First Read: Homeless Bill of Rights, Job Training for Homeless Vets, More

Rhode Island’s Homeless Bill of Rights

Mother Jones has today’s first word on the civil rights of homeless people. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Law Center and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign the Homeless Bill of Rights into law today. With cities across the country addressing homelessness and poverty by making them a crime, Rhode Island is sending a clear signal that there’s a better way forward.

To read the full article, click here.

Homeless Encampment Near Ann Arbor Clears Out

In contrast to the good news in Rhode Island, we have sad news for the residents of a homeless encampment near a highway just outside Ann Arbor. The state plans to put up an 8-foot-tall chain-link fence to block them from returning, and to cite anyone remaining at the camp for trespassing starting Friday. This is another in a long line of examples of cities wanting to push the homeless population out of sight instead of addressing their needs.

To read the full article from WWMT Grand Rapids, click here.

Labor Department to Provide Job Training to Almost 9,000 Homeless Veterans

The Washington Post has a bit of good news.  We all know that the rate of homelessness among veterans is disturbing and unacceptable. That’s why the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that it was appropriating $15 million to provide job training to 8,600 veterans was so heartening. But it’s important not to be satisfied with this investment, which is a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed for homeless veterans and their families.

To read the full article, click here.

Homeless Remembrance Finds a Home in Seattle

The Homeless Remembrance Project, comprised of homeless women, faith community leaders, designers, artists, and homeless service providers has worked to make sure the lives of King County’s deceased homeless citizens are properly honored. After a decade-long fight with the local government, they’re finally being allowed to move forward with their plans to engrave the names of homeless persons who have passed away on the sidewalk, and to erect a “Tree of Life” that will stand as a monument to those our society has marginalized.

To read the full article from Crosscut, click here.

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