Homelessness
Center photo: Sophia Lee. Others: Kenneth Heilbron

Selfies with a supermodel

Faith & Inspiration | My unlikely meeting with a former Vogue model
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/25/19, 03:17 pm

About a year ago, I received an early morning phone call from Regina, a chaplain who had been ministering to the homeless in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. 

“Sophia, I found someone you should meet, and you won’t believe who,” she said. “She’s a supermodel!”

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Building a community

Homelessness | A Texas program tries to be a family for the Chronically homeless without requiring changes in behavior
by Harvest Prude & Charissa Crotts
Posted 2/28/19, 03:42 pm

Alan Graham is a tough old man with a big heart for sufferers. He lives with his black lab Franny (named after Francis of Assisi) in a tiny house in the homeless village he founded. Wearing a ball cap, blue button-up shirt, glasses, and a silver crucifix necklace, he makes his rounds through the village, greeting residents by name. One July afternoon, he stopped to greet a white-haired woman and her two fluffy dogs running underfoot.

“Are you making enough for everybody?” he called to an African-American man grilling pork chops on his front porch.

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Homelessness in whose backyard?

Homelessness | As a Los Angeles resident, I empathize with both sides of the NIMBY debate
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/25/19, 02:27 pm

Two weeks ago, WORLD Magazine published my story about the clash between NIMBYs and YIMBYs. A NIMBY—short for “Not in My Backyard”—is a person who opposes development projects such as homeless shelters in his neighborhood. A YIMBY—“Yes in My Backyard”—is a person who supports such local projects.

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