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Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

27 August 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Housing First, an approach that has helped many cities address homelessness, has failed to make much impact in Boulder thanks to a shortage of permanent housing and complaints that the program suffers from a lack of c...

Chicago Health

Katie Scarlett Brandt

19 August 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Over 100 organizations in Chicago that focus on helping those who are experiencing homelessness are now working together to provide COVID-19 testing and increase housing capacity throughout the city. Although testing ...

The Land

Conor Morris

17 August 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Health officials and Cleveland homeless shelters are working together to prevent a coronavirus outbreak among those who are experiencing homelessness. Mass testing, separate areas for the already tested and those yet ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Diana Lind

20 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia can look to places such as Denver and New Jersey for examples of how to alleviate homelessness by treating it as a health problem. Many people experiencing homelessness struggle with alcohol, opiate and d...

The Atlantic

Yasmeen Serhan

18 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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Britain's response to curbing the spread of coronavirus included the "Bring everyone in" operation which brought people experiencing homelessness off the streets and into accommodation - typically empty hotel rooms. T...

Law at the Margins

Ariel Boone

14 July 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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The city of Oakland and local activists use a similar response to the problem – building encampments of "tiny houses" – but there are critical differences between the two programs. An activist group called The Villag...

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Rachel Dissell

Ginger Christ

8 July 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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When COVID-19 emergency plans by Cleveland agencies to reduce crowding in homeless shelters excluded people still living on the streets, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless developed a plan to house people i...

The Discourse

David Minkow

24 June 2020

Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

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A coalition of local groups in the Cowichan region focused on the welfare of vulnerable populations during COVID-19 opened five tenting sites that have provided people experiencing homelessness with safety, meals, and...

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Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

LAist

Matt Tinoco

7 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, a government-sanctioned camp has been developed for individuals experiencing housing insecurity. The camp, with around-the-clock security, offers residents water, meals, health care, and electrical out...

High Country News

Peter Rice

7 May 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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To cope with the crush of people experiencing homelessness around the West, formalized encampments like Camp Hope provide local governments with a quick, affordable way to put people into safe, temporary housing where...

The Guardian

Amelia Gentleman

7 May 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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Across England and Wales, over 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness have found temporary accommodations in hotels. Paid for by the government as part of it’s COVID-19 relief efforts, hotels are working with soc...

Invisible People

Ari Honarvar

5 May 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Hotel Vouchers 4 All was created as an emergency response to finding housing for San Diego residents experiencing homelessness. Funded by donations, the initiative has partnered with a loca...

100 Days in Appalachia

Taylor Sisk

5 May 2020

Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States

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West Virginians from Clarksburg mobilized to tackle the issue of homelessness once the pandemic highlighted the vulnerability faced by the homeless who could not shelter in place. Advocates came together to get people...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

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Sydney Brownstone

3 May 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Prompted by the threat of COVID-19, Seattle and King County have rapidly taken steps to protect people experiencing homelessness with responses that activists have long sought. By moving hundreds of people out of crow...

The Current

Christiaan Mader

27 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Having learned from failures during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, an outreach center in Louisiana was uniquely prepared to take preventative measures as the coronavirus outbreak spread, and so far, the efforts have worked....

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

18 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, the city-led effort, Project Roomkey, is working to get 15,000 people experiencing homelessness into hotel rooms in the fight against COVID-19. Working with the LA Homeless Services Authority and state...

Downtown Albuquerque News

Peter Rice

26 March 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A growing number of cities are creating formal camps to mitigate housing problems for those experiencing homelessness. The camps feature basic accommodations such as a three-walled structure under which a tent can be ...

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Jill Kestler-D'Amours

25 March 2020

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Studies show that between 5-10 percent of people living in homelessness are believed to have a pet, which could be a barrier to folks looking to spend the night in shelters that do not allow animals. Springs Rescue Mi...

KCRW

Madeleine Brand

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, city officials are working to repurpose recreational buildings to house those experiencing homelessness, in the hopes of containing the spread of coronavirus. The city and shelters are also partnering ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

28 January 2020

Waianae, Hawaii, United States

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When blight and crime took over a treasured seaside park on Oahu and police seemed unable to help, a community group reclaimed the park and made it safe again by helping the people encamped there and cleaning up the s...

Colorado Trust

Daliah Singer

22 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, Colorado, one homeless shelter is using trauma-informed design to make residents feel more at home and less likely to sleep outside. Architects building Sanderson Apartments considered past traumas when cho...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Taylor Stevens

3 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In Utah, Catholic Community Services uses an online survey platform called Pulse for Good to learn what members of vulnerable communities actually want and need. After generating input from the local homeless populati...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

24 December 2019

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Canada and Humanity First Canada teamed up to transform a bus into a mobile shelter for the homeless, complete with 20 beds, a kitchenette, a bathroom, internet, and more. The progra...

LA Progressive

Alexandria Jacobson

15 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To fight food insecurity—especially with those experiencing homelessness—Chicago has created a network of programs and organizations across the city to support those who need it in many different ways. One example is ...

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