After five months of work, Portland City Council finally put to bed the 2013-14 budget Thursday afternoon. The budget, which comes in at $16 million less for the city than the one before it, represents hundreds of lost positions and reduced funding to several programs.
The $85 billion in cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month will not spare soldiers and veterans, with a wave of cuts being announced for tuition assistance and a program that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet.
The accurate number of homeless veterans on Long Island is elusive, but anything north of zero is too much. So a step that will get them out of the.
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The report illustrates the levels of homelessness at state and national levels, and issues connected to homelessness including severe housing cost burdens, residents doubling up, unemployment leading to homelessness, and rates of foreclosure. Despite an increase in these factors, homelessness has remained steady.
But with Washington policy makers at loggerheads in the run-up to the November election, there is growing fear that Congress will not be able to stop the cuts from happening. Adding to the fervor is a slew of economic studies issued by both political …
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“We looked at economic indicators that cause homelessness, and those are getting worse,” she elaborated. “Since the stimulus money is running out, there are reductions that may lead to decreases in the homeless prevention system. We have a lot of concerns about the future and the aftermath.”
Dennis Ivey, 42, served three years in the Navy during the Gulf War. When he talks about serving, a distant look crosses his eyes and he fights back tears. Like Sykes, he suffers from a form of PTSD and says he has a difficult time relating to people who have never experienced combat.
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Race disparities have always existed in this country, but in Seattle’s King County, one economic statistic stands out above the rest. Although blacks comprise only 7 percent of the county’s population, they make up 40 percent of the homeless shelter beds. Of course, this number doesn’t even include homeless people who live on the street and can’t be counted in shelters.
The United Way of King County provided the troubling statistic, according to The Seattle Times . This particular piece of data helps us to understand the plight of many African-Americans as they endure the Great Recession.
The Times interviewed one homeless black man named Maxwell, affectionately known as the “gentle giant”, who says he became homeless after attempting to embark on an acting career. He takes responsibility for his life, and the role going to prison has played in his potential for success, but says you can’t discount race as a factor.
“I’ve always been bothered by stereotypes that blacks are drug dealers, and it hurts because I lived up to it,” Maxwell says.
More affordable housing would help to alleviate homelessness, but the Times reports that “barriers like housing discrimination, less access to health care, over-representation in the criminal-justice system and higher unemployment rates make it more complex.”
The majority of the homeless in King County are young adult black men. This is also the demographic most represented in the criminal justice system.
Asked what is needed to stem homelessness, Maxwell answers, “what we need is more people who care.”
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San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall K. Gaylord announced that budget cuts in in March 2012 will force him to lay offthe one deputy prosecutor handling misdemeanors from full-time to about half-time.
“This 50 percent reduction in misdemeanor prosecution will disrupt what people expect in public safety,” Gaylord said
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