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Kicked Out: LGBT Youth Experience Homelessness

IN THE LIFE travels from New York to Illinois and California for a stark look at LGBT youth who are kicked out of their homes. Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Produced by Chuy Sánchez & Kathryn Morrison.

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Man Used His Olive Garden All-You-Can Eat Pass To Feed People In Need

We really hope this kind of carb loading becomes a fad.

Back in September, Matt Tribe purchased Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass, which –- for $100 — invited customers to eat as much pasta as they possibly could over the course of seven weeks. But the Ogden, Utah man soon realized he could nourish himself and use the oodles of noodles to help homeless people, friends and strangers, according to his website, Random Acts of Pasta.

For more on Random Acts of Pasta go here. 

Man, 90, arrested again this week for feeding the homeless
November 11, 2014

When 90-year-old Florida resident Arnold Abbott said following his arrest on Sunday that police couldn’t stop him from feeding the homeless, he apparently meant it.

Abbott was charged again on Wednesday night for violating a new city law in Ft. Lauderdale that essentially prevents people from feeding the homeless.

“I expected it” he said in a Sun Sentinel report. “At least this time they let us feed people first.”

Officers lingered in the area for about 45 minutes during which time Abbott and volunteers with the Love Thy Neighbor charity he founded handed out more than 100 plates of hot chicken stew, pasta, cheesy potatoes and fruit salad to homeless men and women.

If he’s found guilty of violating city ordinance laws — his second in a week — he faces 60 days in jail or a $500 fine.

Abbott said he’s prepared to go to jail over his efforts.

“Why do I keep doing this?” he asked rhetorically. “Because these are my people and they deserve to be fed.”

In a slightly more confrontational incident on Sunday, four police cruisers and approximately a half dozen officers with the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department descended upon an area in the city where Abbott, charity representatives and church members were handing out hot meals to local homeless people.

One officer demanded that he “drop that plate right now” as others picked up the trays off food and inserted them directly into the garbage with lines of homeless people looking on.

The new law in Ft. Lauderdale comes after the city announced in January that people are restricted from camping, panhandling, food sharing and engaging in other “life sustaining activities.” The laws regarding food sharing where ironically enacted on Halloween when millions of people were out sharing candy.

Abbott applauded the officers for being more courteous in their enforcement of the law the second time around this week.

“They were very gentle,” Abbott said. “I think they feel a little guilty doing their job.”

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Hawaii Rep. Tom Brower Takes A Sledgehammer (Literally) To Homelessness Problem | Huffington Post

Watch out, Hawaii. Waikiki has a new vigilante on the loose.

Armed with a sledgehammer and a self-righteous mission, State Rep. Tom Brower (D.) walks his district’s streets and parks looking for the nefarious shopping carts used by homeless people.

If the carts have a store’s insignia still on them, Brower gallantly returns them to the rightful owner. If, however, he can’t tell where the carts originated from, he pulls out his trusty sledgehammer.

"If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify," he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.”

(Before you judge, note that he kindly takes out any belongings in the carts and leaves them on the ground where he found them.)

Brower, according to the Star-Advertiser, is “disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem and has decided to take a self-proclaimed “tough-guy” approach to solving it. In addition to his shopping cart rampage, he also rouses homeless people if he sees them sleeping at bus stops during the day.

"If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything," he told the Star-Advertiser. "But if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving.’"

Some in Honolulu have welcomed Brower’s “grass-roots approach,” but others warn against it’s effectiveness and say it is both extreme and threatening.

"You have to remember that there are people who are traumatized out there,” Connie Mitchell, executive director for the Institute of Human Services, told Hawaii News Now. “To see someone with a sledgehammer sometimes can be re-traumatizing for a lot of people.”

While Brower admits that he’s not “100 percent comfortable” with his actions, he insists that what he’s doing is right.

He also seems unconcerned by the prospect of initiating or escalating an altercation with a homeless person.

"When you are walking down the sidewalk with a sledgehammer," he told the Star-Advertiser, "people get out of your way.”

We wonder why.

(Photo Credit: AmericaWakieWakie)

Editor’s Note: Please contact Brower and tell him how you feel: 808-586-8520 | Email: repbrower@capitol.hawaii.gov

There’s a prevailing idea that there’s something ethically wrong with being poor, and that America’s run according to Christian values. But when people are practicing genuine Christian values, they themselves are directly prosecuted … [American businessmen] use Christianity and morality of all kind to protect their own corporate interests.
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This is my grandpa, Don Barnes, and he’s missing. Anyone in Orange County, California or San Diego County, CA please please keep your eyes peeled for him. He’s currently homeless, and was last seen in Balboa Park.

He’s 5 foot 10 inches, 76 years old with blue eyes, and is extremely thin. He may seem confused or lost, and he needs to be found as soon as possible. He’s a very gentle, sweet man who needs help getting home. If you see him, I am begging you to message me exactly where and when you saw him, or call the police and tell them that he’s a missing person.

Please. Your help is needed and appreciated.

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Cops clear ‘The Jungle,’ one of the largest homeless encampments in America | RT News

Authorities in San Jose have cleared out “The Jungle,” considered one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, as high rents and tough economic times have hit many in California’s Silicon Valley, a region where the tech industry dominates.

Municipal workers, including police and social services, as well as animal control and construction contractors moved into the camp on Thursday, according to reports, to help clear out the creek-side camp where as many as 300 people lived in tents and other makeshift shelters.

Residents of The Jungle were told Monday that they had to vacate the area by Thursday or face arrest for trespassing, the Associated Press reported. Officials said many residents left the camp, just minutes from downtown San Jose, upon the initial notice. How many were left after Monday was yet undetermined.

"It’s like a big family," Yolanda Gutierrez, a former Jungle resident, told AFP. "We all looked out for each other, especially the females that are single. We all had our own little group that we would check up on each other.”

"But unfortunately what they just did to us today it’s like they split the family apart,” she added.

Another former Jungle resident, Andrew Costa, said homelessness could happen to anyone who can’t catch a break.

"They are part of the society that are discarded. They’re your son who doesn’t get a job, they’re your daughter that takes too much drugs and is not understood, they’re the ones that didn’t want to go to school," he told AFP.

"They’re run-away people."

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Madison, Wisconsin, just unveiled a brilliant way to help the homeless: Give them homes 

Madison, Wisconsin, debuted its effort to help the homeless — a village of tiny houses. 

Wisconsin’s capital unveiled over the weekend a neighborhood of one-room homes for the city’s homeless population. The Tiny House Village offers three completed homes; four people are set to move in this week.

And it didn’t cost the public a thing | Follow micdotcom

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The number of homeless residents in New York City, the largest city in the United States, reached a record high this month at more than 56,000 people. Halfway around the world, another metropolis recently hit a homeless record of its own: just 1,697 people are currently homeless in Tokyo, also its country’s largest city and the most populated city in the world, a record low since surveys began in 2002.

WOW - 1 per 10,000 people are homeless in Tokyo, Japan. Must be doing something right. | Follow ThinkProgress