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Donating Time Vs. Donating Money

In terms of how to help the homeless, there is really no wrong way to help and assist. Any help is beneficial for the community in general. If you are wondering on whether your money or your time would be a better donation; either contribution is helpful as both are important in their own way. Here are ideas of what to donate Giving money
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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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Homeless Should Be Protected by Hate Crimes Laws

Following several serious or deadly attacks on homeless people this year, the Los Angeles City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday supporting any legislation that would add homeless people to the list of those protected by the state’s hate crime law. A homeless man and woman were attacked with battery acid while they slept in a Mission Hills park in October, and a man
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Homeless people are synthetic drugs’ latest victims

Robin McKinney wasn’t wearing the right shirt. She also didn’t have all of her supplies. But the night was warm for mid-November, and that had gotten her worried. So she went anyway, pulling up to a Southeast Washington park hit hard by synthetic drugs, trying to make a difference on an issue she believes is usually met with indifference. The District had just seen
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COSAC

The COSAC Foundation was originally established in May 1997 to partner with other social service agencies, in the area, that provided help to the homeless population. COSAC also independently feeds the homeless or anyone in need of food. As we saw a new issue arise, we answered with a new program to tackle it. Today we house, feed and find employment for anyone who
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Homeless woman, 75, uses Fort Lauderdale lawsuit money to start over

Until about a year ago, Holly Grant was living outdoors in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s homeless camp, with boxes and boxes and boxes of her belongings, all neatly stacked and covered with a tarp. Now, thanks to a recent lawsuit settlement with the city, the 75-year-old self-described “hoarder” plans to buy a van, de-clutter her life and start anew. “You can’t hold down a good
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Repicturing the Homeless

If you would have met Richard yesterday, you may have passed him by, silently wishing that he would not try to speak to you. You might have walked by him trying to avoid eye contact at all cost. However, if you met Richard today, you might have a different first impression. Richard’s appearance was changed in a matter of hours. Imagine how we could
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