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A horrific childhood in China inspires a crusade against homelessness – CNN – 2018-10-04

By Allie Torgan, CNN Updated 2:23 PM ET, Thu October 4, 2018 Eureka, CA (CNN)Betty Chinn doesn’t sleep much. Each day before sunrise until well into the night, this petite woman in her 70s covers a lot of ground—tending to hundreds of people living in homelessness along California’s north coast. “I tell myself, ‘Time to […]

One Mans Experience being Homeless in California – Pacific Standard – 2018-10-3

‘WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY A TEMPORARY PLAN GOT KIND OF COMFORTABLE’: ONE MAN’S EXPERIENCE BEING HOMELESS IN CALIFORNIA Pacific Standard writer Jack Denton speaks with a childhood friend about the daily realities of living without a home. JACK DENTON 8 HOURS AGO A homeless man walks down the street in the downtown Skid Row area of […]

Mesa detective honored for his work with the homeless – East Valley Tribune – 2018-09-25

By Jason Stone, Tribune Staff Writer Mesa Police Detective Aaron Raine Mesa Police Detective Aaron Raine doesn’t want to win awards. He just wants to make a difference. But it turns out his impact has been so big that Arizona’s police chief association honored him as the top officer in the whole state. Thanks to […]

Homelessness: I Feel Your Pain, Or Do I? – NPR: KPCC- 2018-09-17

Last year, I interviewed a woman named Cheryl Taylor. The 63-year old wore pink bunny ears on top of her head. She was living on a San Diego sidewalk after being evicted from her home. She said the people living in the luxury high rise across the street didn’t know her story. They’d never asked. They just […]

Proposition 2: Vote yes for a smart way to help the homeless – San Diego Union-Tribune – 2018-09-17

n 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, which added a 1 percent tax on the income of those making more than $1 million a year to provide funds for mental health programs. This tax has since generated up to $2.5 billion a year. But a state audit released in February noted that the funds are often stashed by […]

Parking lots are the new solution to the homelessness crisis in cities — but they’re also part of the problem – Business Insider – 2018-09-04

As urban housing costs continue to soar, more homeless residents are living in cars than ever before. Despite local attempts to ban people from residing in their vehicles, safe parking programs are springing up in cities across the country — particularly along the West Coast. While parking lots offer a temporary solution to the homeless […]

Homelessness: It’s not a crime to sleep on the street — absent other options, court says – S.F Chronicle – 2018-09-04

Cities can’t make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could affect so-called “sit/lie” ordinances in San Francisco and elsewhere. The constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment,” under the Eighth Amendment, prohibits “criminal penalties […]

A Portland Family’s Journey From Homelessness To Home – Oregon Public Broadcasting – 2018-09-03

Over the course of six months, the Dunham family sent radio diaries documenting their struggle first to find housing in Portland and then to keep it. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:  Download In the Portland area, more than 4,000 people are homeless, according to the latest “point in time” count by government officials. One of the ways “Think Out […]

San Francisco rolls out long-awaited system to track, help homeless – 2018-09-01

It’s wonky. It’s a bunch of data and names. And it will most likely save a lot of homeless people’s lives. For the past two years, program managers in San Francisco have been quietly crafting a system to closely track every homeless man, woman and child. The purpose is two-fold: to tailor housing, rehab and […]

MFDC summer 2018: 5 noteworthy multifamily projects – 2018-08-27

The 5 buildings highlight MFDC’s summer issue noteworthy projects section. MULTIFAMILY HOUSING | AUGUST 27, 2018 | MFDC EDITORS 325 Kent Exterior 1. DOMINO SUGAR FACTORY REMAKE GETS ITS FIRST OCCUPANTS 325 Kent Interior The 16-story, 800,000-sf 325 Kent building is the first structure to open at the $3 billion, 11-acre Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment […]