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Someone, who is less than neatly dressed, pushing a shopping cart laden with all of their worldly possessions; a person trudging along the sidewalk beneath the weight of an overstuffed backpack; someone who is asking for spare change or perhaps standing on a corner holding a cardboard sign.

It’s the appearance that gives them away. And, based on visual clues, these are the types of persons most of us recognize as being our nations’ homeless.

However, because these individuals are those we visually "recognize" as being homeless, we fail to realize that homelessness isn’t always clearly apparent. Sometimes, homelessness is occurring right under our noses, completely unnoticed.   (more…)

Earlier this week I received an e-mail from a woman who, five years ago found, herself homeless.

As a single parent with a pre-kindergarten aged child and unable to afford housing, "Meagan" did what many newly homeless persons do: she turned to local homeless support services in hopes of finding assistance to get out of homelessness and back into housing.

Sadly, she was in for a rude awakening.   (more…)

In mid-March of this year, I published a post titled: Wedding Bells in Brandon, Florida.

It was about Mark Neville and Nan Schrack, a couple in Florida who had been together for 14-years — and homeless for the last 5-years.

Due to Nan’s failing health, Mark wanted to obtain housing to care for her. In order to qualify for certain government services and subsidized housing as a couple however, they needed to be married. So, in an outdoor ceremony, they became husband and wife.   (more…)

I have two simple questions to ask.

Last night, when you crawled into bed, did you go to sleep hungry? Or did you have enough to eat throughout the day?   (more…)

A little less than a year ago, I wrote a post mentioning that New York City was going to begin charging those homeless who were working "rent." The policy was meant to bring NYC into compliance with a 1997 New York state law.

Amid public outcry and criticism and a potential lawsuit, (not to mention a few major snafus regarding how the city was determining how much "rent" to charge) the city sidelined the policy – until last week, when the Bloomberg administration announced it would re-instate the "rent" requirement.   (more…)