Emergency Solutions Grants (ESGs) are used by local communities for emergency shelters, temporary rental assistance and other services that help families avoid homelessness; these grants face up to a 34 percent cut.
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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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.
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.
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.
Donations have been pouring in for Billy Ray Harris since the country learned how the Missouri panhandler returned the expensive diamond ring that fell off of Sarah Darling’s hand when she was handing him change.
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).
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.
Indeed, as the report notes, there are currently “waiting lists for vouchers in almost every community,” and only 1 in 4 eligible households receives a voucher or some other form of federal rental assistance. Half of the current households in the voucher program include seniors or people with disabilities, and the rest are mostly families with children.
Veteran Bill Fly talks about his time in the United States Air Force, and then as a general contractor with the Department of Defense.
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