Homeless Voice Newspaper

The Pottinger Agreement Abolished

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 mentally ill, and the creation
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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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HUD report details increase in “worst case housing needs.”

Written by Adam Sennott The number of “very poor” families struggling to pay rent without the help of government subsidies increased between 2013 and 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. About 8.3 million unsubsidized families spent more than half their income on rent, lived in “severely substandard housing,” or in some cases both in 2015, according to HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs
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Such a BIG heart tucked behind two little pockets

I have lived with Georgia in Room 220, the Psyche Ward, since 2005.  She and I had so much in common with our birthdays in April – only six days apart – so much “fire” in one room.  In a room filled with nothing but girls, one second we were celebrating our birthdays together with a “room birthday party” filled with treats, cards, music,
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