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Fostering families

Compassion | Churches find creative ways to alleviate the foster care crisis
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/04/19, 03:38 pm

Philip Pattison credits the longevity of his family’s relationship with the California welfare system to their babysitter. Their second foster child was especially difficult—a 7-year-old girl who had suffered abuse and regularly acted out by hitting and kicking people and breaking things around the house. Hiring a teenager to look after her wasn’t an option.

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Strike two for Seattle tiny houses

Effective Compassion | A no-strings strategy to provide for the homeless falls short
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/27/19, 01:41 pm

Seattle plans to stop funding another tiny house village for the homeless after months of fighting with the property’s managers. It will be the second time the city has closed down a tiny house development.

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The price of being homeless

Compassion | Cities try to ease the burden of court costs on the poor while keeping public order
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/20/19, 02:14 pm

Los Angeles voided more than 2 million citations and arrest warrants for minor infractions related to homelessness last month. City Attorney Mike Feuer said the step would “help address root causes of poverty and homelessness” and allow city officials to focus on more important public safety issues.

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