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RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

I was 16 years old when I first felt the cool midnight breeze blow across my skin as I gazed up at the stars hoping they could answer all of my questions, most importantly the question of how I got to be here: homeless. I remember my first night on the streets; it was a Sunday and I had to go to school the next morning. I was in grade 11. I had just come out to my parents after years of contemplation about releasing my secret, a secret that...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

They've abandoned Their comfy-boxes, with the triangles on the tops --

Now, they only sit down here, to feed the pigeons: New friends. But still

They question... wanting to ask, if this is a fool’s paradise, to the nobodies.

Why does it seem so... dull? Maybe, They are just the hangovers.

Ashes, after getting butt-kicked; Leftovers from the autumn leaves:

 

They hang, They dry, They wither, Away,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

What’s it like to be a child living in a homeless shelter? We have several perspectives, from the kids themselves. Children in a Honolulu shelter talk about their daily life while two 12-year-olds from a private school down nearby explain what they learned about their less fortunate peers while making a video about homelessness.

Watch the video about homelessness in Hawaii made by Tori Ann Abe and Olivia Medeiros-Sakimoto of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

HAMISH* HAS BEEN HOMELESS SINCE HIS MID-TEENS. HE GOT ABOUT $13,000 IN FINES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT. HE HASN'T HAD ANY FINES IN TWO YEARS..

I've been homeless since my mid-teens, living mainly in the inner city. I've been squatting for ages so I kind of don't feel like part of society anymore. I had a housing woman talk to me about some of the boarding houses, but even guys getting out of prison refuse to stay in those places because of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

The heart of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) is home to survivors of the war on terror: the terror of poverty, physical and spiritual abuse, child apprehension, addictions, and residential schools - all of which quietly destroy the human spirit. Yet in spite of its image as the poorest urban postal code in the country, the DTES has the highest number of art galleries per capita in the country. This seeming contradiction becomes more...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Contra Costa Health Services Homeless Program, Transitions Home (Transitions), of Martinez, California, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2006. Transitions serves people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming chronically homeless due to serious mental health, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. This population includes people living on the streets, in encampments, in interim housing, and those...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014
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RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Duffy Health Center’s Opportunities project based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, was awarded a SAMHSA Treatment for Homeless Persons grant on September 30, 2008 to study the Intensive Case Management evidence-based model with returning veterans and chronic public serial inebriates. Opportunities provides services to individuals who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness who also have substance abuse, mental health, or co-occurring disorders....

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Family Health Centers-Louisville Housing First Project for Homeless Adults (Housing First), of Louisville, Kentucky, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2008. Housing First is a consumer driven EBP that emphasizes the provision of housing as the first priority of treatment for homeless persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders (co-occurring disorders). Because a stable living environment is...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Outside In of Portland, Oregon, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2008. The StreetRISE Program of Outside In provides treatment in permanent supportive housing for homeless transition age youth. StreetRISE uses Assertive Community Treatment to provide outreach, substance use and mental health treatment, case management, education and employment supports, life skills training, integrated primary medical...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center Inc.’s Modified Assertive Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless, MATCH, program of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2006. MATCH addresses a significant treatment void of the rural, geographically isolated East Tennessee Appalachian homeless population with co-occurring disorders. By implementing individualized, community-based, integrated...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s Addiction and Recovery Center for Hope (ARCH) program, of Albany, New York, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2009. ARCH provides substance abuse, mental health, trauma treatment, and case management services to homeless families. The first component of the program is the provision of case management services with the goal of preventing future homelessness by providing...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

A newcomer to Canada, Zakeria is a resident of the inner suburb of Rexdale, where he lives in an aging high-rise building with his family. After facing repeated vandalism and security issues, he’s calling for change in his area in the form of renewed resident participation. As Zakeria explains, for things to get better, we all need to start redefining the concept of community at its roots.

“There are two buildings here, and every...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Operation PAR, of Pinellas Park, Florida, was awarded a SAMHSA General Treatment for Homeless grant on September 30, 2008. The grant project, U-Turn-New Directions Toward Recovery and Independent Living (U-Turn), provides outpatient substance abuse treatment to foster care youth at risk of homelessness. These youth, ages 14-18, are residing at transitional living programs operated by project partner Family Resources, Inc. and Brookwood of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s (PCMH) Project Path to Recovery (PPR), of New York, New York, was awarded a SAMHSA treatment for the homeless grant on September 30, 2006. PPR is a mobile treatment team (MTT) that offers outreach, engagement, and wraparound case management services integrated with mental health/substance abuse clinic treatment. MTT forms a specialized, forensic, intensive outpatient service available to women who...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOALA) was awarded a SAMHSA General Treatment for Homeless grant that began September 30, 2009. VOALA’s program, The Barracks, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides a holistic, evidence-based, culturally appropriate recovery program. The Barracks links substance abuse and/or mental health treatment with residential housing, case management, wrap-around support services and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Tyyra remembers Christmas when her parents were still together. A beautiful balsam fir decorated by Tyyra and her siblings graced the living room of their bungalow. Christmas Eve, after a big family meal, her parents tucked them into bed and in the morning gifts engulfed the tree.

But the Christmas magic didn’t last. Tyyra’s mom battled substance abuse. Tyyra fell into the wrong crowd at school, dropped out, and began experimenting...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I met Terra in Toronto, Canada. An outreach nurse who had been helping her connected us. Terra is a wonderful, gorgeous 25 year-old woman who has lived on the streets for 5 months.

Terra tells a very real story about life on the streets. She doesn't like shelters because she was beat up in one, so she sleeps on the streets or in parks.

I hope Terra's story will stay in your heart and mind as it has with me. After this...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I met Richard in Saskatoon, Canada. He was born in Toronto, but moved to California when he was five. Richard moved back to Canada eight years ago after they detected an aortic aneurysm and his insurance in the U.S. jumped from $140 a month to $3,400 a month. A month ago he had a stroke and ended back in the hospital. Social Services gave Richard a bus ticket but he had no where to go but a homeless shelter.

Richard sleeps on the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

I met Ray in Ottawa, Canada. He is traveling Canada working day jobs and sleeping on the streets. Ray wasn't finding enough work to survive in Edmonton so, since he was going to be broke anyway, decided to travel and enjoy his summer.

Ray keeps looking for a place where he can find full time work and make a home.

When I asked what his future is like Ray said he is going to "play it by ear", and that he lives his life one day...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I met Petrina and her daughter in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Petrina lives with her three children in a women's shelter, and her husband stays at a men's shelter on the other side of town.

Families having to split up is often common in homeless services, and can be a road block to families accepting services. Unfortunately, in communities where there is no family specific shelter the only options are remain homeless or split up...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I met Mo in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mo had a place, but her kidney's failed, and after a hospital stay she was evicted from her apartment.

Mo tells the real story about life on the streets in Canada.

Mo's three wishes, a place a place a place. I can only pray that soon Mo will be living inside in a place of her own. Together, we can effect real, positive change and make people's wishes come true.

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

American man Mark Horvath, who has gone from riches to rags and back again, talks about his cross-Canada trip to draw attention to homeless people, who he calls "invisible."

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Lee Anne is 24 years-old and lives in a homeless shelter in Montreal, Canada.

Lee Anne lost her job because of the failing economy and couldn't afford to stay in her apartment. Lee Anne was lucky. She never spent any time on the streets and was able to find a women's shelter.

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I was walking in a park near downtown Ottawa, Canada, and started to talk to a small group of homeless people sitting on the lawn. Everyone started to talk about the recent street violence of homeless people being attacked for no reason. John (not his real name) showed me photos he took on his cellphone of a blood stained sidewalk after a 60 year-old man was viciously beaten. Another homeless man a few years back was set on fire.

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RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

I met Jean in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Both of her parents died last year. The house they were living in was burned down. After paying for two funerals Jean was left without any money and housing.

Jean admits that panhandling is no way to make a living. But even though she has a good resume it's challenging to find work when a person is homeless.

Jean's biggest issue is affordable housing. She states there is not enough...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

I met Jason in St John's, Newfoundland the day we ended the Canadian segment of the Invisible People road trip. There was a ceremony at city hall and Jason, who lived in a homeless youth shelter at the time, showed up at the event. Meeting Jason, and the encouraging words he said to everyone about Invisible People, was truly a highlight of last year. [http://bit.ly/th9w26]

For such a young man Jason...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

This past March I was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, speaking at a homeless conference. Whenever I can I ask to be taken out with an outreach team to meet new people. I have to be honest, there is a reason I moved from Upstate New York to Sunny, Southern California -- I hate cold! It was so cold I thought my face was going to fall off. I was close to asking them to take me back to the warm car when we say a man in a doorway.

Donny has...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Watch this video first http://youtu.be/zpm-gEMPL34 . Four weeks ago I was in Calgary, Canada, where I met Donny and posted his video. I was being escorted by Andrea Ranson, part of the outreach team from Calgary Homeless Foundation [http://www.calgaryhomeless.com]. It was so cold out I thought my face was about to fall...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

I met Destiny the day before she was entering a Salvation Army rehab in Winnipeg, Canada. She was out in the rain so we stepped into a metro stop to stay dry.

Destiny grew up in and out of the jail system and fell into addiction. Because she has two kids she is making the smart first step to get her life back by getting off drugs. Because drugs take over a person's live that choice is not easy. I have a lot of respect for Destiny!...

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