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How 100,000 Homeless People Found A Place To Live; and SAVED Taxpayers $1.3 BILLION!

Via: Think Progress

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The 100,000 Homes Campaign was founded with a deliberately lofty goal: get 100,000 homeless people off the streets within four years.

What’s more, the organization wasn’t focused on homeless people who were most likely to get themselves off the street. Rather, 100,000 Homes worked with communities to target the people in the most dire need of help: those who were chronically homeless or who had severe medical conditions.

On Wednesday, just under four years after 100,000 Homes launched, the group surpassed its goal, helping communities secure housing for 101,628 homeless people as of press time. This figure includes 31,171 homeless veterans.

The announcement came at a press conference featuring former Army Private First Class Alvin Hill. Despite serving his country in the military, Hill fell on tough times and has endured homelessness for the past 20 years. In April, Hill became the 100,000th homeless person housed as A-SPAN, a local organization in Arlington, Virginia, helped secure him a permanent apartment.

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This isn’t simply a humanitarian achievement, but a financial one as well. Doing nothing about homelessness is extraordinarily expensive. As a result, 100,000 Homes estimates that the nationwide effort to house 100,000 homeless people will save taxpayers $1.3 billion annually.

100,000 Homes, a project of the Community Solutions non-profit organization, doesn’t house homeless people itself. Instead, its 13 staffers work with local community groups ranging from housing authorities to the Veterans Administration to improve the way they’re tackling homelessness. The campaign’s partners ranged from large metropolitan cities like New Orleans and Phoenix to smaller areas like Omaha and the state of West Virginia.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/11/3447114/100k-homes-homeless/

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June 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

‘Photo of the Day’ – Homless Veteran

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April 19, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

“Somebody Call a Cop on Jesus”

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A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

“Another neighbor, who lives a couple of doors down from the church, wrote us a letter to the editor saying it creeps him out,” Boraks added.

Some neighbors felt it was an insulting depiction of the Son of God, and what appears to be a hobo curled up on a bench demeans the neighborhood.

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/13/302019921/statue-of-a-homeless-jesus-startles-a-wealthy-community?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=npr&utm_campaign=nprnews&utm_content=04132014

 

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Theoloigical Qustion of the Day:

If Jesus was alive today, and living Davidson, North Carolina, would he:

1. Go to Work at Walmart?

2. Go on ‘food-stamps’, so he would have more time preach the gospel?

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April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Photo of the Day’

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Please stop looking down on the homeless, because they could in fact be veterans; they should be treated with respect.

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Texas – ‘Police Gone Wild’, again

Via: Think Progress

1 Months after their conduct was discovered, two police officers were disciplined for making a game of stealing signs from homeless people in Midland, Texas — and many believe the cops’ punishment was not harsh enough to fit the offense.

In the town with an estimated 300 homeless people, investigators reported 8 signs in Officer Derek Hester’s patrol vehicle, and Officer Daniel Zoelzer was discovered to have trashed an additional 10. Both officers claimed that they took the signs after issuing trespass warnings, but no such warnings were recorded in 2013. Text messages between the two show the officers expressing concernsabout being found out, although one of the men’s texts read, “Oh I don’t care lol I’m not worried.”

After an internal investigation, which was not originally publicized, Hester and Zoelzer were suspended for three unpaid days. Zoelzer and Hester were first probed when another, unidentified cop reported Hester for procuring brass knuckles and refusing to turn them in as evidence; the police department learned of the game when looking into the matter.

The suspension occurred two months after the police department first heard about the officers’ misconduct, but despite backlash, Police Chief Price Robinson contends that the disciplinary measure was satisfactory.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/27/3339041/texas-police-officers-compete-steal-signs/

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February 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Photo of the Day’

HOMELESS VETERAN

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January 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Fox News Chastises People For Giving To The Homeless: ‘You’re An Enabler’

Via: Think Progress

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Donning a fake beard, John Stossel sat on a New York City sidewalk with a cardboard sign asking people for help. “I just begged for an hour but I did well,” he said. “If I did this for an eight-hour day I would’ve made 90 bucks. Twenty-three thou for a year. Tax-free.”

Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who recently purchased a $4 million home in Greenwich, GASPED in HORROR at the prospect of poor people earning $23,000 a year.

Some people asking for money “are actually scammers,” Hasselbeck warned, seemingly unaware of the irony that the only panhandling “scammer” Fox News identified was Stossel.

Because he was able to successfully convince good-hearted pedestrians that he was poor, Stossel went on to chastise people who gave the homeless money because, in his view, “most are not…for real.”

He implored viewers to stop giving money to poor people because if you do, “you’re an enabler.”

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/11/21/2977711/john-stossel-poor-people/

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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November 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

He may be homeless, but he has Facebook

Via: Gizmodo

The homeless man I photographed has rigged up some speakers to a shopping cart, and seems to have some sort of lighting/solar panel rigged up atop of his cart. I’ve seen him around town a couple of times, and he’s always seems to be doing a laptop DJ routine (all techno music).

http://gizmodo.com/#!5661222/he-may-be-homeless-but-at-least-he-has-facebook

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betamax?

Via: Yahoo News / AP

From a shabby, makeshift office, he ran a global terrorist empire. The world’s most wanted man watched newscasts of himself from a tiny television perched atop a rickety old desk cluttered with wires.

For years, the world only saw the 54-year-old Osama bin Laden in the rare propaganda videos that trickled out, the ones portraying him as a charismatic religious figure unfazed by being the target of a worldwide manhunt.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110507/ap_on_re_us/us_bin_laden;_ylt=Ah1RnkQEd.PfeFNeSw5DKWes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNjdnZsMDRrBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwNTA3L3VzX2Jpbl9sYWRlbgRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzIEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA2NhbmRpZHZpZGVvcw

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May 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment