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More Than Housing: One Person’s Voice

More Than Housing: Shon’s Equal Voice Story Shon Robertson is an activist, spoken word artist, and was once homeless. At the age of 8, Shon became a ward of the state, and at the age of 21, aged out of the system and into homelessness. Watch Shon’s video on how she survived homelessness, and is [...]
From Foreclosure to HomelessnessSAN FRANCISCO – “We have no more rooms available.” The motel clerk’s voice was steel-like, hitting a crescendo of disgust with the “n” of her “no”. My stomach muscles contracted, holding a breath that had nowhere to go as I stood with a now houseless, disabled, African descendent elder and foreclosure victim Kathy Galves, 67. [...]
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Superstorm Sandy Takes a Mother’s Home and LivelihoodAlthough Superstorm Sandy has passed, many people who lost their homes or businesses, such as this woman in Rockaway (Queens), New York, are still suffering from very serious damage, and wondering how they will ever recover. This small restaurant was without power, it was covered with mud throughout.  The refrigerator and all of the cooking [...]
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Narducci: Homelessness Directly Impacted MeCHICAGO – I never knew homelessness directly impacted me until I interned this fall at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. In high school, I experienced homelessness. Due to issues at home and changing schools, I often had to drift between my brother’s, sister’s and friends’ houses. I didn’t have a car, so physically to [...]
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In Seattle: A Haven and Hope for Kids on the StreetsSEATTLE ‒ The temperature is falling, and in Seattle, the leaves and rain are falling as well. Festive music fills storefronts, and there’s a buzz as the holidays approach and thoughts turn to home. But, for 22-year-old David – and more than 3 million other Americans who experience homelessness in a given year, including 1.3 [...]
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Cameron: One Day, Even You Might be HomelessCHICAGO – When I was five, my mom, my sisters and I, due to the burdens of debt and divorce, were evicted from our home.  I remember my mom saying that this is not a situation that happens in families like mine. Both my parents had graduated from a top college and received an MBA [...]
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Shattering Perceptions About Who is HomelessOften, homeless people are invisible, even though we may cross paths with them every day: the teenager leaving football practice.  A mother riding the bus with her daughter. A father watching his son finish a hamburger at a fast food restaurant.  An elderly woman reading a book in the neighborhood library. This week Equal Voice [...]
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Court of Appeals Win for Homeless People Protecting PossessionsLOS ANGELES  - In the spring of 2011, a Federal District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction preventing the city from seizing homeless people’s property unless it was abandoned, contraband, evidence of a crime or an immediate threat to public health or safety, and from destroying it unless it posed a threat. The City appealed that injunction, arguing basically that [...]
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Klippenstein: Changing the ‘Big Picture’ of HomelessnessCHICAGO – The reason that I chose to be a community organizing intern at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is because they organize and advocate to change the “big picture” of homelessness. I believe that in order to truly end homelessness we have to change the systems and institutions that create homelessness and make it [...]
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