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Homelessness and Suicide by Hanging

August 25, 2020
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Homeless people in L.A. increasingly are taking their lives by hanging Gale Holland,LA Times•August 6, 2020 He was a talented skateboarder on the verge of landing a company sponsorship. Dressed in loud Hawaiian shirts or tracksuits, his shock of hair untamed, skater style, Jacob Glory Russaw practiced ollies and kick...

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College Students: How to Survive Food Insecurity & Housing Insecurity during COVID19

August 25, 2020
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A #RealCollege Guide for Students “BEYOND THE FOOD PANTRY:Surviving COVID-19” by the Hope Center offers useful tips on how to get money, reduce your bills, access food, secure health protection, find parenting support and more. This free guide shares practical advice on how to address common needs shared by college...

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COVID-19 shelter closures may push homeless into heat wave

August 25, 2020
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https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-08-19/homeless-shelter-heat-wave-park-closure As the summer heat crested in the late afternoon Monday, Royal Fahrner left the Pan Pacific Park recreation center with a large plastic bag and her backpack. A long bus ride downtown to a storage facility was in her future. The rec-center-turned-homeless-shelter, where she had been staying for several...

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My Daughter And I Just Became ‘Unhoused’ During The COVID-19 Crisis

August 24, 2020
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Unhoused. Our belongings are packed in a garage in central Virginia, and I no longer have employment. The question of where my daughter and I will lay our heads on any given week is a bit of an unknown. — A teacher and single mom writes about what it means...

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Welcome WIN Trenton!

January 23, 2020
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OCLA issues software license in Trenton NJ to support Mercer County Homeless Youth.  OCLA Founder & WIN visionary Denise McCain-Tharnstrom welcomes WIN Trenton at the  Launch ceremony in Trenton City Hall, Hosted by Mayor Reed Guciora January 18th, 2020

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The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Homelessness

January 15, 2020
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This post is authored by Karen Romero, Freedom Network Training Institute Director at Freedom Network USA.  January is the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month, an annual effort to increase awareness about what human trafficking really is, and what it looks like, in the United States. The relatively new...

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Supreme Court Leaves In Place Ruling Barring Prosecution Of Homeless

December 16, 2019
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Boise’s defense of its policy of sometimes prosecuting homeless people for sleeping in public after a lower court found ordinances in Idaho’s capital violated the U.S. Constitution’s bar on cruel and unusual punishment. US cities continue to struggle  with how to...

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OCLA receives Great NonProfits Seal!

November 6, 2019
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GreatNonprofits focuses on helping people make great giving decisions through socially sourced feedback and reviews.”  Bill Gates Thanks to WIN users and OCLA supporters who submitted their reviews of OCLA’s programs, OCLA has been recognized as a Great NonProfit! The GreatNonprofits seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better...

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November is Homeless Awareness Month

November 5, 2019
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Join the fight to end homelessness throughout the month of November. Volunteer at at Soup Kitchen. Give Gently Used Clothing to a Local Mission. DONATE to the WIN app and empower someone to find help today. Read Don’t Look Away Homeless People Are Your Neighbors. THE TAKEAWAY DON’T LOOK AWAY....

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Homelessness Addressed by New Bills

November 5, 2019
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Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills Thursday to confront the crisis of homelessness New California legislation to assist city and county governments by removing regulatory barriers to fight homelessness will go into effect January 2020.  Among issues addressed  in the bill package are:  Provision of a CEQA exemption...

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