veterans who have experienced homelessness,

These veterans, who have experienced homelessness, unemployment and other troubles since leaving service, are now finding solace as farmers.

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veterans first take a 10-week class on aspects of agriculture and small-scale farming

The veterans first take a 10-week class on aspects of agriculture and small-scale farming, such as soil management, planting techniques, irrigation and how to deal with insects and mildew. Then they work together to seed, plant, weed, till and harvest vegetables that go to the Clark County Food Bank.

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federal level to reduce chronic homelessness

“There has been a 10-year effort at the federal level to reduce chronic homelessness among individuals with significant mental health or other kinds of disabilities,” said Rice. “It is a lot cheaper to help them afford stable housing with the services they need than to allow them to languish on the streets, which costs the government more money in health care costs, trips to emergency rooms—not to mention jail.”

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Pierce County homelessness | Word on the Street

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The City of Puyallup continued its effort to address the growing problem of homelessness as it reviewed recommendations for a new task force.

City Manager Bill McDonald has been working on a process to assemble a group to address homelessness issues in the city. He presented procedural plans to the City Council on Tuesday.

In April, the City Council tasked McDonald and city staff to form a tight core group of community representatives to research issues related to Puyallup’s homeless population and the impacts on the city.

At Tuesday’s meeting, McDonald presented a memo that outlined recommendations for representatives, focus …

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The first city-operated day center for chronically homeless persons

In October 2009, as part of the city’s Leading the Way initiative, Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston dedicated and opened the Weintraub Day Center which is the first city-operated day center for chronically homeless persons. It is a multi-service center, providing shelter, counseling, health care, housing assistance, and other support services. It is a 3,400-square-foot (320 m2) facility located in the Woods Mullen Shelter.

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