Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Homeless people in Surrey rise up against police and bylaw officers seizing their possessions

Some very poor people in Surrey are saying enough is enough. After repeated seizures of their possessions by police and bylaw officers, they held a rally outside the Surrey Urban Mission Society office in Whalley earlier this month. They’ve alleged that the City of Surrey “steals from the homeless”. https://www.straight.com/news/homeless-people-in-surrey-rise-up-against-police-and-bylaw-officers-seizing-their-possessions Continue reading Homeless people in Surrey rise up against police and bylaw officers seizing their possessions

An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Neither these catastrophic outcomes nor the misgivings of police themselves have produced an answer to the obvious question: How should society handle these kinds of incidents? If not law enforcement, who should intervene? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/cahoots-program-may-reduce-likelihood-of-police-violence/617477/ Continue reading An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

Almost 70 percent of them were food secure in one month. On average, the cash recipients spent a total of three fewer months in a shelter than those in the control group. After one year, cash recipients reduced their spending on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes by an average of almost 40 percent, challenging “the widespread … Continue reading Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.

Homeless need support, not stigma and stereotypes, homelessness advocate says

End Homelessness Winnipeg (EHW), an Indigenous agency that advocates for unsheltered Winnipeggers, has released a guide to help residents understand and interact with people experiencing homelessness. https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/homeless-need-support-not-stigma-and-stereotypes-homelessness-advocate-says Continue reading Homeless need support, not stigma and stereotypes, homelessness advocate says