As temperatures drop, a push to get more homeless indoors – via WTOP

“WASHINGTON —  The homeless can sometimes be reluctant to enter shelters, unwilling to leave their belongings unattended outside and, perhaps, fearful of sharing confined space with those they don’t know.  But the extreme cold of recent days provided plenty of incentive to get indoors.”

See more here: http://wtop.com/dc/2015/01/temperatures-drop-push-get-homeless-indoors/

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‘Blanket Drive’ for the Homeless – An NDTV and Uday Foundation Effort – via NDTV

“NEW DELHI:  December 28 was Delhi’s coldest night. The mercury fell to as low as 2.6 degrees Celsius. And in this bone chilling cold, there were many who slept on the streets on pieces of cardboard and covered themselves with plastic sheets. These homeless people struggled to keep themselves alive.”

See more here: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/blanket-drive-for-the-homeless-an-ndtv-and-uday-foundation-effort-643892

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One Maine City’s Stand against Cutting Funding at Homeless Shelters – via Governing.com

“Portland, Maine, is becoming a battleground for two visions of how the government should treat the poor. Mayor Michael Brennan is a Democrat who wants to raise the minimum wage, expand affordable housing and support the poor through government subsidies. Gov. Paul LePage is a Republican who wants to downsize government safety net programs. Their latest skirmish revolves around emergency shelter beds, which will receive less financial support from the state if Lepage gets his way.”

See more here: http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-portlands-stand-against-cutting-welfare-at-homeless-shelters.html

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A Look Into The ‘Double Lives’ Of America’s Homeless College Students – via The Huffington Post

“Sean McLean’s first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the heels of sobering news: The night before, he and his family were evicted from their home in Woburn, 9 miles north of Boston.”

See more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/26/college-student-homeless-boston_n_6145980.html

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Formerly homeless, he now delivers ‘survival kits’ to those on streets – via The LA Times

“Twice a year, Los Angeles’ homeless get a backpack that can make living on the streets a little more bearable. Blanket, Band-Aids, socks, sunblock, water, wool cap. Those are just a few of the things in the pack.”

See more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-survival-kits-20141219-story.html

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This Formerly Homeless Man Is Making ‘Huts’ For Those Without Shelter – via The Huffington Post

“Pvgzly Addams knows how helpless it can feel to live without a roof over your head — that’s why you might spot him with a hammer and nails in Ocean Park, Washington.”

See more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/04/homeless-huts-washington_n_6271610.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000058

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French anger over ‘Nazi style’ badges for homeless – via The Telegraph

“The southern French city of Marseille has been forced to scrap a system of yellow triangles intended to help spot homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics.”

See more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11274407/French-anger-over-Nazi-style-badges-for-homeless.html?fb

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