WFLA: After months unpaid, 8 On Your Side helps homeless Tampa man receive unemployment benefits

WFLA: After months unpaid, 8 On Your Side helps homeless Tampa man receive unemployment benefits. “8 On Your Side is getting results for a Tampa man who, thanks to Florida’s unemployment failures, found himself homeless. A week after we first met Julius Johnson, he sat at the same bench in the same park but his outlook on life couldn’t be more different. ‘If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have this here,’ he said. ‘My car would be right there underneath the shade, and I’d just be sitting out here probably on the phone with unemployment.'”

Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis (New York Times)

New York Times: Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis. “Miles Oliver’s troubles began in April, when he had to choose between making his monthly car payment and paying his rent. He chose the car, based on a logical calculation: Without a car, he couldn’t drive to work, meaning no money for rent regardless. Oliver came to Arizona from Chicago more than 30 years ago as an Army recruit at Fort Huachuca, the storied military post wedged into shrublands in the southeastern part of the state, just a 15-mile hike from the Mexico border. He grew to love Arizona — the dry air, the seemingly endless sunshine, the sense of possibility for someone looking for a new start. He moved to Phoenix and built a life for himself there. Now it was all falling apart.”

“I Don’t Want to Live Like This Forever”: A 14-Year-Old’s Story of “Hidden Homelessness” Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic (Frontline)

Frontline: “I Don’t Want to Live Like This Forever”: A 14-Year-Old’s Story of “Hidden Homelessness” Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, almost 12 million children in America were estimated to be living in poverty — a burden disproportionately borne by kids who are Black or Latino. Kyah is one of them. Her story unfolds in Growing Up Poor in America, a new FRONTLINE documentary that follows children in three families — one Black, one mixed-race and one white — in the battleground state of Ohio as they struggle to make ends meet. That struggle has been heightened by the coronavirus.”

NY1: What Happens When Homeless New Yorkers Need a Restroom in the Pandemic?

NY1: What Happens When Homeless New Yorkers Need a Restroom in the Pandemic?. “Finding a public restroom during the coronavirus pandemic has become a challenge, especially among homeless New Yorkers. With some businesses shuttered and others no longer letting customers inside, this is a new reality.”

Hyperallergic: A “People’s History” of Los Angeles’s Skid Row

Hyperallergic: A “People’s History” of Los Angeles’s Skid Row. “Plans for an online version of the physical archive at LAPD’s Hyperallergic: A “People’s History” of Los Angeles’s Skid Row date back to the museum’s opening in 2014. LAPD founder and artistic director John Malpede explained by email that the original plan was to ‘include everything we have in our Skid Row archive,’ which contains documentation from LAPD’s performance history, including scripts, rehearsal notes, and videos dating back to its inception, as well as historical materials such as city planning documents related to the Skid Row neighborhood.”

Arizona State University: Cronkite’s Howard Center launches multimedia investigative project on homeless COVID-19 victims

Arizona State University: Cronkite’s Howard Center launches multimedia investigative project on homeless COVID-19 victims. “The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, a national reporting initiative at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has released a three-month multimedia investigation that found homeless people are among the most vulnerable populations in the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they’re largely invisible victims. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees homeless programs, has not required its national network of providers to gather infection or death data on homeless victims, so very little is known about how they’re faring. And cash-strapped, overworked public health departments have largely been unable to conduct such tracking.”

University of Hawai’i News: Facebook improves some aspects of sheltered homeless lives, UH research shows

University of Hawai’i News: Facebook improves some aspects of sheltered homeless lives, UH research shows. “By using the Facebook social networking platform, sheltered homeless in Hawaiʻi can improve their lives in ways ranging from online job searches to strengthening their connections with family and friends. That was the finding from a research team led by Wayne Buente, an associate professor in the School of Communications in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences (CSS). The paper was published in the International Journal of Communication.”

Washington Post: The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.

Washington Post: The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.
“The pandemic had forced them from their home. Then they had run out of money for a motel. That left the car, which is where Sergine Lucien, Dave Marecheau and their two children were one recent night, parked in a lot that was tucked behind a row of empty storefronts.”

EurekAlert: Can artificial intelligence help prevent suicides?

EurekAlert: Can artificial intelligence help prevent suicides?. “According to the CDC, the suicide rate for individuals 10-24 years old has increased 56% between 2007 and 2017. In comparison to the general population, more than half of people experiencing homelessness have had thoughts of suicide or have attempted suicide, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council reported. Phebe Vayanos, assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been enlisting the help of a powerful ally -artificial intelligence- to help mitigate the risk of suicide.”

New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence

New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence. “It was a humiliating video that fueled outrage on social media. A YouTube prankster filmed himself offering a homeless man in Barcelona an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste rather than cream. Now, the prankster, known as ReSet to his followers on YouTube but whose real name is Kanghua Ren, has been handed a 15-month prison sentence and must pay 20,000 euros, or about $22,300, compensation to his victim.”

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC Proudly Welcomes The Denver Voice!

Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC Proudly Welcomes The Denver Voice!. “This month, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection welcomed the Denver Voice to its online catalog and we could not be more excited! Our users will now have access to nearly 100 issues of the Denver Voice, spanning from its first issue in 1996 right up to its brief hiatus in the spring of 2006 before it became a professional publication the following year. This unique newspaper doesn’t just tell the story of Denver in a time of tremendous change, it tells that story from the perspective of some of its most underrepresented and often unheard citizens: those experiencing homelessness.”

CISON: Vancouver’s StreetMessenger now displays shelter bed availability in real time on Google maps and expands across Canada to combat homelessness (PRESS RELEASE)

CISON: Vancouver’s StreetMessenger now displays shelter bed availability in real time on Google maps and expands across Canada to combat homelessness (PRESS RELEASE.) “The Vancouver Community Network (VCN) has launched StreetMessenger.ca, which leverages SMS technology to send messages to the cell phones of homeless and street-involved youth with program information, life-saving alerts and real-time updates on available shelter beds displayed on Google maps.”

Los Angeles Daily News: New searchable LA database lists city-owned properties

Los Angeles Daily News: New searchable LA database lists city-owned properties. “The city of Los Angeles has opened a new online searchable database that will help it maximize the value of its property and aid in the creation of affordable housing and homeless services, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week.”

Recently Launched in Ireland: Database of Vacant Housing

Just launched in Ireland: a database of vacant housing. “Visitors to the website are asked to complete a form providing details of the property, its physical condition and any information about who owns it. None of this will be published for security reasons. Local councils will use the information to trace the owner with a view to getting the property back in use. The Government is offering grants of up to €40,000 to convert properties to social housing.”