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Homelessness around the World
10 years ago
Homelessness is a world-wide issue. I'll start this particular topic off with a weblink to an Australian Homeless site: Homeless Australia http://www.homeless.org.au/ "Homeless Discover the truth about homelessness and homeless people in Australia. This week's featured homeless story http://www.homeless.org.au/people/james.htm and featured homeless photo http://www.homeless.org.au/streetkids/smiling-streetkids-gallery-12.htm is of Andrew, who was murdered last month while living on the streets."
Homelessness in South Africa
10 years ago
Dreams of the homeless http://www.flonnet.com/fl1802/18020640.htm Ruo Emoh, a low-income women's group in Cape Town, symbolises the dreams of the South African poor in the matter of housing.
Street Dwellers in India
10 years ago
Google Search Results for Street Dwellers in India http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=street+dwellers+in+India&btnG=Google+Search (43,300 results) Asia Times: Street Dwellers Visible but Ignored http://www.atimes.com/ind-pak/BD22Df01.html "Street dwellers visible but ignored By Bharat Dogra NEW DELHI - Kalimuddin makes a living selling ice water from an insulated cart outside Delhi's bustling railway station. He is as homeless now as the day he arrived here from his village in eastern Bihar state 20 years ago. At night, Kalimuddin sleeps where he can on the pavements. He cannot use the government-run shelters because he has to keep an eye on the cart, hired out from a demanding owner. Jaswinder, a rickshaw puller at the nearby Ajmeri gate area is better off. At night, he can turn his rickshaw upside down for a temporary home and sleep under it. He even has a plastic sheet to spread over it for rainy nights. Winters are tougher for then Jaswinder must hire out a quilt at around 25 cents a night to keep from freezing. ''That's too much but if I buy my own quilt I have nowhere to keep such a bulky thing.'' There are no reliable estimates on the total number of homeless people who live where they can on the streets of India's large metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta and in the smaller cities and towns but the number could easily exceed 2 million." (rest of article on link above- Harmony)
Homelessness in Canada
10 years ago
Google Search "Homelessness in Canada" http://www.google.com/search?q=%22homelessness+in+Canada%22&btnG=Search&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8 OCAP:Ontario Coalition Against Poverty http://www.ocap.ca/ Raising the Roof http://www.raisingtheroof.org/lrn-home-QandA-index.cfm 1)What is homelessness? http://www.raisingtheroof.org/lrn-home-QandA-index.cfm#1 2)Are there different types of homelessness? http://www.raisingtheroof.org/lrn-home-QandA-index.cfm#2 3)Why does homelessness generate so much debate and confusion? http://www.raisingtheroof.org/lrn-home-QandA-index.cfm#3 (rest of list and rest of article on above link) (PDF)Women, Poverty and Homelessness in Canada http://www.napo-onap.ca/en/resources/Voices_English_04232004.pdf Cathy Crowe: Toronto's Street Nurse http://www.streetlevel.ca/biographies/Cathy_Crowe.htm "Nicholas Keung Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe believes that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. That is what motivates her to travel tirelessly around the city as an advocate for the homeless, those who might otherwise be forgotten. Crowe, who always wears a big smile, is colloquially known as a ``street nurse'' and she insists on using that term rather than nurse practitioner or community health nurse because ``it makes a very strong point.'' ``It is obscene that as a nurse in Canada, my specialty is homelessness,'' said Crowe, who, along with the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, has unveiled an underworld of homelessness beneath this country's prosperous facade. ``Lately I've been asking myself, `Am I still doing nursing?' I now spend more time standing in front of groups making speeches, organizing vigils to respond to homeless deaths, and lobbying the federal government . . . as opposed to, for example, (treating) diabetes.'' Crowe was the guest speaker at the Canadian Pensioners Concerned (Ontario Division) annual general meeting yesterday, where she received the first Jean Woodsworth Award for her advocacy work. Social activist Woodsworth, a former president of the pensioner group and a board member of the United Church, helped organize the so-called gray power revolt that persuaded the federal government to maintain the universality of old age pensions. The award commemorates the life-long compassion for social justice of Woodsworth, who passed away at 82 in 1995. While Crowe started her career 20 years ago working for two prominent physicians in a downtown bank tower, working on the streets has exposed her to the true colour of the homeless problem in the city. But it took the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Ontario and Quebec to shock her into realizing that homelessness is a national disaster." (rest of article on link above)
U.N. Reports 50 Million Displaced People
10 years ago
(first part) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Displaced-People.html?ei=1&en=32bedbe352636428&ex=1091414477&pagewanted=print&position= July 20, 2004 U.N. Reports 50 Million Displaced People By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 3:06 p.m. ET GENEVA (AP) -- Conflicts, natural disasters and unchecked development have left about 50 million people homeless in their own countries, a new estimate that dwarfs the number of refugees known to aid workers, a U.N. official said Tuesday. The United Nations knows of about 14 million refugees worldwide who have fled their homes for safer foreign lands, said Dennis McNamara, director of the U.N.'s interagency campaign to help the displaced. But there is no global registration system for people displaced within their own countries, and McNamara said 25 million have been forced from their homes by conflicts, with another 25 million driven away by natural disasters and development. ``They are the world's forgotten and neglected,'' he said. McNamara arrived at his estimate after evaluating countries around the world, especially in Latin America and Africa. Of the 21 current conflicts worldwide, 18 are internal, he said. McNamara noted that the U.N. estimates that 38 million people worldwide have HIV, a smaller number than the estimate of those displaced. ``I don't want to compare suffering or denigrate other massive problems,'' he said. ``But there isn't even a tenth of the attention given to an even greater group of pretty miserable people, suffering and living in abject squalor.'' More than 2 million people have been displaced for decades by civil war in Colombia, he said, but half of the world's displaced live in Africa. In Sudan, 4 million remain displaced by a southern insurgency that appears to be drawing to an end, McNamara said. But 1 million others have been forced from homes in the western Darfur region, where the government has been accused of backing Arab militiamen driving black farmers off their land. Estimates of those displaced in the Congo run at about 3 million. In Uganda, an insurgency in the country's north has displaced 1.6 million. There have been some positive developments. McNamara said half of Burundi's displaced population has returned home in recent months, and nearly 2 million Angolans returned home last year. (continued in next post)
previous post, continued
10 years ago
Rest of article on link in previous post- ================================== Fair Use Notice This message may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not specifically been authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, religious, spiritual, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit educational and research purposes, and in the hope that more people will awaken and begin to think for themselves, as is so sorely needed in these times. For more information on fair use, please go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes of your own which go beyond "fair use," we suggest that you obtain permission from the copyright owner." =============================
Homeless Native Americans
10 years ago
The homeless in Japan- our friends "Rebel Jill"
10 years ago
As I have mentioned before, homeless people around the world are in touch with one another. Granted, the homeless digital divide still applies- the cost of internet connection is prohibitive in so many places. However, for the past several years I and other homeless/formerly homeless people have been in touch with the homeless people in Japan. Their homeless activists have an association called "Rebel Jill" (and "Jill" has a different meaning than the western woman's name). Here is a website in English I made out of support for the homeless in Japan: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7076/japan.html In particular, tent city people around the world are in touch with one another. They face similar obstacles from society, which vary from the usual "not in my backyard" reactions to being harassed by the police, arrested in some cases, and having their belongings seized (illegally, I might add!!). What societies all over the world fail to understand is that HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. And yet society keeps telling homeless people that, no matter where they are, it's illegal to "be" there. I support the right of tent cities to exist. In a world with not enough living wages and affordable housing, people STILL need shelter from the heat, and cold, and rain. People STILL need to be able to sleep someplace, and to have a place to return to after work. I have an email from Rebel Jill which I do not want to quote out of context. But in it they state that the Japanese governments (and various Japanese city governments) have an extremely heartless, brutal policy towards the homeless. Authorities will not listen to homeless delegations; guards at city halls refuse their entry to speak with the powers that be about their situation and needs and rights. Furthermore, authorities attitudes towards Japanese homeless is that they must be guilty of something, and they are treated as if they are guilty until proven innocent. The City of Osaka has a bad history of its homeless policies, and it is on the list of Global Boycotts for Human Rights banned cities because of that: http://members.tripod.com/~sananda/homeless/boycott1.html
New Zealand and Homelessness
10 years ago

In comparison with most other places in the world ,Australia included, New Zealand does not seem to have as pressing a problem with homelessness. Granted, there ARE some homeless. I will have to talk directly with some advocates and groups there to get more of a complete picture. Here are some links that John recommended: http://www.tenancyservices.govt.nz/situation.html and http://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/policies/homelessness/index.html
The Phillipines- 6,000 Families Face Eviction
10 years ago

6,000 Families Face Eviction DEMOLITION IN MARIKINA 6,000 families face eviction Updated 10:45pm (Mla time) Sept 20, 2004 By Luige del Puerto Inquirer News Service Editor's Note: Published on page A15 of the September 21, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer RESETTLEMENT-a monumental task in Metro Manila-has been largely achieved in the city of Marikina. It is a major reason why this former Rizal town is today a bustling and vibrant city. Recent developments, however, threaten this achievement. About 6,000 to 10,000 families in the Tumana District, one of the city's largest resettlement sites, face eviction after the courts ruled with finality in favor of the land's original owners, documents obtained by the Inquirer show. The demolition order by Judge Liwliwa Hidalgo-Bucu dated Aug. 12, 2004, concluded a long legal battle between the city and Edgewater Realty Development Inc. City officials and experts, however, say a demolition is unlikely. They said the court ruling might force the city to settle with Edgewater, which may agree to seek a compromise since, in theory, it could not afford to "fight City Hall." 'No demolition' Marci Teodoro, acting chief of the Marikina Settlement Office, Print this story Send this story Write the editor View other stories said, "I don't think it (demolition) would happen at all." Teodoro said that negotiations for a settlement were in the works long before the handing down of the court decision. Edgewater accused the city of breaching the memorandum of agreement (MOA) it entered with the realty firm in 1994, and consequently sued the city. Under the agreement, the city would resettle its squatter population in Tumana, which is around 38 hectares. In return, the city acts as the originator-tasked to identify the residents, develop the area and facilitate the payment of the land. The project was supposed to be entered into the Community Mortgage Program. In 1997, Judge Justo M. Sultan said the city had not kept its end of the bargain. The names and number of families relocated in the area were not properly documented. No list or inventory of the sites or location of each family was made, according to the judge. "More importantly," Sultan said, "the plaintiff's right to the property was grossly violated in the process, for the defendant has in effect appropriated said property without due compensation." Now squatters The judge then rescinded the MOA, which turned residents in Tumana into squatters. He then ordered the removal of the structures in district. Appeals by the city in higher courts were dismissed one after the other. In 1998, the Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision, and denied the city's motion for reconsideration with finality. (continued next post)
6,000 Families Face Eviction, Part 2
10 years ago

On Aug. 27, 2004, Judge Alice Gutierrez of Marikina issued a writ of execution of the court's earlier decision. She reaffirms the order for the city to pay Edgewater a monthly rental of around P1.5 million since April 1994. The city was also directed to compensate the realty firm with P65 million for the use of Farmers 1, the area's main road. If the city cannot pay the judgment amount, then the Court Sheriff is tasked to levy the goods and properties of the city. ============================ Fair Use Notice This message may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not specifically been authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, religious, spiritual, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit educational and research purposes, and in the hope that more people will awaken and begin to think for themselves, as is so sorely needed in these times. For more information on fair use, please go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes of your own which go beyond "fair use," we suggest that you obtain permission from the copyright owner." ========================
BBC News|uk| Ethnic homeless rate is soaring
10 years ago

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3679726.stm Homelessness among ethnic minorities in England is growing at more than double the overall rate, a report has revealed. The report by the charity Shelter found black people were the most over-represented group. Black homelessness has grown by 89% since 1977 compared with a general increase of 34%. Shelter is calling on the government to prioritise tackling ethnic minority homelessness. Its director Adam Sampson said the situation was having an immensely damaging effect on ethnic minority communities. "For children who are already at serious risk of disadvantage, bad housing can have a devastating effect on their education, health and future prospects. "More affordable housing is desperately needed, particularly family sized homes. This would help reduce the large numbers of ethnic minority households living in unfit, emergency and overcrowded conditions," he said. 'Hidden homelessness' In total 30,500 ethnic minority households were officially registered as homeless with English local authorities during 2003/04. They accounted for 20% of the total number of homeless people in England compared to an ethnic minority presence of 7% in the UK's population. More than 7,000 of homeless households in 2003/04 were Asian, and those of Bangladeshi descent were particularly likely to suffer 'hidden' homelessness due to over-crowding, the report said. The authors suggests there are a number of factors which make black and Asian people more susceptible to become homeless than white people. They include larger family sizes, unemployment, discrimination, racial harassment and lower than average incomes. An increase in asylum applications and a recent change in homelessness legislation may also have contributed to the sharp increase, the study concluded. ===================== Fair Use Notice This message may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not specifically been authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, religious, spiritual, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit educational and research purposes, and in the hope that more people will awaken and begin to think for themselves, as is so sorely needed in these times. For more information on fair use, please go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes of your own which go beyond "fair use," we suggest that you obtain permission from the copyright owner." ==============================
10 years ago

wow. so much info..would you consider putting all of this into a book.. I have never read such comphrensive studies of homelessness around the world.

It opens my 'minds eye' as well as regular ones.

I can visualize the world homeless problem much much easier just reading all you posted above.

Like I mentioned in the other group, if we make close studies of why the countries without as much problem are like that, making it simple for all to learn from, changes would come.

It's offering the 'whole picture' of; (using for example )higher taxes such as in the country you reside in.

If long range costs (since most people are extremely left brained and want rational money answers) of a population with extreme, or even moderate homless problems were put next to the countries that have less homeless persons, it would help others see that health, crime, and all the effects of intense poverty are much more expensive than paying extra taxes to prevent the problems in the first place.

And it would empower people like myself who think humanitarian terms with arguments when I am trying to convince the 'money people'!

So Harmony write a book tonite and let me have it in my hands next week!!!!!

I see things in the 'whole' and thus you breaking down the problem by country is like drinking a fine wine!!!

the more we learn from others that are doing well, the faster people will choose leaders to implement the steps needed to change the situation in their country..

Am I making any sense..?

yes, i will be the first to buy a book by you Harmony on this subject and it is also be my first ever attempt to study poverty and its effects in detail....

we are moving quickly to other planets and certainly we want to colonize them in more sane, humane and comfortable ways then we are presently doing in most countries on this planet!!

lets get the books out and learn learn learn!

joy angel

my goodness, Joy, thanks for that feedback!
10 years ago

you wrote:"wow. so much info..would you consider putting all of this into a book.. I have never read such comphrensive studies of homelessness around the world." Well, perhaps an online book! On a website! Downloadable, of course- and I'm glad that a global portrait is slowly beginning to emerge. Sometimes I feel as if I am only hacking away at it a bit at a time, because there are so many, many places on earth. As far as that goes, any one living in a particular country or place is welcome to contribute articles and links to articles on its homeless problem here in this forum. you wrote: "the more we learn from others that are doing well, the faster people will choose leaders to implement the steps needed to change the situation in their country.. Am I making any sense..?" Yes, that's certainly the goal! I also wish that Care2 would put a "clickto" page for the homeless problem. There are so many homes that need to be built, and how is it to be done? In harmony with nature and natural resources, or exploiting them (as is the usual trend). At any rate, I do appreciate the feedback and really feel encouraged! Harmony
Homelessness around the World-Argentina's New Social Protagonists
10 years ago

http://makeashorterlink.com/?B2E633C59 By Gerardo Young and Lucas Guagnini published first in Clarin, with added content in World Press Review December, 2002 The poor, as everyone knows, are invisible when you speed past their homes on the highway. But when things are the other way around, and the poor get out on the road and set up roadblocks, people say, �Piqueteros, damn it!� They set fire to tires, stop traffic, and everything changes. Bety, Angel, Silvina, and Luis are piqueteros. Women and men with worn-out shoes. Homeless. Sometimes they use sticks or throw stones; sometimes they know why, and sometimes they have no idea. They go out and block the road. There, they might be shot and killed. Or not. They might return home, to a house with a tin roof and mud walls; or a new day might come. What do the piqueteros do when they are not demonstrating? What do Bety, Angel, Silvina, and Luis do after the smoke has cleared? For almost a month, Clarmn followed the three major piquetero organizations. We visited their neighborhoods, homes, gardens, and community soup kitchens. We listened at meetings, talked to their leaders, and traveled with them by train, bus, and, mostly, on foot. What we found was an organization that covers all of Greater Buenos Aires, is based on neighborhood social work, and has its own, sometimes strange rules. One which, despite its contradictions, is creating a new social network for the homeless, and a political strategy that does not rule out violence. Its strict internal organization is based on obligatory community work financed by the governments welfare plans and monthly payments that the piqueteros contribute to the organization. Tuesday, Aug. 13: A typical discussion in the piquetero movement on the dirt-floor patio of Bety Ruiz Dmaz, in Monte Chingolo. She is talking to Nicolas Lista, coordinator of the Anibal Versn organization. �The day that you get involved in politics, I leave,� threatens the woman, who has just given glasses of milk to 50 children. �But you are already in politics,� says Lista, trying to convince her. �Maybe, but the politics I like is this,� she says, looking at the floor. Like Bety, the great majority [of piqueteros] have no experience as activists and joined the movement out of hunger. She lost her house three years ago, has been without work for six, and her two children walk barefoot to the soup kitchen with its tin roof, two pots, clay stove, and table. Such �collective� experience dominates day-to-day life among the piqueteros. Most important for the organizations are the community kitchens, where children and parents are fed. But in addition there are libraries, gardens, help with school, nursing apprentices who provide vaccinations, and even clinical labs. (continued on next post)
Argentina's New Social Protagonist, part 2
10 years ago

Those who work in these places are the same people who, wearing masks or not, set up roadblocks or set bonfires to block access to the capital. The only money the piqueteros receive is the welfare payments they fight to get from the government. They are supposed to live off this 150 pesos (US$41) a month. And pay their monthly 3 peso quota to finance their organizations expenses including the leaders cell phones and buy food for the kitchens. They have to pledge to be at the action centers four hours per day, Monday to Friday. Here roll is called, and those who do not show up have their names taken off the welfare lists. The drill is always the same: A road is blocked, plans are made, poverty is shared. It does not matter which neighborhood is involved, or if the organization is the Corriente Clasista y Combativa (the biggest), or the Bloque Piquetero, or Anibal Versn, whose members included Darmo Santillan and Maximiliano Kosteki, murdered by the police on June 26 [on that day, police outside Buenos Aires clashed with rioting demonstrators demanding jobs and food, killing two people and injuring and arresting dozens more�WPR]. All the organizations are similar, unlike their leaders, who often argue. They have the same base: poor people who have nothing to lose. And all sprang from the same source: the events of June 20-26, 1996, in the small town of Cutral-Cs, when workers laid off by Yacimientos Petrolmferos Fiscales [the state oil entity] and their neighbors blocked National Route 22, a key road linking Neuquin province with Patagonia. Those days left their mark: The piqueteros were born. The roadblocks reached Greater Buenos Aires in two neighborhoods, Florencio Varela and La Matanza, which became known as �the capital of the piqueteros.� Their activities expanded, with more or less violence, as the economic crisis did: According to the state census agency, there are now 19 million poor Argentines. A study by the New Majority Studies Center says that in Buenos Aires province, there were 23 roadblocks in 1997. In 2002 so far, there have been 1,107 in the same area. The growth is throughout the country. In the first half of 1997, there were 77 roadblocks in the nation, and in the first half of this year, 1,609. In La Elvira, an ingenious oven made out of a 200-liter drum is used every morning to bake 80 kilograms of bread, which is sold for 1.20 pesos a kilo, versus 1.80 in the bakeries. With this money, the piqueteros buy flour from a wholesaler and feed 160 children from the 50 poorest families in the area. Angel Carrizo is in charge, his face blackened from the oven. He used to run errands for a mechanic, but his car hasn�t run for years for lack of spare parts. He is not just any activist: He has installed a stove kitchen in his patio. The stove is made of two old washing machines cut in half, with an opening for wood fuel. There is also a clothing bank and two sewing machines. (continued next post)
Argentina's New Social Protagonists, part 3
10 years ago

�The sewing machine was donated by a woman who made clothes at home. She did not have any work,� explains Msnica Bodeman, Carrizos wife. With the sewing machines they have created a clothing bank. Women sort clothing donated by neighbors, recycle it, and provide it to the needy for little or nothing: 50 cents for a sweater, 2 pesos for pants, etc. They turn rags into pillowcases and napkins. Piquetero reality: The garbage can is always empty. The houses �donated� by neighbors are action centers for all the movements. They are organized by neighborhood, with each center having a delegate and two sub-delegates. They make up the leadership for each organization. But not all are alike. The piqueteros in the Argentine Workers Center [an opposition labor organization] are the most top-down, with strong leaders such as Luis DElma and Juan Carlos Alderete. The most egalitarian is Anibal Versn, which has 15,000 piqueteros and a coordinating committee with rotating membership, but never fewer than 12-15 people. In the middle is the Bloque Piquetero, which is egalitarian but where the Partido Obrero (Workers Party) plays a major role. Division of labor is crucial for the functioning of each group. Members take care of security during roadblocks, man the soup kitchens and libraries, raise funds, ask local merchants to donate food. Committees are formed in the meetings. They gather to discuss things like pressure from the police and late welfare payments. Silvina is 19 and wanted to be an anthropologist. She enrolled at the University of La Plata but did not have enough money for the bus or for photocopies. She is one of the many would-be university students who end up with the piqueteros. Now Silvina works in Villa Argentina, in southern Greater Buenos Aires, in a community kitchen run by the Movimiento Teresa Rodrmguez (MTR), in the ruins of a factorybare brick walls, no roof, no windows. It is on a big lot, with an abandoned swimming pool. The place was used before by a gang of youths who hung out, robbed people, did drugs, and drank. One day the movement took over the place and planted its flag. When the gang came back, its members were told that the factory belonged to the MTR. If they wanted, they could join. The piqueteros tore down the unstable walls, cleaned up the lot, and pulled the weeds. The neighbors, who had been the gangs victims, started coming when the movement set up a soup kitchen. The piqueteros are considering reconditioning the pool and letting kids swim there next summer. They have set up a chicken house with a rooster and four or five hens. Piquetero reality: All the chickens are skinny. Silvina works in the literacy campaign, one of the hardest jobs in the piquetero movement. �It is harder to teach how to read than to study, its more responsibility,� she says. She still has a bullet in her leg from the repression on June 26. The doctors say they cant take it out. But it hurts. (continued next post)
rgentina's New Social Protagonists, part 4
10 years ago

La Fe, a neighborhood in Lanzs, does not exist. Or at least you can�t find it in the Filcar Guide. It used to be a giant vacant lot, but has been squatted by its neighbors, piece by piece, over the last seven years. One of them is Luis Salazar, 35, a robust man who spreads his arms wide as he explains: �In this neighborhood, eight out of every 10 people never eat breakfast.� What you see are houses made of scraps, some with brick walls, two or three with satellite TV dishes. Lots of barking dogs. The streets are not paved and the drains don�t work, so the standing water attracts dirt, rats, and disease. In La Fe, the Unemployed Workers Movement, part of Coordinadora Versn, has set up a brickyard. The yard makes up to 120 concrete blocks per day, but only if it has cement. The man who used to be in charge of the brickyard was Santillan, who was just 21 [when he was killed by police]. The piqueteros mourn his death, for there are few dedicated workers like him. �The movement is important because of the struggle. Look, Santillan was 21, and he could have given in to any of the vices of the young. But he did this,� says Luis. He does admit that 14- and 15-year-olds still do not join. They hang out on the corners, sitting on the scrap-metal pile that was once a car, drinking the worlds worst wine. This is the reality of the piqueteros: living with poverty on the streets and inside their homes. The struggle for bread, for health, for warmth. Faced with these struggles, they bring their bodies and sticks. With their roadblocks, they block highways and city streets. Behavior that is criticized as violent. But that Bety, Angel, Silvina, and Luis will defend to the death. =========== Fair Use Notice This message may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not specifically been authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, religious, spiritual, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit educational and research purposes, and in the hope that more people will awaken and begin to think for themselves, as is so sorely needed in these times. For more information on fair use, please go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes of your own which go beyond "fair use," we suggest that you obtain permission from the copyright owner." ===========================
people are hungry
10 years ago

yeah maybe care2 would do a click to ...

the more information regarding poverty the better of any and all kinds.

as long as we have a voice and keep reminding others of what they dont  want to see we are doing our part.

today while walking was approached four times in a few blocks to buy food for people

one is in wheelchair, one mentally challenged..neither drunk

nor seemingly on drugs..hungry...just hungry.

even while jogging on the track homeless people are digging thru the garbage cans..not for bottles and cans for money,

for food..well bottles and cans also but more and more who act like they are starving.

harmony im gonna keep putting it out there..people are hungry.

Hello Harmony
10 years ago

I haven't looked in for a couple of days - I agree with Joy! You are doing a wonderful job....now back to reading messages and going to the links...you've provided.

You are a real

John

And you too Joy...
10 years ago

..a real star

Take Care

John

Harmony does Homeless
10 years ago

cute subject line ~ huh!!

Harmony does need to seek book writing, but is has to be a more like a periodical, newsprint... !

Definately some form of current information that can be distributed..lin Austin Texas there is the weekly rag of music festivities "keep austin weird" guide ... austinchronicle.com is liken unto a such paper that would accept articles of homeless.The homeless seem to congregate more in the central parts of most towns or cities (homeless-ness)...near where there are soup kitchens (gawd I want to write about those too...some are filthy some are very blessed).

HARMONY WE LOVE YOU GIRL 

Dixie

Joy, John and Dixie!:-)
10 years ago

How cheerful and smiling your posts are! Thank you! (grinning over here) (((((huuuuuuuuuuuug))))) ================ (((JOY))) I had a thought- the next time you meet a homeless person, maybe you could tell them about our group and ask them if there's anything they want to say to us? That is, if you let them know there's a group of people online who would hear their message- who care- who would like to know their story and their situation. Just a thought. We could put their stories and/or messages in a folder. And if they wanted, I could start a website for them (for free, of course) with a page for each of them. only an idea- let me know how you feel; I know there's a lot on your plate and also that you are quite sensitive to suffering (I don't want you to burn out; I have to watch that with myself!!) ================ ((((JOHN))))) Thank you so much! It's a good feeling to know you're here And hopefully you know that your insight and perspective are needed and valued! ====================================== (((DIXIE))) "Harmony Does Homeless"- rotflmao!!! good one!! and, um, erm, reminds me of a certain notorious adult flick with "Debby" in the title and a certain Texas town And, hey! I think your idea of reviewing soup kitchens is a GREAT ONE. We could review soup kitchens and shelters and day centers- maybe even libraries (some of which are nicer to homeless folk than others)... offhand, nutritionally (as of 1998) I'd recommend the meals in San Luis Obispo, while DISSING the meals in Santa Cruz shelter (again, based on 1998), which were basically ALL STARCH- I'd recommend the public library in Aptos and completely DISS the San Luis Obispo public library- the librarian there had me in tears over simply wanting to see a monitor screen of a helpful link which my husband was looking at. RE newspapers and periodicals as a way of disseminating info and articles, good point. In fact, there are a number of StreetPapers and URL's that we oughtta post up here (for starters!) (((((hugs back)))))) you're a peach, Dixie!
Australia-Legal service for homeless a victory
10 years ago

Legal service for homeless a victory-now to win their trust (Sydney Morning Herald) (sorry, no workable URL- Harmony) "By Michael Pelly September 27, 2004 The law can be a homeless person's worst enemy. But the big end of town is helping to at least make it a fair fight. At five shelters across Sydney, blue-chip firms are giving advice on everything from housing to bankruptcy law and getting lessons in how the system can punish poverty. Launched in May, the Homeless Person's Legal Service has seen more than 150 people and acquired more than 50 ongoing clients. Bringing lawyers to the streets has reached those who will not go to community legal centres, says the service's co-ordinator, Emma Golledge. "Many of our clients have not seen a lawyer in years," she said. But she said it had been a two-way culture shock. "There is a lot of difference between the Martin Place end of town and the environment here. This has an element of real law - human law." A good part of the work has involved obtaining documents, lodging applications and navigating the bureaucratic maze. There have been small victories - keeping people in accommodation, righting unfair dismissals, locating family - 70 per cent of homeless men have children under 17 - and sorting out fines that have got out of control. "The way the system operates, it penalises poverty," Ms Golledge said. "They continually get fined, then there's offensive language, trespassing, false information to transit officers. With court and enforcement costs, it mounts up." Keeping in touch with the clients can be a problem. When the Herald visited the Wesley Mission's Edward Eager Lodge in Darlinghurst, two property lawyers from Allens Arthur Robinson were hoping to see a client with housing and employment-related issues. Harshane Kahagalle, 32, and Priya Sivakumaran, 27, had done their "homework" but accepted they might have to wait another week to deliver the news. The service operates for two hours a day at five rotating locations - four in the city and one at Parramatta. Ms Golledge tells the lawyers their hardest task will be winning trust. "They [the homeless] feel socially excluded all the time and the law often works against them." ====================== "Fair Usage" for purposes of Education on social issues, etc.
good for thought my friend harmony!
10 years ago

thats a great idea..giving a voice to the homeless

a real voice

ill definately give it some thought and figure out a way to do it if possible and time permits.

and knowing that their input might well be their last due to the inherent dangers of living on the streets (very very real) makes this a sacred project.

Sacred..that word sums up the homeless life.  very very sacred.  Frightened people accuse, blame, fear and shy from those most in need.  But if they were to change their thinking into that of viewing their lives as divine, sacred and worthy of dignity and respect..perhaps one less homeless soul would die on a street.

Giving a voice is one of those ways to show the people eating out of garbage cans, dying before our eyes as human just like ourselves.

Yes, I'll definately try it.

Also I am would like to start a project with the names of the homeless that have died.  A quilt (like the aids quilt), a traveling art shrine that could go from country to country, city to city, where each would add their dead and perhaps those that new them could add their rememberances.

we are given life to do great things i feel and one of the greatest in time is finding a way to share the lives of the silent 'saints in the making' (they have to remain silent right, or the police put them in jail, so they are taught to be far far far less than even a dog on the street who is allowed to bark) who have died alone, suffering, homeless and hungry.

joy angel

Well, I wander if i do fit in this group!
10 years ago

I realize I am coming from the spiritual/feeling aspect of the homeless plight and maybe I dont really fit in this group, yet i am extremely aware that laws needed is the first step in changing their lives..

It all works together this is true.  Spirituality to me is seeing each living being, thing, all of life as a sacred divine gift.  I do.

Anyways I dont have much knowledge in the legalities of all this but I hope we can combine the two aspects, legal, spiritual and plant seeds that will grow long after we are gone.

joyangel

(((((((((JOY))))))))))
10 years ago

Dear wonderful Joy, you may wonder if you fit in with this group, and I do hear you, but I just want to say that your viewpoint of the spiritual aspect is every bit as needed as all the others! We need the compassion and love coming from the spiritual plane, otherwise works on the practical plane will be "off balance". We need work on the physical plane to carry out our spiritual impulses to serve our fellow humans, hence "Faith without works is dead".
Armenia-Rising Income Gap Leaves Homeless Out In Cold
10 years ago

http://makeashorterlink.com/?T22242B79 Emil Danielyan Despite nearly a decade of economic growth, including a double-digit rate last year, living standards have not improved in Armenia. Instead, a highly uneven distribution of wealth has widened the gap between the rich and poor. Poverty still affects about half of the country's population. Its most extreme manifestation, homelessness, was virtually nonexistent in the past but can now be seen on the streets of Yerevan. Yerevan, 7 October 2004 (RFE/RL) -- For a man who has been homeless for almost 15 years, Vartan is remarkably health-conscious. Every morning he jogs in a park and eats two raw eggs afterward. That, says the 41-year-old university graduate, is American movie icon Arnold Schwarzenegger's recipe for fitness and good health: "I haven't taken any medicine for 15 years. No drugs at all." This statement seems more of a rebuke to Armenia's government than bravado. Vartan's sole contact with the government is periodical encounters with police officers who he says don't like to see him and his friends living on the street: "I sold my apartment, divorced my wife, and now live on the street. But they must somehow take care of me. Instead they come and beat me up. We are not their slaves, are we?" Long-term homelessness has dimmed the sense of time for Vartan's Ukrainian-born girlfriend, Tatyana. She is not sure how old she is. "I must be at least 46," Tatyana says, smiling. The couple had accommodation only last winter when they rented a room with proceeds from the collection of empty bottles and scrap metal. Their usual "workplace" is the area around a small agricultural market in Yerevan's northern Arabkir District. Traders there give them fruit, vegetables, and even meat. Homeless people like Vartan and Tatyana form the most underprivileged class of Armenians still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet command economy. Their number may not be large given the scale of poverty in the country. But it seems to have increased in recent years despite higher economic growth, which has seemingly done more to increase income disparities than to reduce poverty. Eleonora Manandian is the chairwoman of New Armenia. The youth organization engages in social work mainly by helping to get children begging in the streets back to school. She warns that prolonged poverty is eroding Armenians' traditionally strong family bonds -- ties that have helped cushion post-Soviet hardship: "You may not see many homeless people on the streets. But the number of marginalized people keeps growing because social bonds are increasingly weakening. That is, people stop feeling [like] citizens -- full-fledged members of the society. And there will come a moment when they find themselves outside that society." (continued next post)
Armenia-Rising Income Gap Leaves Homeless Out In Cold, part 2
10 years ago

The social polarization is particularly eye-catching in Yerevan. Its glitzy center filled with restaurants and luxury cars increasingly contrasts with its rundown suburbs. Real estate prices downtown have skyrocketed since 2001, fueling a housing construction boom -- another indication of increased wealth. Yet enormous contrasts can be found even here. Alla, a 47-year-old single woman, has lived in the dry fountain at a public park flanked by apartment blocks for the past four years. She broke a hip joint last winter and can hardly walk: "How do you think I manage to get by? It's neighbors that support me. They bring me water and food. They are nice to me." Alla lost most of her relatives in a catastrophic 1988 earthquake in northern Armenian. She says not a single government official has ever visited or offered her any assistance. In fact, neither Armenia's Ministry of Social Affairs nor any other government agency has programs specifically for the country's homeless. According to government statistics, the proportion of the population living below the official poverty line declined from almost 50 percent to 43 percent last year due to an almost 14 percent surge in Armenia's Gross Domestic Product. The government says the robust growth continued into the first half of this year. However, little suggests that it has improved the lot of the 13 percent of Armenians officially considered to be living in "extreme poverty." It is still not clear how they might benefit from a government poverty-reduction program launched a year ago with the blessing of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The program seeks to bring the poverty rate to 19 percent by 2015 through job creation and increased public spending. The government plans to spend $6 million in 2006 to provide families lacking adequate housing with new homes. Sources in the Western donor community say the modest scheme has been recently narrowed to only Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan. This is bad news for thousands of people huddling in former factory hostels that lack basic amenities, such as running water and toilets. Many of them fit into the Western definition of homelessness. This is particularly true for the dozens of poor families squatting in a ramshackle buildings in the southern outskirts of Yerevan. Once dotted with big factories, the area is now an industrial graveyard. Last year, people started moving into the three-story building, which once housed a factory school. (continued next post)
Armenia-Rising Income Gap Leaves Homeless Out In Cold, part 3
10 years ago

Armenuhi Boyajian, a single mother, moved in with her four children this summer. The oldest of her kids, a 15-year-old boy, dropped out of school three years ago and is now the family's main bread-winner due to his mother's poor health. Nor are his three sisters attending school due to their failure to submit official health certificates. Lying in bed and grimacing in pain, Boyajian says she can't afford to pay for the certificates: "They want 3,000 drams ($6) for that. When I tell them that I'm a single mother they say that it mattered only in Communist times." Susanna Boyakhchian, a hefty middle-aged woman, is slowly repairing the building's former toilet and is preparing to move in with her disabled son and his wife. They had owned a decent apartment that was confiscated in the late 1990s when he was imprisoned for a minor crime that his mother says he never committed. The family currently rents a room in a kindergarten. Boyakhchian, who sells second-hand clothing in a market, seethes with anger when asked what her government can do for them: "I don't expect anything from this state because this state has ruined my life. I have been left on the street because of this state." =========== FAIR USE for educational purposes; to understand issues revolving around civil rights, liberties, social and economic justice, etc.
Sudan-Homeless and Hopeless in Sudan
10 years ago

THOSE WHO CANNOT RETURN Homeless and hopeless in Sudan The Beni Amir nomads used to live in an area straddling the border between Ethiopia and Sudan. They fled the war in Ethiopia and took refuge in Sudan. But now they find themselves in no man’s land, no longer entitled to aid because they have lost their refugee status and unwelcome at home because they backed the wrong side in the war of independence. By Fabienne Rose Emilie Le Houérou "THEY can go - they’re no longer refugees," said an aid worker dismissively of Ethiopians and Eritreans in Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries and currently host to 904,000 refugees (1). The combined effects of drought and civil war, which resumed in 1983 (2), have sapped Sudan’s fragile economy. The recent boom in oil prices has only partly benefited a country that is exhausted by crises and full of migrants, with foreign refugees as well as people displaced within Sudan. They are a huge problem for Sudan, and for international aid organisations. Two thirds of the refugees are concentrated in the east, in Kassala province, on the frontier between Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea: 120,000 refugees live in camps (3) and 560,000 outside, freely dispersed in and around urban areas. Eight out of 10 are Habash (Abyssinians), an old word for the inhabitants of the high plateaux of Ethiopia. But there are other forced migrants from Chad and Congo. The displaced persons come from the west (Darfur and Kordofan) and south of Sudan, which has been at war since 1983 (4). The 1.8 million victims of the civil war (5), have flocked to the outskirts of Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman. Displaced persons account for almost half of the population of Khartoum and suburbs. They are the new beneficiaries of the development programmes set up by NGOs. Yet for the past two years the Sudanese authorities have been pressing the Habash from Ethiopia and Eritrea to leave. International protection for refugees is governed by regulations. The Geneva Convention stipulates persons will lose their refugee status if the conditions that caused their initial flight disappear. The profound political change in Ethiopia in 1991 (with the downfall of the dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam) justified the application of this provision, as did Eritrea’s independence (unofficially in 1991, officially in 1994). As far as the United Nations is concerned, the Habash are no longer refugees. (continued next post)
Sudan-Homeless and Hopeless in Sudan, part 2
10 years ago

After the overthrow of Mengistu, Sudan, Ethiopia and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agreed to schedule the return of refugees. Toyota pickup trucks with loudspeakers drove round districts with a large Ethiopian population promoting the benefits of repatriation. But the terrified refugees refused to sign up. In March 2001 the clumsy pressure exerted by UNHCR provoked a hunger strike in Khartoum. "Funding the journey home costs much less than feeding refugees for years. Refugees cost $130m in 10 years," explains a World Food Programme official. "But we’re not forcing anyone to leave. We’re just stopping aid, that’s all." That means ending weekly deliveries of flour, sugar, milk, grain and cutting off the water supply. It is a clean up or clear out policy to force those that have stayed behind to leave. The authorities shut down the camps and then they disinfect the area. In practice the clean-up part of the policy has not been implemented, but international organisations have been quick to cut off the water supply. A disenchanted NGO head in Khartoum says: "They are closing refugee camps and opening others for displaced persons. But sometimes they are side by side. Sometimes they actually occupy the same refurbished land. In Kassala the UNHCR cut the water supply to a camp, but there were still several hundred people there who had refused repatriation and were determined to stay. A UNHCR official even asked to have the camp cleaned. I replied that it wasn’t our role and that we were a humanitarian organisation." There is no legal framework for the abandoned camps and their statusless occupants in the dusty desert of northeast Sudan. The old camp at Um Gulsa, near the Eritrean border is typical. In December 2001 the UNHCR decided to close it, along with two others, Laffa and New Shagarab. The Sudanese say 8,000 people are slowly dying in the camps. The hospital staff has gone, the water pump has been dismantled and the school closed. There is an air of abandon, the camp is a collection of shacks of scrap material. Several thousand Eritreans are holding out despite the lack of water. Most belong to the Beni Amir nomadic group that used to occupy the area on either side of the border between Sudan and Eritrea. The founders of the Muslim League, the first party in Eritrea to demand independence, were Beni Amir. No reliable record has been kept of the number who have died since the camps closed in 2001. Asked why they do not want to move the survivors reply: "Because we are Beni Amir we do not want to leave." But the aid organisations refuse to make allowance for their origins. "If we start enforcing ethnic criteria, we’ll never finish," they say. Their approach covers political situations associated with refugee status but disregards the Beni Amir’s unusual position. (continued next post)
Sudan-Homeless and Hopeless in Sudan, part 3
10 years ago

Yet 80% of the Kassala refugees are from Eritrea and two thirds of those are Beni Amir, which means their situation has a political side too. The tribe is largely supported by the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) (6). That is confirmed by interviews in the camps: all the men say they belong to the ELF, which was defeated by a rival group, the Eritrean Popular Liberation Front, currently in power in Asmara. As so often, defeat has turned the members of an ethnic group into refugees and it is not clear how they will be able to rejoin Eritrean society. The people of Um Gulsa are not refugees, but they are social outcasts. A UNHCR official in Asmara says: "Refugees are free to choose where they settle. They are not interned in Eritrea." He maintains that the real problems concern the cultural reintegration of people who have picked up Sudanese attitudes and habits. The refugees in the camps see things differently. It is hard for the Beni Amir to settle again, because their land has been confiscated and they are victims of segregation. Their successful reintegration is the most important political and social challenge facing President Isaias Afwerki’s government in Eritrea. Afwerki is worried about the influence of Sudan and of Islamist groups on Beni Amir communities in the camps, where Islamist NGOs hostile to his government are supposedly at work. This complicates the prospects of the Beni Amir returning to Eritrea. But most of the people in the Um Gulsa camp are nomads, or women and children, with little interest in politics. They are not a traditional target for Islamists, who recruit mainly among the middle classes (shopkeepers and traders); it is only in comfortable camps, where there is plenty to eat, that attitudes are favourable to Islamists. At Wadi Sherifa, a vast, well organised camp, the market offers a range and quality of produce that rivals Khartoum. (Kassala province, well known for its market gardens, produces the best fruit in Sudan.) Some of the shacks in Wadi Sherifa have parabolic TV antennas and the refugees tune in to al-Jazeera. Many have well paid jobs. These two camps - one opulent and the other impoverished - offer a striking contrast on the same semi-desert at the foot of the Kassala mountains. UNHCR has a $24m budget for the Eritrean refugee repatriation programme; its overall budget for Eritrea is only $28m. The repatriation policy is a priority, and with reason. By the end of 2004 it aims to bring 160,000 people home. The UN gives each repatriate a five-acre plot of land and $200 to build a hut. UNHCR and the Eritrean Relief and Refugee Commission have convinced most of the Tigrinya Christians from the high plateaux to leave Sudan. But support for the ELF by Muslim Beni Amir from the lowlands makes it harder to justify across the board repatriation, even if community leaders have agreed to return to Eritrea. (continued next post)
Sudan-Homeless and Hopeless in Sudan, part 4
10 years ago

In Cairo in November 2001, a Beni Amir leader, who was one of the ELF’s founding members, explained that he supported the repat riation policy. Exile in Sudan had deprived the tribe of its roots and status in Eritrean society. It was time for the Beni Amir to regain their former position in Eritrea, physically and politically. But this disregards the situation in the field and the concerns of people in the camps. To make matters worse the information campaign by aid organisations has been clumsy. The idea that they might soon be returning home has rekindled memories of the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and of famines. The older generation is reluctant to leave Sudan, though young people have flocked to sign up for the programme. UN repatriation experts have never taken such psychological factors into account. UNHCR argues the case for withdrawal of refugee status on rational grounds based on the political changes: the end of the dictatorship in Ethiopia and independence for Eritrea. But the populations at risk cannot forget their past, which stands in the way of plans for return. Many of the refugees we interviewed (7) explained that they did not believe in the political changes that had supposedly occurred in their country. The information campaign to convince refugees to return home should have made allowance for their fears, however irrational. This would have overcome the stubborn refusal of the most defenceless refugees. Stripped of their refugee status they watch powerless as the NGOs leave, crouching behind scraps of tarpaulin, often too thirsty to move. They repeat that the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea is not over, even though there has been a semblance of peace for two years. They are terrified to see UN Land Rovers invading their patch of desert. In March 2002, when a Japanese delegation came to assess the extent of the disaster before the dry season, the population of Um Gulsa did not react. The delegation organised a meeting of the elders on the site of the former hospital to hear their complaints. But the people in the camp could barely speak, numbed as they were by hunger, thirst and sickness. Now they are leaving it up to officials to settle their fate and decide who is entitled to humanitarian aid. The aid on offer is subject to strict conditions in line with defined priorities, legal rules and administrative routine. In the name of law and order, theory is getting in the way of practical help. Beni Amir who are Sudanese nationals qualify for aid and, as displaced persons, they may receive gifts. But the thousands of Beni Amir from what was once Ethiopia no longer count as refugees, despite their numbers. So, with a perfectly clear conscience, the aid organisations are shutting them out. Le Monde Diplomatique http://mondediplo.com/ =================== FAIR USE for educational and humanitarian purposes =======================
Homelessness in Norway
10 years ago

http://makeashorterlink.com/?Z6F425299 Homelessness in Norway Osman is not alone in his plight by Ana Swierstra Bie A report on increasing homelessness in Norway, causes and attempts to stem the tide against entrenched social/political indifference. Oslo, Norway Norway�s population is 4.4 million and there are 1.4 homeless people per 1,000 inhabitants. Research in 1997 suggests that 6,200 people are registered as homeless, and although this figure has remained fairly constant in recent years it is a minimum calculation since it only includes people who have been in contact with organizations. Seventy-six per cent of the homeless are men, 24 per cent women. There are about 400 children living with homeless parents. Most homeless people (58 per cent) are to be found in Norway�s three largest cities; many have moved from towns and villages, many have arrived in the country as immigrants. Oslo has a population of 500,000 inhabitants of whom 2,500 are homeless. Few actually live on the streets: many stay temporarily with friends or family, or live in institutions, prisons, hostels or shelters. Legally, the social services are obliged to provide temporary lodging for all who are unable to manage for themselves. Public rental homes are scarce and are only granted on very strict socio-medical-economic criteria. Waiting-time can be up to 1-2 years. The results can be devastating: families with children, for instance, can be placed in rooms in hostels which also accommodate drug addicts. The housing policy in Norway after 1945 aimed to ensure that everyone could own his or her own home - this to be made possible by subsidized loans, municipal economic support and site-provision, price-regulation, and co-operative organizations building new housing. Today about 80 per cent of all households own their own homes. The rental sector accounts for less than 4 per cent of housing in Norway, as compared with Sweden, Denmark and Holland where 20-40 per cent of housing is public rental. Since the late 1970s a gradual adaptation to the market-economy has led to an almost completely deregulated housing market with no significant social goals. The cost of renting or buying has exploded to exorbitant levels in areas under pressure, resulting in increasing numbers being marginalized simply because they cannot afford to live there. In Oslo there is a housing crisis with people moving into the city while no new housing is being built. Who is most at risk? The elderly, living on minimum pensions, single parents, the unemployed, the disabled, students, young people, immigrants and refugees (who face an extra struggle against racial discrimination) and others in the low-income bracket. If the situation does not change Norway can only expect an increase in the numbers who cannot find affordable accommodation - as has already happened in many other European countries. (continued in next post)
Homelessness in Norway, part 2
10 years ago

An interesting fact of homelessness in Norway is that about 9 per cent do not abuse drugs or alcohol, have no mental illness and have never lived in institutions. Who are they, and how is it that they have fallen into the homeless trap? Osman is now 22; he came to Norway as a 6-year-old orphan from Somalia. At first he received help, support and education and now holds down a full-time job. For a number of years, until recently, he lived in an official housing scheme for young people, where one can stay for a maximum of three years. Osman does contract work, which automatically excludes him from the �credit-worthy class�; he is therefore unable to take a loan to buy his own flat. What are his options? Private renting, because social services can offer him nothing more than a room in a hostel. What�s wrong with that? Osman does not want to live in a room in a hostel. Why not? Apart from being expensive (a good market for speculators), they are nothing but drug- and violence-ridden �hell-holes�. His alternatives? In spite of numerous attempts to find a home, he has had to sleep on sofas at the homes of various friends for the last four months. He finds this situation of always being �a guest� very stressful and difficult. Unfortunately, Osman is not alone in this plight. On the other side of the coin, about 61 per cent of the homeless are drug or alcohol addicts while 21 per cent have a mental illness which needs treatment. Like the trend in many other countries, psychiatric services have seen their capacity to cope greatly reduced in the last 10-15 years. Again, as in many countries, the voluntary sector and charities are picking up the pieces that governmental welfare services cannot deal with. Organizations like the Salvation Army and other voluntary groups do much to help the most needy homeless people and also co-operate with the official network. Many rehabilitation centres are privately owned but receive some state subsidies. Workers in the field, however, express frustration because their clients are given a low priority in society and there is a general lack of appropriate alternatives. Many people are forced to remain in institutions longer than necessary because it is difficult to find a place to live. Safety net Although the overall picture is fairly grim there is, nevertheless, an economic safety net for all inhabitants in Norway. Most of the homeless receive social support; some get a pension. But at the same time fewer people than before are linked into the labour market; more people become homeless earlier in life and public support is minimal and decreasing. Another problem is that the bureaucracy involved for a homeless person claiming benefits can be daunting and requires knowledge and resources to orient oneself within the system and ascertain one�s rights. Those unable to find their way through the bureaucratic maze can easily give up, faced with the complexity and inaccessibility of the official organizations. (cont'd)
Homelessness in Norway, part 3
10 years ago

During the very cold winter (even by Scandinavian standards) of 1996/1997 the Salvation Army established emergency shelters in Oslo for homeless people. This caught the media�s attention, who have since become more involved, putting pressure on politicians. The media have also focused on the fact that government housing �olicy� seems to be reactive - crisis intervention and �fire extinction� - rather than long-term and pro-active. Now the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently developing a social housing programme for people in "straitened circumstances". "The poor house" Human resourcefulness and the recognition of a simple need lies behind a self-help organization - The Poor House - run by and for people who are in an "involuntary relationship of dependency on the government". Their aim is to increase the quality of life and living conditions of those whom society rejects and strengthen the individual�s ability for self-help and care. All those involved work as volunteers. Members can get assistance with tackling bureaucratic red-tape, and are offered courses and information on social rights and duties. An important aim is to create a place where people can meet. A member says: "The moment I walked in here the first time, the stigma of being on social security immediately dropped away. Here I was looked on as a resource." Poor House members actively co-operate with other organizations to oppose injustice, and influence political decisions which will directly affect people of limited means. Says Trond Olsen, one of the initiators of The Poor House: "Norway ratified the UN Convention of Children�s Rights. And still there are children in Norway whose parents are homeless. Norway is a very rich country, we cannot blame it on the economy. Besides, if we are not able to implement it here where there is a good economy, where else will they be able to do so? Then one might as well give up the whole convention. Really, the true issue is a lack of will to do something about the situation." It would appear that politicians tend to trust �market mechanisms� to solve the problem. The issue and the need are taking on a political dimension. In Oslo, unlike some other Norwegian cities where there has been a real effort to improve conditions, local politicians have been reluctant to accept responsibility for the difficult housing situation and little has been done to alleviate the problem and associated negative effects. To local politicians homelessness is a moral issue; the larger picture of structural conditions and how and why people are marginalized in society is ignored. Having a home thus becomes a matter of fitting oneself to �deserve� - having a home is a sort of prize for being a model citizen, rather than a simple, legitimate human need. From the October 1998 issue of Share International ================ FAIR USE
Nine of ten homeless families in Oslo are immigrants
10 years ago

23. Mai 2002 Nine of ten homeless families in Oslo are immigrants Ninety per cent of homeless families with children in Oslo are refugees or immigrants. The rental market is so expensive that they are forced to live in hospices. The Somalis are the worst off, since this group has been in Norway for a relatively short time and has a poor contact network. Arne Holm at the Norwegian Building Research Institute said, �Today there are no general housing measures targeted specifically at homeless refugees and immigrants. The government must address this problem when it devises refugee policy, among other things through better coordination with housing policy.�
Homelessness in Spain
10 years ago
Oxfam's Cool Planet On the Line- virtual journey through Spain, society http://makeashorterlink.com/?N20F15FD9 (clip): Homelessness "One of Spain’s biggest social problems is the increasing number of homeless people. There are now an estimated 273,000 living on the streets or in hostels while 15 per cent of housing remains empty. Unemployment and family breakdown are the two main contributory factors to homelessness in Spain. The Government does not allocate enough funds to make adequate provision for the whole population and consequently low-income families suffer first. For them, renting or buying a house is an expensive option. Council houses are not being built at a sufficient rate to combat the problem, and basic social benefits are not enough to cover family expenses. Most homeless people in Spain are men (with an average age of 42). In Madrid there are many younger drug addicts who sleep rough, and an increasing number of women are among them. The Church has founded 129 institutions and hostels to offer shelter to the homeless. Day centres also provide washing and cooking facilities. A national homeless day was announced in Spain on 18 January 1998 with the slogan ‘a shelter by right’. Fundraisers and charities aim to give long-term help to the homeless, offering health-care, social development, and help to improve their chances of employment. Some homeless people manage to support themselves by selling the popular street magazine La Luz de la Farola (Streetlight): http://www.rais-tc.org/ other URL's: Food services for the homeless in Spain: Caritas Programme for the Homeless. http://makeashorterlink.com/?K15F21FD9 Madrid's Humane Approach to Homeless Drug Users http://gaycitynews.com/gcn_347/madridshumaneapproach.html Homelessness in Spain "we help them to recover their self-esteem" http://makeashorterlink.com/?U26F15FD9 Migrations and homelessness in spain, national report 2001-2002 http://makeashorterlink.com/?N18F23FD9
Street Kids in Latin America
10 years ago
Note: This article is not for the faint of heart. I have copied only the first few paragraphs- you can read the rest of it on the accompanying link: http://www.odrnews.com/kurt/Onthestreet.html "What does it mean to be a street kid? First of all, forget Charles Dickens. We're not talking about Oliver Twist here. Imagine you are eight years old. Maybe your parents beat you, and you ran away. Maybe they didn't have the money to support you, or maybe it just seemed that way, so you decided to leave home so there would be more food for your little sister. If you live in Colombia, Peru, or southern Mexico, maybe the army or the guerrillas killed your parents, and you could never find the aunt they had always told you lived in the city. In the end, you are eight years old. The reason doesn't matter. What matters is that you are alone. Your first day on the street, a gang of street kids found you. They taught you how to survive: how to coax a tear from your eye when you ask at a restaurant for leftovers. How to beg for change. How to find food in a trash can. Where to go to the bathroom. Your new friends also keep you warm at night. When the police attack, or when the vigilantes come with submachine guns, they tell you where to hide. The gang keeps you alive. Unfortunately, your new friends are also killing you. The older ones probably demand sexual favors, whether you are a boy or a girl; yes, you're only eight, but that just means you don't have HIV or herpes. Others give you drugs -- in Colombia, it's probably bazuko, a cocaine derivative that makes crack look healthy. In Mexico, they'll give you activo, a PVC pipe cleaner that you put on a kleenex and sniff. It gives you a hell of a headache and literally eats away your brain, but it also allows you to forget. The days pass, each pretty similar to the last. Your gang has found a decent storm sewer to sleep in -- it keeps the rain off, and people can't see you all the time, but the stench is horrible. All the kids use the corner for a bathroom, and the place is littered with rotting food, but what else can anyone do? You squat in the same corner as everyone else. One of the older kids taught you how to clean windshields, so you stand at the traffic light each day, breathing the diesel fumes, trying to coax small change from cabbies." (rest of article on link above)
Shanghai- Homeless woman rejects aid
10 years ago
http://makeashorterlink.com/?E2D6138F9 6/12/2004 7:30 Shanghai Daily news After living with a warm-hearted stranger for nine days, an elderly homeless woman has wandered away to live on the streets by herself. The elderly woman, Hu Sufang, became a hot topic on the Internet recently as people heard of her hardships. Fang Ning was so concerned about Hu that she asked the woman to live with her, although the agreement didn't last very long. "Netizens all want to help her, but we don't know how to do because she has refused all the help we have offered," Fang told Shanghai Daily yesterday. A reporter from the paper found Hu at the Shimenyi Road metro station last night. Hu, a 60-year-old woman from Jiangsu Province, said she didn't want to bring trouble to others nor accept sympathy. She said she has decided to live alone rather than with her two sons who work as migrant workers in other provinces or with warm-hearted local residents. Now she is making a living by collecting recyclable bottles from garbage bins during the day. Fang said she first learnt about Hu's story from an online chat room at the beginning of November. The story said Hu had been living in the metro station since the beginning of this year. The old woman is described in the post as "a tidy and high-hearted lady who totally doesn't look like a vagrant." Fang said she decided to take the homeless woman in immediately after reading the story. At first, Hu didn't agree to live with Fang, but she relented when Fang said she could help with chores around the house. "I didn't even consult with my husband," said Fang, 27. "To my surprise, my husband totally supported me when I took the old woman home." Fang and her husband came to Shanghai from Anxi, Fujian Province this summer and live in a 15-square-meter apartment. Fang runs a small tea retail business while her husband earns 2,000 yuan (US$241) monthly. Hu became homeless after being fired a year ago by a local hospital where she worked as a nursing assistant.Fang received more than 900 yuan and some clothes from Internet users who heard she had taken Hu in. But Hu says she is unwilling to accept help and doesn't want to be disturbed. Fang said Hu left her home after several media outlets asked to interview her on November 12. Hu also refused to move to a rest home for the elderly that was willing to accept her free of charge. ======================== FAIR USE for purposes of understanding social and economic justice issues, and human rights and civil liberties,etc.
London Dome brings hope to the homeless
10 years ago
By Paul Marinko, Evening Standard 24 December 2004 First it was a failed celebration of the millennium, then an empty white elephant. But today the Dome has found a new purpose - as a Christmas shelter for London's homeless. As many as 1,000 rough sleepers are expected to spend a few festive days in Greenwich, being given food and shelter at a time when others are celebrating with their families. The numbers are a stark reminder of the scale of the problem in the capital. Some 4,000 volunteers will spend part of their holiday feeding and giving basic medical care to the homeless. Other stories: Man charged over stabbings Sex claim police officer suspended Man charged with attempted murder Man on murder charge New Year Tube strike called off Tube strike causes travel misery CCTV shows murder suspects Rapist may have struck again London leads UK population growth Witty emailer wins book deal They will also offer courses and activities which will attempt to give their charges a way off the streets. As well as a full Christmas lunch there will be everything from arts and craft lessons to manicures, as well as 24-hour television and performances by musicians such as Tom Robinson. The initiative means Gerald Mulhern, 37, will be able to escape life on the streets for a short while. He has been sleeping rough on and off for 20 years, and is a regular visitor to Christmas shelters run by the homeless charity Crisis . Also there will be Kristian Begue, 46, who ended up with nowhere to go 11 years ago after a fire gutted his family home in Tottenham, killing his parents. Mr Begue now spends his nights sleeping rough behind St Martin-in-the-Fields. During the day he spends his time painting at the Skylight centre run by Crisis in Commercial Street, Aldgate, with a view to selling his work. Thanks to skills honed at the Skylight centre, Edwin Linton, 61, is more positive about his future after 30 year on the streets. He now plans to start up in business selling handmade candles. "It's brilliant what Crisis is doing with the Dome," he said. "I'd like to see it turned into flats for the homeless."
London Dome brings hope to the homeless, part 2
10 years ago
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/londonnews/articles/15548770?version=1 I've finally discovered how to get past the 3000 charactor limit in posting, but one side effect is that I can't modify anything within the text box after I've copypasted it. Hence, I can't delete side article headlines or advertisements, or start off by putting in the URL to the article. Oh well, if it ain't one thing, it's another. I just appreciate not having to make umpteen posts for each and every article.
wow harmony good work
10 years ago

This is kind of overwhelming so much informations wow. Good work.

That is amazing. i wonder in the western european countries how it compares and how much percentage is from mental illness and how many from economical situation.

It seems that more and more (for example where i live) people need 2 jobs to make it and often a single parent with one job cannot make ends meet any more and the wages are lower than they used to be for the same job.

I've been on the job market for myself and some jobs that used to pay between $9-11/h now pays $7.05/hour. Real hard and lame.

OH well.

Hugs to everyo ne.

Peace and harmony to all.

vero

Asia's Post-Tsunami Homeless
10 years ago
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1228/p08s03-comv.html from the December 28, 2004 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1228/p08s03-comv.html Asia's Post-Tsunami Homeless The biggest natural disaster in modern times took place in 1976, when the Chinese city of Tangshan was leveled by an earthquake, killing a quarter of a million people. Within a few years, that industrial city in northeast China had been rebuilt. Such a rapid recovery may be more difficult for survivors of Sunday's tsunamis. They are spread across eight countries in southern Asia. Many of the more than 22,000 victims were poor fishermen who lived along the coasts in isolated communities. Indonesia alone has an estimated 1 million newly homeless. Two of the worst-hit spots, the northern tips of Sri Lanka and of Indonesia's island of Sumatra, are also war zones where rebels are seeking independence. Coordinating a humanitarian response won't be easy. In 1998, when a hurricane killed about 10,000 people in Central America, the World Bank supplied $5.3 billion in financing to help the nearly 2 million left homeless. For this new Asian crisis, individual donor nations and private aid groups can assist survivors by focusing on areas they already know best. Contributions to aid groups with a good track record in the region will go far to reducing suffering and redeveloping flattened economies and communities. Such donations will be needed for months, after health hazards are reduced and as rebuilding begins. Money and supplies, along with hope and prayers, can speed this recovery. Full HTML version of this story which may include photos, graphics, and related links http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1228/p08s03-comv.html
Hi Vero,
10 years ago
You have my best wishes in your job search! May you land one that pays well, with good benefits. The trouble with those jobs that pay $7.05 an hour is that there is just no room for anything to go wrong. In the slightest. I had a job like that when I became homeless. And I know- if there is no other job, we take what we can take. RE mental illness and homelessness- the government forms and red tape that needs to be gone through before claiming any benefits often proves to be a stumbling block to those with mental illnesses. This is just my opinion, based on hearing a certain number of shared stories. It seems that it's easier for people to "fall through the cracks" when they are too depressed to fill out a form; it can be daunting, confusing, discouraging, humiliating, etc. RE single wage earners- poverty is stressing, indeed. When people have to choose between two necessities there is a loss in more ways than one.
Iraq-Homeless Iraqi family takes shelter in ruined Chinese embassy
10 years ago
http://english.people.com.cn/200401/12/eng20040112_132333.shtml Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, January 12, 2004 Homeless Iraqi family takes shelter in ruined Chinese embassy Rendered homeless by the US-led war against Iraq, 22-year-old Inas Fadel and the nine members of her husband's family were currently sheltering in the Chinese embassy in west Baghdad. Rendered homeless by the US-led war against Iraq, 22-year-old Inas Fadel and the nine members of her husband's family were currently sheltering in the Chinese embassy in west Baghdad. They occupied the empty rooms of the severely-destroyed three-storey building after the coalition forces took over Baghdad and also witnessed the robbery of the embassy by armed thieves in the anarchy that prevailed after the war. The family still remembered how the robbers looted almost everything in the embassy, including the electric appliances, tables and chairs and even the bathtubs. Cars were stolen. Ceramic tiles were teared down. They themselves are also victims of the war. The family of Inas's husband used to live in a rented house. But during the war, the landlord, later fleeing to another country, sold out the property and drove them out. "Because of the war, we can not find a job and can not afford to rent a new house, so we found this place and occupied several rooms," Inas told Xinhua. Although almost everything were robbed away and garbage and pieces of broken things are scattered all over the embassy yard, the once reception rooms for the diplomatic office building look are like a real home for the family: They have carpets, a stove and even a sofa. Inas and her husband live in a room of about six square meters, and other family members share a room of about 10 square meters. They all sleep on the cement floor at night. It was really a surprise to learn that Inas' wedding ceremony was also held inside the embassy compound on July 15 last year. "Each young girl dreams of holding a big wedding party and inviting all the friends for the celebration, but my husband is poor and homeless, so we cleaned part of the empty embassy and took it as both a shelter and a bridal chamber," she said. "Thanks for the war, I became the only Iraqi woman married in a foreign embassy," Inas said with a bitter smile. Sajida Ali, Inas' mother-in-law, described the wedding as simple but "nice", adding that the policemen who guarded the embassy also participated in the wedding party and even fired gunshots for celebration. "I hope to hold a big party for my son, in a hotel, with all relatives and friends, but we don't even have a place to live, how can we afford that?" she said. Now three months pregnant, Inas said she hoped she will not be forced to move to another unknown place before the child was born when the Chinese diplomats, who were evacuated to Jordan days before the start of the war, return. "I felt I owed the Chinese people a lot, because they gave me a place to get married and I hope I can get a chance to work as a maid and my husband as a driver for them when they come back," she said. After the fall of Saddam Hussein regime, millions of people lost their jobs and while some people gained from the emerge of the new regime, some poor Iraqi people have become even poorer. A latest UN figure showed that at present the unemployment rate in Iraq is as high as 50 percent strong. After the end of the war, thousands of Iraqi families, especially the poor, have rushed to live in camps of ex-Iraqi army and headquarters of branches of Baath party, headquarters of security forces, government buildings that were looted by robbers, in order to save the monthly rent for housing. According to a government source, Iraq now need at least 1 million more rooms to house the homeless people. However, in the war-torn country, everything is so expensive and in short supply, and for those still struggling for survival, the dream for a house is only a dream. Inas's only dream was to stay in the Chinese embassy and not to be forced out. "I have no other places to go, I hope there are not many people who have similar experience like mine," she said, tears in eyes. Source: Xinhua
Iraq-Baghdad Prisons Turning Into Houses
10 years ago
Iraq-Baghdad Prisons Turning Into Houses http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-05/08/article15.shtml By Aws al-Sharqi, IOL Iraq Correspondent BAGHDAD, May 8 (IslamOnline.net) - Homeless Iraqi families annexed Iraqi government buildings, including prisons and military camps, and reshaped them into residential areas after the U.S.-led air strikes had razed their houses to the ground. Al-Rasheed military camp is now rife with signs reading: “family apartment” and “please, do not disturb.” Families shunned reporters and declined to give any comments, however, Mortada al-Rabei and his family told IslamOnline.net correspondent they had to reside in the onetime camp because they could not afford renting a flat in Baghdad as prices skyrocketed after the end of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. “Getting a job under such hard times is a far-fetched dream…We cannot afford flat rentals, so we have settled here until life is back to normal in Iraq,” Rabei said. Abu Gharb military camp has completely changed into a residential area with “family apartment” emblazoned on every door. Likewise, children were playing football in the lawn of Baghdad University Agriculture College’s Ibn Rushd chemical laboratory, while their families appeared to take fixed abode in the lab’s premises. “There are some 27 families residing here…we have not anyplace to go,” some children told IOL. “The U.S.-led air strikes left many Iraqi families homeless,” said 14 -year-old Abdul Latif. ‘Residential Prisons’ Abu Gharib prison has also become nothing but a residential area where one can find groceries, cigarette kiosks and bus stations to transport the families from the “prison” to Baghdad. Each family lives in a three meters width and four length shabby cell smelling awful garbage while health care services were something of a luxury. “The Imam of the mosque allowed us to live here because we do not have a house…We refused to annex a house of a former Iraqi official,” Umm Rabie, a tailor, told IOL correspondent. “This is not the only prison inhabited with Iraqi families…We went to the women’s prison but could not find a foothold because it was overcrowded,” she added.
Creating Homeless in Iraq
10 years ago
Creating Homeless in Iraq http://www.antiwar.com/glantz/?articleid=2429 April 28, 2004 Creating Homeless in Iraq by Aaron Glantz New families seem to arrive every hour at the Iraqi Red Crescent refugee camp in West Baghdad. The camp, the first tent city erected as a result of the U.S. assault on Fallujah first drew about 50 families, a small fraction of the tens of thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes. These were the most desperate families, unable to find housing with family or friends. And now there are many more like them. As a new round of violence erupted in Najaf Tuesday, Red Crescent officials began to fear the need for many more tent cities in Iraq. The Fallujah families were only the first among those. "All these families, the Americans destroyed their houses," Kamer Jabi, director for youth and volunteers with the Iraqi Red Crescent told IPS. "They destroyed it all. No furniture, no nothing. So they need this help from us." Jabi says the Red Crescent first tried to set up a camp closer to Fallujah, but the area came under repeated fire from U.S. helicopters. "We established a camp 7km outside of Fallujah but it was destroyed by the Americans," she says. "They burnt two tents with a helicopter and even until now we have a lot of tents there but we cannot send our volunteers to bring them here because it's very dangerous." Among those now living in the Red Crescent camp is 12-year-old Khalid Anwar Khalidi. He has not been to school for almost a month. When his family initially fled Fallujah two weeks ago, they all crammed into a relative's house in the poor West Baghdad neighborhood Washash. "There were nine families in that house, so it was very crowded," he says. "One family on top of the other. So my parents and my sister and my aunt and her two children moved to this camp. The rest of my relatives still live in that house." This is a story that repeats itself again and again across the camp. Poor Iraqi families who welcomed their relatives from Fallujah at first were unable to support them through what appears to be a long American siege. "We are refugees in our own country," says one man from inside his tent. "It's so sad. We're just like the Palestinians." He says his family of 12 stayed with relatives in Baghdad for two weeks before coming to the Red Crescent camp. He considered renting a house or apartment in Baghdad but now that he is a refugee he does not have job. He will need his savings, he says, to fix the glass panes and doors at his house in Fallujah that were destroyed in the U.S. Army assault. "I'm ashamed to be a refugee," he says. "I had to cross the street when my brother came to visit the camp. He said it was a shame on our whole family." It may be a long time before these refugees begin to lead normal lives again, says Jabi. "Of course they will eventually be able to go back to their houses. They have to give them some peace. All the Iraqi people are really tired of the war. For 35 years we were under Saddam Hussein and now we are under the Americans. We are fed up. We are very tired." But while the U.S. military has postponed an all-out assault on Fallujah, it is not giving up on the city. Officials say U.S. troops plan joint patrols with Iraqi security forces inside Fallujah this week in an attempt to restore control over the insurgent stronghold without a major attack. The decision comes as Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy helping appoint a new Iraqi government urged the Bush administration to "tread carefully" in besieged Fallujah and avoid further alienating an already angry populace. Before leaving Iraq Sunday he described the siege as unacceptable collective punishment. "When you surround a city, you bomb the city, when people cannot go to hospital, what name do you have for that?" he said. "And you, if you have enemies there, this is exactly what they want you to do, to alienate more people so that more people support them rather than you." Find this article at: http://www.antiwar.com/glantz/?articleid=2429
WE NEED HOMELESS INSURANCE ~ NOW.
10 years ago

WHEN THE ROOF BLOWS OFF THE HOUSE INSURANCE COMPANIES PAY ~ WHEN WE BECOME HOMELESS WE ARE DISCRIMINATED AGANIST, STEREO TYPED, RAPED, ABUSED, HUNGARY, WAIT HUNGRY FOR FOOD -  INFORMATION -HELP. 

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dhs/html/about/volunteer.shtml

 

Volunteer for the 2005 Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)

 Join Thousands of Concerned New Yorkers in Estimating the Size of the Street Homeless Population --

The NYC Department of Homeless Services conducts the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) annually to obtain an estimate of the number of unsheltered homeless individuals living in streets, subways, or other public spaces. The results of the survey are then used to strengthen outreach strategies, as well as track success and challenges in efforts to reduce the number of individuals living on the streets. In 2003, the first HOPE survey was conducted in Manhattan. In 2004, HOPE expanded to include Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

On February 28, 2005, HOPE will include all five boroughs producing the first citywide estimate of unsheltered individuals. We need thousands of volunteers to make it a success!

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http://www.volunteermatch.org/bymsa/m3480/c3/opp1.html

33 matches for volunteers in the Indiana area, for 2005

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http://www.radicalendar.org/calendar/all/all/display/12919/index.php?view=event&fulldate=2005-01-01

Volunteers needed … Osaka, Japan gathering produce for homeless

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http://www.dc.gov/news/release.asp?id=635

Washing D.C.: “District agencies and a network of partners have budgeted $1.6 million to operate emergency shelters during the winter with a total of 1,703 beds for homeless men, women, and families during hypothermia weather alerts in 2004-2005. The 1,703 beds represent an increase of 448 beds above last winter.

"While the DC Department of Human Services (DH is the lead District government agency providing emergency shelter for the homeless during the winter, the Department of Mental Health, Metropolitan Police Department, Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Aging will play major roles in bringing homeless people into emergency shelters and providing services," said Deputy Mayor Neil Albert.

The United Planning Organization, which manages the Hypothermia Hotline (1-800-535-7252), will partner with the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide vans to pick up homeless people who are outdoors and take them to emergency shelters.

The DC Housing Authority, Department of Parks and Recreation and Office of Property Management worked to renovate and increase emergency shelter space capacity and create space for social services delivery at the shelters.

DHS has established partnerships with several local churches to provide emergency shelter. The agency has also partnered with 12 nonprofit agencies to provide street outreach, crisis intervention, and provision of blankets, food, clothing, referrals and transportation.”

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http://www.volunteersolutions.org/uwpierce/org/opp/3457192.html

Washington State Pierce County needing over 100 volunteers to ‘count’ homeless…  A major goal of the 2005 count is to include homeless families and individuals who are not currently accessing the emergency and transitional shelter system.”

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http://www.denvergov.org/CouncilDistrict12/template114614.asp

“Denver Colorado 2005 criteria, meetings…. Denver has taken the bold step of engaging our entire community in addressing homelessness in Denver. Through the Mayor’s Office, the Denver Commission on Homelessness was created with the goal of ending homelessness in Denver within 10 years.

The Commission on Homelessness includes individuals who are homeless, homeless service providers, and representatives from the business community and neighborhood organizations. Below is a list of upcoming public meetings regarding a draft, 10-year plan to end homelessness. All meetings are
5 p.m. -7 p.m.
If you plan to attend, please confirm the date and time through the Commission’s web site at www.denvergov.org/homelessness

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Homelessness in small town USA, poor resources…

http://news8austin.com/content/news_8_explores/small_town_homeless/

http://news8austin.com/content/news_8_explores/small_town_homeless/?ArID=75066&SecID=343

Austin to San Marcos… story of “Nash” … “homeless then hopeless” … a lot of very dismal information on this site…

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http://www.h4ha.org/gifts/calendars/horses.html

Had to add this one… I have seen homeless street people with animals…I have seen animals lost, beaten, homeless animals in a concrete man’s world is sad …in a country setting they could forage better…

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http://www.cfh.net/events.php

Michigan:  Center for the Homeless:  Miracle Auction
the 2005 March Miracle Auction will be held on March 5, 2005, in South Bend, Indiana. Last year's event featured a 1960 Studebaker Lark Convertible and a 2005 Hummer H2 SUT. In all, the event raised more than $200,000 for the Center.”

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http://ccsj.org/jm/jobs/

 San Jose, CA.:  Real job opportunities ~ working with or for homeless

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http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=2737068&nav=HMO6Ua5K

“…….officials insisted they could not know the seriousness of the threat because no tsunami warning system exists for the Indian Ocean.” 

  “Tsunamis as large as Sunday's happen only a few times a century. A tsunami is a series of traveling ocean waves generated by geological disturbances near the ocean floor. With nothing to stop them, the waves can race across the ocean like the crack of a bullwhip, gaining momentum over thousands of miles.”

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OMG!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!
10 years ago

wooo-hoooo it worked 

yeee-haaaa  to Harmony!!!

....now I will just do a little figuring on all the 'air' space left...

it wasn't  I just did what Harmony said to do

this particular reply is me celebrating (with self and pc) !!!

       

I am outta here

Dixie

Dixie, thanks!! :-)
10 years ago
Lots of good resource links in your post! One of them was about our tent city friends in Osaka, Japan, too: The Radicalendar Nagai Homeless Farming Volunteers http://www.radicalendar.org/calendar/all/all/display/12919/index.php?view=even t&fulldate=2005-01-01 Field Trip/Outing Japan Indymedia Nagai Homeless Farming Volunteers Saturday, 01 January 2005 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Organizer: Usagyo Collective Volunteers needed to help with the farm. Produce is used by the homeless community and to sell to make some profit for the homeless. Please come!!! We meet EVERY first and Third Saturdays and every 2nd, 3rd, 5th Sundays! Location: Meet at Nagai Park in Osaka. Meet us at the homeless blue tents. We will travel together to go to the farm. Cost: Small transportation fee Contact: kamapat (at) infoseek.jp URL: http://www.geocities.co.jp/wallstreet/9279
Haiti Homelessness Articles
10 years ago
Death toll rises to 691 in Haiti 250,000 homeless http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20040922T000000-0500_66444_OBS_DEATH_ TOLL_RISES_TO_____IN_HAITI__________HOMELESS.asp Death toll rises to 691 in Haiti; 250,000 homeless AP Wednesday, September 22, 2004 GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) - Blood swirled in knee-deep floodwaters as workers stacked bodies outside the hospital morgue yesterday. Carcasses of pigs, goats and dogs and pieces of smashed furniture floated in muddy streams that once were the streets of this battered city. Haitian officials said the death toll across the country from the weekend deluges brought by Tropical Storm Jeanne was at 691, with about 600 of them in Gonaives, but they expected to find more dead. Waterlines up to 10 feet (three metres) high on Gonaives' buildings marked the worst of the storm that sent water and mudslides gushing down denuded hills, destroying homes and crops in the Artibonite region that is Haiti's breadbasket. Floodwaters receded, but half of Haiti's third-largest city was still swamped with contaminated water up to two feet deep four days after Jeanne passed. Not a house in the city of 250,000 people escaped damage. The homeless sloshed through the streets carrying belongings on their heads, while people with houses that still had roofs tried to dry scavenged clothes. "We're going to start burying people in mass graves," said Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Some victims were buried Monday. Flies buzzed around bloated corpses piled high at the city's three morgues, where the electricity was off as temperatures reached into the 90s. The stench of death hung over the city. Only about 30 of the 250 bodies at the morgue of the flood-damaged General Hospital have been identified, said Dr Daniel Rubens of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Many of the dead there were children. "I lost my kids and there's nothing I can do," said Jean Estimable, whose two-year-old daughter was killed. Another of his five children was missing and presumed dead. Dieufort Deslorges, spokesman for the civil protection agency, said he expected the death toll to rise as reports came in from outlying villages. Deslorges said about 250,000 people were homeless across the country, and the storm destroyed at least 4,000 homes. More than 1,000 people were missing, said Raoul Elysee, head of the Haitian Red Cross, which was trying desperately to find doctors to help. The international aid group CARE said 85 of its 200 workers in Gonaives were unaccounted for. "It's really catastrophic. We're still discovering bodies," said Francoise Gruloos of the UN Children's Fund. The aid group Food for the Poor said the main road north from Gonaives was made impassable by the storm - it was unclear whether from mudslides or debris - and there were fears that hundreds of possible flood victims may be out of reach. http://www.foodforthepoor.org/where/haiti/ ===================================================== Welcome to the community involvement center http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~service/isp/haiti_99.htm ======================================= Unicef Haiti country in crisis http://www.unicef.org/index_23467.html Carol Bellamy witnesses Haiti’s flood disaster © UNICEF Haiti/2004 GONAIVES, Haiti, 29 September 2004 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy walked through the ravaged streets of this northern city today to see how Haiti is struggling to recover from its third major disaster in five months. Water and mud have devastated Gonaives, killing almost a thousand children, and leaving many more missing or homeless. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere; it will take years for the country to recover from the devastation left by Tropical Storm Jeanne. After seeing the scale and impact of the crisis first hand, Bellamy said: “These people need help. I am returning to New York to advocate for more funding – not just for UNICEF’s work but for the entire UN response. Haiti’s child survival indicators were terrible before Jeanne, but the world doesn’t stop in a humanitarian emergency. We have to move fast to save lives.” Haiti background • Total population (2002): 8,218,000 • Life expectancy: 49 years • Net primary school enrolment / attendance (1996-2002): 54% • Estimated number of children with HIV/AIDS: 19000 • Total number of orphans 610,000 UNICEF has helped set up 20 centres in Gonaives to care for people made homeless by the floods. But many public buildings are being used by families as collective shelters, without any organization or security. UNICEF is concerned about the safety of children left unprotected and exposed to violence and abuse in the volatile atmosphere. Fighting has broken out at aid distribution points and UN peacekeepers have been trying to maintain security. The city is also without electricity or clean water. Many children are suffering from diarrhoea, which can kill if left untreated. UNICEF has sent protein biscuits and 400,000 sachets of water purification powder to the worst-affected areas. This has been one of the most difficult year’s in Haiti’s turbulent history. The rebellion in March caused conflict throughout the country and floods earlier this year killed thousands of people. ============================================ hurricane bulletin insert pdf http://www.elca.org/disaster/disastergrams/hurricane_bulletin_insert.pdf Homelessness related articles http://www.umc.org/theme.asp?ptid=1&mid=2429&tid=59&rec=&search=
Canada: Homeless People Banned from sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square
10 years ago
www.torontostar.com/ January 20, 2005 RENÉ JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR Out in the cold A teary-eyed Sarah Vance listens to a committee meeting at city hall yesterday, where councillors voted to ban homeless people from sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square. About 30 protestors turned up at the meeting, many of them from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty The city moved one step closer yesterday to banning homeless people from sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square, despite a public outpouring of opposition. Mayor David Miller assured a small crowd that had gathered to protest the move the ban would only be a "little nudge" to move people along once they get the supports they need from outreach workers. "Nobody is proposing arresting people. I don't think that's acceptable. It's not illegal to be poor in this country and it shouldn't be," he said after the city's policy and finance committee overwhelmingly approved his plan to end street homelessness in Toronto. "However, the strategy is to get people the services they need where they are, on the street, particularly in Nathan Phillips Square, and find them housing options. And once they're offered options, to let them know they need to move on." The report will now proceed to city council at the end of the month, where it will likely be approved. Councillor Howard Moscoe said it's wrong for people to appropriate public space by living there full-time. "Public space is public space. Nobody has the right to take public space and make it private space. And if the Bank of Commerce set up in Nathan Phillips Square to peddle credit cards without a licence or authority of the city, I'd be the first to throw them off," said Moscoe (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence). Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) provided the only dissenting voice among the 10-member committee, calling the ban a way of "stomping on humanity." Miller's plan commits $18.4 million to helping get people living on the street into homes. It sets out a four-pronged approach, including hiring six new outreach workers to provide one-on-one service to people on the street, building 1,000 new affordable housing units every year and lobbying senior governments to build more supportive housing units, issue more rent supplements and increase the number of mental health and addiction-treatment beds for homeless people. But, it is the fourth prong - enforcement - that people came to city hall to contest yesterday. `It's not illegal to be poor in this country and it shouldn't be' Mayor David Miller More than 30 people packed the committee room and spent almost five hours calling the proposed ban on sleeping in the square before city hall "illegal," "inhumane," "disturbing," "ill-advised," and a form of "social cleansing." Ontario Coalition Against Poverty member Gaetan Heroux threatened councillors that the ban would signal a war against the city's homeless. "If this city wants to encourage its people, its citizens, to adopt a policy of social cleansing, then we will adopt a policy of social unrest," he warned. Homeless advocate Michael Shapcott called the ban the "thin edge of the wedge" and worried it would lead to the criminalization of street homelessness everywhere in the city. "Nathan Phillip Square is relatively safe. It's relatively visible. If you drive people out of visible spaces like Nathan Phillips Square, it will be harder to reach them," said Shapcott, a member of the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Provincial outreach worker Sheryl Lindsay, who has helped women with mental health issues living on the street for 17 years, concurred that outreach can't exist in a coercive environment. "This is the antithesis of trying to build supports and relationships with people," she said. "I really feel that it will drive people underground ... away to places where they are more at risk." University of Toronto criminology professor Mariana Valverde warned the ban is not practically enforceable and symbolically negative. "Homeless people have a greater claim to the city's public space than those of us who have plenty of private space," she argued. Only two people spoke publicly in support of the ban. Preparing for a crowd it worried might become aggressive, the city took extra security measures, stationing five guards inside the committee room and locking all entrances to city hall to the public except one. The precautions were unnecessary: the crowd remained peaceful. Legal Notice: Copyright Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. All rights reserved. www.thestar.com ==================== FAIR USE for education on economic and social justice issues, and human and homeless civil rights and civil liberties, etc.
Canada: Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
10 years ago
----- Original Message ----- From: TDRC Hello Everyone, Yesterday at the Policy and Finance Committee meeting, the city's homelessness plan was discussed. It was standing room only, as more than thirty people made their deputations against the ban on sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square and in support of more social (subsidized) housing. Cathy Crowe pointed out how discriminatory the ban is. Michael Shapcott presented TDRC's recommendations to abandon the "camping" ban and for the city to put an additional $14.2 million of city funds into real social housing. Ann Fitzpatrick, from Housing Action Now, pointed out how much money the city generates from selling off existing buildings that could easily be used for housing. Gaetan Heroux spoke passionately about how poor people are not given respect in this city and of the social cleansing that is now happening by the city's directives. Bonnie Briggs, Don Weitz, Don Heap, and Beric German also spoke, as well as, Victor Willis of PARC, Murray Mac Adam of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Margaret Vandenbroucke of the Homelessness Action Group, and many many others. The entire day, nine hours, the Policy and Finance Committee heard individuals, community members and groups, speak out against the city's report, and yet at the end of it all, the committee accepted the plan, ban and all. The report will go to City Council February 1-3. We will be taking action! Stay close to your emails to find out more. Sarah Ayers ********************************** 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%.... For more information and to endorse the 1 % Solution, visit our website at www.tdrc.net Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) 6 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON M5G 1B1 Phone: 416-599-8372 Fax: 416-599-5445 EMAIL: tdrc@tdrc.net WEBSITE: www.tdrc.net http://www.tdrc.net
Seoul, Korea -Homeless Riot After Two Die in Seoul Station:
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http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200501/200501230036.html Updated Jan.23,2005 21:36 KST Some 100 homeless people smashed station furniture in Seoul Station on Saturday in a two-hour-long stand-off with police following the discovery of two dead vagrants. Ticket sales were suspended for more than an hour. Around midday Saturday, a 40-year-old homeless man identified as Moon was discovered dead in the men’s lavatory on the second floor of the capital's key train station, and in the late afternoon, a 38-year-old homeless man named Lee was found dead in the hallway leading to the same bathroom. Rumor spread among the homeless that railway security had beaten the two men to death. When Lee’s body was moved at around 6:20 p.m., a group of homeless people surrounded the 20 police officers who had come to move the body, protesting he had been killed by security staff. Another 100 police arrived at 7:40 p.m. but were unable to disperse the agitated crowd of up to 300 homeless people gathered in the station by then. Later at night, the crowd began hurling station furniture and garbage cans. Only after reinforcements of 200 additional police had been called in, were the authorities able to quell the disturbance. Police said they plan to have the National Institute of Scientific Investigation conduct an autopsy to establish the exact cause of the death of the two men. Homeless supports groups will be allowed to observe the procedures. (Kim Bong-gi, knight@chosun.com )
These pix will show us the facts of forced evictions in nagoya city!
10 years ago
( a group of messages from the homeless in Nagoya) These pix show us the facts of forced eviction in Shirakawa park tent village. thanx. in struggle.(rebel_JILL) http://d.hatena.ne.jp/homeless758/ *********** Comrades; "nobody injury"? no kidding!! my comrades injured by evil actions of nagoya city authorities! ok, i shall show from nagoya...by my pics. sorry, i must go to nagoya now. see you later. in struggle & in solidarity! P a Comrade of APPNP injured at shirakawa park tent villa. i can not forgive the NAZI city of nagoya. I ask you to protest to japanese embassies/consulates if you can.(rebel_JILL) **************** Mayor Takehisa Matsubara- It is obvious you are not listening to world wide watchers of human rights activists for you have commited atrocities agans your own countrymen forgetting that you too could be homeless in right circumstances. At this time I call upon all countries citizens to please boycott this Nagoya city and its World Exposition because of your human rights violations! William Charles Tinker New Hampshire Homeless 25 Granite Street Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org
UGANDA: Thousands left homeless by fires in northern IDP camps
10 years ago
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/0c6b3d568fc7431b2fd1c6d4ca21cdbe.htm 24 Jan 2005 16:11:12 GMT Source: IRIN KAMPALA, 24 January (IRIN) - Three people have been killed and 30,000 left homeless following a wave of fires that struck a number of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda, relief workers said on Monday. "Three people, two of them children, were killed in the fires," Eliane Duthoit, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Uganda, told IRIN. The most devastating fire hit Acet IDP camp, 44 km east of the regional capital, Gulu. An estimated 4,050 grass-thatched huts were burnt down, destroying all property and food stored in them. "Six out of seven zones in the [Acet] camp were completely destroyed. We are asking the people and the government to put in place some fire-breaks because we cannot go on like this," Duthoit added. Earlier reports from local leaders suggested that at least nine people, eight of them children, were killed when the fire swept through the camp on Saturday, but relief workers could only confirm three deaths. Another fire destroyed 1,548 huts in Lira on Friday. According to relief workers, other fires were reported in Keyo and Cope camps in Gulu, where 200 and 50 huts were destroyed respectively. Gulu is 380 km north of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Andrew Timpson, head of OCHA in Gulu, told IRIN: "The destruction has been extensive. The people have lost everything including food and non-food items. Children in Acet are sleeping in the school." Timpson, however, said several agencies had arrived in the region to provide relief to the IDPs. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Uganda Red Cross had by Monday started distributing relief supplies to 1,548 families. "We are distributing tarpaulin, utensils and jerrycans in Agweng in Lira, and we hope to start doing the same in other affected camps," the ICRC spokesman in Kampala, Juan Carlos Carrera, told IRIN. The Ugandan Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Aporu Amongin, told IRIN that a government team had gone to the region to assess the situation. She added that there were plans to prevent fires from recurring in the camps. "The camps mushroomed haphazardly and they were not planned," the minister said. "We want, during reconstruction of the huts, to provide for fire-breaks so that the problem is not recurring. We will make sure that the fireplaces are not so close to the huts." Describing the origins of the fire in Ngai in neighbouring Apac District, where 283 huts were burnt, the minister said a child who was preparing to cook a meal had started the fire that eventually destroyed the camp. "Because it is dry and windy, the wind blew the fire from her hands and a nearby hut went into flames along with others," Amongin said. The camps are home to thousands of people displaced by the 18-year old war between the Ugandan government and the rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). More than 1.6 million people have been forced out of their homes by the protracted war. The LRA has been at war with the government since 1988. Notorious for their brutality, LRA rebels have often raided villages and IDP camps to kidnap children living there, either to force them to fight in its ranks, or into sexual slavery. Efforts to end the rebellion through peaceful means have thus far met with little success. On Monday the Uganda army claimed to have captured a senior rebel commander, Brigadier Michael Acellam-Odong. Odong was captured along with two wives and children of LRA leader Joseph Kony. "They were in a hide out; we surprised them, killed one rebel, recovered guns and a VHF radio," Uganda People's Defence Force spokesman, Maj Shaban Bantariza, told IRIN. ================= FAIR USE for learning about issues of social, economic injustice and human and homeless civil rights and civil liberties, etc.
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