Data-Driven Hope for Homelessness

Advocates for the homeless see the centralized databases and standardized assessments of the coordinated entry approach as superior to the scattershot approaches of the past.   By Sam Mire A random meal, a care package of toiletries, an occasional instance of a homeless person receiving permanent housing — these are individual approaches that don’t lend themselves to learning much about the rate of homelessness
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Vendor Profile: Michael White

Photo Illustration by Andrew Fraieli

From foster care to homeless: how the system failed him   Photos and Story By Miranda Schumes Photo Illustration by Andrew Fraieli Michael White stood on the center median at the busy intersection between Glades Road and St. Andrews Blvd in Boca Raton, Florida. It was 2002, and he was donning a lime green shirt with “The Homeless Voice” logo on the front, gripping
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How You Can Help the Homeless Right Now

Even during this crisis you can help the homeless, but it’s different than before   By Andrew Fraieli With the virus, and therefore national guidelines, causing person to person contact to be dangerous, many homeless have lost the ability to fulfill their day to day needs throwing them into an even more dire circumstance. Panhandling is not an option when no one is on
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COSAC Foundation Filling the Gaps During a Crisis

Foundation and founder bring out food, medicine and ID system for the homeless in virus-stricken time   By Andrew Fraieli Cities like New York are having hundreds die each day —  originally hitting triple digits on Mar. 23 — but Florida only declared a state-wide stay-at-home order on April 2. With this patchwork application of federal safety measures, the most vulnerable people bear the
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Homeless Able to Receive Stimulus Checks

Without 2018-2019 taxes, homeless people without work only need to fill out a small online form   By Andrew Fraieli Homeless Americans are eligible to receive stimulus checks even if they have not paid taxes in 2018-2019.  Information about stimulus checks released by the federal government — that the receiver needs to be tax-paying — seems to leave out people who haven’t been able
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Homeless Criminalization Continues

A law firm’s report shows how city’s ordinances criminalize basic human behavior   By Andrew Fraieli Sacramento, California filed a lawsuit to ban certain homeless individuals from public spaces — having declared them public nuisances; Kansas City, Missouri’s health department poured bleach on a food pantry’s food to deter the eating of it, as they considered the food a safety hazard — the homeless
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Data Privacy and Data-Driven Solutions to Homelessness

By Katie Aulenbacher   The past few decades have seen a growing trend of applying data collection and analysis tools to social problems, including the problem of homelessness.  While social services rely on data to assist their target populations, database vulnerabilities expose those populations to a host of privacy concerns. Homeless individuals could face threats to their employment opportunities, mental health, and physical safety
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Florida’s Work to End Homelessness

By Rupal Ramesh Shah   Florida’s homeless population, as of 2018, was 31,030 or 6% of the total state population. With a homeless population that large, different organizations have developed across Florida — state and private — to help solve this problem of housing, hunger and safety over the years.  One of those organizations is the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, of which acting
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The Grey Limits of Homelessness

By Andrew Fraieli At what point does being homeless become homelessness? Federal law has a definition, and states have varying ones as well, but it’s not as simple as that.  Living in a car, for example, is not considered a first choice, it’s usually done from necessity. Van life, on the other hand, is the opposite — with vans purposely and painstakingly transformed into
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The Furniture Store that Feeds the Homeless

By Andrew Fraieli   Everyday there is food wasted by large businesses, thrown away because boxes are damaged or they’re close to their expiry dates, and everyday people go to sleep hungry who could benefit from this wasted food. Today, there is one more solution to this in the world, the Rose K. Boatwright Food Pantry. Created a year and a half ago in
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