Aloha! Hawaii caters to "Haves", "Have-more" while flying (forcing) the "Have-less" & "Have-not" off islands -

Aloha! Hawaii caters to "Haves", "Have-more" while flying (forcing) the "Have-less" & "Have-not" off islands

Although it's nothing new, cities, towns and/or States have for sometime now, paid the fare to remove "The Houseless" from their communities. Some areas use more drastic and harmful methods such as trickery, deception and/or starvation. Yes, this is true and happens more times than not in the United States of America. This from a country of people who profess to be "christians" and give false and/or misleading impressions of caring, empathy and compassion. Not all mind you are as such in the United States of America, but more and more these days it has become the business of "Help" instead of actually being helpful unto our fellow neighbors.

In Jefferson County Tennessee, authorities and churches have been known to use all sorts of deceitful and/or harmful ways to rid their exclusive county of "The Houseless".

One company, Tarr Chevrolet, and/or some its employees even with knowing about "The Houseless", stood by without doing in accordance with Scripture, and not only took advantage of "The Houseless", but also profited by his removal.

A small town in Norfolk, Connecticut which falsely represents itself as being helpful, caring ... has been proven to be anything but so (in development):

And this horrible person who with the help of religious organizations tricked another:

Be aware that not all seek to be "The Houseless".

Try some genuine neighborly empathy, compassion and/or care, then maybe, just maybe the number of those being "The Houseless" will decrease.

"The Houseless"


Aloha! Hawaii to offer homeless one-way ticket out of state

Published time: July 31, 2013 08:15
Edited time: July 31, 2013 14:46
AFP Photo / Kent Nishimura
Hawaii is set to embark on an unusual new program for reducing the size of the state’s homeless population by offering them a one-way ticket back home.

Under a program dubbed 'return to home' the Aloha State is looking to cut back on the expenditures currently going to food, shelter and other services for its homeless population, currently numbering some 17,000. 

The three-year pilot program is set to be launched during the current fiscal year, as $100,000 has been appropriated to fund one-way airline tickets, and possibly even spots on cruise ships, to return the homeless back to the continental US. 

The program itself will be run by the state’s Department of Human Services, which recently told MSN News that it had certain reservations regarding the concept of one-way trips out of the state for those with limited means. 

"The administrative requirements ... are costly and administratively burdensome," department spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld said Tuesday. 

"Provisions include: transportation to the airport, orientation regarding airport security and ensuring proper hygiene. Additionally, if state funds were utilized for the purpose of sending people home, the participants would be required to sign voluntary departure agreements that would need to be recorded in databases.Given these requirements and others, and a minimal appropriation of $100,000 for a three-year pilot project, providers are understandably reluctant to take on a state-funded return to home program," she added. 

Rosenfeld also expressed concerns that the 'return to home' program would be perceived by some as “an invitation to purchase a one-way ticket to Hawaii with a guaranteed return flight home."
Likewise, local media has found plenty of conflicting opinions on Hawaii’s pilot program. 

"It’s a controversial idea. Critics point to potential abuse of the program and view it as a Band-Aid approach to a deeply rooted problem," wrote Nathan Eagle of the Honolulu Civil Beat. 

"But supporters see it as a win-win. The homeless get a fresh start in a supportive environment and the state can focus its limited funding on local residents."
Still, even those working with Hawaii’s homeless population believe the program, though seemingly draconian, could have its uses. 

Victor Geminiani, executive director of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, a nonprofit that works on affordable housing issues, told the Honolulu Civil Beat that the return-to-home program “fills a gap.”
“Selectively used, it is a way of providing an appropriate solution for people in a particular situation,” said Geminiani. “But the devil is in the details.”
A 2010 profile by NPR on Hawaii’s growing number of homeless cited a $3 daily cost of living for those who made the trek to the archipelago state. 

At the Sumner Homeless Men's Shelter in downtown Honolulu the number of homeless was increasing by a rate of 10 percent over the previous rate, with one-third of all new arrivals -  1,300 annually at that point -  coming from out of state. 

If Hawaii’s new program sounds unusual, it is actually not the first of its kind. A similar program was profiled by the New York Times in 2009 which also paid for one-way trips for the homeless out of the city, with such exotic faraway destinations as Paris, Johannesburg and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the past, the city government had also worked with the Salvation Army through a similar program called "Homeward Bound".

Beyond New York, other cities in the US have previously offered one-way transportation for the homeless, including San Francisco, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"These kinds of  programs have been used historically to ship homeless people out of town," Michael Stoops, director of community organizing for the National Coalition for the Homeless, told MSN News. 

"In the homelessness field it was once called greyhound therapy. Hawaii now goes a step higher with airplane therapy. Oftentimes local police departments run such programs offering the stark choices of going to a shelter, jail or hopping on a bus or plane home."
State legislators backing Hawaii’s program, which was floated in the past but rejected for the high cost of airfares out of the state, told the Huffington Post that it is not meant to be a “silver bullet.”
"It's fractional, it's not for 5,000 homeless people," said State Rep. John Mizuno. "It's going to be a handful of homeless people that we send home, again – home to their support unit."
Those opting to take advantage of a free trip from Hawaii back home will do so purely on a voluntary basis. In order to be eligible, individuals must demonstrate that they have a support system in place back in their home state, and can only participate in the program once.


Hawaii offers homeless one way ticket off islands

Hawaii's new 'return to home' program will pay for homeless people to return to the continental US. AP Photo: Marco Garcia
July 30, 2013 By James Eng of MSN News

Hawaii hopes the "return to home" program will help the state save on the millions it spends each year on food, shelter and other services for the homeless.

Hawaii is trying a new approach to cut down on the number of homeless in the Aloha State: Ship some of them back to the mainland.

Under a "return to home" three-year pilot program set to launch this fiscal year, the state will buy one-way tickets on planes — and possible even beds on cruise ships — to return eligible homeless people to their families in the continental U.S.

Lawmakers have appropriated an initial $100,000 to fund the program, which will be run by the state Department of Human Services.

The department has expressed concerns about the program's cost and the nature of services to be provided, among other issues.

"The administrative requirements ... are costly and administratively burdensome," department spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld said Tuesday in a statement to MSN News. "Provisions include: transportation to the airport, orientation regarding airport security and ensuring proper hygiene.

Additionally, if state funds were utilized for the purpose of sending people home, the participants would be required to sign voluntary departure agreements that would need to be recorded in databases. Given these requirements and others, and a minimal appropriation of $100,000 for a three-year pilot project, providers are understandably reluctant to take on a state-funded return to home program." 

"The DHS will continue to dialogue with the community around these issues. At the end of the day, however, we remain concerned this program is an invitation to purchase a one-way ticket to Hawaii with a guaranteed return flight home," Rosenfeld said.

The program's supporters said the pilot is not a silver bullet in the fight against homelessness, but will help cut down on the millions the state spends each year on welfare and support services.

"It's fractional, it's not for 5,000 homeless people. It's going to be a handful of homeless people that we send home … to their support unit," state Rep. John Mizuno was quoted as saying by Hawaii News Now.

Rep. Rida Cabanilla said even if the homeless return after a few months, the state will have saved thousands of dollars on food, shelter and medical costs, Honolulu Civil Beat reported.
Hawaii has an estimated 17,000 homeless people.

The "return to home" program is voluntary. To be eligible, individuals must have a support system in place in their home state and be indigent and unable to fly back on their own. They can only participate once in the program.

Paying to send homeless people away isn't a novel tactic. New York City; San Francisco; Baton Rouge, La.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are among the cities that have offered one-way transport tickets to homeless people.

"These kinds of programs have been used historically to ship homeless people out of town," Michael Stoops, director of community organizing for the National Coalition for the Homeless, told MSN News. "In the homelessness field it was once called greyhound therapy. Hawaii now goes a step higher with airplane therapy. Oftentimes local police departments run such programs offering the stark choices of going to a shelter, jail or hopping on a bus or plane home."

"If such programs are truly voluntary and that a home at the other end has been confirmed (not a shelter), this is acceptable," he said. "Some homeless people yearn to be reunited with their loved ones or wish to return to their home community."

And the U.S.A. isn't the only country developing evil against something which can't be helped - poverty:

Hungary's homeless face fines, jail for living on the streets

AP Photo: Musadeq Sadeq

Hungary's lawmakers are considering constitutional changes to allow authorities to force homeless citizens off the streets. Critics of the proposal say it criminalizes thousands who live in poverty.

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Homeless men and women huddle on street corners amid Budapest's majestic domed palaces, shivering under old blankets and cardboard boxes in frigid winter weather.

It's an image that critics say Prime Minister Viktor Orban doesn't want the world to see. And if he has his way, the homeless could be fined and even jailed for sleeping outside — even though some of the country's homeless shelters are already overflowing and short of beds.

Orban's punitive ideas for the homeless have set him up for his latest clash with the constitutional court and civil rights groups as he tries to reshape the country in a conservative image by centralizing power. Since winning power in 2010, Orban and his party have undermined independent institutions and democratic standards in a nation that was once an icon of democratic struggle for throwing off communism in 1989.

Now Orban is carrying out an informal referendum at town hall meetings around the country to gauge support for a constitutional amendment that would enshrine punishments for the homeless in the charter itself.

Hungary's homeless policy has revived accusations by human rights groups that Orban's ruling Fidesz party cares little about the country's disadvantaged. In just one recent controversy, one of the party's founding members, journalist Zsolt Bayer wrote in a newspaper column that many of the country's Gypsies, or Roma — an impoverished minority that faces entrenched discrimination — "are animals" and "unfit for coexistence."

Fidesz refused to distance itself from the column, saying it understood citizens' anger about crimes committed by Roma and called on those demanding Bayer's expulsion from the party "to refrain from standing on the side of the criminals."

The homeless issue has been brewing for several years. At the end of 2011, Orban's ruling right-wing Fidesz party used its overwhelming parliamentary majority to make the punitive regulations first introduced earlier that year by the Fidesz-backed mayor of Budapest — including fines of up to $650 for repeat offenders and the threat of up to 60 days in jail — applicable nationwide.

"This is a method to demoralize or intimidate us," said Gyula Balog, 53, who has been homeless for nearly 20 years. "No one was jailed, but quite a few had to pay fines. It's frivolous to fine those who have nothing."

At the time, even the United Nations expressed concerns, saying the obligation to provide shelter "cannot serve as an excuse for the criminalization or forced detention of homeless persons."

"By a wave of the legislative pen, the Hungarian Parliament has labeled tens of thousands of homeless people in Hungary as potential criminals," said a statement from two U.N. human rights experts. "Moreover, the law has a discriminatory impact on those living in poverty."

At least 1,500 homeless are believed to be currently living rough in Budapest, even as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in coming days and dozens of homeless are found frozen to death each year on the streets.

In the winter, many head to the warmest spots they can find, usually the entrance halls of subway stations, sometimes quietly holding out a paper cup for money from passersby or by selling street newspapers.
AP Photo: Bela Szandelszky
Authorities recently inaugurated two more shelters in the capital, and the government spent $38.4 million on the homeless in 2012, with a similar figure planned this year. But some of the most popular refuges, like the "Heated Street" run by the Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood, are full far beyond capacity, with many people sleeping on mats on the floor.

The issue of the fines re-emerged in November when the constitutional court struck down the punishments, saying homelessness was a social issue that should not be handled as a criminal matter.
There are no exact figures on the number of homeless in Hungary, but the U.N. last year put the figure at between 30,000 and 35,000. A survey carried out each year on Feb. 3 in Budapest and the larger Hungarian cities by NGOs, counted 8,641 in 2012, up from 7,199 in 2011.

Many cities across the United States also ban activities such as "urban camping," panhandling, "lodging" outdoors and similar actions, often resulting in fines or jail time for offenders.

The Hungarian government argues that it is simply acting out of concern for the dozens of homeless people who freeze to death every year, implying that fines are meant to push the displaced to seek refuge in warm shelters.

"There are more places in heated shelters than there are homeless living in Hungary," Orban said last month in Parliament. "So no one ... is forced to survive winter under the open sky."

But social workers and the homeless themselves accuse the government of caring only about the country's image.

"They simply want to clean up the areas frequented by tourists," said Balog, speaking outside the department store where he sold Commodore 64 computers during communism, before losing his job and family because of his alcoholism.

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Homeless numbers skyrocketing in Orillia -

By Sara Ross, Orillia Packet & Times

ORILLIA - Orillia’s number of identified homeless households has jumped dramatically from this time last year.

Since January, 94 Orillia and area households have been identified as homeless, said Orillia Housing Resource Centre co-ordinator Nadine Ritchie.

At the end of June 2012, there were 15 families identified as homeless.

“The fact that we’re at 94 compared to what we had last year at the same time is concerning,” Ritchie said . “It means the problem is not going away. In my mind, the problem is exacerbating.”

Ritchie noted, these numbers are of homeless families who have registered with the centre.

“There are many others that are not recorded and that’s important to know,” she said. “For the 94 that we know of, there is probably another 94 that we don’t know of.”

Increased rental prices could be adding to the number of homeless households, Ritchie said.

“Rents are going up and incomes are staying the same,” Ritchie said. “Rents are now becoming out of many people’s reach.

“It wasn’t as bad a couple of years ago, but it’s progressively getting worse.”

The average one-bedroom apartment in Orillia costs $800 to $850.

“If you were working in retail, you would be paying at least 80% of your monthly income just on rent, if not more,” Ritchie said. “It just takes one paycheque to screw things up for somebody and they’re on the street.”

The homeless numbers could also be going up because more people are using the Orillia Housing Resource Centre, Ritchie said.

Upcoming job losses at TeleTech could increase the number of homeless households. In July, TeleTech announced it was cutting 350 positions as of Sept. 20.

“It’s too soon yet for this one, but it’s a possibility,” Ritchie said.

In 2009, TeleTech let go of 472 employees.

“There was a spin-off after the last one,” Ritchie said. “We started to see a lot of clients from TeleTech (who) had hit really bad times and couldn’t pay their utility bills or couldn’t pay their rent or they had been evicted and were homeless.”

On average, more than 200 Orillia area households identify themselves as homeless each year, Ritchie said.

There were 226 identified homeless households by the end of 2012 and 225 by the end of 2011.

Although the figures take surrounding households into account, the majority of these families live in Orillia.

Ritchie said it’s difficult to determine if the mid-year numbers will result in a 2013 year-end number higher than the average.

“It’s hard to gauge,” she said. “It could stabilize for a couple of months. We could have some real low, low numbers (in the coming months).”

But Ritchie added, “It could be higher.”

There are 136 individuals among this year’s 94 homeless households. Their financial statuses vary.
“Some of them are working, some of them are on social assistance, some of them are on pensions,” Ritchie said.

To keep a roof over their heads, many of Orillia’s homeless are couch surfing, Ritchie said.

“They could be couch surfing, we could be putting them up in a motel, they could be staying at the shelters,” she said. “A lot of them are couch surfing.”

The Orillia Housing Resource Centre eventually finds homes for its clients, but they’re usually not affordable, Ritchie said.

“That’s what the problem is,” she said.

Affordable rent is determined as 30% of a family’s monthly income.

Ritchie used the example of a homeless senior living off the Canadian Pension Plan and Old Age Security.

“She’s probably getting maybe $1,200 a month,” Ritchie said.

In that case, the senior could afford to pay $360 monthly to rent a home.

In Orillia, the senior would likely find a place to rent costing $800 to $900 a month, Ritchie said.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the math,” she said. “Something is suffering. Her quality of life is suffering considerably.”

Orillia lacks affordable housing and city politicians should be identifying programs to help local homeless families, Ritchie said.

She noted some Orillia residents are trying to find affordable housing for their elderly parents who live away from Orillia, but added finding housing for local residents takes priority.

“... We have to provide programs for those people that are homeless here. Otherwise, the situation stays the same,” Ritchie said.

The City of Orillia is slowly working on its affordable-housing initiatives, said Ian Sugden, the city’s director of development services.

“We’re still trying to make efforts to work through the six different directives that council had provided,” he said.

In May 2011, then-senior city planner Jill Lewis provided 12 affordable-housing recommendations to city politicians, who directed staff to work on six initiatives.

The first was to make the zoning bylaw more affordable-housing friendly. It is being dealt with under the city’s new zoning bylaw, currently in the works with a hired consultant. The first draft will be made public in August.

The second was to hold an information session about affordable-housing funding. It will be done once the County of Simcoe approves its long-term affordable-housing strategy, Sugden said.

Cathy Kytayko, the county’s director of social housing, said the 10-year affordable-housing and homelessness prevention strategy has been sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
The province has 90 days to provide comment.

It is expected the plan will be approved and adopted by county council Jan. 1, 2014.

Joyce Ward, a member of the Orillia chapter of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, is encouraging city politicians to work closely with the county.

“It’s clear that the county will be the group responsible for distributing federal and provincial monies,” Ward said. “It’s essential Orillia partner with them and have a strong voice at the table.”

Another initiative was to create an inventory of potential affordable-housing lands in the city.

Sugden said that has been completed, but has to be revised.

The fourth initiative was to create a flow chart and city policy to address affordable housing financial assistance requests.

This draft report is done, but work continues on the flow chart, Sugden said.

City staff have completed some background work for the fifth initiative: developing an Orillia affordable home-ownership program.

“It still remains to be tackled,” Sugden said.

The last is to establish an expedited site-plan-approval process.

“We’re in the last steps now of revising that process at the staff level,” Sugden said. “We hope to report soon on that one with some recommended changes to the process.”

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss

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Tampa passes new ordinances on "The Houseless" despite protests (Photos) -

For a country - United States of America - that dictates unto other nations how to treat their citizens, many with the United States of America's governmental system persecute, torment and/or intimidate those who are "The Houseless".

This must STOP, and stop being Hippocrates.

"The Houseless"

A man without a home sleeps in the early morning outside of City Hall. Credit: Amanda Mole

It was 8:45 a.m. The City Council meeting was scheduled to start at 9 a.m., and news reporters and TV cameras were already positioned outside of Tampa's City Hall to cover a peaceful demonstration by homeless advocates.

Why all the fuss? Item #60 on the City Council agenda would make it legal to arrest someone for "sleeping in public" or "storing personal property in public" -- effectively making it illegal to be homeless within the Tampa city limits.

Item #59, which banned aggressive panhandling, was also up for a vote. Business owners in downtown Tampa had filed numerous complaints against homeless people, complaining that their panhandling was driving customers away.

Homeless advocates hold a peaceful demonstration outside of Tampa City Hall.
Photo credit: 
Amanda Mole

Homeless advocates gathered to oppose Item #60, drawing reporters and photographers from Bay News 9, WFLA News Channel 8, ABC Action News, the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune. 

Most of the morning was spent answering questions and proposing better solutions to homelessness, taking pictures, and stressing again and again that jail is not the answer.

"Jail does nothing to solve the problem. It only tries to make the problem invisible. It's not even a Band-Aid," said Heather Curry, Ph.D. student at USF.

"Most shelters in the Tampa Bay area charge $10 to $42 per night for a single person. They aren't free," Tasha Rennels told Bay News 9. "18 out of 25 shelters cater to a specific need such as domestic violence or mental illness, and those are important, but there aren't shelters available for people who can't afford housing. Lack of affordable housing is the biggest problem."

After over an hour of debate, the new ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote, with council members Mulhern, Reddick and Capin first trying to get a 90-day continuance and then voting no when they failed to delay the vote.

The city has no plans to create temporary or transitional housing. Council members also acknowledged that Tampa's shelters are already full on a nightly basis, with up to 100 people on a waiting list to get a bed. The ordinance's supporters responded that the law will not be enforced if there are no shelters available, and that another option is to take the homeless to a shelter outside of city limits. A police officer stated that "the city will provide resources" to a homeless person taken to a shelter outside of the city to get back the next day if the person requires city services, but no plans have been put in place. Council member Charlie Miranda waved off concerns, stating, "We have to start somewhere."

The homeless advocates were disappointed with the decision, but the most stunning disappointment came with reading the news articles and viewing TV segments that covered the demonstration. The media that covered the story was glaringly one-sided, giving substantial air time and word count to supporters of the ordinance, and for the most part ignoring arguments put forth by the protesters.

"I am very disappointed with the lack of objectivity. These articles are obviously very one-sided and did not include anything we said as far as why it's bad legislation or what a real solution might look like," one of the demonstrators stated.

"The wind has been taken out of my sails," said Steven Sapp, publisher of the Tampa Epoch and long-time homeless advocate. "What happened to unbiased journalism, focused on facts? I expected more out of the Tampa Bay Times and the new Tampa Tribune. They are doing nothing more than spreading false information and mostly grouping aggressive panhandling (ordinance 59) with sleeping outdoors (ordinance 60)."

The homeless advocates are disappointed, but are far from giving up. Future plans of the group include creating a network of organizations that focus on homeless relief, community awareness events, and advocating for Housing First models such as Resurrection House in Sarasota.

Bay News 9 interviews a homeless advocate. Credit: Amanda Mole

Elementary-school-aged children protest on the steps outside City Hall, asking people, "Where are they supposed to go?" Credit: Amanda Mole

Homeless advocates protest stricter ordinances on homeless people in Tampa. Credit: Amanda Mole

WFLA interviews two Ph.D. students from USF about why the new ordinance is bad legislation. Credit: Amanda Mole

A child protester hands a flyer to a passer-by. Credit: Amanda Mole

WFLA interviews a homeless advocate about better solutions to homelessness in Tampa. Credit: Amanda Mole

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Houseless tenants "will" be forced out of London -

Homeless tenants in London will ‘inevitably’ be forced out of the city, a group of MPs has concluded.

A Communities and Local Government select committee report out today on the private rented sector said moving people out of London was the only way councils could mitigate the impact of benefit caps.

Cuts to benefits had left local authorities with too few properties in their boroughs where they could afford to house claimants, the MPs found.

Westminster Council had placed tenants in Bognor Regis and Kent, while Newham Council said any government restriction on where local authorities could place homeless people would be ‘hugely unhelpful’, the report stated.

The MPs called for homeless housholds to be offered a new property in their local area ‘where possible’ but where tenants had to be moved out, information sharing between the two authorities involved and a full discussion with the prospective tenant should be a statutory duty.

‘It nevertheless appears inevitable that councils in areas with high rents, London in particular, will place homeless households outside the area, including in coastal towns,’ the report says.

‘Before any placement, there should be a full discussion with the receiving authority and the prospective tenant and information about the household and its ongoing needs should be shared. The government should consider making this a statutory duty.’

Although, the select committee decided rent controls were not the answer to the ‘acutely high’ rents in London and the south east, and steps should be taken to increase supply.

‘We agree that the most effective way to make rents more affordable would be to increase supply, particularly in those areas where demand is highest,’ the report states.

Build to rent funds could assist in delivering this, the committee said, but the government must ensure it led to more houses being built rather than just speeding up the delivery of homes already in the pipeline.

The build to rent fund was a pot set up by the government following the Montague report, published in August last year, which recommended boosting the supply of private rented sector accommodation. The government initially set out £200 million to stimulate new private rented sector homes and increased this to £1 billion in the Budget earlier this year.

Longer tenancies were also said to be necessary, with an increasing number of families moving into the private rented sector.

The committee said these could be provided within the existing legal structure but recommended stronger powers to evict tenants who fall behind on rent.

‘We need to change the culture, and to find ways to overcome the barriers to longer tenancies being offered,’ the report says. ‘The ability to secure eviction more quickly for non payment of rent will encourage landlords to make properties available on longer tenancies. The government should also set out a quicker means for landlords to gain possession if they can provide proof that they intend to sell the property.’

The committee called on the government to revisit its previous recommendations issued in a report in May last year to address the ‘urgent need to boost supply across all tenures of housing’. These recommendations, in the report Financing of new housing supply were: Large-scale investment from institutions and pension funds; changes to the financing of housing associations, including a new role for the historic grant on their balance sheets; greater financial freedoms for local authorities; and new and innovative models, including a massive expansion of self-build housing

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Woman left "Houseless" after car crashed into house -

Remember, becoming "The Houseless" can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time!

Will the community or better yet, the churches come to "The Houseless" aid?

"The Houseless"


Woman left homeless after car crashed into house

Posted: Jul 23, 2013 11:09 PM EST Updated: Jul 23, 2013 11:10 PM EST

Bertha Haywood, victim and "Houseless"

It was on FOX 7 where you first saw the story of a senior citizen, whose home was smashed in by a car this weekend. Well now because of that incident that woman could soon be homeless.

When FOX 7 first showed up Sunday to Bertha Haywood's east Austin rental home she was in good spirits just hours after a car crashed through her wall. No one was injured inside, but the driver got away.

Two days later Haywood's positive attitude has turned to frustration.

Haywood says her landlord put her up in a hotel nearby, but after two days the hotel room she is staying in will no longer be paid for.

"My landlord called me about I'd say three hours ago and told me that she couldn't do anything about my staying anywhere else," said Haywood, "She said now I have to fend for myself."

Haywood says she has to be out of the hotel by noon Wednesday. We were unable to reach her landlord for comment.

If you have any information about the driver who crashed into her rent home contact Austin Police.

And another unrelated incident via

Car crashes into apartment, family left homeless

Updated: Thursday, 06 Jun 2013, 8:25 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 06 Jun 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A car crashed into Stacey Davis’ apartment Monday, and now her family is not getting the help they need.

The crash left a hole not just in her home, but in her family’s lives.

“I just don't understand how there's nothing no one can do,” said Davis. “There's a hole in my bedroom wall.”

Davis is a single mom with nine-month-old twins and a five year old. In the days since the crash, she has tried all she can think of to find them a new place to live.

“I've tried social services, which referred me to public housing, which informed me there's a waiting list,” Davis said. “I've tried the insurance agency, there’s nothing they can do. I've tried the Red Cross.

Davis’ landlord did offer her a temporary place in Norfolk, but she has no car. Her life is in Portsmouth.

The Red Cross can't help Davis because technically she has a place where she can stay. But Davis isn’t asking for a hand-out, just a hand to help her up.

“Has anybody been in this situation before? What would you do if you were me?”, she said.

No one can tell Davis how long it will take to fix the hole in her home, but for the sake of her kids she can't wait much longer to fill the hole in their lives.

The Red Cross does not provide transportation, but said it will make a referral to Davis of another organization that might be able to help.

If you have any ideas for Davis, share them with on our Facebook page .

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Homeless Task Force hopes to eliminate homelessness in Columbus -


Homeless Task Force hopes to eliminate homelessness in Columbus

Posted: Jul 22, 2013 10:41 PM EST Updated: Jul 22, 2013 10:41 PM EST

"The Houseless" in Columbus, Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Homeless Task Force is fighting a rising population in Columbus. 1500 people sleep somewhere besides their own bed each night, but the city has plans to eradicate homelessness within ten years.

16% of Georgia residents live in poverty. In Muscogee County that number jumps to 18%, with 19% lacking access to nutritious food. The city of Columbus is working to change that with the Homeless Task Force.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson describes the ten-year plan as a way to lower the number of homeless and increase preventative programs. "What we're looking at now is using existing resources," she says, "but also creating new housing options through a new program our Housing Authority has been approved for by the federal government that's very exciting, that will increase the number of housing units available to those who struggle with homelessness."

Valley Interfaith Promise provides similar services to area homeless on a much smaller scale.

Executive Director Victor Feliciano says it's important to help the homeless by showing them the satisfaction of independence. He says, "The key thing is that we don't do it for them. They have to make that initiative to go and do it themselves, but be able to have a system in place that they can get the resources to accomplish those goals."

He and the mayor agree that the number of homeless will probably never be zero, but taking the right measures can help lower the statistics.

"If you just keep ministering to the homeless without actually placement as your purpose, then you never reduce the numbers," says Mayor Tomlinson. "In fact, the numbers will simply grow."

Feliciano adds, "Triage it and make it to be a short-term situation because that's the key thing. You've got to understand that the homeless person is not who they are. It's just a situation, and all we're trying to do is cut down the amount of time that they're in that situation."

One of the challenges the task force faces is disabilities. 47% of Columbus' homeless have a disability, and 37% of homeless report that they use drugs.

This report is part of a two-part story about the Homeless Task Force and its plans. Tune in to News 3 Nightwatch Tuesday for an in-depth look at a one-stop-shop center that will provide counseling, healthcare and housing services for area homeless.

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197 North Street, Norfolk, Conn. resident HATES & BULLIES "The Houseless" (Pics/Video) -

197 North Street, Norfolk, Conn. resident HATES & BULLIES "The Houseless" (Pics/Video)

This man makes undo trouble and erroneous accusations unto "The Houseless" depicting "The Houseless" are actually part of the Occupy movement and/or seek freebies.
The being pictured above once stated that his wife is employed with Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut. People can only pray and hope that his wife isn't nasty, mean and evil as him with those who need her help.

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Click the text below to be taken to the site bringing forth unto you the real Norfolk, Connecticut and how they actually treat others.
Mind you, it is still developing, so check back!
Pray for the man who repeatedly, unjustly and without welcome, brings harm to those who are "Houseless"

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"The Houseless" receive message of not being wanted with "No Homeless" graffiti (VIDEO) -

"The Houseless" receive message of not being wanted with "No Homeless" graffiti (VIDEO)

Allen L. Plante of 39 Shepard Road tried his best at the start to trick "The Houseless", but this deceiver was unable to complete his evil.

As it appears, not all people actually like to be around "The Houseless". Below are just a few articles related to how much worst it can get when humans become classed as the "have-less", "have-not" & "have-nothing".

I am saddened to know how Spiritually and/or mentally Corrupt people are - maybe even your neighbor - when it comes to them actually facing and acting inappropriately unto those who have been shunned and/or abused by society for nothing more than being "Houseless".

"The Houseless" is in Norfolk, Connecticut and the same type of neighborly love - NOT - as what appears to be given unto some about Edmonton, Canada is being shared via

Erick Olsen - some version of a minister at Church of Christ Congregational, Norfolk - turned away "The Houseless" when humbly asking for help. Guess that church and/or its people follow some "Version" of the Creators Truth!

Mind you, not all are nasty in and/or about Norfolk, Connecticut.
Pray for those who are nasty and/or harmful to "The Houseless" everywhere!

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 By Mariam Ibrahim, Edmonton Journal July 11, 2013

Reverend Nick Trussell stands outside the Holy Trinity Riverbend Church (1428-156 Street N.W.) in Edmonton that was spray-painted with the words “No Homeless.”
Photograph by: Larry Wong , EDMONTON JOURNAL

EDMONTON - A Terwillegar church at the centre of a debate over plans for a supportive housing complex in the neighbourhood has been vandalized. 

The words “No Homeless” were spray painted in three spots on the exterior walls of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, at 1428 156 Street in Terwillegar Towne. 

Rev. Nick Trussell said he was informed of the vandalism Wednesday evening when he got a call from the instructor of a Highlands dance group that uses the church for its practices.

“Obviously it was done with frustration and anger, but we definitely want to see that message of anger and hate turned into a message of love,” Trussell said Thursday. 

Plans for a 60-unit supportive housing complex for the recently homeless are in the works for the neighbourhood. The apartment complex is set to be built on land leased by the Anglican Church to the Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre

Trussell said the church is considering leaving one of the markings up and painting a mural around it to demonstrate what the world could look like if there were no homeless people. 

“I think this project is about providing homes and creating caring and supporting neighbourhoods and communities, and that’s what everybody wants,” he said. 

The project has drawn the ire of some residents in the southwest Edmonton suburb, with some saying they’ve received little information and no consultation on the development. Others have said the neighbourhood caters primarily to families and doesn’t offer the necessary services. But other residents have said it’s important for the city not to concentrate supportive housing facilities in the inner city. 

Despite the controversy, Trussell said neighbours who sit on both sides of the issue showed up to help clean up the vandalism after it was discovered. 

“There was immediate reaction from the community, from both those who support the proposed apartment and those who are concerned about it,” Trussell said. “There was a group of ... residents who arrived in the evening with scrub brushes and buckets, helping us to clean up the graffiti.”

The $12.1-million development would be funded by the Alberta government and Homeward Trust and would provide tenants subsidies and support based on individual needs. The funding scheme requires community consultation. The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 22. 

Work on the project began three years ago, with the lease between the centre and church finalized this year. The space has been zoned, but a development permit has yet to be granted. 

If the project proceeds, it would be the first housing development of its type in southwest Edmonton.
Police detectives from southwest division are investigating the vandalism, spokeswoman Clair Seyler said in an emailed statement. Police said they believe the vandalism happened sometime between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday, when it was discovered. 

Seyler said the police hate crimes unit won’t be investigating the case because it doesn’t meet the definition of a hate crime under the Criminal Code.


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Terwillegar church to turn anti-homeless vandalism into positive mural

Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:46AM MDT  
Last Updated Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:55PM MDT

When it was first discovered Wednesday afternoon, it appeared the situation in a south side community was escalating, as a church in the area was spray painted, apparently in protest of an affordable housing complex in the area – but the reverend of the church is hoping to turn it around.

The exterior walls of the Holy Trinity Riverbend Anglican Church, on 156 Street near south Terwillegar Boulevard were spray painted with the words ‘no homeless’ in a number of places on the walls that face where the apartment building is proposed to go.

“I’m pretty sure it was intended to tell us they don’t want people to be given homes in this neighbourhood who have experienced homelessness,” Rev. Nick Trussell told CTV News Thursday
Members of the church congregation first noticed the graffiti Wednesday afternoon, and called police.

It appears the vandalism stems from controversy from a multi-unit affordable housing complex planned for land leased by the church.

Holy Trinity Riverbend Anglican Church, on 156 St. near South Terwillegar Blvd., has been vandalized. Courtesy: Susan McGee

CTV News has learned the Holy Trinity Riverbend Anglican Church, on 156 St. near South Terwillegar Blvd. has leased some of it's land to a developer, who wants to build a 60-unit affordable housing complex.

“The community here is wonderful, and can be a real benefit for anybody,” Trussell said. “Especially those who need support and care.”

Officials have told CTV News in the past that the 60-unit building is part of the ‘Housing First’ initiative, which is focused on ending homelessness in Alberta.

Edmonton police confirmed officers were investigating the incident; it's believed the building was vandalized between 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

However, the EPS Hate Crimes Unit is not investigating, as the incident does not meet the criteria for a hate crime.

Mayor Stephen Mandel said such affordable housing projects are desperately needed in Edmonton.
“Projects like that need to be done in phases, so communities can understand the role they play in helping people get over their homeless challenge,” Mandel said.

The church's reverend told CTV News he plans to turn the negative message into a positive one, by creating a mural around the graffiti with a message about ending homelessness.

Public consultation on the project is scheduled to begin in August.

With files from Ashley Molnar


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Southwest Edmonton church hit with graffiti vandalism stating "No Homeless" after plans announced for a supportive housing complex for recently homeless

By ,Edmonton Sun 
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Graffiti that reads "No Homeless" marks the side of the Holy Trinity Anglican church, near 156th Street and 14th Avenue, in Edmonton, Alta. on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Some people in the neighbourhood are not happy Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre is leasing the land to build a 60 unit complex as a part of the housing first initiative to eliminate homelessness. The church won't play a part in building or running it. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Vandals who scrawled "No Homeless" across a Terwillegar church may have just inspired an idea for a mural that supports an end to homelessness.

The words were spray painted on the walls of the Holy Trinity Riverbend Anglican Church, on 156 Street near south Terwillegar Boulevard, The Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre has leased land from the church, and intends to build a 60-unit supportive housing complex for the recently homeless.

The church wouldn't be involved in the building or operations of the complex.

Edmonton Police confirmed officers were investigating the incident, they believe the building was vandalized sometime between 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Rev. Nick Trussell said a dance group that uses the church for rehearsal alerted him to the graffiti Wednesday night.

Trussell said he is aware that the markings are evidence of concerns that some residents may have with the complex, but adds that there will be time for consultation and discussion.

"It was unfortunate and I think not an appropriate expression of people's frustration or concern," he said.

"Some of the graffiti will be removed. We're contemplating the idea of maybe using those words "no homeless" to change it from a message of fear into a message of hope."

The project, which would cost $12.1 million, would be funded by the province.

Homeward Trust would assist tenants with subsidies and support.

Detectives from southwest division are investigating a mischief complaint in connection to the graffiti, said EPS spokeswoman Clair Seyler.

However, she said that the Hate Crimes Unit is not involved with the investigation as the incident "does not meet the criteria of a hate crime under the Criminal Code."

A public meeting is slated for Aug. 22, if the project is given the green light, it would be the first housing project of its kind in southwest Edmonton.


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