Archive for the The Homeless Category

One Man’s Mission to Save the Homeless in India: Akshaya Home

Posted in The Homeless on April 4, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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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.


LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Posted in The Homeless on February 3, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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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 !!

Urban Nomads’ Instant Housing shelters for the homeless

Posted in The Homeless on January 24, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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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.

Eco-wall or segregation?

Posted in The Homeless on December 9, 2009 by Karen Keddy

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Concrete-block walls are being built around the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro.
Authorities say it’s to save rainforests. The city’s poorest residents say it’s an attempt to shut them out.
Click here to read the full article.

Nickelsville, Seattle

Posted in Citizenship, Protests, The Homeless on December 6, 2009 by Karen Keddy

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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.

Nickelsville’s Website

Nickelsville Asks Court ot Block Eviction

Eviction at Nickelsville

Mustard Seed House

Interviews on Democracy Now

Mayor’s Official Website

Complaints from Neighboring Homeowners

Homeless Protest by Camping Outside Mayor’s Home

Donating Socks and Shoes

Posted in The Homeless on December 6, 2009 by Karen Keddy

This page is a part of the “End Homelessness” portion of  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.

Posted in Citizenship, The Homeless on December 6, 2009 by Karen Keddy

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 On, 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 ( or his youtube channel.  (The videos download a little faster on youtube.)