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Winter in the Hamptons: food pantries, poverty and homelessness. Maria is sitting on a black plastic chair in a community centre on a cold Tuesday afternoon waiting for her number to be called.

Winter in the Hamptons: food pantries, poverty and homelessness

She is number 34. When it’s her turn, Maria is called forward to pick up a brown paper bag filled with essentials including pasta, eggs and cornflakes and is invited to choose between butternut squash or carrots as this week’s vegetables. The Real History of Section 8 Shows the Ignorance of People Who Use It as a Racial Slur. Photo Credit: via YouTube When Tatiana Rhodes, a 19-year-old black woman who hosted a swimming party in a mostly-white neighborhood in McKinney, Tex., was told to go back to “Go back to your Section 8 home,” she knew it was a racial slur.

The Real History of Section 8 Shows the Ignorance of People Who Use It as a Racial Slur

But Section 8 history tells us that public housing was really designed for working white people, according to the Washington Post. Denver homeless pack up belongings as city workers dismantle camps. People camping near Denver’s homeless shelters packed up their belongings on Tuesday as city workers started removing bags, tarps, shopping carts and other items left on sidewalks.

Denver homeless pack up belongings as city workers dismantle camps

The Mile High City is another fast-growing metropolis struggling with what to do about homeless camps as affordable housing becomes scarcer. Construction cranes dot the skyline, but people drawn to Denver’s outdoor yet urban lifestyle are willing to pay rising rents. The city has spent months trying to urge the campers on the edge of downtown near the Coors Field baseball stadium to move into shelters and clear out makeshift structures that officials say pose a health hazard. One day, nine cruel evictions. How supersized inequality looks in the US. If you want to learn something about what’s driving America’s elections, take my advice.

One day, nine cruel evictions. How supersized inequality looks in the US

Sit out the TV screamathons. Block your ears to all talk about the size of Donald Trump’s … fingers. Instead, try what I did last week and spend a day watching people being evicted from their homes. Los Angeles plumbs new depths: City to crack down on tiny homes donated to homeless. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Los Angeles plumbs new depths: City to crack down on tiny homes donated to homeless

The Los Angeles housing crisis reached absurd new levels this month when city authorities began impounding and seizing tiny houses that were donated to homeless people to give them safe places to sleep. The 6-by-10 foot structures were built by Elvis Summers, a musician and south L.A. resident who told the L.A. Times he used to be homeless himself. San Francisco tech worker: 'I don't want to see homeless riff-raff' In only the latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population, one tech worker has declared the homeless are “riff raff” whose “pain, struggle and despair” shouldn’t have to be endured by “wealthy” people commuting to work.

San Francisco tech worker: 'I don't want to see homeless riff-raff'

It’s a familiar story. A male entrepreneur (some might even call him a “tech bro”) – flush with the sense of self-worth and self-satisfaction that comes from living and working in a city and industry that treats him and his friends as the most important and intelligent human beings ever to grace a metropolitan area with their presence – takes a moment to think about homelessness. Not content to wrinkle his nose and move on with his day, he types those thoughts out. He publishes them on the internet. And, there, with the click of a button, he enters the pantheon of infamous San Francisco tech bros. The residents of this amazing city no longer feel safe. 4 Things People Do That DON'T Help The Homeless. Homelessness is an important issue, and it’s one we should be talking about.

4 Things People Do That DON'T Help The Homeless

And yet it doesn’t get as much discussion as it should, probably because it makes people feel uncomfortable. Usually, people either try to ignore it (and the homeless folks themselves), or they feel that they are on the “right side” of the issue. Sleeping rough in Seattle: homeless crisis exposes dark side of hi-tech city. With its progressive politics and thriving tech industry, Seattle is a city with a swagger.

Sleeping rough in Seattle: homeless crisis exposes dark side of hi-tech city

Yet beneath the shiny surface, there is a darker side to America’s fourth richest city, the home to Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks. The past decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of homeless people – around 3,000 sleep rough, with thousands more in shelters and transitional housing. The search for a solution is dividing the city and pulling on its liberal heartstrings. After hearing that 47 homeless people had died on the streets last year, in November Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on the homeless crisis as he asked for more state and federal funding to tackle the problem. Last Tuesday, he made an impassioned, televised speech in which he called for Seattle to unite to solve the problem. Homeless people not welcome in airports as officials tighten rules. They’re warm.

Homeless people not welcome in airports as officials tighten rules

Safe. Open 24 hours. Accessible by public transportation. Uncrowded at night. Dallas Is Being Honored For Housing Poor People On Site Formerly Contaminated With Lead. The beautiful city of Dallas, TX recently got a big pat on the back from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Dallas Is Being Honored For Housing Poor People On Site Formerly Contaminated With Lead

Dailykos. The City of Angels has the largest population of homeless folks in the nation. And the problem is “chronic,” according to the LA Times. Chronic being defined as “disabled people who go without housing for a year, or who land in the street several times over three years.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban and Development says that more than 12,000 people call the streets of Los Angeles home. Courts Are Striking Back Against The Criminalization Of Homelessness. For the third time in as many months, a federal court has struck down a city’s panhandling ban for violating the First Amendment’s free speech protections.

The most recent case concerned an anti-panhandling ordinance in Grand Junction, Colorado, which outlawed “aggressive panhandling.” In a ruling handed down last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello declared that the law, which forbade panhandling after sunset and in a dozen locations around the city, was so broad that it impinged on constitutionally protected speech. The Grand Junction ruling came on the heels of similar decrees from federal appellate courts in the Midwest and Northeast. In September, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an ordinance in Portland, Maine that prohibited individuals from panhandling at intersection medians, while an August decision from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional a Springfield, Illinois ordinance that prohibited panhandling in the downtown area. In Quest To End Homelessness, Some Developers Are Going High-End.

A rendering of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Community Solutions hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Community Solutions. Tide Starts To Turn Against The 'Crime' Of Being Homeless. A homeless man who had been living in a large encampment in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu pushes his belongings away as city officials sweep the area on Oct. 8. Study Finds Surprising Solution To Homelessness. Quick, answer this: How does a city eliminate chronic homelessness? M.truthdig. The one percent’s ultimate hypocrisy: They won’t move into high-rent apartments because of the homeless displaced by high rents. Homeless Vets. London charity sending homeless to sleep on buses. Rental Assistance Can Do More to Help Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods. Where children grow up can influence their lifelong health and success, and improvements to federal rental assistance programs could substantially better their life outcomes, our new report explains.

Nearly 4 million children live in families that receive federal rental assistance. But just 15 percent of the kids whose families receive rent subsidies through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) three major rental assistance programs — the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, public housing, and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance — live in high-opportunity neighborhoods with access to good schools, safe streets, and high rates of employment.