Growing Number of Homeless Children is Shameful

A troubling new report released recently by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research documents the growing distress among the nation’s children.  More children are sliding further into poverty and experiencing homelessness.  Using data from the Department of Education and the Census Department—researchers led by Ellen Bassuk found that one in 30—or 2.5 million American children—were homeless at some point last year.  That represents an eight percent increase nationally from 2012.  They found child homelessness increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia and that the problem exists in every state, every city and every county in America.  We know that outcomes for children experiencing homelessness are disastrous.  We know that this growing problem does not get solved by the mothers of these children just doing the right thing. …

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Crust Punks, Street Thugs, and Gutter Rats?

While in Tucson over the last few days, there were rumblings amidst the locals about homeless youth that are spending time around the university and downtown arts district. Traveling by rail, these kids from the street, have landed in Arizona during the winter. Tucsonans had described these youth as ……

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Oh, Say Can You See…

While waiting to merge onto a local Phoenix freeway I peer off to my right, taking notice of a small American flag waving in the breeze. It isn’t so much the fluttering of “Old Glory” that garners my attention but rather from where it is flying. This flag is standing sentinel over a makeshift encampment t ……

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The Educated Homeless

Many people in our country have the risk of ending up homeless. “Mr.Bluestocking” as he wishes to be called, may not be the typical idea of a homeless person many people think of. He is a licensed teacher and counselor who holds two masters degrees. Even though he has completed this…

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Queer Street-Based Youth Need OUR Love: A Social Worker’s Plea

As a queer person there is much to be proud of as 2013 begins. Last year was an unprecedented year of progress in the LGBT rights movement, with greater LGBT visibility and support for marriage equality gaining huge momentum. And that momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing, as it looks like the…

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Long-Term Housing Needed for Thousands Impacted by Sandy

According to an NPR report this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said long-term housing would  be needed for between 30,000-40,000 thousand New York City residents.
Additionally, “The mayor said 114 public housing buildings, home to 21,000 people, are still without power in New York City…

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