I also grew up homeless

To date, the efforts have raised $12,000, enough to handle his first-year expenses not covered by loans or grants. The bigger goal is to raise the funds for all four years of college. But for the moment, just having enough to cover the first year, Ward said, is beyond what he expected.slide_312774_2798034_free

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growing risk of homelessness for low-income families.

Yet, investigators also found that doubled-up households (people living with other families) increased by 13 percent between 2009 and 2011. In addition, the number of severely housing cost burdened families (defined as families below the poverty line paying 50 percent or more of their monthly income on housing) went up by 22 percent in the same time period.

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waiting lists for vouchers in almost every community

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.


Veterans learn agricultural, farming skills in Vancouver job training program

Sham Sykes, 36, served as a combat Marine for 15 years, including two years in Iraq near Fallujah. He was part of a mobile highway patrol unit that cleared the area of insurgents and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was discharged because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and experienced bouts of depression, paranoia and memory loss.

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