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The lives of Seattle’s homeless. As Rental Prices Rise, Women Stay In Bad Relationships to Survive. Moving in with someone is probably one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make.

As Rental Prices Rise, Women Stay In Bad Relationships to Survive

A push for decriminalizing homelessness. #For nearly a decade, Sam Moore (not his real name) has called Ocean Beach his home.

A push for decriminalizing homelessness

For the past seven months, his abode has been a 1991 Chevy van. #His lifestyle choice has not been without consequence. Until the past couple of weeks, the police were disturbing Moore's peace about once a week. This week, it's been almost every night via civilians or the police. #"The police have stopped and checked out my van multiple times lately,” Moore said on February 21, “but the last notable time was when I was harassed by one civilian and moments later with what sounded like maybe four or five police officers. #"This particular time, I got a $57 ticket for parking on the curb. #Finding a parking spot for his van can be a challenge. #Originally from Wautoma, Wisconsin, Moore is a massage therapist who works on athletes, police officers, orca trainers, and others.

Why Richard Gere’s “homeless” photo went viral: It’s more common — and closer to home — than we like to think. A photograph of actor Richard Gere, homeless man, has gone viral.

Why Richard Gere’s “homeless” photo went viral: It’s more common — and closer to home — than we like to think

He’s not actually homeless: he was in character for a recently-released film called “Time out of Mind“. In it, Gere plays a mentally ill homeless man trying to reconnect with his daughter, played by Jena Malone. A fan had posted the image of the actor to the “Unofficial: Richard Gere” fan page on Facebook, along with the comment: “When I went undercover in New York City as a homeless man, no one noticed me. I felt what it was like to be a homeless man. People would just past by me and look at me in disgrace. To date, the image has received 1.55 million likes on Facebook and has been shared over 640,000 times. As Katharine Patterson recently wrote for Quartz: “The rent is so high in San Francisco that I’m a software engineer and I live in a van.”

How Connecticut became the first state ever to house all of its chronically homeless vets. Hector Guadalupe is a 55-year-old veteran who lost his home during the Great Recession, right before developing medical issues with his heart and eyes.

How Connecticut became the first state ever to house all of its chronically homeless vets

“I probably would have been jumping from couch to couch or living in one of those homeless shelters," he told The Wall Street Journal in August 2015. But, thankfully, he's not. Photo via iStock. 7 Everyday Things Poor People Worry About That Rich People Never Do. Being poor is hard work.

7 Everyday Things Poor People Worry About That Rich People Never Do

And it’s a hell of a mind game. I grew up with my brother in a working-class home headed up by a single mother. We were rich in love and support and – because of Mom’s passion for baking – cheesecake. But we were not rich in money. Watching my mother struggle to make ends meet fundamentally changed my relationship to money, even to this day. The Circus Project teaches homeless kids to fly. It's awesome. There are an estimated 1.7 million homeless youth in America.

The Circus Project teaches homeless kids to fly. It's awesome.

That's a huge number — and a huge problem. The Hidden Crisis of Domestic Violence over the Holidays. Charlotte Kneer had only been with Wayne a few months when her brother was diagnosed with leukemia.

The Hidden Crisis of Domestic Violence over the Holidays

She wanted to donate bone marrow, and her family decided to celebrate Christmas early because the surgery was scheduled for Christmas week. Kneer's boyfriend, Wayne, seemed understanding at first "Then, out of the blue, he ended the relationship. Woman's final request includes jaw-dropping gift to help homeless kids. If you need reminding what the season of giving is all about, look no further than Lily Fardell.

Woman's final request includes jaw-dropping gift to help homeless kids.

On Dec. 18, 2015, the late Australian woman's final request was fulfilled, and the value of her entire estate was given to charity. The value of her entire estate by the way? $3.1 million (U.S.) How Dressing The "Unemployable" Became One Entrepreneur's Pathway To Success. Like so many other job seekers before her, Lea Jones* found herself in desperate need of something suitable to wear for interviews.

How Dressing The "Unemployable" Became One Entrepreneur's Pathway To Success

She had neither the wherewithal nor the know-how to select and procure the appropriate attire so crucial in making a positive first impression. Lea had the added challenge of concealing dark bruises that ran up and down her arms--the visible scars of domestic abuse. Lea came to Jackets for Jobs, Inc. in August 2015 seeking an outfit fit for an upcoming interview. LA's homeless crisis gives rise to unconventional shelters. By day, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Highland Park is a place of worship.

LA's homeless crisis gives rise to unconventional shelters

By night, it’s where dozens of people come to sleep under dimmed lights, in the wooden pews. "I lay right down here, " Zonia Sotelo, 46, said pointing to a pew she's lined with a sleeping bag and blankets. "I sleep comfortable. " It's an unorthodox model, but All Saints' is on the leading edge of an effort in Los Angeles this winter to find beds for the country’s largest unsheltered homeless population- more than 17,600 people living on the streets, in riverbeds, in cars. The head of Union Rescue Mission on Downtown L.A.' The urgency around opening shelters is a shift away from the focus of recent years: long-term housing for homeless people. 15 Cities Destroying Homeless Camps Days Before Christmas. When Women Must Choose Between Abuse And Homelessness. Once-homeless man with smooth voice is back on the airwaves. Targeting Homeless Vets, Faulconer Launches 'Housing Our Heroes' Aired 1/15/16 on KPBS News. Groups working to house homeless veterans say funding isn't the main problem — it's the lack of landlords willing to rent to tenants with Section 8 vouchers and other rental support.

In his State of the City address Thursday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the "Housing Our Heroes" initiative. It calls on landlords to rent to homeless veterans and could be the missing piece of the puzzle, say those working on the problem. In 2014, San Diego joined two dozen other cities in pledging to end chronic veteran homelessness by 2016. Now the clock is running down and many of those cities have outpaced San Diego. Michael McConnell heads the local arm of the national initiative, 25 Cities. How One Change In Policy Could Help Victims Of Domestic Violence. Blood In The Streets: Coping with Menstruation While Homeless. Around the globe there is growing awareness of, and demand for solutions to, the financial and physical burdens of menstruation.

In developing countries the consequence of poor menstrual hygiene can be devastating, even deadly -- linked to skyrocketing rates of reproductive infection and illness. An added dose of stigma and shame often keeps girls from attending school during their periods and otherwise living healthy lives. Here in the United States, many low-income women and girls share a similar struggle -- especially those who are experiencing homelessness. Inability to afford tampons or pads, or to access hygiene facilities, can severely compromise women's health, productivity and dignity. And no city knows the price and pain of homelessness quite like San Francisco, where a combination of rapid economic growth and sweeping gentrification has left a trail of collateral devastation.

Anne. This Is Why Poor People Can (And Should) Have Nice Things. Poor people shouldn’t eat steak or fish. San Francisco Relocated Homeless For Super Bowl. Here’s What Cities Should Do Instead. Should San Diego County politicians do more for area homeless people? Formerly Homeless People Used The Whisper App To Make Honest Confessions About Their Experiences. 9 Things We Need To Address When We Talk About World Hunger. Posted By L.D. We have a lot of ideas about hunger. However, a lot of these beliefs are based upon misconceptions of what hunger means, what causes it, and whom it affects.

Because these misunderstandings can be obstacles to solving this issue, we’re here to address some of the most common myths we’ve heard about hunger. Myth #9. Droughts and natural disasters are the main source of hunger. A Bad Night's Sleep Might Do More Harm Than You Think. How well did you sleep last night? When A Local Women's Shelter Takes Over An Art Gallery, Beautiful Things Happen. 10 Things I've Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic. Originally published on Medium and cross-posted here with their permission.

Gaslighting is the attempt of one person to overwrite another person’s reality. Presenting a refreshingly new way to help keep people from poverty and homelessness. The Solution to Seattle's Homeless Problem Is Painfully. Murray Releases Plan to Battle ‘Economic Apartheid’ In. Solving homelessness is easy. So why don't we just do it? In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is struggling with the issue of homelessness. There are tons of people sleeping on the street, and New Yorkers are upset about it. What happens when you give 100 homeless people disposable cameras? You get true works of art.

In July 2015, a London art group gave 100 cameras to members of the city's homeless population. The organization, called Cafe Art, is dedicated to empowering those affected by homelessness to express themselves through art and photography. For their latest project, the group distributed 100 disposable cameras to homeless Londoners along with some basic photography training courtesy of the Royal Photographic Society. Meet The Neighborhood That Wants a New Homeless. How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps : Goats and Soda. Street children sleep on a discarded mattress on a center island near a road crossing in Manila, Philippines, in April. After 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals, Asia as a region has had the fastest progress, reports the U.N., yet hundreds of millions of people there remain in extreme poverty.

Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images. The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life. Last winter, William MacAskill and his wife Amanda moved into a Union Square apartment that I was sharing with several friends in New York. Los Angeles Confronts a Spike in Homelessness Amid Prosperity. Photo LOS ANGELES — Construction cranes dot the sky from Century City to the Sunset Strip. This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached.

Ending Global Poverty is within our Reach. How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic] NYC Mayor Proposes $100 Million Effort to Fight Homelessness. Teens Create Tiny Home Village For Seattle's Growing Homeless Population. 10 Cities Worldwide That Are Working To Win Their Wars Against Homelessness. A brilliant new effort is turning San Diego's homeless youth into business pros. He Fought City Hall Over the Homeless. Now He’s Battling From the Inside.

How I Survived My Abusive Relationship  How to tell if you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence. What It's Really Like to Be a Homeless Woman in Your 20s. 10 Powerful Photos Reveal The ‘Unseen Scars’ Emotional Abuse Leaves Behind. River-Cleaning Program Gives Jobs To Reno Homeless, Beautifies City. Victimhood and the Myth of Choice 

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge. This town built a homeless shelter. For school kids. Maybe We've Been Thinking About Addiction All Wrong. Murray Declares Civil Emergency on Homelessness. Koch Brothers lose big, Seattle voters pass I-122. Relieving Poverty Significantly Improves Mental Health. HUD Seeks To Ban Smoking In Public Housing. It started with a futon in a dumpster. Now it's a student org that's changing the way we see waste. These Kids Have The Coolest Way To Keep The Homeless Warm This Winter.