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A Home for Everyone: The Veterans Inn

By Rupal Ramesh Shah   We can put a man on the moon. We can blast a bomb 5,000 miles away from us and hit our target the size of a postage stamp, yet we cannot figure out how to put a roof on everyone’s head in America,” said Sean Cononie. With this thought, Cononie — head of the COSAC Foundation — started the Veterans
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Hostile Architecture: The Indirect Public Fight on the Homeless

By Andrew Fraieli   Defensive architecture; hostile architecture; anti-homeless spike; bum-proof benches; urban planning; well-being; right to public space. These are the keywords in a research paper debating the ethics of architecture in public spaces that “exclude ‘unwanted’ behaviors and people.” Unwanted behaviors like skateboarders roughing up ledges, and unwanted people like the homeless sleeping in public places; public property being used by the
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The Dark Days Aren’t Over

By Andrew Fraieli A documentary of the homeless in 1990s New York tried to bring attention to housing issues that still persist today.   The Broken On August 30, 2000 the documentary “Dark Days” was released. It begins with the bangs and whistles of an Amtrak train leaving the station, then flatly cuts to a man walking down a dark road. Jumping back to
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The Pottinger Agreement Abolished

By Rupal Ramesh Shah   The homeless are once again set up to struggle against the city of Miami and its police as the Pottinger Agreement was abolished in federal court on Feb. 15, 2019. The city claimed, in its legal filing to end the agreement, that it had created numerous homeless outreach services including shelter beds, new jail-diversion programs for the homeless and
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How Homelessness is Measured and 2018’s Count

By Andrew Fraieli The word “homeless” doesn’t differentiate between the person with a job staying at different shelters, and the teen from a troubled home sleeping by the train tracks. “Homeless” doesn’t helpfully define who is potentially going to freeze to death sleeping outside, and who is between jobs camping in the woods full time; it’s a word that is fluid and changes in
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Billy Albert: A Man of Many Hats at COSAC

By Andrew Fraieli Billy Albert’s favorite color is midnight blue. Or maybe maroon too. It’s a hard question he says. This, after elaborating on a bath salts twitching person in the fetal position that he came upon and was able to help. Helping people in bad situations, mostly the homeless, has become his job and his every day. Having been at the shelters for
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America’s First Nonprofit Motel

By Andrew Fraieli In Lake City, Florida a new motel called Motel 8 has been opened, and it’s completely run by formerly homeless. Sean Cononie, the head of the COSAC foundation which has been helping the homeless since 1997, says it is “America’s first nonprofit motel.” He started the project hoping to give the homeless skills for the hotel industry and the opportunity to
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Miami’s Pottinger Agreement and How It Affects The Homeless

By Andrew Fraieli The homeless population in Miami has recently been the subject of much debate, specifically on the agreements and lawsuits that protect them from a past history of police harassment. Before a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1988, police would routinely destroy the property of homeless living on the street and arrest them on misdemeanors of trespassing on
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Opinion: Criminalizing Homelessness is a National Epidemic

By Andrew Fraieli Homelessness is not a choice. People do not choose or generally plan, to lose their home or source of income. People do not choose to rely on public property as a place to sleep at night, they do not choose to have the sidewalk as their living room and the park as a restroom. What people do choose is to make
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