Welcome WIN Trenton!

January 23, 2020

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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‘They see the trash… But they have to understand that this is someone’s home’

January 17, 2020
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An RV is towed from an encampment Wednesday in South LA. | Photos by Samanta Helou Hernandez What’s it like for RV dwellers during a city-sanctioned cleanup Margarita Moreno sat surrounded by boxes of cooking supplies, bags of blankets, and a lamp, belongings she had kept in the RV she...

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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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New Homelessness Numbers Reflect Uneven Progress, Increased Urgency

January 9, 2020
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Despite Significant Decreases Among Families, Youth, and Veterans, Overall Homelessness Increases 2.7 Percent The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress reveals that an estimated 567,715 people were identified homeless on a single night in 2019. This represents a 2.7 percent...

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Establishing a Federal Fund for Homelessness Prevention

January 6, 2020
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It’s well known that an acute financial emergency is often the breaking point that makes someone become homeless. Perhaps it’s a matter of missed rental payments or utility bills. Sometimes it comes in the form of a medical bill or inexpensive car repairs. Sometimes someone just can’t gather the funds...

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Housing Chronically Homeless People: Opportunities through the 811 Mainstream Vouchers

December 16, 2019
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There’s no doubt about it: we need more resources to end homelessness in this nation. In fact, we need many more resources. But we also need to make sure that we use every single resource that exists. And for communities seeking to address chronic homelessness, there are important resources available...

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Supreme Court Leaves In Place Ruling Barring Prosecution Of Homeless

December 16, 2019

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

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

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

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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