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What an Olympic medalist, homeless in Seattle, wants you to know | The Seattle Times
The loss of direction after being the best... interesting.

Also gross: "Editor’s note: Out of concern for those involved in this story and their loved ones, the comment thread has been removed."
seattle  cycling  profile  homelessness  olympics  seattletimes 
4 days ago by UltraNurd
What an Olympic medalist, homeless in Seattle, wants you to know
"But the breakneck pace couldn’t continue forever. She was married and soon after divorced. She crashed in Texas, broke her thumb and got 13 stitches in her head. The following year she felt burned out. She took a break at age 26, and that year she grew an entire inch, possibly because her body no longer had to expend so much energy training.

Twigg got an associate degree in computer science and became a programmer for a seaweed-products company in San Diego."

"Twigg said anxiety inhibited her job search. She would apply and get an email about an interview, but she wouldn’t respond. She started experiencing strange sensations in her head and body, but doctors didn’t have any answers. She said she has considered suicide, but is convinced things don’t get better on “the other side.”

Five years ago, Twigg was fired from an IT support job and moved back to Seattle, but this time didn’t even apply for jobs. She was 50, and felt the job postings in computer science were aimed at new college graduates."

"“I felt at one time that I couldn’t accept housing because there were all these other people who need it,” Twigg said.

She decided to sleep outside, even if just for a night. She left the shelters, bought some garbage bags and got a thin blanket, and lay down on a sidewalk downtown, pulling one bag over her legs and one bag over her head."

"From her own experience, Twigg thinks the answer is building more affordable housing.

“Shelters are great, but there has to be a next step,” Twigg said. She still won’t accept housing for herself, even when help is offered by people who’ve found out about her state; her homelessness was mentioned in a cycling magazine last month.

“The point is not so much that I need help, it’s that there are a bunch of people who need help — 12,000 in this area, half a million in the country,” Twigg said. “Help should be provided for everybody, not just a few.”"
rebecca_twigg  homelessness  seattle  housing 
4 days ago by skwak
Homeless surge at SF airport: Police contacts triple, and officials want BART to step in - SFChronicle.com
> Authorities at San Francisco International Airport are struggling to deal with rising numbers of homeless people arriving at the International Terminal, many of them seeking shelter in the middle of the night after riding BART trains south from the city.

> “Bottom line, this particular arrival at night is an area of focus as a disproportionate number of riders on trains are homeless,” SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said. “We’ve been working with BART to examine where trains terminate for the night, and we’ve also requested that BART sweep trains for homeless before they arrive at SFO.”

> Armando Sandoval, the BART police crisis intervention team coordinator, said officers typically find people at the end of line, often asleep.
6 days ago by tarakc02
San Franciscans raise $70,000 to stop homeless shelter in wealthy area | US news | The Guardian
GoFundMe campaign sparks angry response, with rival fund earning support from tech figures including Marc Benioff
homelessness  homeless  san.francisco  crowdfunding  discrimination  assholes  california  poverty  cruelty 
11 days ago by po
What Happens When Homeless People Memorize Lincoln's Inaugural
The next week, the class discussed Lincoln, popular sovereignty, and the 13th Amendment. For extra credit, they were given the last five lines of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to memorize. If they could recite it in class the following week, they would earn an extra five points to use at The Net’s store.

George Washington Carver was the subject of the following week. After a lively and hilarious discussion centered on his botanical genius and generosity, one woman raised her hand and demanded, “When am I going to get to recite my homework?”

Then, in a very loud voice, with her head held high and a slightly self-conscious look on her face, she declared, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right…” She looked down.

“I can do it… just let me think… Let us strive on to finish the work we are in — ” again she paused.

“… To…to bind… to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The class exploded into applause.  The student grinned and then turned and fiercely declared, “Now none of y’all have any excuse! I got three of my other homeless friends to help me work on this in the park where we sleep. They would read a line, and then I would have to repeat it back to them three times. They did that with me. They were my fact checkers. And now, they know it too! So if we can do it, all y’all don’t have any excuse! You can do it too!”
homelessness  poverty  education  history 
11 days ago by dwalbert
The Far-Reach Of The 9th Circuit's Decision To Stand Firm On Landmark Homeless Case: LAist
he 9th Circuit's jurisdiction — including California and Los Angeles — and it has wide ranging implications for how cities treat their homeless residents.
15 days ago by Marcellus
Lawmakers hear from experts after KOMO special | April 3 - 9, 2019 | Real Change
Evidence-based methods of addressing other mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders were conspicuously absent from KOMO’s one-hour exploration of the topic.

So were key data points including the dearth of opioid treatment available in the state.
15 days ago by corrales
How efforts to solve homelessness are unfolding in Washington's Legislature | KNKX
Years of rising rents and worsening homelessness have made housing a central topic in this year’s state legislative session. A recent UW study on evictions is referenced.
KNKX  regl  !UWitM  2019  homelessness  Department:Sociology  College:Arts&Sciences 
16 days ago by uwnews
Frustrated King County residents want a plan to address homeless crisis, new poll says | The Seattle Times
A new Elway poll finds residents want a comprehensive plan to address King County's homelessness crisis, but won't be convinced it's working until they see fewer people living on the...
newswire  seattle  homelessness 
17 days ago by kejadlen

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