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Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

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Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



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Florida Set to Execute Mentally Ill Man (UPDATED)

Barring a last-minute intervention, John Errol Ferguson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe” mental illness.

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UPDATED: Two of Six Officers Charged in Kelly Thomas Death

Two of six Fullerton, Calif., police officers involved in the brutal public beating that resulted in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man, have been charged in connection with the case.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE


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