City says it budget cuts will result in cuts for homeless children

Mayor McGinn says his proposed budget “funds new investments in child care and family homelessness services, including an expansion of a City program providing child care to low- and moderate-income families and increased assistance to homeless families with children” and even includes an increase in funding for human services providers to cover the costs of inflation.

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Wellspring says Mayor’s budget will result in cuts for homeless

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says his proposed 2013-14 budget “reflects Seattle’s values,” but one of the oldest social service organizations in the city says it will result in cuts for homeless children.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says his proposed 2013-14 budget “reflects Seattle’s values,” but one of the oldest social service organizations in the city says it will result in cuts for homeless children.

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Calif. Budget Cuts Will Move 880000 Kids To Medi-Cal Managed Care

California will close its projected $15.7 billion budget deficit by restructuring the state’s welfare program, streamlining health insurance for low-income children, and reducing child care coverage and college aid, as part of a deal Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders announced Thursday. The governor and lawmakers provided only broad outlines of the cuts and few hard dollar figures, but Brown said the deal met his demand for permanent welfare reform and is enough that he now is willing to sign the main budget bill Democratic legislators sent him last week

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Sequestration Threatens Cuts to Programs Serving the Homeless

CSH was one of nearly 3,000 organizations from every part of the country to sign a letter that was sent to all members of Congress urging the members to reexamine sequestration because of its harmful impact on non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. While several programs such as TANF, Medicaid, Medicare, and food stamps are excluded from sequestration, many key programs serving supportive housing residents and people experiencing homelessness are in jeopardy.

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BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

In 2003, Flex secured funding from the Marijuana Policy Project grants program to create its first docudrama, BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters, hosted by Ira Glasser, past executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. The film illustrates scenarios of police encountering citizens in various situations and how the relevant civil rights should be asserted in regards to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.

Flex has overseen the independent distribution of more than 20,000 Busted DVD copies, the video has more than 2.5 million online views, and it is regularly screened in hundreds of college and high school classrooms.

An array of professional and civic groups—including police instructors, student and community activists, lawyers and concerned parents—have expressed their support of the video.

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Flex Your Rights

Flex Your Rights (Flex) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization that aims to “educate the public about how basic Bill of Rights protections apply during encounters with law enforcement”.To accomplish this, Flex Your Rights creates and distributes media (including two full-length docudrama videos) that explains individuals’ legal rights during a police encounter. Flex was founded in 2002 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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5 ways to end youth homelessness

We’ve all seen them. They sprawl in groups of three or four on the sidewalks outside Seattle’s downtown businesses, maybe with a big dog curled beside them. Their multiple piercings, tattoos and shaven heads make them look savage, and layers of shapeless clothing make them appear bigger than they really are. Smoking, grunting at each other, refusing to meet our eyes (most of us look away anyhow), homeless youth seem determined to hold us at a sardonic distance even as their scrawled cardboard signs beg us for help.

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