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“It was as if they burned my house down.”

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…

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The Weight Watcher’s Guide to Reducing Poverty

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…

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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 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…