Let Justice Flow Down Like Water

Don’t close the door on victims

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Know those annoying people who knock on your door to sell you magazines?  How about the ones who say they are collecting money for charity? You just want to tell them no and go back to your dinner. Give it a second thought. They could be victims of human trafficking. According to Polaris Project research door to door sales men […]

Freddie Gray Blurs the Line Between B...


Did you know there were 14 deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of police in 2014 alone? Four of those deaths occurred within 30 days of each other.  And these may only be the ones that drew national attention. It is no wonder people zero in on the race question. With all the […]

Isn’t it time to create civil rights ...

scales of justice

What is it we like to say in America about our justice system? Hmm. Let me think. Now I remember… “All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.” If we actually practiced that we would reduce the number of people in jail and its related costs. In fact we might reduce that by up to […]

What would MLK jr. say about homeless...

What would MLK jr. say about homelessness?

I read a powerful letter recently about an ignored but fundamental accomplishment of Dr. King. The writer opened my eyes in a way no one else had done. There is a part of Dr. King’s legacy, she says, far more important than leading civil resistance. He taught the people on the ground – the ones […]

“It was as if they burned my house do...

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These are the words of one man who lost everything when city police in Akron, Ohio took apart a homeless encampment and confiscated the campers’ belongings. In 2013 Patrick Moe lost his military service papers and pictures of his late wife in this “homeless sweep”. In October 2014 Akron police once again removed virtually everything […]

Millionaires can get arrested for sl...


The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.” Anatole France, 1894 At a time when the price of housing is racing ahead of wages many cities have moved aggressively against people who don’t have homes. This […]

The Weight Watcher’s Guide to Reducin...


Weight Watchers has been around for over 50 years. While other dieting schemes have come and gone, the iconic symbol of successful weight loss remains. The company itself attributes that success to strength in numbers. It tells potential participants what they already know. Losing weight alone is no fun, and can be hard to stick […]

Is your client part of the 85%?


The wait for affordable housing is getting longer and longer…unless you are part of the 85%. In recent years HUD and state funding sources have shifted more of their investments to serve people who have been chronically homeless. These programs are not the traditional public housing and Housing Choice programs, many of which have very […]

I stayed because I don’t want t...

I stayed because I don’t want to be homeless

On September 17, 2013 domestic violence programs across the U.S. served 36,348 homeless victims in emergency shelters or transitional housing. On that same day 5,578 requests for housing assistance went unfilled as providers were maxed out on beds and vouchers. That amounts to 41,926 people fleeing domestic violence in one day.  The number may be […]

Lessons Learned in a Homeless Shelter

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There are so many truths here where do I begin with my comments? This blog points out a few of the realities of poverty. This is a complicated story though. In a country where we claim if people work hard they will get ahead we build higher walls for poor people. Qualify for food stamps? […]