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Homeless for the Holidays: 'Just Grateful for a New Day'

While many of us fret over Christmas parties, stocking stuffers, turkeys and gifts, there are currently 633,782 Americans who don't have a bed or warm meal to come home to this holiday season. Though the federal government and local communities have fronted vigorous efforts to increase the number of beds available to the... Continue Reading »

Homeless for the Holidays: Should Homeowners Open Their Doors to the Needy?

Connie Grandmason, 46, considered herself lucky. As the owner of a beautiful four-bedroom home in Columbia, S.C. and blessed with a stable and fulfilling job (Grandmason worked as a director for the Special Olympics), she was one of the fortunate Americans who remained largely unaffected by the economic crisis. So... Continue Reading »

U.S. Homeless Rate Stays Steady Despite Government Efforts to Curb It

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy. The federal government and local communities have greatly increased the number of beds available to the homeless over the past four years, either through emergency shelters or through government-subsidized apartments and houses.... Continue Reading »

Homeless Man Allegedly Rents Out Vacant Home to Tenants

Is being a thief better than being a squatter? A homeless man allegedly stole $1,375 in cash by renting out a vacant home in Ormond Beach, Fla., so that he could afford a place to live, MyFoxOrlando.com reported. Eric Sisson, 27, (pictured at left) listed the foreclosed home on Craigslist, claiming that he recently... Continue Reading »

Beat Homelessness: Lessons from a Navy Vet

Just over a year ago, Kevin Nelson, a U.S. Navy veteran, was homeless and living on the street. Today he's got a permanent address and is on the verge of making his entrepreneurial dreams a reality: In January, he'll be presenting his trademarked stereo speakers at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las... Continue Reading »

Bronx Residents Fear Being Homeless

The Bronx has it hard. It's the New York City borough with the highest unemployment rate. It has the highest violent crime rate. And now, according to the NY Daily News, its residents have more worries about homelessness than those in any other borough. According to a poll by the Institute for Children and Poverty, a... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Mayor Says City Is Solving Homeless Problem

Back in 2004, the city of San Francisco launched an ambitious ten year plan aimed at ending homelessness in the city by creating 3,000 permanent housing units as substitutes for shelters. Now at the six-year mark, San Francisco's mayor, Gavin Newsom, is claiming the city is more than halfway toward its goal, having, thus... Continue Reading »

No room for Mary and Joseph in Trenton? Try Bethlehem.

Mary and Joseph came to Trenton, but there was no room at the Statehouse. Two affordable housing advocates dressed as the biblical figures of Mary and Joseph paid a visit last week to the New Jersey Governor's office. But the advocates were rebuffed by the transition office of Gov.-elect Chris Christie, just as the real... Continue Reading »

A New York City man and his girlfriend had the shock of their young lives when they discovered a stowaway living in their apartment and sneaking out at night to eat their food. The woman had been there several weeks. The homeless culprit was discovered after the set-up of a hidden "nanny cam." She entered the apartment... Continue Reading »

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