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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. There are the petty quarrels that pepper the start of a relationship between people bunking up—the horror that they do not refrigerate butter to conflicting ideas about what a "tidy" bedroom really means—and then the bigger stuff. Stuff like rent, bills, taxes. The things that make the difference between being able to sleep comfortably at night or trudging through the snow with a blanket to avail yourself on your friend's couch.

It's these very financial issues that can morph into a form of abuse and control in a relationship. These scenarios run the gambit from "we're not in love, but I suppose this will do until my next paycheck" to the much more frightening situation of living with an abusive partner and being too broke to move out. A spokesperson from the National Domestic Violence Hotline characterizes this dynamic as "economic or financial abuse. " After two months of living with him, the plan soured. A push for decriminalizing homelessness. #For nearly a decade, Sam Moore (not his real name) has called Ocean Beach his home. 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. They started banging on the windows, yelling to get out of the van, shining flashlights through every little crack that hadn't been blacked out, and trying to open the door handles. They waited about 20 to 30 minutes, then left.

#"This particular time, I got a $57 ticket for parking on the curb. #Finding a parking spot for his van can be a challenge. #"Oh sure!” 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. 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. Only one lady was kind enough to give me some food. It was an experience I’ll never forget.” 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.”

Gere is not active on social media; he has no Facebook account of his own. 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. “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. Thanks to efforts in Connecticut, Guadalupe now has a reliable roof over his head at a veterans housing complex in Newington. The best part? The federal government just deemed Connecticut the first U.S. state to end chronic homelessness among its vets. In other words, every single veteran in Connecticut who'd once been chronically homeless — homeless for at least one year or homeless four times in the past three — now has stable housing or is on the pathway to stable housing. Although cities like Phoenix and Salt Lake City have done this, too, this is a big deal. This magical button delivers Upworthy stories to you on Facebook: Gov. 7 Everyday Things Poor People Worry About That Rich People Never Do. Being poor is hard work. 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. Over the years, I’ve realized that it isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it’s poor people’s thoughts that differ from everyone else’s. Being poor means that every worry is secondary to money. Being poor means you worry a lot more about common, everyday things than everyone else – whether they’re middle class, super rich, or somewhere in-between. Here are some examples. 1. Investments make sense. But when you’re poor, none of that matters. Being poor is expensive. What this means for poor people is that they often lose out in the long run. 2. It goes without saying that being poor makes you frugal. The Circus Project teaches homeless kids to fly. It's awesome. There are an estimated 1.7 million homeless youth in America.

That's a huge number — and a huge problem. Homeless teens are more likely to develop depression and PTSD, and even if they do get off the streets, they may still experience emotional and behavioral problems. That's why there are a lot of programs out there to help homeless, at-risk youth. Some programs focus on mentorship, some help kids develop leadership skills, and others give them something to do to keep them out of trouble. ... and then there's the Circus Project, which teaches homeless kids how to fly.

Seriously. All photos in this story were provided by the Circus Project and used with permission. The Portland-based program uses the circus arts to help homeless youth channel their energy into productive, empowering social activity. The circus arts are more Cirque du Soleil than Barnum & Bailey. The students in the High Flyers outreach program take classes for 8-10 weeks to learn how to suspend themselves from aerial silks... 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. 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. I didn't understand what was going on, but I put it to one side so I could celebrate Christmas with my brother, who was so sick. On Christmas Day, Wayne kept calling me," Charlotte says. Evidence suggests that domestic abuse increases around the holidays. Read More: When You Live with Someone Who Wants to Kill You While police figures demonstrate a rise in domestic violence, frontline services such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline say they experience a lull around Christmas Day. We see specific spikes at weekends, with most calls always on New Year's Day. There are multiple explanations for why abuse might increase over the holidays. 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.

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.) (about $4.3 million Australian). Fardell gave her estate away to one cause particularly near and dear to her heart: helping the homeless. Fardell's $3.1 million, which includes both the sale of her home and funds raised through an auction of her belongings, was given to the St. This magical button delivers Upworthy stories to you on Facebook: The faith-based international nonprofit will help provide homeless children and their families with shelter using Fardell's final act of generosity, the Newcastle Herald reported.

Considering 42% of Australia's roughly 105,000 homeless individuals are under the age of 25 (and data suggests that figure may be increasing), it's clearly a cause worth fighting for. 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. 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. We were able to find something that met her cover-up criteria but that also appealed to her fashion sense. The reality is that Lea's story is, sadly, a familiar one.

There are any number of reasons why obtaining gainful employment is especially difficult for economically challenged individuals. Women who meet eligibility criteria by the state of Michigan are referred to Jackets for Jobs by Detroit's Employment Solutions Corporation. It was then that I knew what I needed to do. LA's homeless crisis gives rise to unconventional shelters. By day, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Highland Park is a place of worship. 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.'s Skid Row is looking for armories and warehouses to shelter hundreds of people this winter. It's part of a coalition of about 30 non-profits called the Alliance to Solve Homelessness in LA which said it has contacted about 300 places of worship to see if they would open their doors as All Saints' has.

But advocates say the level of L.A.' "I suffer from trust issues," Sotelo said. 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. "That's really where we've been falling short, due to our tight rental market and the lack of a high-level, coordinated effort to recruit landlords," said McConnell. Twitter A week earlier, Councilman Todd Gloria also called on San Diegans to close the housing gap. 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 Ruth Ruth let out a hearty laugh and "no thanks" when offered a package of pads. Dawn. This Is Why Poor People Can (And Should) Have Nice Things. Poor people shouldn’t eat steak or fish. Poor people shouldn’t watch TV! Why do all these homeless people have cell phones? Sound familiar? Despite the fact that we live in a country burdened by poverty and social immobility, we also live in a country riddled with false narratives about what poverty looks like and doesn’t look like, or what kind of poverty is valid or invalid. We live in a country where legislators believe it’s fair to ban poor people from eating junk food, simply because they feel entitled to define what poor people should and shouldn’t do.

We live in a country where people feel comfortable judging the homeless for having iPhones and the lower-class for having televisions and refrigerators, despite the fact that most of us who are not homeless or lower-class use our own phones and appliances and televisions on a daily basis. This is the real reason we can’t have nice things: Because our culture tells us that only certain people should have certain things. And that’s bullshit. 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. Truth: There are a plethora of ways to circumvent climate issues and disasters that make it possible to survive during these times. Myth #8. Truth: While logistically this isn’t feasible, and much of the food wasted is rotten or decomposing, we do waste A LOT of food—up to 40% of what we produce.

Myth #7. Truth: Agricultural production is about more than the size of the farm. THS_Blog_RESP_SC_Horizontal1 Myth #6. Truth: With the amount of food we produce, we could provide adequate nourishment to everyone in the world. Myth #5. Myth #4. THS_Blog_RESP_SC_Horizontal2 Myth #3. Myth #2. Myth #1. A Bad Night's Sleep Might Do More Harm Than You Think. How well did you sleep last night? If your answer is not great, chances are you're paying a price today. But what if you could never get a good night's rest? That's a challenge faced by millions of low-income people around the world. Now a team of researchers is trying to find out if sleep deprivation can actually keep people trapped in poverty.

NPR's Nurith Aizenman reports they're setting up an unusual experiment in the city of Chennai, India. NURITH AIZENMAN, BYLINE: It's 11 o'clock at night in a busy commercial section of the city. How are you? ANJALAI: My name is Anjalai. AIZENMAN: Anjalai, who, like some in this part of India, goes by only one name, tells me she's got the most basic set-up, a patch of dirt by the side of the street. And I see you sleep - you sleep here. ANJALAI: (Foreign language spoken). AIZENMAN: Yeah, she says. ANJALAI: (Through interpreter) It's difficult here. AIZENMAN: The traffic isn't the half of it. UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken). 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. 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? What happens when you give 100 homeless people disposable cameras? You get true works of art. Meet The Neighborhood That Wants a New Homeless.

How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps : Goats and Soda. The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life. Los Angeles Confronts a Spike in Homelessness Amid Prosperity. 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 | Lacey Johnson. 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 | Dani Bostick. 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.