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Excerpted from: Criminalizing Homelessness Is Not A Solution – Part I

"Nashua, New Hampshire; Gainesville, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. Petersburg, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

What do these cities have in common?

… the practice of penalizing the homeless – or those who offer the homeless assistance – and, in essence, criminalize homelessness.

While, it’s true that many cities across the nation use legislative and punitive measures as a way of "dealing" with local homeless populations, the five cities listed above are the ones which caught my eye.

Here’s why…"

In Nashua, NH a "tent city," located in Mines Fall Park is being dismantled.   (more…)

Nashua, NH; Gainesville, FL; Las Vegas, NV; St. Petersburg, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC.

What do these cities have in common?

For starters, they all have a visible homeless population.   (more…)

At first glance, Zach Bonner seems like most other boys his age. There is nothing that would lead you to associate him with homelessness – unless, of course, you took the time to sit and have a chat with him. It’s then that your education would begin.

Don’t misunderstand me. Zach himself isn’t homeless. However, child homelessness is a topic he is quite familiar with.

At the "ripe old age" of 11, Zach is a seasoned veteran when it comes to being an advocate for this nation’s homeless children.   (more…)

There has been an increased of media coverage regarding homelessness across the nation.

For the most part, most headlines point to the rising numbers of homeless. In addition, they also highlight folks who do not fit the typical stereotypes. The people being written about are average everyday folks who have lost their jobs and homes due to the nation’s current economic woes.

Despite this, however, there are still many folks who believe that the majority of homeless persons have addiction disorders; are derelicts; too lazy to work; or are otherwise social misfits.   (more…)

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for news regarding the dismantling of Sacramento’s "tent city."

Slated to "officially" be shutdown on April 15, according to the report, Tent city pulls up stakes as last of homeless scatter, in the Sacramento Bee, the encampment finally came down this past Friday.   (more…)