High-End Approach To Homelessness Freaks People Out About What The Poor “Deserve”

The idea of doing more for people with needs rather than less — even with private, not government, funds! — is, it turns out, anathema.

Seattle’s Tent Cities Provide Structure to Homeless Residents

This is Nickelsville, a Seattle tent city that has been operating since 2008. The city and its residents find a place to set up camp, and live there until they are forced to relocate.

Two Slices of Pizza

I was literally across the street before I realized she had asked me for pizza and not money. I’ve given people money before, but I rarely carry cash, which seems to make all of these transactions simpler in a sad way—if someone asks me for something I do not have, I do not have to think about my answer.

The Trouble With the Simple Solution to Homelessness

When you look at all the solutions together it would, actually, be very simple to end homelessness. It’s when you look at the logistical problems of each individual solution that you realize it isn’t that simple at all.

Heartbreaking Story About Homelessness in San Francisco

The myth of the “good poor” kills me, the idea that people should have to point to their accomplishments and credentials to make clear that they don’t deserve to have to live on the street. No one should have to live on the street.

Stand-Out College Essays About Money

Amazon And The Seasonal Worker

I think the title of this Guardian article speaks for itself: Homeless and working for Amazon: the trap of the seasonal job cycle.

To be fair, Amazon is very upfront that they rely on a seasonal workforce, mostly because: Christmas.

Homeless Woman Arrested For Leaving Kids In Her Car During Job Interview

Well, this is very sad:

Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.

Help Out Clean-up

Here is link to a Kickstarter project that I think is really different and wonderful. “They Call Me Clean-up” is a project for a book that will be written by a homeless man named James. His street name is Clean-up because he is very often sweeping the Oakland neighborhood he lives in.

Addressing Homelessness in a Way that Works

Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has a very good profile of George McDonald and the DOE Fund, a New York nonprofit that has proven itself to be particularly effective when it comes to putting an end to homelessness.