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Mark Horvath
Mobile homelessness may be the fastest growing poverty demographic in America today. People lose their job, then their apartment, and do everything they can to keep their vehicle. In most communities it's actually illegal to sleep in a car or RV,...
Christine Schanes
The myth that homeless people make millions or thousands of dollars is a myth of gigantic proportions. This myth incorporates the mistaken belief that homeless people make big money by trading on their homelessness, which is simply not true....
Imagine for a moment the image of a homeless person. How do you feel? Are you imagining someone you respect? Many of us do not respect homeless people. And by "us," I mean "housed people." Often, having respect for homeless people is only a myth. At...
Christine Schanes
In my opinion, the popular myth that homeless people "flock" to any particular city to take advantage of its services is cruel. This myth is espoused by some housed people, including some people in positions of political power in certain...
Christine Schanes
"Transient" is the new "N" word. Although commonly used, the word, "transient," is often used to disparage homeless people, much as the "N" word was used in the past to disparage African-American people. By formal definition, the word, "transient,"...
Christine Schanes
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) requires that every two years during the last seven days of January, Continuum of Care (CoC) systems (those agencies that HUD funds on a competitive basis) count the number of homeless people...
Christine Schanes
Every day many of us see a homeless person holding a sign or a cup begging for money. The kind-hearted people among us often give spare change or a dollar to this homeless person. However, we may ask ourselves, "Will a dollar make a difference in...