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The Policies and Laws of Florida Cities

By Kristen Grau If you’re homeless in Jacksonville, the city will provide you showers, food and mental health counseling. But if you’re homeless in West Palm Beach, the city will blast incessant children’s music to drive you away.  When it comes to being homeless in Florida, you might have a drastically different experience depending on which city you reside in; some cities have more
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The Many Laws of Florida’s Panhandling

By Maria Mor We either scramble for our bag in search of a couple dollar bills trying to beat the traffic light, or we lock our car doors and quickly avoid eye contact. Maybe we make a snarky comment about the beggar looking for some loose change; possibly, we send them prayers of hope and good faith. However, how often do we sit in
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The Word for Homeless

By Andrew Fraieli The word “homeless” holds onto its negative connotation like the people using it hold onto their purses, and their line of sight. Or rather, the word “homeless” has its derogatory connotation thrust upon it like the expectations given to them by the passersby. “Homeless” is used in common day-to-day language to describe what’s seen as a drunk/crazy/druggie/dirty/lazy bum on the sidewalk
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The Homeless Woman’s Monthly Struggle: Periods

By Brett Lowenstein Homeless women around the country have more worries than simply lacking food and shelter; every month they have to repeat the same stress of getting the right materials necessary to stay clean and comfortable during their periods. Women in the streets generally have no access to proper pads and tampons, the lack of which can lead to infections and disease. However,
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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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