User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-Independent
Category: Homelessness
Last updated: Jul 08 2020 05:25 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Activists push for Black land ownership in Seattle 7.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Protests over racial equity prompt investments in the city’s Black community.
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The housing policy that’s turning back gentrification 30.6.2020 Current Issue
In the wake of COVID-19, some California cities are introducing tenant protections.
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COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people 18.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Advocates hope to lock in this assistance beyond the pandemic.
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Can alternative living encampments help with the homelessness crisis? 7.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Advocates fear they’re a stopgap solution that could become permanent.
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The residual power of Ammon Bundy 21.2.2020 Current Issue
What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town?
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Native species or invasive? The distinction blurs as the world warms 17.2.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
With species on the move as the climate changes, a growing number of scientists say that efforts must be made to help migrating species adapt to their new habitats.
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Billionaires are changing communities and the wild in Wyoming 10.2.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Sociologist Justin Farrell explores the ways wealth shapes Teton County and the Western U.S.
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Observe the BLM’s displacement 27.1.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Moving land-management HQ out of Washington illustrates the ‘deconstruction of the administrative state.’
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As Spokane grows, is it leaving low-income renters outside? 18.12.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Proposals to protect tenants and reduce homelessness lack political support.
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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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