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Memorial Edition

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Ÿ In Memoriam Ÿ Art4TH News Ÿ World Homeless Action Day Atlanta Ÿ Feature Homeless Relief Organization Ÿ Doing It Homeless Ÿ Feature Literary Artist Ÿ Poedancer Ÿ Feature Literary Artist Ÿ Housing-4-All Ÿ Welcome To My World Ÿ Au Contraire Ÿ The Homeless Pages Ÿ The International Homeless Pages Ÿ Art4TH Sponsors and Partners

Sepbember 4th, 2011 This was the day I published the Art4TH Zine September Issue (it was monthly then) and was the first issue published since May. You see, in May 2011, my mother, who I’ve been taking care of, was in a nursing home and rushed into the hospital where she was in ICU critical condition. The doctor said she had less than six months. May 2011–October 2011 was the hardest few months I’ve endured. Ever. More than being homeless at 9, more than moving from Louisiana to Georgia after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and more than starting a nonprofit.

In Memoriam Johnnie Crider 1946-2011

I received a letter from the IRS earlier that week but never got to check the mail until Sunday, September 4th, 2011. They wanted more info before they would deem Art4TH a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. I was working with Hart at a Starbucks later that evening when my friend in Baton Rouge, Joanna, called me. She said, “Johnna you need to skip work tomorrow and go see your mom. I feel something isn’t quite right,” Skipping work to see my mother after the hospice said she was improving when she clearly wasn’t was a no-no. I’d been through too much and wasn’t about to skip work unless it was an emergency. I was on the phone with Joanna about to walk to Walgreens about ten that night. The phone beeped and on the other line was hospice. I just knew, then. I answered. They said it was time. Your mother’s showing the signs of near death and won’t make it past the night. Hurry if you want to say goodbye. I went straight to my job. Nancy’s Pizza was my family last summer. One of my coworkers rushed me up there and I watched my mother fade away. The light was intense and so was the heat. I remember she was crying but was staring off in space. I thought she was in pain. I remember the rattle in her throat

as she was gasping for breath. She was trapped in an agonized body in so much pain from struggling to live so I asked a nurse if she could have a shot of morphine. It was cleared by the doctor that she could have it in the state she was in but deep down, I knew it would drop her blood pressure low to the point of death. I think she knew too because she cried more tears as the nurse gave her the shot. I went to sleep to the sound of that rattle and woke up Monday, September 5, 2011 which was also Labor Day, a fixed holiday, to the sound of silence. Then the nurses rushed in. She was gone. I’m dedicating this issue of the Art4TH Zine to my mother. She will have two death dates this year: Labor Day, the holiday, and the date she died on September 5th. My mother was a survivor of homelessness. She lived on the streets, in her car, and struggled a lot in her life. She chose to keep me instead of aborting me. I’ve been told I was her sole reason for existence. And now she’s gone. Many of you see me as the face behind Art4TH and Samantha as my friend who helped me. My mother was the first Secretary of Art4TH. My mother was my loudest cheerleader. Her last words to me were, “I love you and I’m so proud of you,” and that was stated to me two days before her death. My mother’s experience combined with my own, inspired me to do something worthwhile with my life. That something, that sole reason for my existence, is Art4TheHomeless Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day) marks the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. So does Wednesday, September 5th.

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Photos from Guitar Apocalypse

From the top left: Vintage Nation Band, Virginia Bliss (The Shadow Lords), Unus Mundus, Johnna Crider and Hart Deer announcing raffle, Artwork for the Silent Auction. You can see more photos on our Facebook page!!


World Homeless Action Day is a worldwide collaborative effort that is held on the 10th day of October every year…….What should or could be done on this day? The day is there for you and your community to use, as you see fit, to create change and make a difference in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness in your local area. There seems to be an international day for this or that all the time. Sometimes even an entire week or month is devoted to focusing our attention on an issue or group of people in need. These can be very powerful opportunities in terms of fundraising, awareness-raising, and garnering significant political power. There are two hashtags we are using for the Atlanta Event. #MoreThanWords is the official hashtah for the World Homeless Action Day Movement and #WorldHomelessActionDayATL is the hashtag for the Atlanta WHAD. If you are not in the Atlanta area but want to participate, you can click on the above image that has the guy sitting down with the sign saying “I Want Change” and either host your own event or help promote the event in your communities

This year, Atlanta, GA will be joining the cities all over the world taking part in World Homeless Action Movement. The Atlanta Event Admission is Free! Art4TheHomeless has teamed up with Camden Midtown Atlanta and Eternal Impact Homeless Ministries to raise homeless awareness in a fun and innovative way. We will be collecting items to pass out to the homeless of Metro Atlanta after the event: toiletries, coats, clothes and blankets. There will be two live bands and a raffle drawing for fundraising for both Art4TheHomeless and Eternal Impact. Camden will provide free food and drinks (soda, water,) for everyone who comes! Schedule of Events 6-7:30 The Shadow Lords open the event 7:30-7:50 Raffle Drawing 7:50-9 Vintage Nation headlines the event When: October 10, 2012 at 6 PM to 9 PM Where: Courtyard at Camden Midtown Atlanta 265 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308

"The Free Mindset – It’s Free!

Doing It Homeless

It’s one of America’s favorite words – FREE! And what happens when you get something free? You smile. You’re happier than moments before. You feel privileged. So why not keep that mindset going all day, everyday? Your attitude is up to you. Not your parents, not your spouse, not your boss or your finances, your mindset and your attitude is up to you. Always. So it’s a good idea to look at things on a positive note, no matter what. Take for instance, the Free Mindset. What the heck is it?

profile on my cell phone, and it was free! Yea, I bought the phone a few months ago and paid my bill last month, but today it was free, I didn’t pay a dime! On my way to the office this morning I bought a sammich from Carl’s Jr. and got one free because I cut out a coupon from a few days ago. Free food! I want you to give the Free Mindset a shot and see how it literally changes your attitude and perspective on things pretty quickly. My life is free, my family and friends are free.

There’s another pretty cool thing that’s free… I create Blogs for This morning I woke up with the homeless people around the warm and bright sun, and it was world, which is 100% free for free. I have a new day to them. I have them pick their network, make money, learn own personal domain name and something new, and it’s free. I Blog template and I teach them thought of a new idea for a blog how to update their own post just a few minutes ago, and website. It’s called the that was free too! #NoBoxBlogs Project and if you’re in need, I’d like to give you one as well. Free. Are you getting the idea yet? The Free Mindset works for almost anything! I just checked my Facebook

Now share this post to those who you feel deserve a new perspectie today. It’s free!

Karen Robiscoe is a spunky writer whose ink pen generously flows from her heart into the world. Her reviews and posts are seen by many across the world on her website that features short stories, op-eds, poetry, limericks and fender-sized philosophies called Bumper Stickers. Karen is an honors graduate of Santa Barbara City College, and a member of the PTK. Her work has appeared in Spectrum Literary Journal at UCSB, and online at the Whistling Fire. The staunch animal rights advocate resides in California, and has recently completed an urban fantasy titled: Spirited Remix: An insider’s look at posthumous redemption.

Karen began her writing career at the tender age of eight when her aunt submitted one of her poems, The Evening Sky and it became published. Her other jobs include a PT, personal chef and taking care of two fluffy Himalayans. She’s also a member of ASPCA & Peta (active, meaning she support s monthly) . Karen recently wrote an excellent blog post about Art4TheHomeless and you can view that post, and more of her writing at her website. The following is an example of her writing style:

Karen Robiscoe

Just this year, Spirited Remix qualified in this year’s ABNA’s. (Amazon's Breakout Novel Awards) An excerpt placed in the semi-finals of the SFWPA in 2009, and a different excerpt received honorable mention from the Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition. Karen has had poetry published in two consecutive issues of Spectrum literary journal at UCSB, issues CLVIV & CLVV, as well as at the online E-Zine: Handful of Dust, while a creative non-fiction was published online by a journal called the Whistling Fire.

Sample Query Letter: Deconstructed Dear Agent, I found your agency the old-fashioned way, stabbing a push-pin into an outdated Writer’s Market at random, and I’m happy to tell you, dear sir, that today is your lucky day! (a) Or should I say the book industry’s (b) lucky day, because the 1000 page manuscript you now hold titled: War & Peace & War & Peace & Another War Followed by an Election, a Beer Summit and a Disputed Birth Certificate: The Inside Story–is probably the finest piece of literature going. So, even though the guidelines listed for submitting to your agency requested only a one chapter sample, I know you would want to make an exception for material of this quality. (c) (a) It’s always good to let the agent know how you came to find him through careful research and analysis of his field of interest. Also, they prefer to be addressed by the generic term: agent, as physicians like to be addressed by ‘doctor’, to reaffirm their positions in the world. (b) Use fancy fonts and bolded type wherever possible to catch the agent’s eye. (c) It’s important to give your own interpretation of a given agent’s guidelines to show your creativity and chutzpah. This first installation of this semi-biographical, magic realism, urban fantasy trilogy is of course told in the second person, and spans the history

of warfare, from the cave man era to present day, but the kicker is this: the Cro Magnum protagonist is actually a time traveling scientist from the thirtythird century with a bad case of recurrent amnesia that allows him to narrate the entire novel, but still conveniently forget things even as the reader will. Is that a great idea or what? (d) (d) Include a brief paragraph describing your manuscript. Furthermore, my extensive background as a reader of B.C. comics, captain of the high school ROTC drill team, and one-time visitor to the state capital makes me eminently qualified to write on this matter. (e) (e) Be sure to inform the agent of your writing platform. When you read my manuscript you’ll no doubt think of other great authors like Gore Vidal and Ayn Rand and John Steinbeck, though I think my work is a little more profound, and if you insist on putting it up for a Pulitzer Prize I can’t stop you. (f) (f) Do tell the agent what market exists for your manuscript by comparing your work to existing authors. I think 6 figures is a reasonable starting point for negotiating the rights to my work, and I’ll need full control over the movie options and screenplay offers that are sure to follow. I’ll expect an expense account for the book tour you’ll probably want to immediately schedule, as well. (g) (g) Let the agent know your expectations. You don’t have to thank me for the sheaf of autographed 8 x 10 head shots I included in the C.O.D. package, either. Just cut me a check for 100% of the profits from the mouse pads, posters and Bobble Heads you design from them. (h) (h) And that you’re ready & able to help with marketing. My publication credits include my birth certificate, tax forms and numerous, unsolicited book reviews posted at Amazon dot com. (I’d include a link but they’ve all been deleted.)(i) (i) Be sure to include any previous publications you might have had. I’ll need an immediate reply because I can’t be expected to sit on this gold mine for long. (j) (j) Courteously inform him of your willingness to wait for his reply. Your Welcome. (k) (k) Spell check! Future Bestseller. (Your Screen Name Here) P.S. Contact 411 is nested deep within my pop-up friendly, Flash-riddled website: . You’ll have to download a program just to view the URL and disable all security measures on your computer, too, but since my splash page has such a long streaming intro (22 min. + “take this survey” advertisements) you’ll see it’s well worth that extra step. (l) (l) Make it easy for him to contact you by including a link to your information. It shows you’re media savvy and agents absolutely adore clicking cursors repeatedly. It’s a modernized version of cat & mouse!

Cutting Down Palm trees The buzz of the saw echoes They are cutting down palm trees In the yard, shinnying up the trunks Boots taking root in the sides Machete, chainsaw in eager hands Slicing away resolve They begin by hacking Fronds from their native home They fall to the ground The thud was my own One at a time the fronds Fall, careful as an observer Watch from my lanai Then when the fronds have Been removed, the trunk is sliced Boots cutting grooves Working their way down Towards the ground I ponder the sunsets To be viewed, when the trees Are removed, ironically The tree thinks the same


It’s loss, the landscapes gain Slices fall and down Shinnying as a giant squirrel With a chainsaw, buzzing Hacking to the ground I had a friend once A palm trimmer Who committed suicide By falling from the highest one He could find. Climbed to the top To plummet to the ground Sky at face rising Face pale with peace Thud. It echoes now I watch the cutting of this palm The buzz echoes the morning When yard work is done Try to write a poem With buzzes echoing within Try to live this day Leave behind this tree, this hour Swept away by a chainsaw The sound hacks at my brain I fall to the ground But for the thought of the palm tree Mourning it as I breathe in and out.

Aloha, Cindy

Searching for the Unknown

Rhonda Patton

“She heard something rattling in the kitchen. She was home alone; someone had to be in her house. She was alone, scared, and prepared to fight. She walked slowly from her bedroom to the hall looking for something or someone. She didn’t want to make any noise. Melody slowly made her way to the kitchen and there was no one there. She thought maybe they went to another room, so she looked all around, and NOTHING!”–excerpt from Searching for the Unknown

Melody went into the town to buy some groceries and some things for the house, like paint, and brushes. She ran into some older ladies in the market; they were all real friendly. There was one that stood out. Her name was Bella. She had the prettiest white hair, and so pure looking. She had a very sweet voice. She knew Melody was not from there. She had a city look, a rushed look, always in a hurry to get things done fast. Bella asked where she was living and how long she had lived there. “I just moved in to that abandoned house on County Rd 785.” The ladies were very silent, bent their heads down and said “good luck.” They all walked away hurriedly. Standing there in the middle of the aisle just boggled on what that meant. She walked up to the register and checked out her things. On the way home Melody kept thinking why those ladies told her good luck and rushed away. As she was unloading her groceries on the cabinet and started making dinner, Melody heard the shower running. She knew Sam was not home from work yet. “Sam is that you?” she yelled. With nothing but silence, she ran toward the bathroom and put her head up to the door. She could hear the shower was spraying. She twisted the knob slowly, she opened the door but there was no one there. The shower was not running, and no water was in the bathtub. She shrugged and thought maybe it was her imagination. She then felt something brush her shoulder, like someone had walked by her really fast. She was very scared.

Melody and her husband Sam decided they wanted to move to a small town. With Sam working at the railroad, Sam was transferred to a small town called Everest County. It was a small town with about 1200 people in the community. Melody was a teacher back in the city; she took some time off to get settled in their new place. She loved history and writing. They wanted to buy a house they had seen several months ago while Sam was looking at the place of transfer. The house was white and a quiet place to live. They see this house abandoned, with some fixing up to do. It had lots of trees, plenty of land, a place to go fishing. It was a great deal for them and was a perfect place to live for Melody and Sam. Sam was a hunter, fisherman, loved to ride on four-wheelers.

As her husband was coming home, she called his cell phone and said what was happening. But he thought she was just making things up. He didn’t believe her. Rhonda and her husband, Chester, the coauthor, have two children, a girl who is 11 and a son who is 2. She is a stay at home mom, working in and out of the home and is am determined to make a difference in lives of children, with moral books for younger kids. Her inspiration for this book comes from some of the experiences she and her husband had in their home. This book is not based on a true story. Adcording to Rhonda, “This was a fun experience Chester and I sat down and read over and over, to make it draw to your attention. We want to work on more stories as well,” Rhonda was born and raised in Shreveport, LA.

Doing It Homeless

Fighting the Block Is it not amazing when you can sit down in front of a computer, a piece of paper or a canvas and let your creative ideas flow? It’s an awesome feeling when your creative juices are flowing and you feel like you’re on top of the world. Masterpiece after masterpiece shows up and you display each and everyone proudly . But there are days when this creative flow just isn’t going anywhere. Youfind yourself staring into a blank screen, piece of paper or canvas. Maybe you can get a few words or strokes going but none of them seem to click, sound cheesy or just looks like a mess. What do you do when you find yourself in this scenario? You may feel like you have so many creative ideas to put down but can’t seem to find the right inspiration. Maybe there’s a deadline you have to meet but you can’t seem to get anything down. If you have the time maybe you should back away from the piece.

can keep on writing or drawing or you can scrap it and start completely over with the new idea. The important thing is to keep trying and don’t give up. I’m sure some of the greatest creativepieces started out as mistakes or were actually the opposite of what the artist was trying for. Don’t give up on your work. It could be the greatest masterpiece you’ve created. Here’s an example of writing I came up with while on a complete writer’s

My mind goes blank Which I find funny For all the thoughts that are swirling through it The emotions are halted The words are silenced As I sit and wonder what to write Should it be about the hole of despair Or should it be about a new found Give yourself an allotted time to walk, love Should it be about all my frustrations read something or eat a meal or snack. Let your mind take a mental Or should it be about what I'm break. After the time has passed go grateful for back to your work. You may find that Not quite sure what to put on this there’s a different angle that you could paper approach it from that youcouldn’t see Not quite sure where to start before. Maybe a totally different idea will come that will unlock your block. All I know is that this writer's block Has at least inspired this one poem Another trick that you can try is to just keep at it. Tell yourself that no matter what you’re just going to keep going. If the first few lines sound super silly or cheesy or you have no idea what you’re painting or drawing keep at it. You may find that you accidently find a nugget of something in the mess that sparks your interest. That interest could be the start of a new idea. You

The following article was originally a guest blog post which was written in March 2011and has recently been turned into a chapter for the textbook, Issues That Concern You: Homelessness Brianna Karp and I met a couple of years ago as authors writing for a blog on homelessness. Just like many who have been reading her “Girl’s Guide to Homelessness” blog, I too have been reading and watching her journey unfolding and morphing into what is now a book of the same Title.

kept telling us to move. In this county alone, there are over 3,800 men, women, and children, who are homeless and only 200 shelter beds. People MUST sleep somewhere! I just want to thank all of you for taking the steps necessary to help the people in our community, who are experiencing homelessness.” Much to my surprise, following these heartfelt impromptu words, a vote was again called and this time, it passed unanimously! It was the first time in my life that I realized my voice could have such a powerful impact and potentially make a positive change in the lives of others, who are struggling. After the meeting, the woman, who was most opposed to moving forward with the vote, came up to me and thanked me for putting a face to homelessness. Tips for Having Your Voice Heard


■Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper concerning something about which you feel passionate One thing that I have found to be extremely inspirational is the fact that in the midst of experiencing homelessness, Bri was always concerned about all of the others, who were suffering as a result of not being able to afford housing. From the very beginning, she washelping to serve as a voice for those who are homeless. Clearly, she was thrust into positions of being interviewed on national television, which most of us will never experience. We could all tell that this was a bit scary for her, yet when opportunity knocked, despite the fear and unavoidable stigma associated with being homeless, Bri courageously told her story and made sure that she did what she could to debunk the stereotypes.

■Create a blog and post your thoughts for change there. or ■If you are currently homeless or have been un­ housed in the past, join the “Faces of Homelessness” Speaker’s Bureau ■For those of you, who are service providers, start a “Faces of Homelessness” Speaker’s Bureau ■Join the World Homeless Action Movement on Fa­ cebook ■Attend the National Conference on Ending Home­ lessness (they offer amazing scholarships for folks, who have experienced homelessness, which include transportation, hotel, registration, a $75. Stipend for misc. meals and ground transportation) Most of all, I encourage you to remember this quote by Marianne Williamson:

Even though we may never personally be under that sort of spotlight, I would like to suggest that we have other smaller, yet powerful ways to have our voices heard. For example, I was invited to speak at our local Homeless Services Oversight Council concerning giving a report on the National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness, which I attended. Following my presentation, I decided to remain for the rest of the meeting. During that time, the topic of creating a “Safe Parking” project came up. As I listened, I could hear various members voicing concerns and the time came when, rather than voting on and passing their endorsement of this project, it looked like the item was going to be tabled in favor of more research. When the chairman of the council asked for “Citizen Comments,” despite not planning to speak or having prepared anything to say, the sound of my tear-filled voice shocked even me. “I was a divorced, single parent of a 13 year old, when I found myself between jobs,” I said. Then continued with, “My son and I ended up sleeping in our car. It was terrifyingly dangerous. All night long the police

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3]) It is critical for all of us to speak out in our communities concerning our experiences with homelessness. Our voices can be powerful tools for positive change. Let your light shine and your voice be heard, because one person truly can make a difference and that person is YOU!

Au Contraire’s Sweet Drinks

Au Contraire

When I was growing up in the stone age (my kids think I played with dinosaurs and lived next door to the Rubbles), fruit drinks at my house were made with fruit, not a packet or a can. Gran would take a handful of whatever fruit was in season; strawberries, mulberries, watermelon, peaches, apples, cantelope, plums, persimmons (and oh the list goes on), then peel the fruit if needed, grate or press thru a sieve into a pitcher, adding a little sugar and then filling the pitcher with water. Chill and we had fruit waters. Light, refreshing and no preservatives, You may wonder why I didn't mention lemons (lemonade), weeeelll Gran didn't like spending money and lemons were expensive. Lemonade and fried chicken with lots of vegetables from the garden became Sunday dinner with the pastor.

The Homeless Pages

The Homeless Pages is a section in the Art4TH Zine that is dedicated to not only helping homeless relief organizations gain exposure but also helping anyone who is homeless get to the right resources they need. This section will be growing issue by issue. International Homeless links will be at the end of this section

United Way is a national homeless relief organization that has many chapters in almost all the cities of the US. In fact, many have a 211 homeless hotline. Atlanta is one of the cities that has it and you can find out about the rest through their website:

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected

Covenant House is an international homeless relief organization dedicated to rescuing children off the streets. They have several shelters in the US, Canada, Mexico and Guatamela. If you are in dire need of assistant, you can call the Nine Line 1(800) 999-9999

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) is an interactive learning community dedicated to disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness. It includes providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels.

The Homeless Network is a Facebook page open to anyone who is homeless, anyone working in homeless relief to come and connect.

The International Homeless Forum is just that: a forum for anyone homeless, anywhere in the world. It’s based out of Australia and had detailed forum groups by country, aid for each country and a general welcome group.

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The National Center on Family Homelessness (The National Center) was started through an unusual partnership. In 1987, David Jordan, then editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, met in Boston with Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Both were concerned about the growing number of homeless families in America, and wanted to do something. Dr. Bassuk had conducted groundbreaking research in the mid-1980s documenting the devastating effect of homelessness on mothers and children. Mr. Jordan believed that Better Homes and Gardens, which reaches 36 million American adults each month, had the power to educate the public about this emerging tragedy. In 1988, Dr. Bassuk and Mr. Jordan joined forces to start "The Better Homes Fund," what would eventually be called The National Center on Family Homelessness, which was established as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and non-endowed public charity.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leader nationwide.

The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) is a national grassroots organization whose primary concern is to ensure that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the needs of local communities. They do this in many ways and you can learn more about it at www.npach.orgThe mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. T The Law Center addresses the causes of homelessness, not just its symptoms.

The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council is a home for those who work to improve the health of homeless people and who seek housing, health care, and adequate incomes for everyone. In the National HCH Council, agencies and individuals, clinicians and advocates, homeless people and housed people come together for mutual support and learning opportunities, and to advance the cause of human rights.

The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 17-member board of directors — is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national grassroots membership association, connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing. NAEHCY achieves these goals through advocacy, partnerships, and education

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service providers through producing training and awareness materials and providing training at regional and national conferences and events.

Travelers Aid International members serve communities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. Each member organization is adapted to serve needs specific to that community. Travelers Aid’s network of programs extends "A Helping Hand Along the Way" to travelers in need of assistance. Our volunteers and staff are there to help travelers in distress or just provide friendly customer service amid the hustle of airports and train stations. Our members are a diverse group of human service nonprofit organizations and a network of key transportation centers. While each member agency shares the core service of helping stranded travelers, many Travelers Aid agencies provide shelter for the homeless, transitional housing, job training, counseling, local transportation assistance and other programs to help people who encounter crises as they journey through life.

A nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) has been helping local organizations build affordable homes in rural America since 1971. HAC emphasizes local solutions, empowerment of the poor, reduced dependence, and self-help strategies. HAC assists in the development of both single- and multi-family homes and promotes homeownership for working low-income rural families through a self-help, "sweat equity" construction method. The Housing Assistance Council offers services to public, nonprofit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States. HAC also maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farmworkers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia.

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

Invisible People TV is a vlog that introduces the homeless as people and not a stereotype. According the the founder : “I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “what! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!” For years I’ve used the lens of a television camera to tell the stories of homelessness and the organizations trying to help. That was part of my job. The reports were produced well and told a story, but the stories you see on this site are much different. These are the real people, telling their own, very real stories… unedited, uncensored and raw. The purpose of this vlog is to make the invisible visible. I hope these people and their stories connect with you and don’t let go. I hope their conversations with me will start a conversation in your circle of friends.”

We are a support community helping us all learn about the issues of homelessness and poverty in a safe, friendly environment, providing encouragement and resources to each other via social media. Open and honest communication is at the core value of what we stand for so please feel free to be yourself at times. Please remember social media is a conversation, so jump right in and introduce yourself on the wall so we can get to know you. We only ask that although homelessness and poverty can be a challenging conversation that everyone do their best to stay positive and respect everyone. And please, go on and have some fun.

The Do Foundation holds the essential belief that ALL PEOPLE, no matter their walk in life, are entitled to dignity, respect and the opportunity to realize or regain a life of self-sufficiency through community involvement and assistance as opposed to living in an unsheltered state of homelessness. The Mission of the DO Foundation is to connect directly with the homeless for a personal account of their immediate needs and to generate community support in conjunction with implementing cost-effective programs to aid and assist them with meeting these needs. Homelessness is indiscriminate. And likewise, the DO Foundation will remain open to the needs of those who are homeless whether their state of homelessness is to due to financial hardship, mental health related issues, addiction, flight from abusive circumstances, or lack of support as is often the case with Veterans and former inmates transitioning back into the community.

Corporate Code is a non-profit organization designed to expand participation and leadership among disenfranchised and disengaged men in order to build selfsufficiency and economic independence by providing interview-appropriate clothing and career counseling. Our mission is to help build self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing, the look, the self-esteem and the confidence needed for our clients to become positive members of our society.

Joy Junction is a place of refuge to those who have been forced into the streets of New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping homeless men, women, children, and families in Albuquerque by providing food, clothing, shelter, and safety. Our faithbased church ministry that serves as many as 200,000 individuals including as many as 60 to 80 children, every day. Each year we are able to serve over 100,000 meals thanks to the generous contributions of citizens and businesses throughout the city—we could not have such a positive impact on our community without you!

Springwire connects people in crisis with the social services and support networks that surround them – expanding a community’s capacity to care. By providing free access to tailored communication tools, Springwire restores a sense of hope and dignity, enabling people in transition to stabilize their lives and get access to the help they need to move out of crisis. Springwire began as Community Voice Mail in Seattle in 1991. Driven by the challenge of connecting homeless, phoneless workers with job opportunities, the organization’s founders came up with a simple idea: Give people a phone number that stays constant, even if they can’t. The success of the program spread, along with the idea of using technology to alleviate poverty. Today Springwire serves more than 50,000 people in 400 cities nationwide.

The Homeless Resource Network, formerly known as Metropolitan Columbus Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. has, since 1987, served the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Columbus, Georgia and Russell County, Alabama, in the coordination of services and information for the homeless population. The Network began as a coalition of interested individuals who charged themselves with the task of addressing homelessness on a community level. In 1995, with assistance from the City of Columbus and the Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Network for the first time established an office and hired staff. The Network continues to address homelessness as a non profit 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with service providers, concerned citizens and people experiencing homelessness.

Home Free is a nonprofit initiative to eradicate homelessness in urban environments through the provision of free wireless internet, social networking and resource allotment. We take donated bread trucks which have come off route and add donated computers and hardware to create mobile wireless access hubs for homeless individuals to utilize for finding family, jobs, resources and ways off the street. The goal is simple: Provide a resource for the homeless which will allow them to find ways off the street. Of course there are many who prefer the streets to a 9-5 and home life, but for those who are stuck and cannot find there way, Home Free will provide the tools to try.

The HUV Project is an effort to provide temporary housing to homeless individuals for crisis disaster relief. The HUV Project will produce and distribute shelter units to homeless individuals with the cooperation and support of other non-profit organizations whose aim is to provide housing, safety, and support services. The HUV is a temporary personal shelter constructed as a mobile vehicle to be used by the homeless. The vehicle is intended for individuals who have been victimized by both natural disaster and political conflict, resulting in insufficient housing. The HUV is not a cure for homelessness but rather a transitional means of housing.

The mission of StandUp For Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. StandUp For Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 to help rescue homeless and at-risk youth. With national headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia StandUp For Kids is run almost entirely by volunteers, and has programs in a number of states.

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

This World Homeless Day website exists to resource local groups to take the concept of World Homeless Day and run with it to benefit homeless people locally in their area.

International Homeless Resources

International Homeless Resources Obdachlose Ressourcen (Vienna)

Vienna, Austria Note: these articles are in German

Seit mehr als 25 Jahren ist die "Gruft" Wiens wohl bekannteste Caritas-Einrichtung für obdachlose Menschen. Sie bietet Menschen, die auf der Straße stehen, einen sicheren Zufluchtsort und vor allem menschliche Wärme - 365 Tage im Jahr rund um die Uhr.

Der Augustin wurde 1995 nach dem Beispiel amerikanischer, britischer oder französischer Straßenzeitungen gegründet. Der Verkauf der Straßenzeitungen hilft Menschen, die aus verschiedenen Gründen vom Arbeitsmarkt ausgeschlossen sind (Obdachlosen, Langzeitarbeitslosen, AsylbewerberInnen u.a.), ihre Not zu lindern. Professionelle SozialarbeiterInnen des Augustin sind an ihrer Seite. Vorrangiges Ziel der Augustin-Sozialarbeit ist aber nicht, die Marginalisierten „jobready“ zu machen, sondern ihren Ausbruch aus der Entmündigung zu fördern.

Gemeinsam für Wien

Der Fonds Soziales Wien (FSW) sorgt dafür, dass Wienerinnen und Wiener die Unterstützung bekommen, die sie brauchen. Das Angebot umfasst Leistungen der Pflege und Betreuung, Behindertenhilfe, Wohnungslosenhilfe sowie Grundversorgung für AsylwerberInnen. Rund 100.000 Wienerinnen und Wiener werden pro Jahr vom FSW und seinen über hundert Partnerorganisationen rasch und individuell unterstützt. Die Tochtergesellschaften des FSW bieten Schuldnerberatung, Hauskrankenpflege, Betreuung in Tageszentren für Seniorinnen und Senioren sowie Wohnmöglichkeiten für wohnungslose Menschen an.

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World Homeless Action Directory is a Collaborative InfoBank on World Homelessness and Hunger. If such things can't be documented properly what hope is there doing anything about them? Be bold and Donate. n_Page

The Pilion Trust is a charity in London and Wales, UK and their goals are many and varied: To provide relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of health of people irrespective of race, culture, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, spiritual beliefs, age or disability who are or who have been affected by drug, alcohol misuse, mental ill health or homelessness in particular but not exclusively by the provision of community based support and outreach activities within London Boroughs to begin with then across England and Wales. To provide relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public by offering volunteer, trainee, befriending, coaching and mentoring placements to enable the beneficiaries to gain an NVQ3, equivalent or above qualification and move into permanent employment and a long term career. To advance the awareness and education of the public about the harm of drug and alcohol misuse, issues around homelessness and mental ill health through delivering training, research, advocacy and seminars.

The Pavement is committed to publishing independent advice as well as hard-hitting and entertaining reportage, tailored to a homeless readership within the UK via our regional magazines and UK-wide website. We aim to provide and publicise appropriate information that is objective, timely and relevant on a range of advisory and practical services available to homeless people, as well as news on the issues impacting the homeless and dispossessed from across the UK. Our ultimate goal is to help reduce short-term hardship amongst our readers and longer term to provide them with information to enable them to guide their own futures. The Pavement exists because there was nothing like it, but it fulfils a need. The Pavement is a small charity, founded in the spring of 2005. We distribute The Pavement in London, Scotland and the West Midlands, and we plan to launch in other regions. In London alone, we deliver 4,000+ copies of The Pavement to over 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as work from the country’s best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), we’ve achieved a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications. Our journalists - trained professionals - cover the news from the streets or news affecting the streets, and we often deal with topics ignored by the mainstream press. Alongside this, other professionals provide features on health, foot care, legal advice and life in hostels, with the back pages given over to The List, a regularly updated directory of homeless services.

They have many more goals and objects and you can learn more about them at the following website:

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