6-year-old gave up birthday party to feed the homeless instead

One Chicago kindergartner wanted to feed the homeless instead of throw a birthday party. Armani Crews, who turned 6 earlier this month, had been begging her parents for “a few months” to feed homeless people in her community, but her parents thought “she was joking,” her mother, Artesha Crews, told ABC News. “I said, ‘OK, we’ll make some sandwiches,’ to … Read More

Hamilton homeless shelter gets help from electrical union

HAMILTON- The “Serve City” homeless shelter in Hamilton wasn’t merely giving assistance Saturday to poor families. On this weekend, and other recent days, members of the local electric union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 648 were volunteering their help to Serve City itself by installing energy-efficient LED lights. About 90 light-emitting-diode fixtures were installed in the shelter at 622 … Read More

Group Crocheting Sleeping Mats for Homeless

Members of the Winnecook Christian Church in Burnham are using recycling as a creative way to help the homeless. Mercy MATters, the group created by Kathryn Miller, is crocheting sleeping mats for the homeless entirely out of plastic bags. One mat takes five hundred to seven hundred plastics bags and is bug and water resistant. Miller, who found the idea … Read More

This Intel executive once was homeless

Intel executive Diane Bryant remembers it as a defining moment in her life. Four months before graduating from Bella Vista High School, she was forced to move out of her family home in Fair Oaks. She had turned 18 in February 1980, and her father had made it clear to her and her older sister that once they were legal … Read More

SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help people experiencing homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) totaling up to $47.5 million over the course of five years. The program’s purpose is to support the development and/or expansion of community infrastructures that integrate behavioral health treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring mental … Read More

Alpha Phi Omega collects menstrual hygiene products for local homeless community

While the homeless population has decreased since last year, it’s not uncommon to see a handful of people experiencing homelessness around Florida State University’s campus and down Tennessee Street. In Leon County alone, the homeless population is nearing 800 and it’s still a pressing issue. Homeless individuals worry about many basic aspects of living; finding places to eat, sleep and … Read More

South Bend Businesses are finding solutions for homelessness downtown

SOUTH BEND — Business owners in South Bend are taking the next step in trying to solve homelessness in the city. They’re confiding in a homeless solutions consultant to help. Tom Rebman, with Homeless and Hungry, has helped cities like Daytona Beach, Orlando and even Elkhart with their homeless problem. Now, he’s looking to the community to help with the … Read More

Weston-super-Mare teen overcomes homelessness and drugs to become youth worker

A Weston-super-Mare teenager who overcame homelessness, drugs and an eating disorder, has been inspired to pursue a career in youth work. Chelsea Bell, 19, ended up homeless following a family breakdown, her life spiraled into drug addiction, and she also became dangerously anorexic. She was battling a vicious circle of no money, no education, and no prospects, when she was … Read More

This Beatboxer Overcame Homelessness To Become A Broadway Star

There’s only one way to meet Chesney Snow for the first time. You have to see him in his element. That’s how I met him back in December, when I saw “In Transit” during its previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre. I had no idea what to expect from the play, but I knew it was centered around … Read More

Tearful families share stories of homelessness at the State House

BOSTON (WWLP) – Tears at the State House. Dozens of advocates and state lawmakers listened as homeless families shared stories of desperation. Elizabeth Crawford told 22News her family slept beneath a bridge before they could qualify for emergency shelter. “You have to show documents that you’re living in the streets to be able to get housing for your kids, but … Read More