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Hawaii’s Newest Shelter Aims to be a Blueprint for Future Services

Hawaii’s Newest Shelter Aims to be a Blueprint for Future Services

Crystal Lewis, a Coast Guard veteran and mother of three, was the first client at Hawaii’s newest homeless shelter, a remodeled warehouse in urban Honolulu that provides 24-hour shelter for families while working with them to find long-term housing within 90 days. In Hawaii, where homelessness is so widespread, the governor declared it a state

Q&A with Elizabeth Warren: the senator talks about the presidential race and Wells Fargo scandal

Senator Elizabeth Warren at the opening of Cambridge’s Y2Y youth shelter. Photo: Zengzheng Wang. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been one of the most prominent critics of Wall Street and big banks since the 2008 recession began. Her tough interrogations of bankers and businessmen in the Senate Banking Committee launched many viral videos, the most

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Talks About the High Stakes of Women’s Reproductive Freedoms

By Emily Green Courtesy of Street Roots / INSP.ngo. Before a national television audience, Ilyse Hogue took the stage on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and did the unthinkable—she spoke publicly about her abortion. Her words struck a chord. Abortion remains a highly divisive social issue that carries with it a

Surge in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes, Study Reports

A recent study from the California State University at San Bernardino has reported a surge in hate crimes against Muslims. Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 78% in 2015 across the 20 states surveyed. The report reveals that last year was the worst year for anti-Muslim hate crimes since 2001, just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Last

Prominent Athlete Acknowledged for Work with Struggling Youth and Families

John Wall is best known for his actions on the court, but his actions off are what caught the attention of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, which recently recognized him with an award. Wall, a point guard for the Washington Wizards, is the first NBA player to receive the McKinney Award, named

Penn State Professor Hopes to Add Voices Through Homeless Narratives

Penn State Professor Joshua D. Phillips opened his latest book, “Homeless: Narratives from the Streets,” with a Mother Teresa quote, “Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.” Phillips’ book, which served as his graduate dissertation from Southern Illinois University, is taken from spending 2012

HUD Issues New Guidance Around Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act for People With Limited English Proficiency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a “Limited English Proficiency” (LEP) guidance that addresses how those with limited English proficiency are protected against discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. HUD announced in a Sept. 15 press release that it has created new guidelines to clarify that those seeking housing cannot be

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