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Austin’s Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

By Megan Kimble ~ Citylab ~ Community First! Village’s model for ending homelessness emphasizes the stabilizing power of social connections. There are a lot of things that Richard Devore likes about the 250-square-foot tiny home he’s lived since early last year. He loves the wood cabinets in his house, the sprawling oak trees providing shade outside, the goats roaming in the pasture nearby. But most of all, he loves “the…

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This Shelter Gives Homeless People What They Really Need—Long-Term Jobs

By Sydney Worth ~ yes! A Fort Worth, Texas, program sees steady employment as an important step in helping guests rebuild their lives. When Kristy Yates’ daughter passed away in 2010, Yates sank into a deep depression and alcoholism that led to a drunken driving arrest. After a slew of health issues and losing all three of her jobs, the Fort Worth, Texas, resident became homeless and ended up checking…

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All Laws That Make It a Crime to be Homeless Should Be Repealed

By John Tharp, Maria Foscarinis ~ Other Words ~ Here’s what should replace them. When San Diego resident Gerald Stark’s rent increased and he couldn’t afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV. But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was…

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