Congressional Republicans Map Strategy After Payroll Tax Cut Debacle

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Tea partyers who came to Washington intent on deep cuts to counter the growing deficit railed against the budget numbers and the all-too-frequent fights.

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California Town Joins Fight For Homeless Bill Of Rights

Back in June, the country’s smallest state passed the first-ever Homeless Bill of Rights, which ensures that people living on the streets aren’t discriminated against. Just last week, the town council in Fairfax unanimously decided to push California to adopt similar legislation, Healdsburg Patch reports.

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Each state must meet certain criteria to ensure recipients are being encouraged to work themselves out of welfare. The new program is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It encourages states to require some sort of employment search in exchange for providing funds to individuals, and imposes a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance. The bill restricts welfare from most legal immigrants and increased financial assistance for child care.The federal government also maintains an emergency $2 billion TANF fund to assist states that may have rising unemployment.

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In western countries the large majority of homeless are men (75-80%)

Homelessness describes the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or lack “fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.”The legal definition of “homeless” varies from country to country, or among different entities or institutions in the same country or region.

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Public Safety De-Escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis

The Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI) is developing and delivering an 8-hour training on Public Safety De-Escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis. The goal of the training is to build the capacity of public safety personnel to respond to military veterans (all branches).

Source: http://vetsuccess.gov

Attack Homelessness, Not Homeless People


As unemployment and foreclosures continue to drive record increases in homelessness, many cities are stepping up efforts to criminalize it. That’s wrong, ineffective and costly. But some communities are bucking the trend, demonstrating that there is a better way.

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