

Day center for Denver homeless is a worthy project

By The Denver Post Editorial Board

POSTED:   04/17/2014 

 

 
Architect’s rendering of the Lawrence Street Community Center.

Architect’s rendering of the Lawrence Street Community Center. (Provided by Eidos Architects)

A plan to build an $8.6 million homeless community center on Lawrence Street near Coors Field is certainly not going to solve the problem of homelessness, but it is a humane and sensible way to offer daily refuge.

On Monday, the City Council will cast initial votes on the project, which will be paid for with money from a tax-increment fund.

Unfortunately, the vote is coming against strong opposition from some in the neighborhood, including the Ballpark Neighborhood Association.

They say the city’s money would be better spent on long-term housing options, treatment and job training and are upset by what they call a “rushed process.”

However, city officials have been meeting with neighborhood representatives about plans for the area since last July. The public has been given ample opportunity to comment.

While it doesn’t hurt to listen to more comments, the truth is that this is a worthy project that will be good for the homeless and probably for the neighborhood, too.

No, it won’t solve the homelessness problem. But the Lawrence Street Community Center will be a respite from the hardened streets and will get men who are waiting for a nightly stay at the Denver Rescue Mission off of the sidewalks.

The center will have a kitchen, bathrooms, showers and a walled-in courtyard that will protect vulnerable homeless people from drug dealers and becoming prey to streetwise predators.

It is being modeled after facilities in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Atlanta that have policies and programs that have benefited the homeless and their communities.

The fact is that shelters for people in need have been operating in an area that used to be called “skid row” for decades. The Denver Rescue Mission has been in the same location since 1970 — long before almost all of the area’s current businesses and residences.

Providing the city’s most vulnerable citizens a safe place to stay during the day near essential services just makes sense.

 

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We’re All Distinct, Unique, With Complicated Lives We’re Always Looking for a Way Home

We’re All Distinct, Unique, With Complicated Lives

We’re Always Looking for a Way Home

 

Nothing about a person without a place is easy.  Answers providing cookie cutter places for us to lie down and rest are never adequate because our lives are distinct and piercing.  We have never had an easy time We have always been tested pushed to limits that we never understand.  We wish for simplicity and ways to make life easier but we seldom know where to go to be safe.  

 

We all remember a time when it was not this hard. Even the children among us when they started their lives with doubts and fears, have at times felt that there was someplace that was a sanctuary where you were welcomed and you felt at ease, even if it was for just a moment.

 

We have to each have a chance to express what matters most for us. That is why motivational interviewing is vital to our sustenance and what trauma informed care is all about. We all deserve to be listened to and have a chance to set our own course.

 

Together there are countless opportunities for us to overcome doubts and move on with our lives even when we have been let down countless times since we were born.

 

On Death and Dying a State-Wide Board Investiagting the Causes of Morbidity of People Who are Without a Safe Place to Rest

What we observe in human nature is not pretty, kind or just.  People are by and large cruel and inhumane.  A woman in her thrities recently left home and her two young children, went off and hung herself.  The reason for her affliction was nothing less than total loathing, failure of anyone providing a safe place for her and her family, ensuring that support exists whenever we house people who are unstable.

 

We have to create a state-wide commission that explores the causes of death and does something to reduce the risk and at the same time increases the stability of young children. We have a responsibility to make sure that children are safe.  Most of those who have experiences  of trauma like these two young children will likely be unable to function as adults unless we intervene and find ways of preventing the escalating rate of suicide in the United States.  There is no salient reason for these episodes to rise.  We have more than a million children under 18 throughout America without a safe stable place to live.

 

 

Health and Safety Go Hand in Hand – People Living on the Edge Are Most Likely to Ignore Vital Issues of Care Because of Trauma

Suicide comes in all shapes and manners by gouging out life.  The net effect is that we die younger and more painfully because we are anesthtizing the misery of our lives.  Smoking anything is a cruel, twisted punishment for shame and  misfortune.  What must be considered when listening to the person is,  “When did this begin?” and “How can we stamp out this desire to die.”

Doctors say 75% of homeless smoke, and it’s time to intervene.”

According to doctors writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately three-quarters of homeless people smoke cigarettes, and the complacent approach to that situation needs to change to support efforts to get them to quit.
“According to doctors writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately three-quarters of homeless people smoke cigarettes, and the complacent approach to that situation needs to change to support efforts to get them to quit.”

“Approximately three-quarters of homeless people smoke cigarettes, and the complacent approach to that situation needs to change to support efforts to get them to quit, according to doctors writing in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

“A recent report in the Los Angeles Times said the authors acknowledged difficulties in getting homeless people to either reduce or stop their smoking, including psychiatric and substance abuse issues. A lack of health insurance also means a lack of access to smoking cessation programs.”

“Vulnerable and marginalized populations continue to use tobacco at high rates,” including the 2.3 million to 3.5 million people in the United States who are homeless. There exists “a fatalistic attitude among healthcare professionals toward addressing tobacco use in this population,” the doctors wrote in the most recent issue of the journal.”

“Dr. Travis Baggett, lead author and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, said that during his 13 years of work with the homeless, he would have agreed that tobacco was not a priority. But he said his attitude has changed in the last five years.”

“Smoking “causes too many problems for us to ignore it,” he said in an accompanying interview on the journal’s website. It is “making our patients poorer or sicker, and they want to quit.”

“Smoking and mental illness are associated, but Baggett said the high rate of smoking among homeless is not fully explained by that complicating factor.”

“The Times reported that Baggett said the tobacco industry has taken advantage of the situation; the article cited a 1995 R.J. Reynolds program called Sub-Culture Urban Marketing, or SCUM, that targeted vulnerable people in San Francisco. However, a Reynolds spokesman said the program was never adopted.”

“We have no programs or marketing that focus on that group,” David Howard said in an email. “All of our marketing efforts are developed for and communicate to adult tobacco consumers, all adult tobacco consumers.”

“The rate of smoking among homeless people is four times that of the U.S. adult population, the doctors wrote in the journal. And the rate of smoking-related deaths is twice that among people with homes.”

“Doing nothing about this problem is no longer acceptable,” Baggett said.”

Efficiencies

Living simply without anything but what is necessary – sharing space – sharing everything as the Essenes in the Qumran Monastery.  Living without  - giving up – letting go – not worrying about whether you are clean –  gleaning everything for purposes of surviving  - for the purpose of treating the earth and the environment as sustainable limited resources for one to grow and nurture not pillage and molest.

Having the courage to do without – to live on less – to withstand the impulse to horde, to  control, to hold onto anything.  Inheritance not possessed or given to one’s off spring but to the community.  Not being buried or cremated, but being conscious of one’s finitude and planning on the final moments to go off to die.  Choosing the path from birth through all passages with conviction, temperance, resolute, strident in one’s simplicity.  If it is not possible to have medical care than one lives with the expectation that this is the best that one can do.

One stays put lives within a means of economy of scale.  no vacations, no sick days, no time off, no holidays.  Day of the week is a day from sunrise to long into the night one has the intention to live with restraint, basic comfort safety sustenance prayer meditation yoga finite delineated times for rest remaining conscious through waking and rest alike.

Studying, observing, remembering living in the present, at a steady, focused rate, feeling in touch with every step breath measure of life as though it is the only one that matters

Being kind responsive to all beings, to all life all nature all others as one feels the sacred profound responsibility to all that passes all that has come before that will be that is here within one’s senses that nothing is separate for this we ‘re aware that we know that we belong we count we matter, we’re one not separated not individual not alone not suffering nor afraid any more

Who we are is what we are and what we will become what we think is as precious as what we do there is no separation between I and Thou, all are  eternally connected in birth and death the same

this land is a sacred place this land is where we come from and where we will end nothing is distinct for anyone else and we take nothing elsewhere we are here for good

When we ask for whom the bell tolls we respond that it tolls for us all

efficiencies of scale abound in diet, dress  deportment composure, in use of vehicles, in space that we live, in the raiment and complexities of aging we will use what we must 

 being concerned with our life our will our future here before us this moment being able to peel away pretenses affectations focusing on how we look whether we are regarded with esteem is moot

we’re focused on us on our role on being in the world not apart nothing other than one’s principles virtue respect humility one’s promise to live with less matters  these principles are what matter most again and again we live simply with care of all that we use remembering that saving is our first resource in surviving.

We let go of suffering we forgive we live with passion but considering the rights and freedom of our neighbors we listen more and look let go allow time  get over our losses forge new networks find a place in our heart of peace safety to breathe take a moment a rhythm a cadence that can be applied to every gesture that is received or given

in all ways living in balance with the elements of all living waters and earth giving blessings to all directions all that passes before and aft

 

Anpther Perspective

“In a complicated world, the most difficult thing to do is be a simple man or woman. We cannot solve complicated issues and make our lives simpler, by using the same complicated thinking which got us into the problem. We must make simpler choices.”

“Is that good for me? No? Then, I’m not going to eat it. Simple.
Is that form bad for me? Yes? Then, I’m not going to use it to exercise. Simple.
Is that attitude healthy for my well-being? No? Then, I’m going to change my attitude. Simple.”
“Would I want someone saying that to me? No? Then, I’m not going to say it to a loved one. Simple”.
“Is there something that I could do to help this person? Yes? Then, I’m going to do it. Simple.”
“Is that the best I could do on this project? No? Then, I’m going to keep working to improve it. Simple.”

“Being a simple man, for me, is a sword, not a suit of armor. Complication picks up pieces and carries them; little half-truths, compromises of integrity and deceptions no matter how heavy, awkward or rusty. Simplicity severs away that which is found to be untrue, with quick, albeit uncomfortable cuts.”

“False: when things change, I will lead a happy, better life.
True: when I simply choose to be happier and better, things will change.”

Very Respectfully,
Scott Sonnon

 

100,000 Homes Campaign – Where’s Housing for Everyone, Permanent Sustainable for Life?

100,000 Homes | For 100,000 homeless individuals and families.
Powered by Community Solutions March 4, 2014

Good News to Kickstart Your Month!

     
    José spent 30 years homeless in Florida’s Treasure Coast region with a large mass growing out of his neck. By the time Angela, a local mental health professional, discovered him on the side of the highway last month, he was without food and had become too weak to stand up. With few resources available, Angela called the Mayor of Sebastian, Bob McPartlan, who came out to check on José himself.

After meeting with José, McPartlan contacted the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, the local organization leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign in the Treasure Coast region. Staff at the Council immediately moved José into a hotel room while they worked on a permanent solution. Only days later, on his 62nd birthday, José finally moved into a permanent apartment.

The Treasure Coast community came together to ensure that José’s homecoming was a warm one, with the local Salvation Army branch donating furniture, a faith-based outreach ministry setting up his new apartment, and a local day shelter providing clothes and toiletries. Since then, José has begun to access important medical care and has applied for food stamps.

José’s story demonstrates how unnecessary homelessness is in America. When communities come together with urgency and resolve to take action, dramatic change and lasting solutions are possible. 

Congratulations to the entire Treasure Coast community for doing whatever it takes to end homelessness. Welcome home, José!

   
         
   
 
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A lot of new people have escaped homelessness in the last few months, and we’re finally catching up! Whew! Proud to announce that communities participating in this movement have now housed 34,728 chronic and vulnerable homeless people! Share if your community was part of this milestone!

The ultimate factor is whether people remain in this housing and are able to continue effectively taking care of their responsibilities.  Do they remain working?  Are they building networks?  Are they feeling that their lives are better?  Are their support groups that include peer mentoring and support years after they are housed?  Do they have stable lives that are sustained?

It was said once that people see that homeless people and their issues are entrenched – there are those who remark, “The Homeless will always be with us.” There are still others who make the point that this either does not exist where they are or that no one will ever be out of business who administers programs to and for homeless people. To all who feel the problem should be determined by attrition or just disappear let’s open our mouth lift our voice and say, “The most difficult issues are those we embrace.”

Photo: Nice! Our fortune cookie applies to this whole movement!
 We need 35,000 units of housing right now here in Denver alone.

MANY LIVE ON THE EDGE

TOO MANY

Principally children and single head of families. They make up 1/2 of the homeless.

There’s a lot of great work that is being done across the nation by many organizations like the 100,000 Homes and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless,  Project Home as you see below in the posts from Facebook.  There is a lot of work that has to be done because every year that passes more and more people die on the streets and even when they are housed %10 are ill and die after they’ve been housed. 

Sustainability has to include living in place,  having a medical home, attaching housing to health care. We also must believe in our heart that this is not intractable. 

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      Bro. Adalberto Santiago Linda thanks for your visit to Caguas Puerto Rico today 24 Jan 2013 to help us to know more and reveiw the homeless counting for this New Year. After we finished the activity Francisco said we have over 3,700 homess in P.R. With 60% Chronic homelessness!
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    Day 2 OKC – group 5-6 surveyed 4 homeless men this morning, all basically at the McDonalds – appears to be the popular spot. We met Eddie, a 65 year old vietnam veteran who has been on the streets since 1980. He is not receiving any benefits and did not seem interested in many services. There was Curtis, a 50 year old who has been homeless over 8 years after his wife died of Leukemia. He was v…See More
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    It’s Registry Week season! Pre-dawn efforts to identify our homeless neighbors by name are underway or about to start in Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Fort Collins, the Chicago suburbs and more than 30 other places across the country! Here’s a photo of volunteers searching for their homeless neighbors in Santa Barbara early this morning!
    Photo: It's Registry Week season! Pre-dawn efforts to identify our homeless neighbors by name are underway or about to start in Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Fort Collins, the Chicago suburbs and more than 30 other places across the country! Here's a photo of volunteers searching for their homeless neighbors in Santa Barbara early this morning!
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    First day out – Team 5-6 OKC met two homeless folks at McDonalds: Janice, 63 year-old and Darrell, 34 year old. Janice had lost her trailer in 2012 and had been living in a truck with Darrell or sharing a room with some friends at a nearby motel. Darrell lost his roofing job 4 months ago and subsequently lost his trailer and most of his possessions. He and Janice have become friends and are wo…See More
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    Hey 100khomes – we went over 500 volunteers tonight for our Registry Week Jan 2013. Thanks for coaching us!
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    So many veterans experiencing homelessness are also battling post-traumatic stress disorder like Dr. Linnerooth. We’d like to hear your reflections on how these two experiences overlap and what can be done to help homeless vets facing PTSD.
    Losing One of Our Own
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    While the loss of any life to suicide is tragic, the loss of Dr. Peter Linnerooth is especially distressing to those of us in the mental health community.
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    Today marks 10 years that our brilliant and super fun director, Becky Kanis, has been working to end homelessness with theCommunity Solutions team! Happy anniversary, BK!
    Social Innovation Rock Star: Becky Kanis Celebrates 10 Years of Solving Homelessness
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    It’s Becky Kanis’ 10-year anniversary with the Community Solutions team!
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    Neighborhood Associations CAN & should be part if the solution too!Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah Here’s a great example from LA! We love their Home For Goodeffort too, along with 100,000 Homes Campaign they engaged the…See More

    10 Chronically Homeless Individuals Accept Housing Services from PATH
    PATH Services provides the support that homeless individuals and families need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own. High-quality supportive services are critical to ensuring that the people we serve are able to not only move into permanent …
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    For over two years, Lakiesha lived every mother’s worst nightmare as she struggled to keep her son safe without a home. Today, thanks to Watts Labor Community Action Committee, she has a job and a permanent apartment and is helping other homeless families! Learn more at: http://100khomes.org/blog/a-mother-and-son-move-home
    Photo: For over two years, Lakiesha lived every mother's worst nightmare as she struggled to keep her son safe without a home. Today, thanks to Watts Labor Community Action Committee, she has a job and a permanent apartment and is helping other homeless families! </p><br /><br />
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL, led by the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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    Weber County, UT, led by the Weber County Housing Authority
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    Each night, 60,000 veterans sleep on the streets. 100,000 Homes Campaign is committed to solve this problem, and we can help! They need volunteers to participate in upcoming “registry weeks” across the country. During this week, volunteers survey homeless communities to find those most vulnerable and collect data to help find ways to end homelessness. Click to find a city near you or start a registry in your town. Got Your 6
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    Atlanta residents! Please join me next weekend for the Atlanta Homeless Registry, an effort to find and survey ATL’s homeless residents to expedite permanent housing for as many as possible! This is connected to my job with the 100,000 Homes Campaign! Sign up below! (You can even request to be on my team!)
    Registry | Unsheltered No More
    Atlanta Homeless Registry January 2013On the evening of Thursday, January 17/morning of Friday, January 18, 2013, we need hundreds of volunteers to conduct surveys with people sleeping in unsheltered locations and emergency shelters.The goal of the Atlanta Homeless Registry is to create a by-name re…
     
     
     
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    All Hands on Deck Call is starting now! Join us, friends to get the latest and greatest on the campaign!
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    Hey everyone, our registry week is Jan 22 and Jan 23 this year! Thanks for your encouragement pushing us forward to solve local homelessness in Santa Barbara County!
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    Homeless Man Kicked Off Church Property By Redding California Police
    A homeless man seeking shelter on the Pilgrim Congregational Church’s property was removed from the premises, not by the church, but by Redding California po…
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    Our president, Rosanne Haggerty, of Community Solutions, on what to do when the solution is actually the problem…
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    Some problems are best tackled with a counter-intuitive approach.
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  50. One cool part of my job with the 100,000 Homes Campaign is getting to be involved in some amazing partnerships with very cool organizations. Check out what Got Your 6 did in partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation (Official) and Tostitos for some returning Veterans.

    Tostitos® Homecoming Party Bowl — Extended Version
    On December 13th, TOSTITOS partnered with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Got Your 6 to throw a surprise Homecoming Party Bowl for our troops at Cerritos Comm…
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  51. The new year begins with a flurry of new communities joining the 100,000 Homes Campaign! Here’s a tour from the Great Salt Lake to the Caribbean!
    Photo: Fort Lauderdale, FL, led by the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Photo: Grand Rapids, MI, led by the Affordable Housing Coalition!
    Photo: Puerto Rico's balance of state, led by Coalición de Apoyo Continuo a Personas sin Hogar en San Juan, Inc.!
    Photo: San Antonio and Bexar County, TX, led by the Housing Authority of Bexar County!
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  52. Check out these awesome Los Angeles communities doing hard work recruiting volunteers and getting prepared for the 2013 Homeless Count: Sunland-Tujunga 100K Homes CampaignSkid Row Counts 2013Artesia CountsBellflower CountsDowney Counts - way to go LA! Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
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  53. http://www.facebook.com/bornthiswayfoundation?fref=ts Saw this post on Born This Way Foundations Facebook Page and thought I would share it with you to see if you can help these 2 Homeless Veteran Heroes!! A Veteran myself it is awesoem to have heroes among us who are probably not asking for anything! It is still the Holidays and if we can lets help these 2 heores. Thank you
    matthew Hunt
    Founder
    A Rose of Thanks

    Lady Gaga proudly announces the launch of the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), which will support programs and initiatives that deal with all aspects of empowering youth. The non-profit charitable organization will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as t…

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  54. Very cool to see Kingdom Causes Bellflower helping to spearhead survey efforts in two nearby communities! Angeleños, check outArtesia Counts and Downey Counts to volunteer! (Anyone else branching out to help a neighboring community adopt best practices?)
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  55. HEY FOOTBALL FANS! We do so much work to house homeless veterans with Got Your 6. Tonight, they and our friends at the Pat Tillman Foundation (Official) will be getting a special shout-out at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl! Tune in to ESPN at 8:30 EST to watch the University of Oregon take on Kent State University and catch a special surprise honoring our veterans at halftime!
    Photo: HEY FOOTBALL FANS! We do so much work to house homeless veterans with Got Your 6. Tonight, they and our friends at the Pat Tillman Foundation (Official) will be getting a special shout-out at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl! Tune in to ESPN at 8:30 EST to watch the University of Oregon take on Kent State University and catch a special surprise honoring our veterans at halftime!
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  56. Much needed holiday rest is over. We’re excited to get back to the work of ending homelessness! What are your local team’s big goals for 2013?
    Photo: Much needed holiday rest is over. We're excited to get back to the work of ending homelessness! What are your local team's big goals for 2013?
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  1. Good news! U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sites across the country have reported new housing placements, and they’ve taken this movement over 24…25…26…27…28,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless people housed!!!! Happy holidays! Here’s a photo from the VA team in Palo Alto, CA celebrating their success!
    Photo: Good news! U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sites across the country have reported new housing placements, and they've taken this movement over 24...25...26...27...28,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless people housed!!!! Happy holidays! Here's a photo from the VA team in Palo Alto, CA celebrating their success!
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  2. New video is here! Check out these success stories and interviews with top-tier participants in this national movement for change!
    Join the Movement – Overview of the 100,000 Homes Campaign
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    Curious about the 100,000 Homes Campaign? Two years in, participating communities have now housed over 23,000 people nationwide! Learn about the movement tha…
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  3. Here’s something to be thankful for– Help Hope Home in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada just took this movement over 23,000 people housed nationwide! Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
    Photo: Here's something to be thankful for-- Help Hope Home in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada just took this movement over 23,000 people housed nationwide! Congrats to everyone involved in making this happen. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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  4. Check out our new HomelessConnector app that lets you survey your homeless neighbors with the Vulnerability Index and notify local housing advocates using your smartphone! Thanks to Got Your 6 and Brand Knew for helping make it happen!

    New App Aims to House Homeless Vets and Others
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    The 100,000 Homes Campaign just released a new app, called the Homeless Connector. The app was launched on Veterans Day to help house 10,000 homeless veterans by July of 2014.
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  5. Happy Veterans Day and welcome home to Calvin, this 72-year-old veteran! Congrats Bethesda Cares, Inc for helping him escape the streets after decades of homelessness! Read Calvin’s story here: https://bitly.com/PPjrIX
    Photo: Happy Veterans Day and welcome home to Calvin, this 72-year-old veteran! Congrats Bethesda Cares, Inc for helping him escape the streets after decades of homelessness! Read Calvin's story here: https://bitly.com/PPjrIX
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  7. Lots of new people housed in:
    The State of Georgia: 271
    West Palm Beach, FL: 50
    Pittsburgh, PA: 28
    Virginia Supportive Housing in Richmond, VA: 11
    Project H3 VETS in Phoenix, AZ: 10
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    See the Impact of this Movement
    See the latest housing results from communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign!
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  8. There are still more than 60,000 veterans on the streets of America every night. We’re doing everything we can to change that! How will you be celebrating Veterans Day this weekend?
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  9. The Home For Good crew says Happy Halloween by announcing that 22,000 people have been housed by 100,000 Homes communities!
    Photo: The Home For Good crew says Happy Halloween by announcing that 22,000 people have been housed by 100,000 Homes communities!
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  10. Our own Beth Sandor and Laura Zeilinger of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness talk veteran homelessness NOW on Minnesota public radio. Tune in live online!
    Is America on track to end veteran homelessness?
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    The Obama administration set a goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015. To reach its goal, it has encouraged innovative solutions from boot camps to mobile apps. Where are we at in ending or decreasing veteran homelessness?
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  11. Our offices in NYC , Brooklyn and DC are safe and unaffected by Sandy, but some staffers are without power and may be slow in responding to your emails and phone calls. What are you seeing in your communities?
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  12. We are so thrilled to be in Sacramento today for a registry week boot camp hosted by our friends at Sacramento Steps Forward! Folks from Fresno/Madera, Ventura, Contra Costa County, and Sonoma County are working together to build strong te…See More
    Welcome to Sacramento, 100,000 Homes Campaign!! We are so excited to have you!
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  13. Good news: Mary Perkins Jarvis just became the 4,000th Facebook fan of this movement. (Thanks, Mary!)BETTER news: participating communities have found permanent homes for more than FIVE TIMES that many people since July of 2010! Let’s keep it going!
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  14. Lot of new people housed by participating communities! (part 2!)
    NEW TOTAL: 21,572 people housed!HOPE for the Homeless (Shreveport, LA): 7
    100K Homes Philly: 25
    Pittsburgh, PA: 45
    Norfolk, VA: 16
    100,000 Homes Campaign Anchorage: 11
    51homes: Providing Hope. Improving Health. Changing Lives.(Tucson, AZ) : 62
    Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition: 3
    New York, NY: 169
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Trains – Transit With Comfort and Safety First for Those Who Are Vulnerable

Transit is a survival issue.  People without a place to get out of the elements and away from the din and turmoil have to find a refuge somehow.  A natural place would be the light rail lines.  if we stopped harassing people and made it possible for them to thrive their lives would change and they would not be shattered by overwhelming barriers to their welfare.  Emergency vouchers of transit lines like the Bolt in Washington D.C. the BART in San Francisco, the PATH in New Jersey, SEPTA in Philadelphia, the RTD  light rail in Denver would make it possible for a person or family to ride the trains and be safe.  What if we acted as the public libraries, fire stations and schools and offered a safe house everywhere in our communities?  The number of lives that could be preserved and the increase in benefits in developing an infra structure out of the morass would be unheralded.  - from the Editor

Why Homelessness Is a Transportation Issue  -

Why Homelessness Is a Transportation Issue

“In January of 2010, 109 homeless people were known to be living in the Baldock Rest Area just off Interstate 5 on the southern edge of metropolitan Portland. They were lured – but for entirely differently reasons – by the same amenities that make the wayside a popular one for passing tourists: its hot and cold running water, its ample parking, the private shade of its Douglas Fir trees.

The homeless community, made up of self-described “Baldockeans,” was in many ways self-regulating and stable. One man who’d lived there 17 years considered himself the “mayor” of Baldock. Other members regularly coordinated community meals or car trips to a nearby truck stop. At times when children were living in the encampment, a school bus actually stopped there to pick them up. And when disputes arose over the prime panhandling spot near the restrooms, the community worked out an equitable schedule to share it.

But for all of the compelling details of how this ad hoc community had created its own social structure, what stands out most about this story is its setting. For a variety of reasons, the homeless often wind up living amid transportation infrastructure: rest areas, roadside rights-of-way, the underside of highway bridgestrain stations or even moving train cars or buses.

This means that public agencies better equipped to run trains or pave highways must often act as the first responders to homelessness. It’s a sad commentary on how we handle these populations – in a society that doesn’t treat access to shelter as a right – that the task falls to the front-line employees of transportation agencies untrained to do anything like this.

“Is homelessness a transportation issue?” asks Andree Tremoulet, a research associate at Portland State University who has studied the Baldock community. “One thinks of it probably more as an issue that housing and social service agencies might deal with. But in effect it’s a messy problem, so it extends into a lot of different areas.”

The Baldock case actually turned out to be an example of how agencies might best respond. Today, the entire encampment no longer exists. It had been located near the back parking lots of the sprawling and wooded rest area on both sides of the highway, so it wasn’t obviously visible to much of the public.


The southbound Baldock Rest Area on Google Maps.

Among those 109 homeless people, more than half were also transitionally homeless, or what the rest area’s longtime residents called the “shadow people.” These were the newly homeless – the recently laid-off, or evicted, some with master’s degrees, one a college student – who were hoping to get back on their feet. “They were the people who came and went and were not really into the whole culture of being homeless,” Tremoulet says, as opposed to those for whom it was “really almost a way of life.”

In January of 2010, the Oregon Travel Information Council took over management of the Baldock Rest Area from the state Department of Transportation. Local residents at the time requested to have the encampment removed. The new management agency partnered with the DOT, local social service providers and law enforcement to come up with a strategy.

Ultimately, they worked on a case-by-case basis with the Baldock residents to individually relocate those who wanted help. “One person might have gone into rehab, other people reunited with their families, some people ended up in temporary shelter,” Tremoulet says. “There were all these layers – it was very complicated.”

Sixteen months later, Tremoulet was able to track down the long-term status of 22 households. Half of them had found permanent housing, 15 percent were in transitional housing, and 35 percent were still in unstable situations – a “pretty good” outcome, she says. The rest area meanwhile enhanced law enforcement coverage and revised its rules to allow people to stay on the property for up to 12 hours, giving the homeless a place to sleep (just as truckers do), while eliminating the possibility for a permanent encampment.

The agencies managed what Tremoulet calls a “humane displacement,” one that treated the homeless as more than just a nuisance on public property. The original scenario, as Tremoulet discovered, is surprisingly common. In a survey she conducted of state transportation employees and rest area managers in 25 U.S. states and British Columbia, 70 percent of respondents said they had encountered homeless encampments. But most of them were in a weak position to respond.

These people in the field are left to problem-solve on their own, and they don’t have any training, they don’t know if people are dangerous or not, or what to do,” Tremoulet says. “And they don’t necessarily know what the parameters are in terms of what they’re allowed to do or not.”

All of this suggests that transportation agencies may be a counter-intuitive place to start thinking more creatively about homelessness. Tremoulet recently presented this idea to a conference of transportation professionals, and one of them posed her a question that stretched the notion even farther: What if transportation engineers started designing bridges, for instance, to accommodate the needs of homeless people instead of chasing them away? That would certainly say something radically different about how we view the problem.”

Questioning Why; What For; What Difference; What Provides Any Glimmer of Hope for Any of Us Anywhere on Earth??????

Questioning Why; What For; What Difference:  What Provides Any Glimmer of Hope for Any of Us Anywhere on Earth?  When Will We Awaken to the Truth?

Angela Davis – Vincent Harding – Cleo Parker Robinson – Brother Jeff – Anna Koop - Two hundred years of survival since 1812.  Everyone was there, everyone was listening. People talked about hope, when one in the world is tired and falling down and forgotten.  People talked and raised questions sang, “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder,”  people sang new verses at the behest of Dr. Harding Jr.  People talked about courage and community.  People invoked names like Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Gordon Parks, hope and hope and jail.  The Death Penalty was discussed.  The incarceration of people at all.  The failures of Obama and yes Obama was invoked and how we need to elect Obama for ourselves.  People talked about the the 1950′s, the 1960′s, the 1970′s and the urge to remember where we had learned these invaluable lessons of faith and courage. people talked and talked and a slide show of the great movement of the Sisters of Loretto was raised and paraded through like a demonstration and people talked about the next 200 years and years and years.  But through all of the issues and through all of the rhetoric, the jailing, the beatings, the misery of the poor are we any closer to climbing Jacob’s ladder, the struggle we were told goes on and on and on and that the greatest hope is in the dance, the song, the drum beat, the stories, the young, the struggle. 

We are losing the strictest sense of the struggle. In the entire time that we have been here there has not been one day of peace, all of the great leaders were murdered, jailed, beaten many times, beaten down.  It was raised that people have to learn to together to have hope and patience. Thich Naht Hahn was involved and it was said that he said that instead of urgency that we needed to have patience.  Patience for what Angela and Vincent, Martin and Malcolm?  Patience for what those children who die every 20 seconds in a weary troubled and turbulent world where the same president  sends drones to kill and sends more intense and specific means of destruction in jails, in factories, in businesses, in places to hold people indefinitely.  Guantanamo Bay was invoked and yet we still have evidence that that President is on a puppet string of the military and the industrial allegiance world wide that exposes people to inexplicable horrors and most poor do not care and our content to play video games and will get up this morning and pour the same crap into their mouths and go to world wide order MacDonald’s, Burger King and sip diet coke and other soft drinks. Why is the land, the people, the young being exploited and drowned and we are to have patience. and old activists can smile, hug and forget militancy and the wrongs that pile up on the dung pile?

What is wrong with American interests is that they are bent on our destruction even as we heard Bob Dylan’s music and listened to more singing and praise for the history of the Sisters of Loretto, we were bathed in platitudes and unmitigated illusions that things somehow will get better, that simply knowing Nelson Mandela or a gospel can save us from the fury that is to come.
Yes we are weary, those of us who have been suffering cannot sugar coat the reality that we live in a fragile world where the most fragile are resorting to extremes of taking other people’s lives and killing themselves. The prison, like the white ribbon 14 miles long that was wrapped around the federal buildings in 1972 is choking us.
When it is said and done and this world is a cinder, and there are no streets paved with good intentions and there is no community what will the great spiritual leaders do to climb  from the rubble.  This is far beyond our control and I’m afraid Angela that no election is going to turn it around. Mitt, who was also involved and his counterpart Ryan already have beaten the snot out of all of us.

I am not a young man. I have witnessed these atrocities first hand. seen my peers go off to the war that Thich Naht Hanh is famous for rising against just as Muhammad Ali and Dr. King. I saw Fred Hampton murdered in his home when you were hunted down by the FBI. I remember Shirley Chisolm fighting at the same time for human and civil rights, just as they killed, lynched and destroyed people like the father of Malcom X.  What do we have to have happen to see that what they talked about in the beginning of my lifetime when the atom bombs were dropped, when the Korean theatre began and never ceased, when the nuclear arms and proliferation of pluonium threatens the survival of all species of life, and they enunciated even then, that we have to preserve the environment, what then was going on to save our lives spiritually? 

If the greatest leaders of any time, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Dr. King, Albizu Campos, even Lolita Lebron’s name was invoked, could not push, coddle, prod the leadership to do the right thing, how then can miserable and tired old people such as us invoke the names of the young from any age past or present to see the promised land where there is economic and social parity in the world for all beings? 

The struggle is never ending Dr. Harding states.  Yet, from where I stand and look there have been many more despots and vestiges of extremes that threaten to teeter us all on the brink of our own destruction than ever before. And with the speed with which this epistle can be shared and the level of the outrage it is clear that life is worthless and that we live in a vast prison of our own creation where not only is there no ladder of Jacob or road to Jericho to invoke but where the bank has already called in the promissory note and determined that we as a species are bankrupt.

 

Part II: Trauma – How We Can Respond to Trauma: How Violence Robs Us of Our Spirit: http://t.co13TT796RY

 

When the planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and when the plane his the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and plummeted into a field in Western Pennsylvania it was clear that there was no where for Americans to venture anymore without facing the concerning equation that violence begets violence, that for decades that America had not lived up to its promise:
“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The New Colossus 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
In this golden age there are many who do without and many more who do little to take care of the world around us.  We have sown the seeds of bitter discontent and for this we have lost the battle to protect the earth even as we hurtle another torrent of our civilization by 2040 on the nearby planet Mars.  What right do we have to put arms in the hands of innocent children and wage harsh games of reality for money, resources, gluttony and power over all other lives on earth?  What right do we have to distort and obliterate the truth and make a mockery of the institutions that our for-bearers created?

We must end this waste and gluttony. We must seek peace.
Had we responded at the end of September 11, 2001 with measured offering of grace and mercy; had we spread our greatest resources to heal and have compassion, there would have been no need to invade any other nation or to send drones into neighboring countries of the world. We would have chosen to embrace our enemies as it is stated in every holy text of the earth.
When will we live together as equals and not permit hatred to determine our destiny?
Shooting near Texas A&M kills officer, civilian

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)Texas A&M University says a shooter has been taken into custody near its campus in College Station.
Is this what America has become…Another week another attack? This needs to stop! http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21302812/police-3-dead-after-shooting-near-texas-amp
Police: 3 dead after shooting near Texas A&M – The Denver Post

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Police say the gunman has died after a shooting that killed a law enforcement officer and another civilian near the 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Police say at least one law enforcement officer and one civilian have been killed in a shooting near Texas A&M University’s campus.

 

“Assistant Chief Scott McCollum says the gunman also was shot Monday before being taken into custody.

McCollum say the officer killed was a constable with Brazos County.

He says a College Station police officer and another woman also were injured in the shooting.

The shooter has been taken into custody, according to the university and spokesman Jon Agnew with the Bryan Police Department, which is assisting nearby College Station. Agnew said officers established a perimeter around the area just east of campus, but they don’t believe a second suspect is involved.

Agnew said police don’t know if shooter was a student at A&M.

The school had issued an alert on its website just before 12:30 p.m. warning of an active shooter near the campus football stadium, Kyle Field. The warning told residents and students to avoid the area, and was later updated with the shooter taken into custody.

Texas A&M spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll could not confirm details about the shooting, but said most students were not on campus Monday and the fall semester does not begin until August 27.

“It appeared to be fairly quiet,” Carroll said of campus. “It didn’t appear to be a lot of people out and about at that particular time.”

This happened yesterday, just 2 weeks after the Batman theater shooting. We are heartbroken for Oak Creek and the Sikh community. Details here: http://j.mp/N7R72c

 Image: A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. where a shooting took place on Sunday (© Jeffrey Phelps/AP)
  • 7 Dead as Gunman Fires on Temple

    An officer is undergoing surgery after being shot multiple times before a suspect was killed at a Sikh temple was killed.

    Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET:  A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, killing six people and wounding at least three others, including a police officer, before being shot to death, authorities said.

    Police officials says that they are treating the shooting by a gunman that left seven people dead, including the gunman, as a “domestic terrorist” incident.

    The identity of the shooter was not released and his motive was unknown.

    “We’re treating this as a domestic terrorist-type incident,” Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said at a late afternoon press conference. He did not elaborate.

    It was not immediately clear why local police were classifying the shooting as domestic terrorism

    “What is Sikhism? Why turbans? A glimpse, in images, of the world’s fifth biggest organized faith. Below, Sikh devotees praying the waters of the faith’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India.”

    Federal law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspected gunman had no obvious connection to domestic terror or white supremacist groups and apparently was not on any list of suspected terrorists.  The suspect was in his early 40s, and while he had an arrest record, it was for minor offenses, one federal official said.

Multiple Victims In Shooting At Sikh Temple In Wis.

Posted by Wayne Harrison, New Media Producer
POSTED: 11:20 am MDT August 5, 2012
UPDATED: 11:28 am MDT August 5, 2012

 

OAK CREEK, Wis. – A police dispatcher in Wisconsin says there has been a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee. “Oak Creek Police Department dispatcher Stephanie Uljanec says the shooting took place Sunday morning at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin but she doesn’t know how many people are shot or if there are fatalities. Someone who sent a text message to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter shortly before noon said that there were two shooters with children possibly as hostages.
 And the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cell phone and that there were as many as 20-to-30 victims. 

Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. 

Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, says a call came in at 10:26 a.m. She says officers are at the scene but she has no other information to report.”

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) – A police dispatcher in Wisconsin says there has been a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee.

“Oak Creek Police Department dispatcher Stephanie Uljanec says the shooting took place Sunday morning at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin but she doesn’t know how many people are shot or if there are fatalities.

There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple.

Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, says a call came in at 10:26 a.m. She says officers are at the scene but she has no other information to report.”

Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

“Greenfield  Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, acting as public information officer at the scene, said the shooting was reported at 10:25 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. The shooting happened shortly before Sunday services were to begin.

A police officer who is a 20-year law enforcement veteran responded to the scene and confronted a gunman outstide the temple. The officer was shot multiple times, Wendlandt said. The officer returned fire, striking and killing the gunman. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital where he was undergoing surgery.

Wendlandt said four bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected gunman, were outside.

He did not identify or describe the victims.

He said no additional suspects were identified but police were investigating reports about the possibility of at least one more gunman being involved.

He called the situation “fluid.” Police who entered the temple were trying to identify everyone inside.

Wendlandt asked media to refrain from showing live pictures, including aerials, of the ongoing police operation at the temple.

Earlier, at least four people were seen covered on the ground outside the temple. The temple’s president was among those shot, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered, The Associated Press reported. Nagr said the priest told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests.  Nagr said the priest also said women and children hid in closets at the temple.

A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter was a white male in his 30s.

“We have no idea,” he said of the motive. “It’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”

Ri told the Journal-Sentinel the gunman walked up to a priest who was standing outside the temple and shot him. Then he went inside and started shooting.

Three male victims were being treated at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

More than a dozen ambulances responded to the scene. 

Oak Creek police, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies responded, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Authorities closed roads and set up a staging area near the temple, WTMJ reported.

Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/11, which advocates blame on anti-Islamic sentiment. Sikhs don’t practice the same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say.

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago. It has roughly 27 million followers worldwide. Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often cover their heads with turbans — which are considered sacred — and refrain from shaving their beards.

There are roughly 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S., according to estimates. The majority worldwide live in India.”

“As we move forward in the weeks and months ahead, we must do more than express compassion. We must reflect on what conditions make repeated acts of deranged violence possible and take action. The killings we keep witnessing in America are symptoms of a culture that is too tolerant of hatred and too reluctant to restrict access to deadly weapons.”

–UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, in a statement about the tragic murders this weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin

“When I was fourteen, my Unitarian Universalist youth group and I traveled to the neighboring town of Oak Creek, Wisconsin to visit a Sikh temple. Yesterday, I was horrified to learn that six of these community members who welcomed a group of rowdy UU teenagers with open arms were murdered. Never could I have ever imagined that something so violent and hateful could happen a mere fifteen miles from my childhood home. The gunman has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others as a “frustrated neo-Nazi” and white supremacist.

Will you join us in creating an outpouring of love for the Sikh community? Click here to send words of prayer, compassion, and love to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

As a born-and-raised Unitarian Universalist, the news of this tragedy evokes memories of July 2008, when the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, was attacked by a lone gunman with hate in his heart, killing two. The impact was felt by UUs the world over. The astonishing outpouring of support that the Knoxville UU community received from their broader community paved the way for the creation of our campaign for love and justice.

In the wake of this tragedy that strikes so close to home, let us reach out to our Sikh neighbors in compassion and love, welcome them into our hearts and our prayers, and show solidarity with a community that has been so brutally attacked.

Please join us in sending love and compassion to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Click here to send your message today.”

 

We Can’t Escape the Obvious Fact That Homeless Women and Their Families Make Up Most Homeless People

USICH Mother’s Day Newsletter
May 3, 2012
United States Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness (Homeless-mess)! How many of you who take the time and trouble to look at this have thought about what would happen if the 2,000,000 children under age 18 in the U.S. never had a day when they were without a place to stay?  How long after homeless children stopped being a norm would it take to end homelessness?  Homeless – mess does not have to be a norm in all major cities because if we took the time and trouble offering creative solutions people would grow up and expect to live decent lives.  The key to ending homeless – mess is to change the paradigm from being born into a swelling sea of misery and being able to live instead as productive and healthy citizens.  Open your doors and welcome these families into your communities for good. Study the construct of “life sharing,” of “Citizen Advocacy,” of “www.thecommunitycoalition.org.” There will be an answer if we are determined to ending homeless – mess.

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Experiencing Homelessness and their Children  
 

 

The threat of homelessness is traumatic. The experience of homelessness is traumatic. Imagine being a mother with children losing her home, desperately trying to find a safe place to be with your children. There is a good chance that she has experienced trauma and violence in the past, as a child and as an adult. How does her encounter with emergency homeless services and supports consider the impact of trauma on this woman’s life?

 

This issue discusses trauma-informed care, particularly from the angle of trauma-sensitive programming. While it is absolutely critical to understand the impact of traumatic events past and present on an individual’s ability to rebuild, it is equally important to think about how an organization structures and operates its programs to take trauma sensitivity into consideration. How are staff expectations set and how does professional development occur? What are the program rules, why do they exist, and how are they enforced? How do programs build trust with families when it might be perfectly natural for a family not to trust the program right away?  

 

We are also hosting a webinar on this topic on Wednesday, May 9th 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. We hope you can join us to learn more about how you can incorporate a trauma-informed care approach into your organization.

 

Being trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive changes the way programs interact with all their clients. It’s not just a specific way of working with only those clients with histories of trauma. You will find information in this issue that can help you build the trauma competence of your organization.
As we celebrate all moms this Mother’s Day, let’s focus on ways in which programs helping families experiencing homelessness can step back to consider how to provide the best support to moms who are taking care of their children while finding a way back home. 

Why Trauma Matters  
 
Trauma is the Norm 

 

A history of violence and trauma is the norm for women and their children experiencing homelessness. For many mothers experiencing homelessness, trauma is something they experienced both as a child and as an adult. According to different studies, 90 percent have been abused by their intimate partners and 42 percent were sexually molested as children. Fifty to sixty percent of mothers experiencing homelessness became homeless because they were fleeing a violent relationship. Children experiencing homelessness are exposed to violence at very high rates. Many studies have shown that the event of homelessness itself has a traumatic effect on children as well and is tied to poor health, school, and mental health outcomes.

 

Unaddressed Trauma has Long-Term, Even Multi-Generational Effects

 

Trauma fundamentally alters a woman’s ability to trust and feel safe. It has repercussions throughout her relationships and can lead to stress, depression, a variety of coping mechanisms including substance abuse and self-harm, and a failure to form proper bonds with her children. This in turn can have long-term health, mental health, and educational attainment effects on her children.

 

A ongoing cohort study following over 17,000 individuals overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente of San Diego on the health effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACE Study) has found that trauma experienced during childhood is correlated with a broad spectrum of mental health disorders, risk-taking behaviors, adult intimate partner violence, negative health and disease outcomes, and even early death. The conclusions of the many research papers published on data from the ACE Study make it clear that traumatic events in childhood have far-reaching effects into the lives of those who experience them but also into the lives of their children, future spouses, and likely even their grandchildren and their future spouses. When a young mother finds herself homeless because she is fleeing domestic violence, it is a sad truth that her daughter is at much greater risk of finding herself in the same situation 15 years from now. When it comes to trauma, history has a tendency to repeat itself. 

     

Stopping the Cycle of Trauma and Homelessness  
 
USICH spoke with Joan Gillece, the Director for SAMHSA’s National Center of Trauma-Informed Care. She shared expert advice on how organizations can develop a trauma-informed care approach to improve services for women experiencing homelessness. Gillece provided tips both on making changes on the systemic and programmatic level as well as on the individual level. 

-  Read more   
     

N Street Village: A Community of Empowerment and Recovery for Women     
 
N Street Village provides comprehensive supportive services and housing for low-income women and women experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. Many of the women served by N Street Village face multiple challenges for recovery, including a history of trauma, poverty, mental illness, addiction, and chronic health problems. To help each woman regain a stable healthy life, N Street Village utilizes trauma-informed care at every level of service to help empower women to achieve self-sufficiency. Throughout their programs and services, N Street Village emphasizes the importance of community in the healing and recovery process.

 

Recently, N Street Village expanded its permanent supportive housing services through the creation of a new program called Erna’s House.  

 

-  Read more about how Erna’s House employs trauma-informed care to improve outcomes

 

Military Sexual Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care     
 
Woman Veteran with her childWhile there are many reasons why it can be difficult for female Veterans to adjust back to civilian life, the problems resulting from military sexual trauma is one of particular note for service providers. Roughly 20% of female Veterans experience military sexual trauma, and as the number of female service members returning to civilian life is rising, it is important to recognize and address the effects of this and other traumatic events they’ve experienced. The Department of Labor released the Trauma-Informed Care Guide for Serving Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness targeted to service providers and case managers on best practices in using a trauma-informed care approach. USICH also spoke to an expert in serving female Veterans familiar with successful interventions for this group of women experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

 

-  Read more 

     

USICH Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care for Mothers Experiencing Homelessness     
 
Wednesday May 9, 3:00 – 4:00pm EDT 

  

Mother’s Day is a time for us to celebrate mothers and their role raising children. Join USICH for a discussion of ways homeless services programs can use a trauma-informed care model to serve mothers and their children better and help break through the cycle of trauma and homelessness.    

Panelists will include:  

  • Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of USICH   
  • Joan Gillece, Director for SAMHSA’s National Center of Trauma-Informed Care  
  • Julia Tripp, Research Assistant for Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Program Associate for Advocates for Human Potential with Programs for the Assistance in the Transition out of Homelessness

-  Register now 

  

     

HHS Releases Memorandum, Guidance on Improving Outcomes for Children Receiving Child Welfare Services     
 
Maltreatment, neglect, and trauma have profound effects on the well-being and functioning of children and youth. The many children and youth involved in the child welfare system have experienced these adverse events and often therefore experience the negative effects of these experiences. Based on a wealth of research regarding holistic child well-being, the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services recently released an information memorandum for state, tribal, and territorial agencies administering child welfare services on improving systems to address these issues. The complex set of challenges faced by children involved in child welfare must be met with a system that addresses both the issue of permanency in a home and the effects of maltreatment in the behavioral, emotional, and social functioning of a child.

 

This information memorandum includes research on the diverse effects of trauma, examples of emerging interventions to address trauma, ways to transition a state’s current child welfare system to address well-being, and federal policies and resources available to improve services and outcomes for children.

 

-  Read the memorandum

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