homelessness
Living on Her Own
“This was nothing new to me,” Glenda said. When she moved into Calvary Women’s Services, it was not the first time she had been homeless. She was not surprised by the “house rules” at Calvary, like abiding by a curfew and maintaining a clea…
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“Your Health” Class Keeps it Real
During a Monday afternoon nutrition class, two volunteer instructors emphasized, “Today’s lesson is not about extremes, but finding the ‘in-between.’” This guidance on being practical and realistic is what makes “Your Health” such a ben…
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Looking at Homelessness in DC
If you live in Washington, DC, you probably encounter homelessness on a regular basis. Maybe you see someone sleeping on a bench in a public park, read a story online about a new housing initiative, or purchase a Street Sense newspaper on your way to…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“The 288,000 figure for April was the best monthly increase since January 2012.” U.S. Payrolls Gained 288,000 Jobs In April, Jobless Rate Falls to 6.3% (New York Times) “From Regina, a veteran who now builds houses for people in need, to Lane,…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“The SAMHSA paper comes amid increasing scrutiny of the ability of America’s health care system to handle issues of mental illness.” Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Suffers From Mental Illness Each Year (Newsweek) “In the year since revealing his sec…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“According to their agreement, half of excess surplus funds will go to the Housing Production Trust Fund, the city’s primary mechanism for building and maintaining affordable housing.” Affordable Housing Could be the Big Winner in D.C.’s…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“Something is deeply wrong here, and we need to step back, take a look and listen.” Petula Dvorak: Devastating toll of mental illness demands our attention (Washington Post) “Even as the United States as a whole makes steady progress in its fig…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“The minimum wage in the District would increase to $11.50 per hour by 2016 under a bill approved by a D.C. Council committee Monday afternoon.” D.C. Council committee passes minimum wage increase (Washington Business Journal) “The months seem…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“Gray has pledged $100 million to create or preserve 10,000 affordable housing units by 2020.” D.C. affordable housing plans from Vincent Gray (WJLA) “Nationwide, states have cut spending for treating mental illness in the past decade, resultin…
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Friday Round-Up: This Week in the News
“Under the program, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, a family of four that gets $668 per month in benefits will find that amount cut by $36.” 47M Americans hit by food stamp cuts, starting tod…
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