ROCKFORD — The coroner’s office says nearly 3,000 people in Winnebago County died within the last year. 45 of them were part of the area’s homeless population. That’s according to Carpenter’s Place, a non-profit homeless shelter in Rockford. A small wood-panelled room tucked away inside Carpenter’s Place overflowed with people last week. The crowd was mourning for the homeless people in the community who passed in 2018. Some who were remembered were recently housed but were still receiving services from local agencies. “Anybody that’s there, it just kind of helps you sit back and look and think we can do better,” said Kay Larrick, the executive director of Carpenter’s Place. She said organizers wanted to make sure everyone was remembered. Larrick said the number of homeless people who died is similar to previous years. By comparison, the Stephenson County and DeKalb County coroner’s office said they’ve seen zero … [Read more...] about Rockford mourns at vigil for homeless
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Aribbon of exhaust trails traffic down Hiawatha Avenue. Drivers with windows cracked in the late summer heat stare at the line of tents staked taut across the strip of lawn between a retaining wall and the road. Heads turn, hands gesture. “It’s embarrassing for me to be here,” says T.T. as she hugs a knee to her chest on a welcome mat woven from plastic bags at the mouth of her tent. “This is the lowest I’ve ever been in my life.” She’s 33 years old, the familial backbone to three young daughters, her aging parents, and a 26-year-old sister with cerebral palsy. All seven live together beneath a blue canvas canopy, sleeping in a nest of bedding and clothes arranged so neatly that the narrow dome feels spacious. (T.T. asked not to be identified for fear Child Protection would come for her children.) Nine months ago, she had an apartment near Bossen Field Park. Winter showers filled the building with the reek of microbial rot. While workers … [Read more...] about The wall of forgotten Natives: Inside Minneapolis’ largest homeless encampment
1 of 8 View 8 Items James Wooldridge, Deseret News The Rio Grande Hotel in Salt Lake City helps low-income and formerly homeless people get back on their feet by providing small, affordable rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens, pictured on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Related Links Utah officials: $7.7 million assessed value of Road Home property likely too high Report: More found unsheltered in 2018 count, but first-time homelessness trending down in Utah New doc putting human face on homelessness to air in Utah From van to apartment: Utah family of 7 shares desperate struggle for a home Utah city complains of pain from tax shift to fund homeless SALT LAKE CITY — It’s not what was inside his room that Jeff Stant was most grateful for — not the bug-free bed, the clean sink, the personal minifridge or the second-story window view of the street outside. It was the door locked behind him. Living at a shelter in downtown … [Read more...] about U.S. cities used to have low-rent, short-term, dorm-style housing. Is that what Utah’s homeless need?
After the shuttering of a temporary homeless shelter in Newark on one of the hottest days of the year, the city has reopened the extreme weather facility through the end of the summer. The shelter at 224 Sussex Avenue was originally opened to protect homeless residents temporarily during extreme, extended winter, but Newark officials pushed for it remain open past its original closure date in March. On July 2, though, the program ran out of funding, and the facility that was then providing shelter from the summer heat shuttered. Officials have since sought private funding, and on Friday, the businesses stepped in to help the homeless in the city. Newark homeless plead with city to keep temporary shelter open The facility, which is operated by a private sheltering organization, will reopen and house the residents until August 31 with financial support from United Airlines, PSEG, RWJBarnabas Health, Prudential/NJ Devils and … [Read more...] about With private funding, Newark reopens temporary homeless shelter
Mayoral candidates face hurdle of housing homeless who resist moving inside By Kevin Fagan May 6, 2018 Updated: May 6, 2018 6:11pm Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 A homeless man sits with an umbrella on Powell Street in January. A homeless man sits with an umbrella on Powell Street in January. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle Image 2 of 3 Amber Fina, who is homeless, wipes rain from her face before taking shelter with her dog, Ganja, at the Burger King on Grove Street in January. Amber Fina, who is homeless, wipes rain from her face before taking shelter with her dog, Ganja, at the Burger King on Grove Street in January. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Image 3 of 3 Mayoral candidates differ on how to help homeless … [Read more...] about Mayoral candidates face hurdle of housing homeless who resist moving inside