Archive for the ‘Hunger’ Category

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…)

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This past Thursday I published a post titled: "Genuine Solutions or Temporary Fixes?" It was about the upcoming dismantling of Sacramento’s tent city – which had been spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show several weeks ago.

In it, I questioned Sacramento’s seemingly quick call to action regarding trying to provide shelter and other forms of assistance to the encampments residents. I questioned the motive behind the city council’s rapid approval of nearly $1 million dollars to increase the number of available shelter beds. I also questioned both, California’s Governor Schwarzenegger’s visit to the tent city and his offer of trying to find additional state funding to help those who will be required to vacate the area.   (more…)

Last week’s press release by the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) that 1 in 50 American Children were homeless filled the headlines in news outlets all across the nation.

It also sparked a number of criticisms.   (more…)

First Lady Michelle Obama’s surprise visit on Thursday morning to a local Washington, D.C. soup kitchen for the homeless was in the headlines yesterday.

The First Lady, who arrived at Miriam’s Kitchen with food donated by White House staff, stood at the end of the serving line, greeting and serving risotto with mushrooms to about 50 homeless men and women.   (more…)

In my previous post I outlined why I personally defend a homeless person’s right to panhandle.

I realize that there are those who will disagree with what I wrote. But, that’s fine. They are entitled to their opinions – just as I’m entitled to mine.

They’ll make an allusion that giving to panhandlers doesn’t really help them; so, folks should give to their local area homeless organizations instead. The premise is that the money will do the most good with those agencies – a belief which is somewhat of an incorrect assumption. Let’s face it: traditional homeless support services agencies don’t have a good track record of actually reducing homelessness – the proof of which is quite evident since the numbers of homeless have continued to rise steadily despite all their efforts.   (more…)