JeffX | March 18, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

"Boots On The Ground" In A Good Sense

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Many communities host "Stand Down" events for homeless veterans, and most are held late in the year, just as the weather is turning colder. 

So it is with the North Coast Stand Down, set for early October in Ferndale. 

But the organizers are getting a head start on this year's event with a "Boots on the Ground" campaign. 

It's a literal thing: the idea is to buy boots for veterans in plenty of time for the autumn event. 

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Homelessness So Close It Can't Be Ignored

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The invitation to Southern Oregon University students is plain: "you will confront your fears and stereotypes surrounding homelessness." 

Students have been invited to take part in a Homelessness Immersion Experience in Portland in February. 

Participants will visit homeless camps and perform volunteer work as part of the project. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Housing The Homeless at The Egan Warming Centers

Thomas Egan, memorialized by the warming centers.
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Many communities with significant homeless populations also lack significant shelters to house them. 

But the situation changes when the temperature drops. 

Eugene is home to the Egan Warming Centers, named for a homeless man who froze to death several years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Why So Many Homeless Students

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The most recent numbers show more Oregon students are homeless than a year earlier. 

737 more students, to be exact… more than the populations of most elementary schools. 

Medford's Maslow Project is an organization dedicated to fulfilling at least some of the needs of homeless young people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Bundling Up The Homeless On Cold Nights

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Colder weather requires robust survival skills for people living on the streets. 

And it places some burden on communities seeking to keep homeless people from freezing. 

Ashland is in the process of adding shelter space for the cold winter nights ahead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Homelessness Declines Sharply In Oregon

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The Great Recession doubtless had a hand in the rise in the numbers of homeless people across the country. 

The numbers peaked in 2010, when new federal programs to reduce homelessness began. 

Now the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development--HUD--reports homelessness in decline.  It's an especially steep decline in Oregon, noticed by the state Department of Housing and Community Services

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A Hand Up
5:08 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

A Hot Shower For Ashland's Homeless

A homeless man who goes by Steve enjoys the new hot shower and laundry facility in Ashland
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Most of us take for granted that we can have a hot shower pretty much anytime we like.  But for people without a home, such basic personal hygiene can be a rare luxury. Now, in Ashland, community groups have come together to create a solution that meets the simple human need for cleanliness with dignity and compassion.

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New Hope
7:30 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
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Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Homeless Housing
5:27 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Quixote Village: More Than Just A Place To Sleep

Quixote Village is located on the outskirts of downtown Olympia on 12.7 acres of land leased from Thurston County.
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This past Christmas Eve, 30 homeless adults found a permanent residence in Olympia, Wash.

Before the move, the group lived in tents, hosted by different churches in the area. Many of the people had been sleeping in the woods and just wanted a safe place to stay.

Now, Camp Quixote is known as Quixote Village and comprises tiny houses for homeless adults. At 144 square feet, the homes are about the size of a one-car garage.

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