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2009-10-27 12:24:04

Research: Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses and hotels in Canada: 11-year follow-up study Homeless and marginally housed people have much higher mortality and shorter life expectancy than could be expected on the basis of low income alone, concludes a study from Canada published on bmj.com today. Previous studies have found high levels of excess mortality among the homeless compared with the general population, but little information is available on death rates among...

2009-10-26 10:43:00

BOSTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: There are at least 7,681(1) homeless men, women and children in Boston each facing a winter where warmth will be an elusive dream. There is one thing each of us can do to help - donate a coat to wrap someone in warmth this winter. Lands' End and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless will officially kick off the Big Boston Warm-up - a community-wide endeavor to collect at least 7,681 coats between October 29 and November 30, to help homeless...

2009-10-19 12:17:43

New immigrants are more likely to cite economic and housing factors as barriers that keep them homeless compared with native-born individuals, according to a new study on the health of homeless immigrants led by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Stephen Hwang. "Homeless people are in much poorer health than the general population, but immigrants who are homeless tend to be healthier than Canadian-born people who are homeless. This is sometimes referred to as the 'healthy immigrant...

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2009-10-12 07:25:00

British scientists have discovered adults who learn new tricks such as juggling can improve the "wiring" of their brains. The scientists said their research showed newly trained jugglers had better connectivity in parts of the brain involved in movements needed to catch the balls -- and the improvement lasted for weeks, even after they stopped practicing juggling. Juggling was selected for the experiment because it is a difficult motor skill to master, which means that any cerebral changes...

2009-10-08 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Global Bay Mobile Technologies today announced that the deployment of mobile handheld devices has led to an increase in the number of permanent housing inspections DHS conducts every month by 57 percent. Since the implementation of the handheld devices, DHS has improved its ability to transition homeless families and individuals into permanent housing. In turn, the...

2009-10-07 12:06:00

Funding will help to provide housing and counseling services to address mental health and substance abuse issues CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BayCare Behavioral Health and the Homeless Emergency Project have received a five-year grant of $400,000 for each year for a total of $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). "This grant...

2009-09-30 06:40:00

BOGART, Ga., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Get a real-life glimpse into what it's really like to be homeless in America today with "The Man Under the Bridge" (published by AuthorHouse), the new novel by Jillian Wright. As a child, Wright remembers her mother feeding a homeless person lingering at the back of her house. As a teenager, she remembers seeing a similar man, the person she referred to as "The Man Under the Bridge," and wondering what hand fate had dealt him that led to such a...

2009-09-21 14:24:00

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen to be on hand as construction begins on first-ever limited equity housing for formerly homeless veterans PITTSFIELD, Mass., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Soldier On, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based non-profit organization devoted to ending veteran homelessness, will make history on October 29 when it breaks ground here on a first-of-its-kind limited equity cooperative housing project for formerly homeless veterans. Speakers at the historic...

2009-09-14 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 HELP USA, the Congressional model for housing and services for the homeless with residences and programs throughout the country, today announced its virtual service project to fully launch nation-wide this October. HELP USA's HELP 1 Service Project is an online service campaign that lives at www.helpusa.org and features ground breaking creative capabilities to enhance and increase participation in service. The initiative allows Americans across the country to...

2009-08-25 08:03:01

Budget cuts by U.S. states are resulting in homeless populations having more trouble getting help, advocates say. Federal government stimulus spending will only make up a part of what's being lost on the state level, USA Today reported Tuesday. Joel John Roberts of PATH Partners, a group that advises communities on services for the homeless, told the newspaper the budget cuts are producing a perfect storm of negative consequences for the homeless. The holes in the safety net are getting...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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