Girl ignores homeless man to pose for a photo, causes a worldwide stir - www.houseless.org




Image: Rich Michalowski/Facebook

Tourist selfie taken in Los Angeles sparks debate about homelessness and empathy


A picture of a young woman posing in front of a mural on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, has gone viral, not only for what it does show, but also for what it doesn't — empathy

The image that is getting Internet users so riled up was taken by estate agent and Silver Lake resident Rich Michalowski, who posted it to his Facebook page on Sunday with the caption, "Really?"
It shows the woman getting her photo taken by a companion, with her hands outstretched and a beaming smile on her face, in front of the mural by artist and author Dallas Clayton, which invites people to "stand here and think about someone you love." Also in the shot, lying at her feet, is a homeless man.
Really?
Posted by Rich Michalowski on Sunday, 6 March 2016
Whoever she was thinking about it wasn't the man on the ground behind her.

"The photographer was directing the woman on where to stand, how to pose and suggested she take off her jacket," Michalowski told website TakePart. "At one point the photographer directed her to move closer to the homeless man so she could center the photo. They were still at it when I drove away. [sic]"


Most people have condemned the two women for taking the photo.

"There's a certain amount of irony involved in posing for a warm fuzzy picture while trying not to stand on a homeless man's head," wrote Patrick Morris on Facebook.

However some have defended the women. "When there is a homeless man in front of the grocery store camped out asking you for money… most people still walk right by and do their shopping… so I am not going to be pissed at these girls for wanting an instagram photo," wrote Crystal White-VanCleemput.

The artist Dallas Clayton told TakePart that he "felt sorry for everyone involved" when he saw the picture.

"It's unfortunate that any person would have to sleep on the street. It's unfortunate that someone could be so disconnected that they would step over someone to take a photograph and also it's unfortunate that the spectacle of documenting this is easier to discuss and comment on than the root issue is to solve," he wrote in an email to the website.

Clayton also made an important point about how society as a whole treats the homeless. "I think a lot of people want to judge others when they are in situations like this — make comments like 'this is what's wrong with the world,' but I don't assume the girls in the photo are cruel or terrible people who hate the homeless or think themselves better," he wrote. "I just imagine there to be a disconnect, likely a systemic disconnect that allows someone to move through the day like that."

This photo many have been taken in L.A. but homelessness is an issue across the world. Think about how many homeless people you see on the streets of every U.K. city. Will Michalowski's image make you think twice about ignoring them?

"If it takes this photograph for you to realise [sic] that [a disparity between the haves and the have nots exists] I don't imagine you've been paying attention to society as a whole for the past fifty or sixty years," Clayton wrote on his Facebook page. He also announced that he would be giving 100 percent of the proceeds from a new range of illustrations to an organisation that helps the homeless.



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3 teens held in Albuquerque homeless killings [VIDEO/Pics] - www.Houseless.org


Jul. 21, 2014 12:19 AM ET

(AP) — Three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable, Albuquerque police said Sunday.

Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, are being held in Bernalillo County detention facilities a day after allegedly killing the victims in an open field, police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

A criminal complaint filed by police says Rios has been charged with two counts each of murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of tampering with evidence and robbery.

The younger boys will likely be charged with murder as adults, Drobik said. The Associated Press is withholding their names because of their age.

"I personally, after reading that complaint, was sick to my stomach because of the nature of the violence and the age of the offenders," Drobik said.

Officers responded Saturday around 8 a.m. to a 911 call reporting two bodies in a field. They found one victim lying on a mattress and another lying on the ground. Jerome Eskeets, a third victim who said he was able to flee, was hospitalized for his injuries.

Eskeets told police that he recognized one of the "kids" hitting and kicking him as someone who lived in a house nearby. Police went to the home and found the three suspects, according to the complaint. The homeowner identified the 15 and 16-year-old as his children and Rios as a friend who had spent the night.
Investigators say in the complaint that blood on the waist band of 15-year-old's shorts triggered further investigating and interviews with all three.
 
Rios told investigators he acted as a lookout while the other boys attacked both men with bricks, sticks and a metal fence pole. He said the victims were struck all over, including in the face and chest.

The younger suspects, however, told police that Rios also took part in the attacks. Both boys said they wanted to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob.

Both describe how all three covered their faces with black T-shirts before walking over to the victims, who were lying down. Then the trio allegedly used various objects to attack the men, including cinder blocks. According to the 15-year-old, they all took turns picking up cinder blocks over their heads and smashing them into the men's faces more than 10 times.

The suspects said after the attack, they took one victim's driver's license and debit card. The license was found in the teens' home, police said.

According to the 15-year-old, all three have previously attacked homeless people around Albuquerque. Police are now going to look into open cases involving attacks on transients to see if they are related, Drobik said.

Meanwhile, investigators have not yet officially confirmed the identities of the two victims. Their transient background and the severity of their injuries have made identifying them somewhat difficult, Drobik said.
The department is asking anyone in the homeless community with information to get in touch with them. Drobik said any transients uncomfortable approaching police can also contact them through any social service agency.

"Just please come forward," Drobik said.


Just a note:
Social services organizations share information willingly with law enforcement kinda as friends and keep this hidden from those struggling. In their mind, they think they are helping, but in reality, they are only looking after their own business of "HELP". Not all will do this, but more and more take part i such free willy sharing without the "Rule of Law" to safeguard the privacy of those who are struggling.

"The HOUSELESS" are being targeted, but who can they go to? All too many 501 (c) (3) "HELP" business are in it for just that, business.

The "Protect and Serve" agencies are no longer for all citizens as it is being proven in the daily struggles of citizens in the United States. If a person fails to have funds and/or money, then right away police in the US either look to criminalize those who are "The Houseless" or run them out of town by any and all means possible. Yes, many of these so called "Protect and Serve" employees are followers of some sort of faith, but they show by their evil they don't believe even the version of faith they follow.

Most religious organizations WILL look the other way and even take steps to rid you of their neighborhoods, instead of being righteous in accordance with Scripture, not versions thereof.

So for most who fall into becoming "The Houseless", it quite more scary out there than most can even imagine. So, unplug yourself from your fantasy world and get involved in real time with those about you.

Please don't hate them, nor disregard them, for all are human and worth spending time to understand: "how"; "why", "when" ... .


Mikhael Love, IIO




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Three teens admit beating two homeless men to death with bricks in sickening attack after attacking DOZENS of other transients

  • The three teens admitted to bashing the homeless men's faces in with cinder blocks and metal fence poles, police said

  • Hardened police on the job for decades were disturbed by the grisly crimes

  • One of the teens also told police they had beaten about 50 other transients in the past year


Three teenagers admitted beating two homeless men to death with bricks, cinder blocks and other hard objects so badly that the crime scene disturbed even veteran cops, authorities said.

Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16 and Gilbert Tafoya, 15, are being held in Bernalillo County detention facilities after allegedly killing the helpless victims Saturday in an open field, police said.

'I personally, after reading that complaint, was sick to my stomach because of the nature of the violence and the age of the offenders,' police spokesperson Simon Drobik said.

The accused: Alex Rios, 18 - www.Houseless.org
The accused: Alex Rios, 18 has been charged with murder in the twin killings

The accused: Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, has been charged with murder in the twin killings

Admitted killer: Police say Gilbert Tafoya admitted to the killings, and also to beating about 50 other transients in the city over the past year

The names of the two men savagely beaten to death have not been released. But a third man, Jerome Eskeets, escaped the brutal beatdown and lived to tell his story.

Eskeets told police the teens covered their faces with t-shirts and beat him and the two other victims with bricks, a metal fence pole and sticks.

All three victims suffered injuries to their entire bodies, including their faces - which were left unrecognizable, police said.

Where it happened: The empty Albuquerque lot where the three teens beat the homeless men to death

Officers responded Saturday around 8 a.m. to a 911 call reporting two bodies in a field. They found one victim lying on a mattress and another lying on the ground. Eskeets was hospitalized for his injuries.

Eskeets told police that he recognized one of the 'kids' hitting and kicking him as someone who lived in a nearby house. 

Police soon found the three suspects at the home, according to the complaint, and quickly noticed blood in the waistband of Tafoya's shorts.

Both Tafoya and Carrillo are brothers, the homeowner told police. Rios was identified as a friend who had slept over the previous night.

Investigators soon interviewed all three boys and learned the awful truth of what happened.

Rios told investigators he acted as a lookout while the other boys callously attacked the homeless, beating them to a bloody pulp.

The younger suspects, however, told police that Rios also took part in the attacks. Both boys said they wanted to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob.

Tafoya said they approached the suspect with their faces covered by t-shirts. They then raised the cinder blocks up over their heads and smashed the homeless men in the face at least 10 times each with the blocks, authorities said.

Carrillo and Tafoya admitted they took one victim's driver's license and debit card. The license was found in the teens' home, police said.

Tafoya also admitted to police they have previously attacked about 50 other homeless people around the city in the past year, KOB reported.
"There are often homeless people around here; they come and sleep in the shade,' Matthew Sierra, told the Albuquerque Journal. 'It hurt business for a little while. But there hasn’t been anything like this in the three years we’ve been here."

"Who failed these kids? How did they get to this point?" Drobik asked KRQE. "I mean, I was sick to my stomach. Homicide had a hard time dealing with this. They were there for 18 hours just putting it together. It’s just unbelievable."
Investigators said they are now going to look into open cases involving attacks on transients to see if they are relate.

"We want to bring justice to everybody who was attacked by these individuals,' Drobik continued. 'They may have been boasting that they’ve attacked 50 people but, that’s what they told us and, specifically transients."

Authorities have yet to officially confirmed the identities of the two victims. Their transient background and the severity of their injuries have made identifying them somewhat difficult, Drobik said.

The department is asking anyone in the homeless community with information to get in touch with them. Drobik said any transients uncomfortable approaching police can also contact them through any social service agency.

'Just please come forward,' Drobik said.

Rios has been charged with two counts each of murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count each of tampering with evidence and robbery.

Carrillo and Tafoya have also been charged with murder - as adults.

All three are currently in custody.

On the scene: Police comb the lot for evidence Sunday after two homeless men were beaten to death only hours earlier

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"The Houseless" seem to get targeted for nothing more than being unable to stay hidden

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Emily and her children via Invisible People [VIDEO] - www.Houseless.org


Emily has a Home it's her family, but she is missing a House!

Below is yet another story about a family who find themselves at the mercy of a system in the United States of America that often shuns its own citizens for  nothing more than falling on hard times.

Life is quite good for many in the USA, but for many, praying for a roof over ones head and food to eat becomes the major focus of survival. Sure there are many, many so-called not for profits in the business of HELP, but who do they actually serve? For many it's their business interest of keeping real estate, pensions and/or some sort of tax benefit. Others do it for the correct reasons, but don't favour as well.

The sad part of people having to live as Emily and her children, is that the United States of America claims itself as a "Christian" nation, but for this to be true and actual, the only ones without a place to lay their head, have food to eat and a life for them, would be those who willingly choose the "Houseless" way of life. Perhaps the saddest part is that the USA is not, in fact, a real life practicing nation that follows the one called "Christo".  

Pray and if you can, search out this family and/or others such as Emily and her children and do what is natural and correct, HELP!

Mikhael Love, IIO



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Emily and her children


Emily and her husband live in a hotel near St Louis with their 4 kids and another one on the way.  When we walked in Emily  was giving her son a “time out” by sending him to the bathroom. There is no other room.  There is no privacy. My heart broke while visiting with Emily and her children. You can feel the nonstop stress this young mother must experience.

Emily’s husband lost his job. They then bounced around family until their car broke down and they ended up at this hotel. That was almost a year ago.

Living in weekly rate hotels often becomes a strap. It’s $1,000 a month to live there, which is often just most people’s paycheck. Emily’s husband is now back working and they have been lucky enough to save up some money, yet with an eviction on their record – finding a house or apartment to rent can be challenging.

Special thanks to Paul Kruse.

For more stories from Invisible People go here: http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/category/face-and-voice-of-homelessness/


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Albuquerque, New Mexico Police execute "Houseless" Man for Illegal Camping - www.Houseless.org



"Protect & Serve" Officers, OOPS let's get it correct, MURDERERS Dominque Perez and Kieth Sandy. (APD)


Not a day goes past that from the East coast to the West coast, North and South, somewhere in the United States of America those who can least afford, or at many times, are undeserving of being harassed, abused, stolen from, deceived, looked over and/or "Pimped" by the system of "Help" in the USA and/or in this case, murdered by POLICE (Protect and Serve).


Mr. James M. Boyd with his hands up. Just look at the fire power for "The Houseless".

The following articles are about 38-year-old James M. Boyd who was fatally wounded (MURDERED) by Albuquerque police in the Sandia Foothills on Sunday, 16 march, 2014. Mr. Boyd, although apparently having some run-ins with police and being described as having mental issues, wasn't given any due process to prove himself innocent. Instead, he was gunned down by well equipped soldiers of the growing "USA Police State" where if you don't comply they way these nasty, demanding, controllers of humans demand, they apparently have no problems sleeping after murdering those who they deem worthless. Some of the police who took part in murdering Mr. Boyd have corrupt past themselves. So why are these nasty, murderous minded people on the "Protect & Serve" citizen paid for force?

WHY?

Mr. Boyd hasn't been the first "Houseless" person to be executed or have a life turned into dust by those who are of the system (business) of "HELP" and/or "Protect & Serve", but few are ever made known to the public for the very simple reason that the damage caused by those falsely presenting to the world of being righteous is controlled. Sometimes though, the evil forced upon another can't be contained.

A personal experience of mine comes from the Department of State & out of Dandridge, Tenn. where those you seek out to help when in need didn't, but they didn't go as far to murder. Instead they did what they could bringing more suffering in hopes that their victim would resort to taking ones' own life or die along the way. That never happened and this TRUTH is coming their way and to you!

It's shocking as well with who it involves and how over $190,00.00 of assets went wrongly into hands of the greedy. Also, the way out #Corruption within the Department of State. Jefferson County,TN "Protect and Serve" employees abused their jobs & the trust of others only to take advantage of a victim with just stopping short of MURDERING the victim.

This horrible ordeal is coming, so please don't be distracted away from Mr. James M. Boyd being murdered by some of the same "Protect & Serve".



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Shock Video: Albuquerque Cops Open Fire on Man for Illegally Camping

APD stands by its use of force, while others label the shooting “murder”

Adan Salazar
Infowars.com
March 24, 2014

You can add one more item to the list of things that will potentially get you killed by police: illegal camping.

New Mexico police are standing by their decision to shoot and kill 38-year-old homeless man James M. Boyd, who last Sunday made the ill-fated decision to shack up in the Sandia foothills due east of Albuquerque.


“Boyd was arguing with police for more [than] three hours last Sunday in the foothills after officers went to talk to him about illegally camping in open space,” reports KRQE.

But police soon grew weary of attempting to peacefully resolve the issue with the transient, who was approached as he was sleeping, and resorted instead to lobbing a flash-bang grenade, then firing a cascade of bullets as the man turned to escape, dispatching the supposed threat within a matter of seconds.
The Albuquerque Journal picks up the story:
The shots come after a confrontation in which the man, identified as 38-year-old James Boyd, tells police he’s going to walk down the mountain with them.
“Don’t change up the agreement,” Boyd says. “I’m going to try to walk with you.”
He tells officers he’s not a murderer.
Boyd picks up his belongings and appears ready to walk down toward officers. An officer fires a flash-bang device, which disorients Boyd.
Boyd appears to pull out knives in both hands as an officer with a dog approaches him. He makes a threatening motion toward the officer, then starts to turn around away from police.
That’s when shots ring out, and Boyd hits the ground. Blood can be seen on the rocks behind him.
After being rendered motionless, and even though the man can be heard moaning, “Please don’t hurt me,” and, “I can’t move,” APD officers proceed to fire beanbag rounds at Boyd, and sic their canine on him before stepping on his hand to make him release two small knives prior to handcuffing him.

Screen capture from helmet cam footage shows Call of Duty-style POV and similar military tactics used to engage non-violent “threat.”

Police are convinced they were justified in killing Boyd and said they relied on various non-lethal methods before they opened fire with live ammo.

“Do I believe it was justified shooting? Yes, if you follow case law, ‘Garner versus Tennessee’, there was directed threat to an officer,” APD police chief Gordon Eden commented, citing a Supreme Court case which ruled that police can shoot a fleeing suspect who they believe “poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”

Meanwhile, APD’s release of helmet cam footage of the incident, which they say clearly shows Boyd posed a significant threat, is instead being regarded as a clear indication that the man was murdered in cold blood for a non-violent offense.

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“I’m shocked. I’ve never seen a murder captured on videotape before,” attorney Joe Kennedy told KRQE. “This is… I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”

“There was another way to approach this whole situation that didn’t have to result in someone dying,” Peter Simonson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, said. “We need a trustworthy investigation of incidents like this.”

Simonson says Boyd’s case should be considered in the Department of Justice investigation of Albuquerque PD for its use of force tactics.

Police are still waiting on a medical investigator to determine Boyd’s precise cause of death. In the meantime, the officers who opened fire on Boyd are on leave.

Watch Alex Jones’ special report on the out of control militarization of America’s police forces.




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YouTube pranksters in Ohio bring Heartwarming Pizzas to "The Houseless" (Pics/VIDEO) - www.Houseless.org


It's always touching when others actually do what's righteous or at least try to do such. The accompanying article shares a bit of at least two people who ventured to bring comfort to "The Houseless" of a Lewis Center, Ohio town.

Some aren't so fortunate, and even more are often taken advantage of such circumstances as being "The Houseless"

This became the situation when Kirk Sinclair - self professing himself as "The Hiking Humanitarian" - not only didn't keep to his verbal agreement with "The Houseless", but refused to be righteous with being responsible for damages to The Houselesses property that Cindy Sinclair - Kirk's wife - damaged.  What ever the views Kirk Sinclair has - staunch left wing Democrat/esoteric agenda supporter -, if someone is claiming to be a "humanitarian", then shouldn't that person at least "be about it" without abusing "The Houseless" just because Kirks' false, misleading and/or erroneous views aren't accepted and/or supported? Or is that in Kirk Sinclairs' world of humanitarian efforts, there will be those who are pushed aside, not treated in a humanitarian way, left for dead ... just because of not supporting an unclean agenda that WILL have causalities?

But, it not only turned out to be Kirk Sinclair that was all the hurtful to "The Houseless". Town officials, as well as, relatives, religious members and some of the towns people put on good faces to promote themselves and/or the town of Norfolk, Conn. to outsiders only for profit/gain/control. The shocking truth of DECEPTION within Norfolk, Conn. is coming. More here: http://norfolk-now.houseless.net

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Little did a pizza parlor owner know that when he handed over the restaurant keys, his friends were about to “prank” him in a way that’s seriously hard to be mad about.

Roman Atwood, a YouTube prankster, and his buddies convinced the owner of Wholly Joe’s Chicago Eatery, located in Lewis Center, Ohio, that one of them had left a wallet inside and that they needed the key to enter after hours.

While they told Joe they would be in and out, three hours later they had made 30 pizzas, left money for them on the counter and were off to a homeless shelter for an impromptu pizza party.

Pranksters tricked their pizza shop-owning friend into giving them the keys. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Three hours later, they had made 30 pizzas. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Don’t worry, they paid for it. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Some of a pizza went to a faith mission that houses homeless overnight. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Some of the pizzas were distributed to those in need on the streets. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

“Give him some love for being such a good sport!” the YouTube video’s description requested for their unwitting pizza benefactor, Joe.

“What happened last night?” Joe says in the video after arriving at the restaurant the next day. “All I see at the register is a stack of money, a note saying I fed the homeless… And what the heck, I don’t understand what you guys did.”

Watch the video:

Full version of the "prank"

An earlier "Feeding The Homeless Prank":

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UPDATE: Glen James: Boston "Houseless" man disproves stereotype by returning cash, checks & property he found (Pics/VIDEO) - www.Houseless.org


UPDATE: Glen James: Boston "Houseless" man disproves stereotype by returning cash, checks & property he found (Pics/VIDEO)


There are a great many good people in the United States of America who are actually about being "Humanitarian" without ever needing to have such a title placed on them. many who self profess to be "Humanitarian" in reality are just talkers and not doers, unless of course, for some agenda that serves the select few of the group.

It always seems to turn out that those who actually care, do so because they actually are  and aren't just for an agenda; a "pat on the back"; a job and/or something for ones self.

Thanks to all those who are willing to be "REAL humanitarians" without being known as such.

Earlier information related to Glen James:

Glen James: Boston "Houseless" man disproves stereotype by returning cash, checks & property he found (Pics/VIDEO) - www.Houseless.org


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Honesty pays off for homeless Boston man

 "James said a medical condition made it hard for him to work, but God had always looked after him", reports Pia Harold

Donations of more than $110,000 (£67,000) have poured in from across the US for a Boston homeless man who returned a lost bag with $42,000 in it.

Glen James alerted police after he found the backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques last weekend, and the bag's owner was then tracked down.

A complete stranger later started an online fund for Mr James after reading media reports about his honesty.

The man, Ethan Whittington, now plans to meet Mr James to give him the money.


This isn't only about rewarding a great guy. I think it's a statement to everyone in America”
Ethan Whittington Fund starter

Mr Whittington, who lives in Midlothian, Virginia, said he was so overwhelmed by Mr James' honesty that he decided to start the fund.

"The fact that he's in the situation he is, being homeless, it blew my mind that he would do this,'' Mr Whittington was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

He said his idea of starting donations on a crowdfunding website for Mr James "caught on like wildfire ever since".

"It's brought me a lot of hope. This isn't only about rewarding a great guy. I think it's a statement to everyone in America.

"If we come together and work toward one thing and work together, then we can make it happen."

Meanwhile, Mr James, a former Boston courthouse employee, said that he would not have kept "even a penny" of the money he had found in the backpack - even if he were desperate.



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Boston: Honest Homeless Man Fund Tops $100k

9:04am UK, Friday 20 September 2013

A Good Samaritan who returned a backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques is rewarded with donations from the public.

 

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Video: Poor Man's Honesty Makes Him Rich

A fund established to help a homeless man who returned a lost backpack containing more than $42,000 (£26,000) has raised almost $110,000 (£68,500).

Boston man Glen James, 54, spoke to police after he found the backpack containing $2,400 (£1,500) in cash and nearly $40,000 (£25,000) in traveller's cheques at the South Bay Mall.

The man who lost the backpack told workers at a nearby store and they called police, who later returned the backpack to him.

Virginia resident Ethan Whittington read media accounts of Mr James' honesty and started a fund for him on a crowd-funding website.

The fund has since raised more than $100,000, including $182 (£114) of pocket money saved up by two young children.

The Boston Police Department publicly thanked Mr James, saying his actions were "a remarkable tribute to him and his honesty".

Mr James said in a statement: "Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found.

"I am extremely religious. God has always very well looked after me."



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In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home (Pics) - www.Houseless.org



The front page of today’s New York Times has a powerful article about the rising number of working New Yorkers who become "The Houseless" – the result of NYC’s worsening affordability crisis and failed Bloomberg policies.

Take notice citizens of the United States of America and all about the world, The New York Times finally comes forth to let you know - since you don't seem to trust us - that being "The Houseless" doesn't necessarily need to have you all stereotype us as: mentally ill; poor financial handlers; poor relationship intermingle people and so forth.

Is the trend reaching out into other areas, or are other areas pushing out those who fall victim to decayed society and/or profit/gain/control?

WELL?

How will you rate when and if you fall victim to society at hand?

WELL?

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In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home


Alpha Manzueta, who has lived in a homeless shelter for three years, says she feels “stuck.” 
Michael Nagle for The New York Times

On many days, Alpha Manzueta gets off from one job at 7 a.m., only to start her second at noon. In between she goes to a place she’s called home for the last three years — a homeless shelter.

“I feel stuck,” said Ms. Manzueta, 37, who has a 2 ½-year-old daughter and who, on a recent Wednesday, looked crisp in her security guard uniform, waving traffic away from the curb at Kennedy International Airport. “You try, you try and you try and you’re getting nowhere. I’m still in the shelter.” 

Alpha Manzueta holds two security guard jobs, one at Kennedy Airport.
Michael Nagle for The New York Times

With New York City’s homeless population in shelters at a record high of 50,000, a growing number of New Yorkers punch out of work and then sign in to a shelter, city officials and advocates for the homeless say. More than one out of four families in shelters, 28 percent, include at least one employed adult, city figures show, and 16 percent of single adults in shelters hold jobs. 

Mostly female, they are engaged in a variety of low-wage jobs as security guards, bank tellers, sales clerks, computer instructors, home health aides and office support staff members. At work they present an image of adult responsibility, while in the shelter they must obey curfews and show evidence that they are actively looking for housing and saving part of their paycheck. 

Advocates of affordable housing say that the employed homeless are proof of the widening gap between wages and rents — which rose in the city even during the latest recession — and, given the shortage of subsidized housing, of just how difficult it is to escape the shelter system, even for people with jobs. 

“A one-bedroom in East New York or the South Bronx is still $1,000 a month,” said Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst with the Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy and housing services group. 

“The jobs aren’t enough to get people out of homelessness.” 

David Garza, executive director of Henry Street Settlement, which runs three family shelters and one shelter for single women with mental illnesses, said that five years ago his shelters were placing 200 families a year into permanent housing. Last year, he said, they placed 50. 

“Without low-income housing, it’s a maze with no way out,” Mr. Garza said. 

The employed homeless are constantly juggling the demands of their two worlds. 

A 45-year-old woman named Barbara, who works part time as a public transit customer service representative, said she had to keep items like razors and nail clippers at a storage center because they were not allowed in the shelter for security reasons. 

Sometimes she takes a tote bag filled with dirty clothes to work to take to the laundromat afterward, she said, because the machines at the shelter are always either broken or being used. 

But, she said, there is no escaping the noise and fitful sleep of a dormitory shared with eight other women. 

Like most homeless employed people interviewed for this article, Barbara did not want to be identified by her full name for fear of losing her privacy or her job. She has been homeless since 2011, she said, when her unemployment insurance ran out and she could no longer afford her apartment in Brooklyn. No one at work knows, she said. 

“When it comes to the professional arena, I want people to think that I got it together, that I’m not living paycheck to paycheck, that my only option isn’t to buy secondhand,” she said.
Sometimes homeless workers discover one another. 

Deirdre Cunningham, 21, who works two part-time jobs — as a bank teller and as a sales clerk for an electronics store in Manhattan, said that at one point a co-worker at the store invited her to an evening event. “I said, ‘I can’t go, because I have curfew,’ and this co-worker said, ‘What do you mean curfew?’ ” 

“I said, ‘I live in a shelter,’ and she said, ‘I do, too.’ ” 

Ms. Cunningham, who has a 4-year-old daughter, said she has always been open about her struggles. “A lot of people have problems, too,” she said. 

She said she left her parents’ home in the South Bronx in 2011 because she did not want to expose her daughter to “family issues.” Two years and three shelters later, she moved in August into her own $900-a-month one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with the help of a rent subsidy from the Coalition for the Homeless. But the aid lasts for only two years.

“Now that I got my living situation under control, now it’s time for me to go back to school, get a better job, be more of a mother,” said Ms. Cunningham, who has completed training as a medical assistant but aspires to be a journalist.

“My daughter wants to take ballet,” she said. 

Deirdre Cunningham also works two jobs, as a bank teller and as a sales clerk at an electronics store. 
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A city-commissioned study by the Vera Institute of Justice in 2005 found that “contrary to popular belief,” 79 percent of homeless heads of family had recent work histories and more than half had educational levels, up to college, that made them employable. 

Most, the study found, had experienced “destabilizing” events before entering the shelter, most commonly the loss of a job, an eviction or the loss of public assistance benefits. 

In 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s homeless population — then 38,000 — by two-thirds in five years. The plan envisioned shifting dollars away from the shelter system to create low-income housing with social services. 

To make the shelter system less inviting, the city also stopped giving homeless families priority for public housing, and made it harder for those who left the system to return. 

In 2011, when the state and federal support were withdrawn, the city ended a program that gave rent subsidies for up to two years to help families move out of shelters and into their own apartments.

Now the number of shelter residents hovers around 50,000, according to the city’s Department of Homeless Services. More than 9,000 are single adults and more than 40,000 other residents are in families, including 21,600 children. The average monthly cost for the government to shelter a family is more than $3,000; the cost for a single person is more than $2,300. 

Linda I. Gibbs, Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for health and human services, said there were no local resources to keep up with demand for subsidized housing after both federal and state money dried up. 

Advocates for the homeless say the city should restore housing assistance for shelter residents, including giving them priority for public housing. 

But in an interview, Ms. Gibbs reiterated the Bloomberg administration’s long-held position that more benefits only attract more people to shelters. “That drives more demand,” she said. “It’s a Catch-22.” 

Ms. Gibbs said officials were now exploring expanding a city program that helps families at risk of losing their homes to stay in place. 

But those like Ms. Manzueta, the security guard, still need a way out. 

She said she managed to hold on to her $8-an-hour positions and to take courses to learn new skills. But with an eviction marring her credit record and unable to afford more than $1,000 for rent, she has not been able to land an apartment. 

“New York City,” said Ms. Manzueta, a native, “is the hardest city to live in.”


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