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Tonight I downloaded this app, it’s called Food bank. It basically shows food banks in your area or any area you search for and what stock they are low in. Let’s be the change we so desperately wanted to see, it’s not much the now but a few tins every time you’re around a food bank will probably cost you £4 and ensure someone, old or young, does not go hungry.

Empty Home Turns into Mushroom Farm

A neighbour submitted this photo of a rotting empty home at 4593 West 12th Ave. Like most other empty homes, this one is lamented by the neighbours. It should be lived in and maintained as a home by a family.

According to the neighbour:

This beautiful older home in West Point Grey, with a few short interruptions, has sat empty, unheated and without power since 2012. It was sold at that time for a whopping $2.4 million to a man from PRC. He now keeps it as a “holding property” (aka. a rotting bank). Because he will not spend money on heat or lights, the place now has a serious problem with mould. The roof also needs repair and there are mushrooms growing from the ceiling. It’s a sad slow death for such a beautiful old home.

What does the City of Vancouver think would be an appropriate response? Should their be a vacant home tax that would discourage landlords from leaving homes empty? Should there be a  15% tax on non-resident and company purchases of residential property, as exists in Hong Kong and Singapore?

It’s a survival thing. In America, we lose six queer kids a day to the street. That’s every four hours a queer kid dies, whether it be from freezing to death or getting the shit beat out of them or a drug overdose. This is our next real plague.
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Rick Westbrook, founder of the LGBT shelter Lost-n-Found Youth, in The Foresaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families

Seriously, read this heartbreaking story.

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Beautiful Empty Home with Ocean Views! 3065 Point Grey Road

Exquisitely situated on Point Grey Road at Balaclava Street, this home boasts ocean views, and a spacious interior. This empty heritage home is slowly rotting to pieces. Who would want to live here? Just about everyone that BEH knows would love to live by the beach surrounded by family and friends - so why is this home left empty and rotting? 

The next time you are cycling by on the new cycle path, have a look for yourself at how this home is being left empty to decay while many in Vancouver struggle to find a place to live: https://goo.gl/maps/xY9Hp

Have you seen an empty home in your neighbourhood? Let us know. 

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Gregory Kloehn goes dumpster diving, but not for the reason that most people would think. He isn’t homeless. In fact, he is an artist from Oakland that is trying to help the homeless and develop his craft at the same time.

Instead of building sculptures that he would sell to rich people to add to their massive homes, he decided to focus his efforts on helping house the homeless population in California.

Gregory digs through illegally dumped trash and goes dumpster diving

He uses what he collects to build small, one room shelters for the homeless.

And his homelessness project is getting attention.

Not only from the media, but from the people he helps as well.

The “little homeless homes” are about the size of the sofa.

But, something that small can mean the world to someone living on the streets.

Each of the homes are built with a pitched roof, so rain will run right off of them.

They also have wheels, so their owners will be able to wheel them around if they need to. 

The foundation he usually uses are discarded wooden pallets.

At first, as an artist, he made sculptures.

But peddling his creations got old.

Since he focused on housing, Gregory knows what he creates is being used.

A homeless woman he knows well, Wonder, raves about what he does.

The small shelter Gregory built for her was the best house she’s had in 5 years.

He published a book titled “Homeless Architecture.”

His focus seems to be on helping them build homes…

Even when they don’t have a conventional “house” to work with.

At first he was just building tiny homes to sell.

One day, a homeless man came by his studio asking for a tarp.

All Gregory had was a tiny wooden frame he was working on, equipped with a built-in kitchen, water tank and a small trap for human waste.

He then realized… it was a home that this man could use.

Someone could use it and it would change their life.

He can’t build houses for all of Oakland’s homeless.

However, he doesn’t intend to stop building any time soon.

He’s thought about starting classes, teaching others how to make them. “A lot of people who hear about what I’m doing want to get involved,” he said. “Maybe we meet some place and put a couple homes together.”

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homeless-with-two-children-please-help

Please donate.

   My name is Sam Vesta. My mom, my brother and I have been homeless for around 3 months. Some days I didn’t know if I would be able to eat. We now have a steady income, but it isn’t enough. We pay 280$ a month for our storage compartment, and that comes out of a 400$ income.

   Along with that, we also live with my grandmother who is disabled, along with my aunt who is also disabled. They house they live in is in horrible conditions. There is trash everywhere, and an infestation of cockroaches. Worst of all, the house they live in is being foreclosed on.

   The reason we are homeless is because of my father. He is a sociopath, and refuses to pay child support after my mom left him in 2007. He has my 3 brothers with him while My mom, my brother, and I are homeless. My mom used to live with him in the summer of last year, because she was homeless then.

   That summer was the worst for all of us. I had become depressed and started harming myself after my dad had attacked my older brother, by putting his hand on his neck, shoving him into a glass door, and then throwing him to the ground. My mother made a CPS (Child Protection Services) report, but the CPS agent told my mom it was her fault she was unable to protect him.

   My mother moved out after that, and moved in a new house that she payed half the rent for. My dad payed the other half. My mother got around $800- $1000 a month. She is on welfare, and has SSI for my brother Atticus who has aspergers. Atticus currently lives with my dad.

   My mother filed for child support in February of this year, and when my dad heard about it he cut off the internet, the power and just stopped paying rent. My mother had court on June 2nd, and my dad knew she was being evicted, so he got a continuance for August 4th.

   We (with the help of my brothers friend who was also homeless) moved out everything and got everything into our storage unit. My brother’s friend stayed with us, but he used a lot of drugs so we had to get rid of him. Not until after he left did we find out that he was accused of rape, which means if he does come back we aren’t taking him in again.

   On August 4th, my mother won the case for $2000 dollars of child support, but, we got bad news after that. My dad refused to voluntarily pay it, and it wont be garnished until either October or November. Thats one or two more months of being homeless.

   After that, we bought a tent and placed it in my grandmother’s front yard. We also had air mattresses to put in it, so we didn’t have sore backs anymore. But the happiness it didn’t last long.

   My father had tried to get the SSI for my brother going to him, instead of my mom, because he thought he had primary residence of him. He had temporary residence, so he didn’t get it. But, instead of it going straight back to my mother, it just stopped paying anyone. So instead of $800-1000 dollars a month, we only get $400. That’s barely enough to pay our storage unit fee, let alone be able to feed all three of us.

   I also started school earlier in August, so on top of stress about money, I have school.

   Please help us, we have no where to go. Please, please help us.

Please help my mom, me, and my brother. We don’t have anywhere else to go.

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Ed Sheeran singing “Homeless” at the Chicago meet & greet 09/16/14

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Sarasota City officials have backed a plan to offer transportation out of town to some homeless people.

City leaders voted unanimously Thursday to place $1,000 in a “Homeward Bound Fund” that would help finance that one-way travel.

Leaders hope the money will be matched by donations from the public and it’s partnering with local charities.

Plans like this haven’t always turned out so well.

Last year, San Francisco sued Nevada for allegedly sending mental patients there to avoid the cost of treating them.

http://www.jrn.com/fox4now/news/Sarasota-votes-to-ship-homeless-away-274001701.html?hpt=us_bn8

The Art Lesson (Short Story by Jen Mueller)

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I was grabbing some lunch and checking messages on my phone when I looked up and saw her. Just two tables down from me, a red ribbon holding her blonde hair back from her face but not from her shoulder. It spilled over, getting in the way of whatever she was feverishly working on. She brushed it back and sighed, her brow far more knitted and serious in concentration than that of the typical little girl her age — or what I assumed to be her age. I’m terrible at guessing ages, particularly of children — if you ask me, they’re either around four or around ten. I was an only child, and I kept to myself, and I had more friends between the covers of books than I did on the playground.

This may have been part of the reason I decided to speak to the little girl as I walked past her table to toss my empty cup and sandwich wrapper in the bin behind.

“What are you drawing?”

She put her purple marker down on the table and picked up the green one without looking up. “I don’t know yet,” she said, more to the paper than to me.

Somewhere inside I smiled. “Then how will you know when it’s done?”

At this she looked up at me with an expression more of exasperation than anything else. I knew her feeling well — the eye-rolling, mind-numbing chore of trying to explain your process to someone who existed outside your own mind. “I listen to it,” she said, with far more patience than I possessed myself. “It tells me when it’s done.”

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LOL@ the anons who think I’m making up some bullshit statistics about homelessness. 

Um no actually

LGBT & Homelessness Facts

Homelessness in America

More LBGT Facts

Quick Facts about Homelessness & Poverty

Family Homelessness

Veteran Homelessness

Homeless Children

Homeless Teens

The Cost of Homelessness 

Is it getting hard to keep your head buried in the sand?

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