Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Decades after his death, Marshall students archive forgotten Huntington writer’s work

Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Decades after his death, Marshall students archive forgotten Huntington writer’s work . “”Students at Marshall University got a chance this semester to embrace Appalachian literature, while also making sure a Huntington writer will not be forgotten again. Michael Martin and Krys Smith, sophomores at Marshall, said they signed up for professor Stefan Schoberlein’s Appalachian literature class this spring expecting to read books and take quizzes, but the professor had other plans in mind after he heard of writer Tom Kromer on NPR.”

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. homeless deaths more than doubled during the pandemic’s first year — but not because of COVID

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. homeless deaths more than doubled during the pandemic’s first year — but not because of COVID. “The grim findings echo a similar mortality spike in Los Angeles, where officials contending with rising housing costs and homelessness also used a wave of pandemic funding to test new approaches like sanctioned tent cities and state-funded hotels. Interventions like shelter-in-place hotels likely did help mitigate deaths due to COVID-19 and related health conditions, the report authors found, but lockdowns diverted resources and increased isolation that may have compounded other risks.”

ABC News: As evictions loom, rent is ‘out of reach’ for most low-wage workers across US, report shows

ABC News: As evictions loom, rent is ‘out of reach’ for most low-wage workers across US, report shows. “When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020, Schantayln Sherman, a single mother of a daughter with special needs, faced a series of medical and financial setbacks that left her unable to pay her rent. As she received rental assistance, Sherman said she tried to look for more affordable housing but that it was the ‘hardest thing’ because stock is low, demand is high, waitlists are long and restrictions in terms of credit scores and income levels are limiting.”

Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.

Toronto Star: There were more than 800 reversed overdoses in Toronto’s shelter system last year. A new database shows which shelters were hit the hardest.. “In the final months of 2020, a hotel shelter in Scarborough was being battered by suspected drug overdoses — Toronto paramedics attended the single shelter 23 times for non-fatal incidents of drug toxicity between October and December alone. Downtown, another hotel shelter was fighting the same battle. Seventeen times in those three months, first responders showed up at the Bond Place hotel run by Dixon Hall, for cases where the patient was successfully revived.”

StateScoop: California launches statewide homelessness data platform

StateScoop: California launches statewide homelessness data platform. “The Homeless Data Integration System integrates data maintained by the 44 state planning bodies that coordinate services for homeless people, also known as continuums of care. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press release Wednesday that the new system, which was developed by the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, will help guide state policy.”

Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless

Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless. “Ashley Sundquist uses Google Maps as more than a way to get around. She’s turning it into an invaluable resource for people experiencing homelessness in her community. Sundquist has a rapport with a few homeless community members in Santa Monica, where she lives. Connecting with this community is a habit she’s long cultivated wherever she lives, whether in Los Angeles or the many East Coast cities she once called home. In January 2020, she was chatting with one of them, a man named Joe who often hung out in front of a local library. After Sundquist asked him how she could help out, he explained that, while he knew there were resources for homeless people in the community, he had trouble finding them. He needed a map.”

Washington Post: The pandemic helped D.C. slash family homelessness. But a new crisis looms.

Washington Post: The pandemic helped D.C. slash family homelessness. But a new crisis looms.. “Thousands of families who have lost jobs during the pandemic and been unable to pay their rent could end up on the street, analysts say. Thousands more could face an abrupt end to their ‘rapid rehousing’ rent subsidy, meaning they must either dramatically increase monthly payments or lose their newfound stability. And with D.C. revenue shrunken by the lack of tourism, entertainment and sales tax dollars, the city has warned of potential funding cuts next year to nonprofits that offer services to the homeless.”

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority

Los Angeles Times: L.A.’s homeless residents are 50% more likely to die if they get COVID. Now they’re a vaccine priority. “Faced with the knowledge that homeless people are dying at much higher rates if they catch COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will make the county’s entire homeless population eligible for vaccines starting Monday. This comes as welcome news for public health officials and advocates who for months have been saying there should be more of a focus on a community that’s rife with comorbidities, struggles to access healthcare and can’t easily shelter in place or maintain social distance.”

Route Fifty: Cities Direct Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to Homeless Populations

Route Fifty: Cities Direct Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to Homeless Populations. “City health departments across the country are planning to use the newly approved Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to target homeless and other hard-to-reach populations—touting the easy logistics with the single-dose shot. But to avoid sewing confusion and distrust among the public, health experts caution that officials need to be transparent about the reasons why certain groups are getting a specific brand of the vaccine.”

Route Fifty: States Fail to Prioritize Homeless People for Vaccines

Route Fifty: States Fail to Prioritize Homeless People for Vaccines. “Many homeless people have underlying medical conditions. They are more likely to be people of color, and many are older adults—all groups disproportionately at risk for serious harm from the virus…. Yet at least 20 states don’t include people living in homeless shelters in their vaccine distribution plans, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy, a nonpartisan research organization with offices in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine. Few state plans even mention homeless people not in shelters.”

Penn State News: Facebook posts could identify substance use risk in homeless youth

Penn State News: Facebook posts could identify substance use risk in homeless youth. “In their work, researchers built novel detection systems, using machine learning and natural language processing techniques, that can identify certain kinds of substance use based on an individual’s Facebook posts. They focused their efforts on predicting substance use among homeless youth — a high-risk population with elevated rates of hard drug use.”

Marketplace: Pandemic could cause twice as much homelessness as the Great Recession

Marketplace: Pandemic could cause twice as much homelessness as the Great Recession. “A new report from the nonprofit Economic Roundtable projects that without significant government intervention, the pandemic will cause twice as much homelessness as the Great Recession. If nothing changes, about 600,000 people could end up in shelters, on the streets or crashing with family or friends over the next three years.”