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A bridge back to the streets?

Compassion | Los Angeles’ new homeless program sends more people back to the streets than to permanent housing
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/02/20, 05:32 pm

During the coronavirus pandemic, residents of Venice, a hip beach neighborhood in Los Angeles, complained of increasing crime and homeless encampments, especially around a nearby “bridge” shelter. Parents told stories of taking their children to school and passing homeless men exposing themselves.

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Sleeping it off

Health | Sobering centers are a new model to help cities handle public intoxication and provide addicts with treatment opportunities, yet some worry they may enable bad behavior
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/19/20, 02:41 pm

In 2014, Brian Sakaluk was homeless in Houston, addicted to alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. Though Sakaluk grew up in a Roman Catholic family, he smoked cigarettes with friends as a preteen and then tried alcohol and drugs. As an adult he missed work due to hangovers and was fired from multiple jobs. He spent several nights in the county jail for public intoxication and eventually ended up sleeping under a bridge.

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A headcount of the homeless

Compassion | The coronavirus makes a challenging aspect of the U.S. census even more difficult
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/23/20, 01:51 pm

Census takers wearing reflective vests, face masks, and bug spray are spreading out in groups of four on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week to count the U.S. homeless population.

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