Dover church looking to end criminalization of the homeless

DOVER, Del. – Saturday morning, dozens of people took the streets of Dover. Folks and community leaders chanting, “We want housing not handcuffs…we want housing not handcuffs.” This was all part of a justice walk organized by Victory Church, which is part of a larger campaign called “Housing Not Handcuffs”. Mark Harmon, the Lead Pastor at Victory Church, tells 47 … Read More

Panel to focus on local homelessness on MLK Day

BEVERLY — Religious leaders will put a spotlight on homelessness on the North Shore this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, exploring causes and possible solutions at a forum at the First Baptist Church in Beverly. A five-member panel including those who work to address homelessness, as well as those who have struggled with it, is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, … Read More

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Do Stronger Human Connections Immunise Us Against Emotional Distress? Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement: “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann … Read More

Connecticut ends ‘chronic homelessness.’ What does that mean?

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut reached a milestone Thursday in the effort to end homelessness. “As of the end of 2016, the end of the month of December; every verified, chronically homeless individual in the state of Connecticut had been matched with housing,” said Governor Malloy in making the big announcement at a gathering of homelessness advocates in Meriden today. … Read More

This Pasadena apartment complex is giving homeless families another chance

His deteriorating health sidelined him from his long-time job as a truck driver. His income bottomed out and then his marriage followed. The children stayed with their mother. Charles landed on the streets. By 2013, he was living in a truck parked usually somewhere in Altadena or Pasadena. He learned the streets less traveled by parking enforcement and woke up … Read More

Police Officer Strives To Practice ‘Patience And Love’

“I’m doing what’s called community outreach – or what I call ‘grass roots policing,’” says Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph. Officer Joseph has been working to create meaningful change for the population of that city’s infamous Skid Row, which serves as a community base for several thousand underprivileged, under served, and other at-risk transient or homeless … Read More

Student uses award for essay on helping homeless to do just that

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI — Writing an essay about Rosa Parks brought Pearl McFall more than a $500 prize. It brought her to downtown Grand Rapids’ homeless haunts on Christmas Eve. There she handed out 22 gift bags filled with warm socks and food to people stamping their feet in the deep snow and frigid air. While … Read More