Homelessness
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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 Koh
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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The rise of the ‘YIMBYs’

Housing | As California’s housing prices soar out of reach, a growing group of citizens is calling for cities to build, baby, build
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/14/19, 01:35 pm

Rick Swinger has an odd hobby as a photographer. He likes to walk around his neighborhood with his camera jostling by his side, looking for disgusting things to photograph.

He doesn’t have to look very hard. Swinger has lived in Venice, an Instagram-famous beach town in Los Angeles, for 38 years. Just a block away from his two-bedroom condo resides one of the largest homeless encampments in Venice, where tents, sleeping bags, gallon-sized garbage bags, and random pieces of furniture litter the sidewalks.

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