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A (Short-Lived) Living Room for the Homeless

As a housing crisis afflicts Seattle, a pop-up parklet brought something rare to the city’s most vulnerable residents: a welcoming public space.<p>Walking down a wide alleyway Friday near the University of Washington, I came upon an upon an unusual sight. In this gritty stretch of loading docks near …

raw portraits of the transient kids who travel america’s trains

Since 2011, Michael Joseph has made black-and-white portraits of train-hopping, hitch-hiking travelers. As a new exhibition of the images opens in New York City, the photographer discusses friendships and freedom on the road.<p>Ten years ago, <i>Into the Wild</i> — the filmic adaptation of Jon Krakauer's 1997 …

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Raw Portraits Of The Transient Kids Who Ride The Rails

Hopping a ride aboard trains and traveling across America used to be associated with tramps and hobos, but these days the transient kids who ride the …

Pilot Program Aims to Help Homeless

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The pair who try to make sure the city's homeless find help

CLOSE<p>Chico Lockhart, a social worker with DCI, works the downtown streets to connect with the homeless and panhandlers. He offers alternatives to …

What Squatting Can Teach Us About Wasted Space

In an era of extreme housing precariousness, a new book looks at the history of a radical alternative.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away.</i><p>There are all sorts of ways the Trump administration may exacerbate the affordable housing …

Can D.C's Homeless Live in Discarded Subway Cars?

Visionary architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s latest idea: an affordable housing project built out of old Metro cars.<p>Last month, <i>The Washington Post</i> floated a pretty wild idea: transforming discarded Metro cars into housing for the homeless. The man behind the notion is architect Arthur Cotton Moore, …

UK Company Training Prison Inmates to Build Pre-Fabricated Houses

They gain valuable skills and are offered full-time jobs upon release<p>In the U.S. we have a local workforce of 700,000 people that work for less than …

To House the Homeless, Berkeley Considers Stackable 'Microunits'

The city wants to erect a tower made of stacked, prefab 160-square-foot apartments.<p>If Berkeley gets its way, its homeless population could someday be living in 160-square-foot “microunits”—sort of like comfy shoe boxes that can be stacked into larger structures.<p>The city council unanimously voted …

A Portland Start-Up Is Smashing Barriers to Affordable Housing

Tyrone Poole, the founder of NoAppFee.com, was homeless once. Now he’s demystifying the rental search, one application at a time.<p>Tyrone Poole had nowhere to go when he dragged himself on crutches to a Portland bus station in late 2006. His leg, still healing from a devastating muscle tear, seared …

The Detroit Start-Up Helping Women Craft a Path Out of Homelessness

How a nonprofit and a small jewelry company team up to help homeless women get back on their feet.<p>Three years ago, Patricia Caldwell was laid off from her job on the production floor of a carseat factory in Highland Park, Michigan, and decamped to her mother’s house in Detroit, teenage kids in tow. …

Lockers provide help and security for homeless people

Add / Remove The Portugese charity Associação Conversa Amiga started with the simple concept of providing tea and a chat to people who were likely to …

Jacket for homeless allows passersby to swipe and donate

Add / Remove The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 74% between 2009 and 2015. The population of people without a fixed …

The Man Who Reduced Homelessness In Utah By 91%

At TEDMED, Lloyd Pendleton explained how he went from not understanding homelessness to helping almost 2,000 people secure housing.<p>Lloyd Pendleton grew up on a ranch in rural Utah, an upbringing that taught him values like rugged individualism and self-reliance. When Pendleton saw a homeless person …

Nationwide, Homelessness Plunged Under Obama

Veteran homelessness in particular could soon be a thing of the past, unless the Trump administration and Republican Congress reverse course.<p>On a single night in January 2016, more than half a million people across the U.S. were homeless. That number is large (549,928 people) but it has declined …

How Albuquerque Is Taking 'Will Work for Food' Literally

A mayor’s plan to connect panhandlers with jobs.<p>Albuquerque’s approach to ending homelessness is straightforward: Ask, and you shall receive.<p>Ask for work, that is. Nearly one year ago, the New Mexico city’s government collaborated with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a local nonprofit …

How Forests Become Refuges for Homeless People, and Why Locals Get Mad: Best #CityReads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>“As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger is Palpable’ in Surrounding Towns,” Jack Healy, <i>The New York Times</i><p>Gerald Babbitt lives in these woods, in a pop-up trailer …

Bringing Showers on Wheels to the Homeless

People can line up to rinse off in a truck making its way through St. Louis.<p>Twice a week in St. Louis, at around 5 p.m., a line begins to form in front of a truck. The people waiting are all homeless. Most haven’t had a shower in over a month, but that’s what awaits them when they reach the front …

Chatbot helps homeless youths apply for housing

DoNotPay is back again with another innovation, this time offering those without a home legal advice to do with their housing applications.<p>23 Aug 2016<p>…

Choir for the homeless gives voice to the voiceless

CLOSE<p>The Matthew's Voices: Side-by-Side, Community Choir is made up of members from all walks of life and it's mission is to bring music to those …

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This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.

Republican Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.”<p>Throughout his administration, as part of a push to connect the homeless population to services, Berry had taken to driving through the …

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Homeless In America: 5 Things to Say And 5 Things To Not Say

When you see a homeless person, what do you do?<p>Most of us tend to have the same response: We avoid eye contact and walk a little faster. But you …

The hairdresser for the homeless

Josh Coombes is a hairdresser with a huge salon: the streets of London.<p>The 29-year-old has been giving free haircuts to homeless people for the past year. Photos of the results are posted on an Instagram account which has thousands of followers.<p>It's part of an campaign by Josh and friends Matt …

These Temporary Homeless Shelters Reverse To Stay Warm Or Keep Cool

The WeatherHyde is a shelter for all seasons.<p>In New Delhi, like in many cities, homeless shelters are often so dirty or unsafe–especially for women and families–that homeless people often choose to sleep on the street even when beds are available.<p>For the last six months, a few families in the city …

San Diego's Controversial Push to Hide Its Homeless Before the All-Star Game

The city is expecting its biggest month of tourism ever but efforts to tidy up in time have angered advocates for the most vulnerable locals.<p>Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will flood downtown San Diego with sports fans on July 12. Coupled with July 4th celebrations and the massively popular …

Police Ask Cleveland's Homeless to Watch Out for Unfamilar Faces During the RNC

Officers have visited at least two encampments in the city, asking residents to be on the lookout for outsiders.<p>Law-enforcement officers in Cleveland are casting a wide net for security threats ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention—including within the city’s homeless populations.<p>On …

Why a Running Club for the Homeless Is Heading to San Francisco

The nonprofit Back on My Feet, which promotes jogging routines to help stabilize the lives of homeless people, will launch in the Bay Area in the fall.<p>In 2007, Anne Mahlum was living in Philadelphia. She had a habit of waking up early to exercise; each morning, her route took her by a homeless …

Could Supervised Injections Help San Francisco's Homeless Drug Users?

Cities across the U.S. are pondering legalized, sterile street-drug injection sites to fight the overdose epidemic.<p>A 35-year-old man with a history of mental illness found cold on the sidewalk.<p>A 38-year-old man cocooned in a blanket on the street, who neighbors heard “moaning” before going silent.<p>A …

One More Threat to San Francisco's Homeless: San Francisco Voters

A ballot measure is no way to try to solve a problem as complicated as homelessness.<p>If #Brexit has taught the world anything, it’s that ballot measures may carry unintended consequences. For both the United Kingdom and the European Union, the fallout from the “Leave” vote appears to be profound. <i>The</i> …