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South Florida's homeless feeding showdown

Homelessness | Taking care of the homeless has become a spotlight issue in mayoral election
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 2/10/15, 09:03 am

Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old man who wears a white chef’s jacket, has been filling the bellies of the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the past 24 years. His all-volunteer organization, Love Thy Neighbor, provides about 1,400 gourmet meals a week to the city’s homeless population.

The weekly feedings include an outdoor meal served next to the restrooms at Fort Lauderdale’s public beach. Last Wednesday evening, between 150 and 200 people showed up, Abbott said.

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Child homelessness spikes as marriage crumbles

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/21/14, 09:00 am

The number of homeless children in America is at an all-time high of almost 2.5 million, an 8 percent increase from 2012 to 2013, according to a report released Monday. 

The report claims one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless, or “lacking a fixed, adequate, and regular nighttime residence.” It blamed poverty, trouble finding affordable housing, trauma from domestic abuse, and the difficulty of single parenting for the spike in the number of kids without homes. 

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No headstone of his own

Homelessness | What happens to a homeless person when he dies on the street?
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/07/14, 01:00 am

NEW YORK—One fall evening I came up out of a subway station in Manhattan, and there on a park bench was a deceased homeless man, his prostrate body covered with a white sheet. A couple of police officers stood nearby, likely waiting for the city’s medical examiner to show up and take the body. Some passersby glanced at the dead body, but most continued on their way, caught in their own affairs as New Yorkers often are.

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