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Living homes for all 16.8.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Can we transform the durability, healthy and sustainability afforable housing?
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The twitter truth on Toronto's homeless emergency 28.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Cathy Crowe This week I read a blog where John Clapp, 54 years old wrote: "Most of us are here because of a lack of affordable housing or inadequate housing supports. Collectively, we constitute the human fallout of housing insecurity -- or to put it another way -- the collateral damage of soaring rent rates in a 'world class city.'" Front-line workers in Toronto are frustrated, frantic, angry and blunt. Twitter is like a release valve letting it all out. Toronto street nurse Roxie Danielson posed this question on Twitter: "Where will people go when the Queen Elizabeth 200 bed respite site closes in April? How will Toronto accommodate for people's shelter needs in a full shelter system?" We're all wondering including the best and brightest in this work. Greg Cook, a frontline outreach worker who coordinates the monthly Homeless Memorial tweets: "I know a woman who just tried to get a shelter bed through central intake. Was told everything is full. @JohnTory people have nowhere to go when they want a ...
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Homelessness requires a state-of-emergency response 25.1.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Homelessness requires a state-of-emergency response
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New advocacy group calls for Toronto to declare state of emergency on homelessness 21.12.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
New advocacy group calls for Toronto to declare state of emergency on homelessness
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The transportation equity conundrum: 6 ways cities can improve mobility without displacement 9.10.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
There are countless opportunities — but limited investment funds.
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Why are people destitute in Canada? 14.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada A group of over 170 organizations and prominent individuals have signed an open letter to Justin Trudeau -- urging the government to follow up on its national housing strategy commitment to ensure "the right of every Canadian to access adequate housing."  Economic and social rights are not adequately protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Canada is a signatory to the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In federal housing legislation promised for this fall, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Canada Without Poverty -- as sponsors of the open letter -- want the Liberal government to meet Canadian commitments to housing as a human right under international law. Housing activists have prepared National Right to Housing draft legislation to ensure the right to housing becomes "inseparable" from other human rights and "operates in conduction with them." The August 14 press conference to release the open letter included Leilani Farha, the ...
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People with lived experience of homelessness walking for justice 10.7.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Talking Radical Radio Kym Hines, Hugh Lampkin and Cynthia Travers are social justice activists who have lived experience of homelessness. Hines is an anti-poverty activist involved in a number of groups in Victoria, British Columbia. Lampkin is the vice-president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (or VANDU), which does work related to social justice, drug policy and harm reduction. Travers has been active in multiple projects related to homelessness and poverty in Kamloops, B.C. Both Hines and Travers are also active participants in the Lived Experience of Homelessness Network. Scott Neigh interviews them about the Poor Persons Walk , an action taking place later in July in a number of communities in British Columbia. One big part of our society's response to homelessness and poverty -- that is, when we don't just ignore such things completely -- is to blame the people who face them. This happens in obvious ways in responses that are harsh and punitive but also in more coded ways in many ...
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Homelessness and agriculture: Finding collective solutions to diverse issues 25.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health Perhaps it is because I am not that accustomed to walking through the inner city of Toronto or any city for that matter, or perhaps it is because I walked that inner city on some particularly cold and grey days recently… but it was an eyeopener walking from Union Station to Queen's Quay in Toronto. It is a short few blocks of walking on a cold grey day that bothers me still. That trip down Bay Street into the underpass of the Gardiner Expressway reminded me of just how many vulnerable people there are in our large and not-so-large cities. And many of them seem to be almost permanently homeless. That day as I walked under the Gardiner, I did not so much see homeless people as I did the items on the street that indicated that a stretch of sidewalk was inhabited and reserved. There were cartons of cardboard, items of clothing, and even a couch. I guess it is the couch that I walked past, pushed against a cold, grey concrete wall as if it was someone's living room, that really brought home that ...
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Ten things to know about the newly signed housing agreement 17.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Nick Falvo A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto . It supports the Trudeau government's National Housing Strategy , which was released last fall. Here are 10 things to know about the just-signed agreement: 1. Though a National Housing Strategy (NHS) was released last fall, a federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement still had to be signed. That's because a lot of the funding proposed in the Strategy is dependent on cooperation from provincial and territorial governments. 2. The federal government will now seek to negotiate bilateral agreements with every provincial and territorial government. In fact, it's quite likely that the federal government has already begun to negotiate such agreements with some provinces and territories. If recent history serves as any guide, the federal government will likely begin by trying to negotiate agreements with provincial/territorial governments they think are especially keen to sign on ...
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Nearly Four People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks US Eviction and Effects 13.4.2018 Truthout.com
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Please check back later for full ...
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Five things to know about the 2018 Alberta budget 27.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Nick Falvo On March 22, the NDP government of Rachel Notley tabled the 2018 Alberta budget. The official name of this year's budget is Budget 2018: A recovery built to last. I’ve written a blog post discussing some of the major "take aways" from the standpoint of Calgary’s homeless-serving sector (where I work). Here are five things to know: 1. This was largely a status quo budget. Total estimated provincial revenue for 2018-19 is $47.9 billion, compared with $46.9 billion in 2017-18. Meanwhile, total estimated provincial expenses for 2018-19 are $56.2 billion, compared with $55.9 billion in 2017-18. Ergo: no major changes in fiscal policy are in store for the year ahead. 2. Alberta is still the lowest-taxed province in Canada. According to the provincial government, if Alberta had the same tax rates as the next lowest-taxed jurisdiction (British Columbia) it would generate $11.2 billion annually in additional revenue. The claim is therefore made that Alberta has a "tax advantage" of at least $11.2 ...
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Homelessness and employment: The case of Calgary 20.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Nick Falvo 1. In Calgary, there aren't enough jobs to go around, and income support programs for those without work are inadequate. According to the most recent Labour Force Survey , there are almost 173,000 adults in Alberta actively searching for work -- this figure doesn’t include the many discouraged workers in Alberta who’ve given up looking for employment (in spite of this, 15 per cent of persons experiencing homelessness in Alberta do report some income from employment). While some unemployed people qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), most don't. And for those who do qualify, benefits are both modest and temporary. Unemployed people who don't qualify for EI can always apply for social assistance, but these benefits are even more modest (for an overview of social assistance throughout Canada, see this blog post ; and for an overview on social assistance in Alberta specifically, see this blog post ).                                                                      2. For persons experiencing ...
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Why Homelessness Is Harder for Women 17.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. The myth that laziness is the direct cause of homelessness is not only insulting, but it also perpetuates people's ignorance of the real problems associated with being homeless, and further isolates people who find themselves in that situation. Outsiders are much less likely to be kind or even empathize with homeless people when they can just "blame the victim" without knowing their story. The fact is, a lack of work motivation is rarely the cause of homelessness. The true culprits: Unforeseeable life circumstances, mental illness and trauma. There are many misconceptions about homelessness. For starters, there is no such thing as "a homeless person," as this implies that someone is permanently homeless, and equates their status with the person's being. In fact, homeless doesn't refer to a type of person but, rather, to an unfortunate and usually unpredictable event in some people's lives. Homelessness is ...
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Crowded Shelters and the Vicious Flu Brew Perfect Storm for the Homeless 13.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout refuses corporate funding and all the strings that come attached. Instead, reader support powers us. Make a tax-deductible donation today! The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the 66-year-old had while riding the bus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gabaldon is homeless. When she went to the emergency room in late January, doctors told her she also had pneumonia, a sinus infection and the flu. For the general population, the flu represents a serious health concern. But for the homeless -- who deal with higher rates of chronic illness, fewer resources and crowded conditions in shelters -- catching the flu can be a matter of life or death. This year, the nation has experienced a vicious flu season on track to break recent records, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the outbreak has shown signs of decline over the past two ...
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Huge Organizing Effort, "40 Days of Action" Launching to Fight Poverty 7.3.2018 Truthout.com
The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, along with Rev. Dr. William Barber II, has recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The challenge in bringing back this campaign, which has its roots in Civil Rights activism, is enormous as 2016 Census data shows 43.1 million Americans are in poverty and want. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the campaign and the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.  Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI ) The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched  Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival , grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized.   South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis understood that religious faith -- in her case, Presbyterian -- had to be linked to social justice. This ...
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Five things to know about the 2018 federal budget and housing 6.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Nick Falvo The 2018 federal budget, while not as transformative as last year's, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness. Here are five things to know: 1. New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Specifically, the budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over 10 years for housing in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and Inuvialuit; and $500 million over 10 years for housing for Métis people. In each case, this targeting funding is intended to accompany the respective federal housing strategies for each group, none of which have been released. From an urban perspective -- it's important to remember that, while Indigenous peoples make up just three per cent of Calgary's general population, they make up 20 per cent of Calgary's homeless population. Several other funding announcements were made for Indigenous peoples, valued at $5 billion over five years. This includes funding for child ...
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A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban 5.2.2018 High Country News Most Recent
How one Indigenous family is navigating two very different housing problems.
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Marginalized and houseless in the West 5.2.2018 High Country News Most Recent
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For Homeless Youth, Statistics and Reality Are Miles Apart 28.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
This article was originally published by TalkPoverty.org. At the headquarters of Covenant House Washington in Southeast DC, a nonprofit serving youth experiencing homelessness, ten twin-sized black canvas cots fill a white-tiled alcove on the main floor. The space serves as an emergency shelter for homeless young people, which Covenant House calls "The Sanctuary." In keeping with its name, the walls are a deep, soothing blue. Five of the cots are for women and five for men, which is far short of the demand. The room is empty now, in mid-afternoon, but by 6:00 p.m., when the shelter opens, young people will be lining up for a chance to snag a few square feet of space for the evening, and maybe a shower and a hot meal. "We turn away at least 8 youth per night," says Madye Henson, Covenant House Washington's chief executive officer. Henson has added extra beds for hypothermia season and is planning a permanent expansion to 20 beds this year. In combination with its other programs, that would bring Covenant ...
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Super Bowl LII Impacts Hospital Access and Homeless Community in Minnesota 24.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
No ads, no subscription fees -- instead, Truthout is fueled by generous donations from readers. Want to support our work? Click here to donate. While the Minnesota Vikings weren't this year's NFC champions, the city of Minneapolis -- and the surrounding area – is already feeling the impact of Super Bowl LII. And as always, the poor stand to experience the most harm. Although the big game is more than a week away, streets surrounding the brand new US Bank Stadium are closed, forcing those who live and work downtown to find alternative routes. That adds extra drive time for everyone, but the road closure makes it especially difficult for patients to reach Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the biggest hospital in Minnesota -- and the one that sees the most uninsured and patients in poverty. Meanwhile, HCMC is already expecting a 10 percent increase in visits in the week leading up to and including the massive event. "With the hospital right across the street from US Bank Stadium, road closures and ...
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