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A homeless man sits on 42nd Street in the Manhattan borough of New York, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Streets Cannot Be A Home

Growing homeless encampments are stressing cities across the country. Honolulu and Sarasota responded with stiff laws taking “vagrants” off the streets and out of public parks. South Carolina’s capital, Columbia, decided to give the homeless three choices. They can go to a shelter, get arrested or leave town.

June 28, 2016

Francis Prods Congress’ Conscience

Wouldn’t it be grand if Pope Francis could be a recurring visitor to the U.S. Congress? Perhaps then our elected officials would stop acting merely as the “political class” and instead legislate as men and women of conscience.

September 26, 2015

The Urgent National Crisis That Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About

While some 2016 presidential candidates are talking about income inequality, few have directly addressed perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.

September 5, 2015
Homelessness, Los Angeles, New York, National News, Times, Bill de Blazio, Eric Garcetti, Veterans, Shelter, Gentrification, Population, Addiction, Families, Mental Health, Social Justice, Statue of Liberty, New Colossus, Frank Caracciolo

Shelter From The Storm: Homelessness At Its Worst Since The Depression

The scale of the homeless population is so massive it’s difficult to visualize. And from coast to coast, it’s getting worse.

May 12, 2015
Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, Homelessness, Foster Care, Youth, Saftey Net, National News

States Tackle ‘Aging Out’ Of Foster Care

For kids without a parental safety net, a new federal program extends foster care benefits to youth up to 21 years old.

March 30, 2015
Economy, Health, Children Welfare, Well-Being, Great Recession, Health Care, Foreclosure, Homelessness, Neglect, Abuse

Q & A: How The Great Recession Affected Children

Although the Great Recession is officially over, children’s well-being has gotten worse since 2007.

March 18, 2015

The Lion Of Liberalism: Remembering Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015

When I met Mario Cuomo in the summer of 1978, he was already a celebrated public figure, if not yet a political powerhouse. We were at the Democratic state convention in Albany, where I was reporting for the Village Voice, and he was pondering an offer from New York governor Hugh Carey, then seeking re-election, to […]

January 2, 2015

U.S. Activist Arrested For Feeding Homeless Vows To Continue

Is the price charitable people pay for a good deed?

November 7, 2014

The Real Face Of Poverty

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” — Rep. Paul Ryan “You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a [poor] person ample food […]

April 2, 2014

Study Of Working Homeless Sheds Light On Financial Motivation

By Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A competition among working homeless people to see who could save the greatest percentage of their pay provided researchers with valuable insights that could be used to encourage middle class people to improve their financial circumstance. In what is believed to be the first detailed study of the savings behavior […]

February 17, 2014

Innovative Program Is Tailored To Prevent Homelessness Among Vets

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — Kris Warren, a Marine veteran with combat duty in Iraq, remembers the disorientation and other problems that kept him from re-entering civilian life. Finally he mustered the courage to ask for help from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles. With that help over months, he […]

February 17, 2014