This video from CNN’s “Heroes” series shows N. Krishnan, who is working to feed and house the homeless in a small town in India.
Archive for the The Homeless Category
Upward Bound House: This 18 unit complex was once the site of a rundown motel with transient tenants. It got a complete make over by an all-star cast of LA interior designers. There was no budget, the designers were volunteering their time and creativity, and lots of donations were incorportated in the make over. Sustainable features were also utilized such as low flow toilets, doors made from 70% recycled content, and energy efficient windows.
Thanks to Travis Miller !!
Architects and designers are exploring humanitarian design for people who are homeless after a natural disaster or any other emergency. These projects by Winfried Baumann cater to instant housing for both urban nomads and the homeless.
Thanks to Taf Bwititi.
These links discuss a “tent city” of homeless Seattlites that was started in 2008. The Girl Scouts of America donated pink tents for the community. They ususally set their tents up on property owned by the city.
The residents named their settlement “Nickelsville” as a dishonor to Seattle’s Mayor Greg Nickels. They claim Nickels repeatedly asked police to “drive people out of their encampments and to destroy their property.” (Mustard Seed House)
By banding together, the homeless can stay warmer and be more organized. Often there encampments have included dumpsters and port-a-potties.
When the mayor sent a representative to give the Nickelodeons their eviciton notice, she would tell them that the city would provide beds in shelters for the displaced homeless.
But the residents said that the mayor was lying. There weren’t enough beds in the homeless shelters to accommodate all of the city’s homeless. They said that the representative was really offering to kick-out 14 residents from the shelter for one night and let 14 Nickelodeons stay there. But after that night, they would be back on the streets again.
Question: Do the tents provide a sense of privacy and “ownership” of personal property that the shelters cannot provide? (E.g., Some residents have said that couples and families can stay together in the tent – which is better than their options of single beds at the shelters.)
To include multiple perspectives, I have also included links to the Mayor’s website, and a page that included complaints from homeowners who lived nearby the encampments.
This page is a part of the “End Homelessness” portion of change.org. It highlights the importance of donating shoes and socks to the homeless. Because of all the walking they have to do, their shoes can get worn out quickly.
On CNN.com, Valerie Street has written an article about Mark Horvath. Horvath goes around the country interviewing homeless people. Street’s article discusses the path that led him there. It notes how social networking sites like twitter and facebook can help bring an awareness to these types of social issues. Click here to read her article.
Also, if you want to see some of Horvath’s interviews, I strongly recommend you check out Horvath’s website (invisiblepeople.tv) or his youtube channel. (The videos download a little faster on youtube.)