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'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness | Cities | The Guardian
"Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally"
homelessness  housing  finland  policy  2019  homeless 
14 days ago by robertogreco
Dispelling myths about California’s homeless | PolitiFact California
"Myth #1: California’s homeless are from somewhere else -- and moved here for the mild weather and social services.

Reality: Experts say this is one of the most common and inaccurate assumptions about homeless Californians.

Myth #2: They’re homeless because they’re drug addicts or mentally ill.

Reality: Martin said it’s often the stress and trauma of living without a home that leads to addiction and disease, or makes it worse.

Myth #3: Homelessness is a choice.

Reality: This is another frequent misconception, said Veronica Beaty, policy director at the Sacramento Housing Alliance, which advocates for supportive housing for the homeless."

[via a thrEad doing the same: https://twitter.com/adamconover/status/1135037776309604354

related, on Seattle, from a response to the same thread:
"Homelessness may be down, but more people in King County are living in tents
A fuller report on the annual count shows sizable decreases in the number of young people and military veterans struggling with homelessness."
https://crosscut.com/2019/05/homelessness-may-be-down-more-people-king-county-are-living-tents ]
homeless  homelessness  california  sanfrancisco  losangeles  sandiego  sanjose  sacramento  2018 
15 days ago by robertogreco
Full Seattle homeless count report shows who is on the street and why
The latest homeless count for Seattle/King County showed that there are 11,199 people experiencing homelessness countywide, but the release of the full report offers a greater picture of who is on the streets and why.

Of those counted, an estimated 2,451 individuals were in families with children, 1,089 were unaccompanied youth, 830 were veterans, and 32 percent were identified as people of color.

Conducted in January by Count Us In
homeless  seattle 
17 days ago by bwiese
Steep drop in King County's homeless youth, annual homeless count shows
The point-in-time data may not square with the experience of Seattleites who feel that they’re increasingly seeing people experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods: Chronic homelessness dropped 38%, according to the count, and the number of chronically homeless people living in shelters went up.

While most of the categories of people living without shelter decreased over 2018, the 2019 count showed a 309-person uptick in people living in tents or unsanctioned encampments.


The federal funding provides housing assistance, including negotiating with landlords, as well as flexible, onetime financial aid.

Officials expressed particular enthusiasm about another program, the Youth Engagement Team, that involves a multidisciplinary group that aims to catch minors in systems like schools or the justice system if they fall into homelessness or unstable housing.


Despite the point-in-time count’s overall decreases in youth homelessness, there has been less success in reversing racial disparities. The number of white homeless youth and young adults fell 37% since 2017, but the number of African American youth and young adults fell only 5%, and American Indian/Alaska Natives only 1%.

Those same disparities show up in the topline report. African Americans make up 6.2% of the population of King County, but made up more than 32% of all homeless people in the one-night count. The number of African Americans counted in 2019 increased nearly 8% over the year before
blacklivesmatter  homeless  seattle 
17 days ago by JohnDrake
Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness | HuffPost
Even more striking than the scale of need are the shifting demographics of who is eating here and why. The homeless population is getting younger, staffers say, and more likely to have children and full-time jobs. In one hour, over taco salad and Fanta, I meet fast-food employees, a former car salesman who lost his home in the financial crisis and a pregnant 31-year-old whose baby is due the same month her housing vouchers run out.

But the biggest surprise about St. Vincent’s may be the state in which it’s located. Just four years ago, Utah was the poster child for a new approach to homelessness, a solution so simple you could sum it up in five words: Just give homeless people homes.
homelessness  homeless 
26 days ago by craniac
Born lippy: how I helped Underworld write a socialist banger | Music | The Guardian
“‘What are you listening to?’ ‘What did you see on your walk?’ That’s as viable as a big kick drum, if you follow your heart.”
music  homeless  songwriting  uk  techno  socialism  poverty  society  culture 
26 days ago by allaboutgeorge

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