Volunteers hand out cups of soup at the 2017 Souperfest put on by the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. Courtesy of Greg Lessard Ending homelessness in a community like Concord requires commitment, time and a wide range of talents and skills. For those who would like to be part of that effort, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will hold a volunteer information session next Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Common Man restaurant in Concord. CCEH staff and volunteers will describe the many ways that individuals, service organizations, houses of worship and companies can help the coalition eradicate homelessness in Greater Concord. Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be plenty of time to talk with CCEH staff and volunteers to learn more about specific volunteer roles, projects and events. “The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness could not have the impact we have without our fabulous, dedicated volunteers,” said CCEH … [Read more...] about Coalition to hold info session at Common Man on ending homelessness in Concord
James Randall joined the Army at 18, was deployed to the Middle East and came home an alcoholic. His addiction led to his being discharged not only from the Army, but into the streets. He was homeless for two years, sometimes in a drug-induced psychosis, and was arrested more than 20 times. After his last arrest, he chose to go to King County Regional Veterans Court, which required that he be in treatment. Only then did the idea of recovery cross his mind. “It had to be my choice,” Randall said of going into treatment. “But the resources had to be offered.” That should give all of us pause. We are a city in crisis, and are raising millions upon millions of dollars to “end homelessness.” But I worry that our focus is too much on buildings — and not enough on rebuilding the addicted lives that lay shattered before us on sidewalks, overpasses and shelters. The other day, the city announced plans for a $46 million complex to house 94 homeless … [Read more...] about Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery
Thanks to an infusion of philanthropic cash, the city and its iTeam embark on a new effort By Mike Clark-Madison, Fri., Aug. 24, 2018 Tweet print write a letter A homeless camp on Ninth Street "It didn't used to be like this," says Judy, who last lived on the street back in the Eighties. "I was having a grand adventure being homeless, and I was having fun and had guys taking care of me. My significant other at the time didn't think rent was an important thing." He was also using heroin, and eventually Judy and her 18-month-old baby left for a year or so in the shelter-and-services system of the early Nineties, and then luckily got into housing via Section 8 that she's been in for 24 years. But now, "new managers have taken over, we're seeing the regentrification again, and I'm not secure at all. Now it's out of my hands, and I'm scared I'll be homeless again." Judy met her current partner Bill, who has spent the last six years on the streets and in treatment and briefly in … [Read more...] about Austin’s Next Shot at Ending Homelessness
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Maureen C. Gilmer Indianapolis Star Published 5:45 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 If you've spent any time in Downtown Indianapolis, you've seen them. The city's homeless sit — and often sleep — on the sidewalks, under bridges, in alleys. Whether afflicted by mental illness, addiction, poverty or abuse, the people living on the street rely on the kindness of strangers and outreach workers who try to connect them with health care, veterans' benefits, food and shelter. Now comes a plan to end the city's chronic homelessness by 2023. Led by the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP) and the city of Indianapolis, the initiative is the result of more than a year of collaboration among multiple partners. The plan's cost isn't yet clear and backers intend to seek financing through various public and private sources, but it mirrors efforts in other U.S. cities in its focus on finding more permanent … [Read more...] about Indianapolis has a 5-year plan to end homelessness. Here’s what it looks like.